About

The Art of Travel Company

Paula Iwanski is the lead travel artist and founder of the Art of Travel Company.  Having planned vacations for her own discriminating family of six, she’s traveled to 39 states, multiple Caribbean Islands and European countries for business and pleasure and wanted to share her passion and expertise in travel helping others create their own dream vacation. 

A veteran of the United States Air Force with more than 20 years experience in marketing, sales, and event planning, she has learned the intricacies of niche luxury markets.  Working with Fortune 500 companies in marketing and events, speaking at travel and trade show conferences, and diving into sales for the iconic brands Islands, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Caribbean Travel & Life, Scuba, Sport Diver, SAVEUR, Field & Stream, and Outdoor Life magazines, she’s traveled the world turning every experience, (be it personal or business), into her own travel masterpiece one adventure at a time.

“Travel is so much more than a place to visit; it’s a connection that keeps you yearning for more. It’s a fantasy come true or a place you’ve connected to because of storytelling. Just like the food that nourishes your body, travel is the adventure that feeds your soul.”

Paula Iwanski, The Art of Travel Company

Valerie Wilson Travel

Valerie Wilson Travel (VWT ) is synonymous with innovation and excellence, blending individualized services with big-agency buying power. One of the largest privately owned travel consulting firms in the United States, headquartered in New York City, VWT now has 12 offices nationwide with a network of over 300 travel advisors and associate agents and serves both leisure and corporate clients equally. Their corporate clients range from Fortune 500 companies with well-recognized brand names to boutique businesses in a wide range of industries.

The agency is nationally certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and has been consistently named on the annual Travel Weekly Power List as well as Travel + Leisure’s A-List.

Virtuoso

Virtuoso, by invitation only, is the world’s premier luxury and experiential travel network comprised of the top travel providers and destinations worldwide. Every Virtuoso member is privy to a network of relationships that provide access to exclusive amenities, upgrades and experiences. In the past, Virtuoso advisors have arranged private tours of the Louvre after hours, tours of Cartier’s hidden atelier, and Cirque de Soleil birthday parties in the Grand Canyon, among thousands of other examples. All of the Valerie Wilson Travel locations are proud members of Virtuoso.