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Here’s our methodology — and how to apply next year.

Christopher Tkaczyk
August 10, 2017

Visiting a restricted archaeological dig in southern Turkey. Tracking snow leopards in Mongolia. Taking a private tour of the Kremlin’s collection of Fabergé eggs. Some of the most extraordinary experiences can be had only with the help of a well-connected travel advisor.

What Is the A-List?

The A-List is Travel + Leisure's annual selection of the world's best travel agents and destination specialists, as chosen by the editors.

In the 16th annual A-List, we showcase the 139 best agents and tour operators in the business—the destination experts, wedding planners, family-reunion organizers, and cruise specialists who can help devise the trip of a lifetime.

How Are the Winners Selected?

Each year we comb through hundreds of applications and itineraries to compile this highly selective list. The recognition of being named to the A-List is a testament to an agent’s dedication to excellence, their expertise with a specific destination or interest, and the fact that they deliver the highest caliber experiences for clients from start to finish. Only the very best agents in the travel industry are considered.

T+L sends applications to the travel agents and advisors our readers write to us to rave about. These are the tried and true experts who have tailored perfect itineraries for clients, have logged years of experience, and nurture career-long relationships with all the right contacts and industry connections. They can open doors to deliver customized experiences that fulfill travel bucket lists.

How to Apply

If you are travel agent and want to be considered or are a T+L reader and want to nominate your favorite advisor for the 2018 list, send a letter to the T+L editors at to request an application. If the editors approve your request, you will be sent an application in December 2017.

If you seek an unparalleled travel experience, reach out to an A-List agent. This year’s categories are listed below.

The Best Travel Agents for Africa and the Middle East

The Best Travel Agents for Asia

The Best Travel Agents for Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific

The Best Travel Agents for Canada and the U.S.

The Best Travel Agents for the Caribbean

The Best Travel Agents for Europe

The Best Travel Agents for Mexico and Central and South America

The Best Travel Agents for Planning a Cruise

The Best Travel Agents for Families

The Best Travel Agents for Adventure Trips and Themed Vacations

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