I was excited about travel early in life and it sparked my desire to explore! My interest has shifted toward more adventurous, up close, and personal travel experiences. I enjoy using my experiences to help others get the vacation of their dreams.
I realized my love for travel could be matched perfectly with my desire to help others make their travel dreams come true.
My travels throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, and across the world have brought me much joy and experience. There’s nothing better in the world than to experience new cultures that open your mind to the way other people live. Nothing could be more pleasant than an all-inclusive vacation on a cruise or on Sandal’s white sandy beach, soaking up the sun, and learning about the islands’ history and people. I love to see new places, meet new people, and discover various cultures.
Want to enjoy wine country and the California coastline? I’ve traveled through Sonoma, Napa Valley, Lodi, and many other wineries in California. Did you know traveling in your own backdoor can be budget friendly? Whether you want to experience outdoor adventures, at Kentucky State Parks, the state’s iconic racetracks, wineries, breweries, or the iconic “Bourbon Trail” there’s no shortage of travel and fun in Kentucky.
I believe in assisting each customer by creating a specialized itinerary based on experiences and their specific interests and likes to plan a memorable vacation.
Sandals & Beaches
Norwegian Cruise Line
Princess Cruise Line
Behind the Agent
Hi, Mark! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Mark Burden. I graduated from Harrison County High and while most of my friends went to college or started a career, I decided to serve my country by joining the United States Marine Corp. After leaving the military, I choose to continue service to my community by working for an ambulance service, fire department, and eventually in law enforcement.
I’m married to Holly who is from Paris, Kentucky. We have four children and one grandchild – who’s stolen our heart! We own a Spa in Cynthiana. We are busy and live a face paced life, so when time allows, we enjoy our free time by travelling and having fun.
Who is someone that inspires you?
There are several people who inspire me, but I believe one of the most impactful people in my life was my fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Judy. Unbeknownst to her, my parents were going through a divorce and as a child it was one of the most traumatizing situations I experienced. She always greeted with a smile and a hug. When she came into school, she had the ability to read her students and always made them feel wanted and loved. Her smile encouraged me! My desire is to “pay forward” her generosity and encourage others to smile and provide a way for them to have a better day.
Why did you become a travel planner?
As previously stated, my main reason is, I realized my love for travel could be matched perfectly with my desire to help others make their travel dreams come true.
Why did you choose The Charming Travel Co.?
I choose The Charming Travel Company because of a current employee, Chasity Woolums, and her description of the company and the satisfaction she has with the company and owners. After a long debate for the last few years, she sparked the desire to move forward with my decision to enter into the travel industry.
What advice would you give someone going to Disney for the very first time?
My advice to a first-time traveler would be to look at the Disney hotel option for the convenience to the park. I would have them consider multiple day pass and plan out Lightning Lanes to move faster through the lines. And the cost savings of bundling your vacation package!
What is your favorite Disney movie?
Lion King. Although filmed many years ago I can still watch it today. Hakuna matata “no worries for the rest of our days.”