About Boomerang Escapes
What We Do
We help couples and families and their kids return to their “happy place” by allowing them to escape the tethers of life by providing unique custom vacation experiences that leave them transformed.
Our Motto: No worries! Leave the planning to us!
Boomerang Escapes works with travelers who are ready to have fun and do all the things in life they have dreamed of doing. Imagine yourself on a secluded beach or beneath a canopy of stars. Find yourself diving among the colors of the clear blue sea or get your heart racing zip-lining through the canopies. Don’t let your dream be overwhelmed by planning and details. We provide vacations beyond your expectations to ensure you have the time of your life. We are there to take care of you through the entire process, so you make the right choices and get the best experience and value out of your vacation package.
Who We Are
Boomerang Escapes is a boutique travel agency. It was built on a love and passion for Australia. Since opening it has grown and now provides vacation experiences to Australia and beyond. Our planners are specialized in various destinations to provide you with the perfect escape!
We don’t just book trips; we create itineraries with our client’s wants, desires and budgets in mind. We believe in getting to know our travelers to ensure they have a vacation to remember. We feel it is important to put “you” in the vacation.
We are a small family agency and take pride in our customer service, knowledge and relationships with our suppliers.
So, whether you are looking for a restful escape, full out adventure or making another stamp in your passport, we are excited to be your vacation planners!
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“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.”
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
Lisa Wood Rossmeissl, Owner
Specialist in Custom Itineraries for Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, Central America, South America, and Europe
Old Bridge, New Jersey
I was born with travel in my blood. Having moved since birth, living in ten different states, I have a natural wandering soul. I love change and all things new.
My passion: Australia! I have been in love with this country for as long as I can remember. Every school report was written about one of its unique and amazing animals. My room was filled with stuffed koalas and even a koala latch hook rug. I had (still have) a collection of picture clippings from magazines.
But, it truly began, in 2008, when I was introduced to the travel industry and became an independent travel consultant. In 2010, I stumbled upon Tourism Australia’s website and entered their Aussie specialist program. In 2011, I was contacted by them and offered a chance of a lifetime to travel to Australia for a tour, followed by Coroborree (A gathering of agents and operators for intense product training and fun!). I could hardly contain my excitement!
When I arrived in Sydney and within hours laid hands and eyes on a koala, I was brought to tears. I was forever changed by my trip “down under”. My hope is to share this love and passion with you. I truly believe travel transforms us and broadens our love and appreciation for life.
I currently reside in Old Bridge, NJ after spending the last 13 years in TN. I am mom to three amazing young adults. In my spare time I love being involved with my children’s lives, working out, bowling, cooking, and socializing poolside with friends when I am not on one of my many adventures.
In 2015, my love of fitness and travel collided to create Be Fit To Travel. Be Fit To Travel has become an extension of Boomerang Escapes-Return to Your Happy Place. I am not only here to send you on the most fabulous escapes ever, but can also guide you to looking and feeling great when you travel. My goal is to inspire people to stay young, active, healthy, and ready for adventure...creating transformations of the mind, body, and soul through diet, exercise, and travel.
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Andrea Wood Ward, Travel Consultant
Specialist in All-Inclusive Caribbean Vacations for Couples, Friend Getaways, and Families
I have always enjoyed the warmth of the sun. For as long as I can remember I have tried to master the perfect tan. I would spend hours at the pool trying to get the most even tan with the best tan lines. I remember the whole time during all those hours of sunbathing that I would always imagine myself on some tropical beach resort. Well I’ve grown up, but my desire to be in the sun and have fun are still strong. I have been lucky enough to enjoy some of those tropical beach resorts that I once dreamed of and now I would like to help you and your family make memories. My specialty is to create the perfect All-Inclusive tropical beach vacation for you. There is nothing better than fun in the sun!
Planning travel is exciting! I love that it has provided me the opportunity to work with my sister. I am a detailed oriented person and have spent numerous years in customer service. I would like to share my passion for white sandy beaches, warm sunny days and cool breezes off the blue waters to help you plan an unforgettable escape!
I currently reside in Burlington, Wisconsin. When I’m not working or running around with my children, I try to enjoy the outdoors. Some of the things I enjoy doing are horseback riding, hunting, fishing, running and just spending time with friends and family. I’m truly one of those people who thrive on living.
Another great love is fitness! In 2015, I became a fitness coach, in addition to travel planning. I now look forward to sharing my passions for fitness and clean eating with you to give you more longevity to experience all those wonderful beaches out there. I like to say I'm Feeling Fabulous with Fitness.
Meredith Austin, Travel Consultant
Specialist in Disney and Family Vacation planning from small families to multi-generational trips
I have never been a person that likes to sit still for very long. My middle name should be “Go”! I love to stay busy, so traveling is something I enjoy greatly!
