About Us

Creating Experiences of a Lifetime

About Going Places is a long-standing travel planning agency that was founded on a family’s love for traversing the globe. Each vacation specialist has extensive, personal experiences traveling throughout the world. We transfer our passion for planning to each client we work with, and no matter what type of trip you’re taking, we work with you to customize every detail.

We invite you to contact us at 404-256-1131 or email travel@aboutgoingplaces.com

Lauren Charlop

Lauren left her television job of 13 years to help her mother grow About Going Places into the success it is today. Lauren has traveled to 46 countries and 5 continents. Lauren’s expertise spans from honeymoon and destination wedding planning, to planning for family of 5+ trips – as someone with children, she brings her personal experiences to the job to make your trips unforgettable.

“My favorite types of vacation are my Backroads Adventure vacations. Getting out in the fresh air and biking through the Canadian Rockies or the Canyon Lands is such a wonderful change from sitting in the office. I love feeling the wind on my face as I bike past the enormous mountains and glaciers. I really enjoy being able to experience these locations in depth. For me, this adventure travel is little more unique then seeing them on a bus tour.”

Peter Rubin

After his career in the Navy, Peter spent over 15 years in the food and beverage industry and is an alumnus of the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. Peter has traveled the United States, Caribbean, France and Italy extensively and has a unique view into traveling well and dining even better. Even with 16 countries under his belt, Peter still looks forward to more travel.

“I dined at La Terrazza Ristorante while staying at the Splendido Hotel Portifino, Italy. Dining on the terrace overlooking the Tiguillan Gulf, with the warm Mediterranean breeze and perfect service, was just magical. I had the fish soup special-It was so fresh, perfectly cooked and had delicate beautiful flavors; it was one of the finest dishes I ever had.”

Sandye Charlop

After a successful 15+ year career in customer service and retail merchandising, About Going Places founder Sandye Charlop combined her business savvy with her love of travel to offer clients unparalleled services. Sandye’s extensive personal travel experience provided a strong foundation for launching her travel business in 1995 and opening About Going Places in its current location in 1997. To date, Sandye has traveled to numerous cities in over 92 countries on six continents and enjoys sharing her personal experiences with her clients.

“Of all of the places I have visited, Cape Town South Africa has to be my favorite. It has an eclectic mix of architectural styles, cobblestone streets, mosques and an amazing waterfront. From Cape Town, we drove along the Cape of Good Hope, along the rocky coastline to the beautiful wine country. From Cape Town, Victoria Falls and a safari at Kruger National Park were all within reach.”

Mary Michaels Gulden

Mary Michael worked in the corporate world for over fifteen years. She specialized in Major Account Management within technology firms. One of her favorite job benefits was seeing the world as she worked. Her extensive travel both domestically and internationally for work and pleasure is what drew her to come work with us here at About Going Places. This is the perfect match for her previous experience and her love of adventure!

“I will always remember walking the streets of Prague and seeing the lights come on at dusk outside the Prague Castle. Dating to the 9th century, the castle was a sight to behold seeing the old world and new mixed together. Pure bliss!”