Why Believe Us?

Churchill and Turen Ltd. is a vacation-planning firm that is entirely devoted to “The Vacations in Your Life that Truly Matter.” We are currently celebrating our 30th year in business. Our telephone numbers are all unlisted and new clients are accepted exclusively by personal referral from our current clients or from readers referred to us in the pages of the world’s leading travel publications. Everyone at Churchill and Turen is committed to providing visitors to this site with hard-hitting, unbiased travel information and the nation’s best Q & A dealing exclusively with travel.

Our commitment to travel consumerism is real and one of the ways that we demonstrate that commitment is by refusing to accept advertising or promotional support for this site. Although we remain devoted to servicing the needs of our clients, we are also willing to help any serious travel consumer with questions regarding the relative merits of travel products.

We’d like you to meet our owners. If the stars align properly and you work with our firm, one of these two people will personally plan your vacation assisted by an award-winning Concierge Team. We do not employ “travel agents”, “Outside Agents” or “Commission-Based” salespeople of any kind:

aturenAngela Turen is one of the nation’s most honored travel consultants. In 2016, Angela was named “The World’s Top Small Ship Luxury Consultant by the Editors of Conde Nast Traveler. She has also been named “World’s Top Honeymoon Specialist” as well as “World’s Top Spa Specialist” by the same publication. Since it is “statistically harder to make the Conde Nast list then it is to gain entrance to Harvard,” multiple listings is a major achievement.

Angela handled travel arrangements for the television series “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” She was a Tour Manager at Abercrombie and Kent, the fabled luxury tour operator. Angela has traveled the world as an international tour escort. She has clients throughout the United States including many in the arts and entertainment fields. She is a strong believer in the rights of consumers to know both the up side and the down side of all vacation options.  She is nationally recognized as a family vacation planning specialist.

121Richard Turen has won more “World’s Best” Awards than any other travel consultant in the United States. His 47 national awards include: “World’s Best Travel Generalist”, “World’s Best Small Luxury Cruise Ship Specialists” and “World’s Best Culinary Specialist.” Travel + Leisure Magazine named him one of “The World’s Top Ten Bespoke Vacation Planners”. In 2016, Richard became the first, and only, travel consultant in the United States to be named “World’s Top River Cruise Specialist” by the Editors of Conde Nast Traveler.

Richard enjoyed a career as an executive with Princess Cruises during the “Love Boat” years. He appears frequently on talk radio and hosted the cable television travel talk show  for thirteen years. For ten years he wrote a popular syndicated column dealing with consumer travel issues for Copley Newspapers. He is currently the Senior Contributing Editor at Travel Weekly Magazine, the travel industry’s most influential publication. He has been a dedicated advocate of consumer travel education. He is the author of three books, and has appeared on CNN, ABC, and NBC News. Richard has been featured on National Public Radio and in the pages of Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Although all Churchill and Turen Ltd. clients deal personally with Angela or Richard Turen, the firm’s Concierge staff is unusually well qualified.

Traveltruth.com was never launched as a vehicle to produce thousands of new clients via the internet. It is, instead, a continuation of the consumer approach to travel that has been the company’s hallmark for the past eighteen years. In a profile of the business written more than a decade ago, Travel Weekly Magazine wrote that “truth in travel is clearly the motto at Churchill and Turen Ltd.”  The truth is that we do not solicit those who enjoy a current relationship with a travel agent.  We believe in the principles of loyalty and trust. We do not wish to take away business from other professionals. In fact, we do not take on large numbers of new clients. Our telephone numbers are unlisted to the general public. We have decided to list our telephone number on this site for those who sincerely feel that they would like to explore a relationship with our firm.

This site was first conceived when one of our writers was researching an upcoming article for a magazine. She tried to find honest rankings of the various cruise lines on the internet. She wanted to find out which airlines had the best safety records. The information did not exist.

Now it does.