I have traveled to many places within the United States and internationally to countries including Mexico, Brazil, and Europe. My passion is Disney and family friendly vacations. I would love to plan a magical vacation for you and your family!!
I am married and have three children, and we live in Bartlett, TN. In my spare time, I enjoy shopping, cooking, singing in the choir, and being involved in my children’s activities. I love being with friends and family relaxing and grilling on the weekends.
Ready for a vacation? I’m excited about planning the perfect getaway for you and your family! Leave all the details to me and enjoy your trip!!
Phillip Fung, Travel Consultant
Specializing in Group travel, US, Caribbean, Cruise, and Escorted Touring
Some of my fondest memories are of my travels throughout my life. They include visiting the various islands of Hawaii, the expressions on my kids' faces when we go to Disney World or Disneyland every year, Canadian trip through the Rocky Mountains to the beautiful shores of Vancouver, walking barefoot on various beaches from coast to coast! Working for Hilton Hotels for 12 years has taken me to travels all over this country!
My favorite vacations involve warm sunny beach locales and everything Disney with the family! Having been an authorized Disney vacation planner for years now, I love sending my clients to Disney World, Disneyland and on the wonderful Disney Cruises!
Born and raised in the Mid-South, I am a graduate of Memphis State University. Currently, living in Arlington, TN, I am a member of Bellevue Baptist Church and serve on Arlington's Design Review Commission.
Let my travel experiences and expertise help in planning and booking your next family vacation, honeymoon, or group/corporate retreat so that you can make some great memories!
Diana Crenshaw, Travel Consultant
Specializing in Romance Travel, Honeymoons, Anniversaries, and Destination Weddings
Being a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and having grown up with a dad who was former Navy, we moved around to different parts of the country. I have experienced living in five different states and was able to enjoy some of the beautiful countryside! My passion would be to find a tropical all-inclusive beach resort and settle in! However, since I cannot find myself moving there, traveling to enjoy these would be the next best thing!
I think I am at my best when I am helping others to find a special vacation spot that not only gives you fabulous memories, but helps rejuvenate your passion for each other! My specialty will be helping you find a romantic trip/cruise for your honeymoon or an all-inclusive resort that reignites your spark! My experiences have included visits (some cruises and others land-based) to the Bahamas, San Juan, Jamaica, Cancun, Puerta Vallarta, Dominican Republic, Cozumel, Progresso, Honduras, Belize, Costa Maya, Los Cabos, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, South Beach, Disney’s Castaway Cay and state side beaches.
I am also a huge Disney World fan! I have been to the parks multiple times in the past ten years and have some fun tips for first timers or for those who have been before and also experienced Disney’s amazing cruise ships. Whether you are looking for a family trip or a romantic getaway, I can help you plan a fabulous fun trip and sprinkle in a little magical Pixie dust!
I currently reside in Lakeland, TN. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 26 years and we have two amazing kids, our daughter Alexa, is a graduate of FSU with her Master’s degree in Economics and our son, Britton, will be a junior at Union University studying social work this fall. I am involved in my church, Bellevue and our Life Group. My other interests besides traveling, involve my Opulenza Jewelry business, Lakeland Chamber, Atlanta Braves baseball, reading, exercising and enjoying time with friends!
Amanda Jones, Travel Consultant
Specializing in Family and Special Needs Vacations
I have been a teacher for the last 23 years. I’ve taught 2nd -5th grades, but my heart is in special education, where I teach now. I live in Hernando, MS with my husband of 20 years and our 17 year old twin sons. We go to church at Hernando United Methodist where I teach Sunday School to 5th and 6th graders.
My life is extremely busy, but I always find time for travel! We make time every year for a couples only vacation, usually to a tropical location. I’ve planned many trips for my husband and I , as well as for my entire family , and now I’d like to make a career of planning vacations for others.
Because I’ve spent so much time working with children with special needs, I’m specializing in planning family vacations for families and families with special needs children. However, I’d love to plan your romantic couples getaway or a fun filled vacation with the girls as well!
Andrea Smith, Travel Consultant
Specializing in Family Vacation Planning and in Traveling with a Child or Adult with Special Needs
United States, Caribbean, and Europe
Genoa City, Wisconsin
My husband Rick and I have 4 children and a large extended family. I have always enjoyed setting up the vacations for the whole family of 14! We have enjoyed our Disney vacations, New York City getaways or a relaxing trip in the beautiful mountains of Tennessee! We treasure our time spent together in different places. I love setting up excursions in detail and making sure that everyone has a great time! Being a mother of 4 kids, I know how difficult it can be for all kids of all ages to enjoy a vacation! Let me put my knowledge to work and set you up on your perfect getaway!
From planning a weekend retreat for a couple to planning a Disney or Caribbean cruise, I can help you! I do have a special desire to help families make a perfect and memorable trip with their child or adult with special needs. As a mother of a son with autism, I fully understand how one little thing can make a dream vacation into a nightmare. I will find your perfect vacation and work out all the details to make sure that your relaxing retreat is something that will be treasured forever.
Being from Illinois and Wisconsin, I appreciate the need to retreat during those cold months, whether its to see Mickey Mouse, white water rafting, or just lounging back on your hammock on the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean, I am your girl!
Jean Caraluzzi, Travel Consultant
Specializing in Groups
Caribbean and Cruises
Freehold, New Jersey
As will all the other travel agents from Boomerang Escapes, I love to travel! I can be packed in half-an-hour! Just say the word! When I flip thru the pages of travel magazines, I say “wanna go there, wanna go there…” to every destination pictured! Helping you plan your trip is a great experience for me because I live thru my clients’ travels! Planning is my thing. For many years, I worked with my now ex-husband, who trained Standardbred race horses. I was in charge, of all the paperwork, which included making all the arrangements for horses and the caregivers to travel around the United States to race. Now, it is my job to plan arrangements for people to travel all over the world.
I will be adding to this list forever, but my travels have taken me all over the continental United States, Hawaii, Mexico, Jamaica, Aruba, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Bermuda, St. Maarten, and Grenada. Because I love to travel in groups, I have specialized in creating group trips for my clients, but I can easily plan your solo or couple vacation as well. Hope to hear from you soon! I can’t wait to work with you on planning your next trip!
Julie Craig, Travel Consultant
Specializing in Culinary Vacation Experiences State Side and Abroad
Growing up my family moved a lot due to my father’s job. Whenever we moved to a new state my family found it to be important to explore the surrounding areas. It allowed me to experience many wonderful places from a young age. I guess you can say the love of traveling has always been in my blood.
I have always believed in working hard and vacationing as much as possible. I have been a chef for the last 18 years. In my downtime, I have always loved traveling. I have been to 20 countries and I can’t wait to see the rest of the world. So why not combine my love of food and travel together?
I believe life is about experiences and enjoy all kinds of vacations. Whether it’s exploring a national park like the Grand Canyon, going on a Disney cruise with my family, enjoying a beach vacation at an all-inclusive resort with just my husband or flying across the world to explore museums in Europe, I like to experience it all.
Julie resides in Arlington, TN with her husband Matthew, daughter Addison and two dogs Molly and Ginger. In her free time she enjoys working out, puzzles, all things Disney, volunteering, cooking and traveling as much as possible.
Catherine Brouwer, Travel Consultant
Specializing in Italy and Culinary Vacations across Europe
Charleston, South Carolina
Born with a suitcase in my hand and a hunger for food, wine and fun times.
Growing up Italian meant countless hours spent at the table along with annual trips to visit the family in the Old Country. So it’s logical that throughout my world travels, I’ve had a passion for discovering a city, country or people through their culinary traditions. And I love helping others do the same. Whether it’s finding the perfect hole in the wall, or attending an amazing festival, food is an integral part of a culture and of a vacation.
After years of planning adventures near and far, sampling local cuisines, and discovering the flavor of exotic destinations, I’m branching out. And while I have my finger on the pulse of the foodie scene in the US, Western Europe and around the globe, I can help you with all of your travel planning needs from business bookings to dream vacations.
Let’s explore together. Call me for some fabulous ideas. Your table is waiting.
Veronica Rossmeissl, Office Assistant
Old Bridge, New Jersey
In addition to assisting my mom with her business, I am an aspiring actress with Jago Ciro Entertainment in NYC. I am really excited about the opportunity, and I'm so thankful to have a strong support system that helped me get to where I am today. I was attending Arlington High School, and my favorite subjects were French II Honors, Algebra II Honors, and Chemistry Honors. Now with my relocation to NJ, I am continuing my studies via Accellus Academy online schooling and will be attending NYSID in fall 2018. I've always loved learning and seeing the diverse cultures in our world, so helping my mom with her business is going to be an exciting journey for me. During my free time, I like to act, sing, dance, and watch my favorite shows. Alongside learning French in school, I've also taken up learning German through Rosetta Stone. When I'm older, I hope to be successful in acting, but if that doesn't work out I plan on attending New York School of Interior Design. Though I'm not sure of what the future holds for me, I know for certain that I am never going to stop reaching for my dreams and striving to achieve my goals. As Walt Disney said, "If you can dream it, you can do it!".
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