Avondale Travel has been building unforgettable experiences for travelers for over 40 years. With all of our advisors combined, we have over 150+ years of experience. Not only do we have so much experience between all of us, but we have been almost everywhere and seen almost every part of the world. Most importantly, we have made connections and forged relationships with the world’s best properties and travel resources. This enables us to deliver experiences unparalleled travel experiences that our clients may not get from other travel agencies, and certainly not from the various travel sites around. Whether it is a private wine boutique in Paris or a little known historic villa that is not on the map (or internet), you can be sure that Avondale Travel can get you there, even if others cannot.
It all started with a love and passion for travel. Founder and CEO, Louis "Lou" Black, loved to travel so much, he made the decision to open a travel agency in Avondale (a historic district of Jacksonville, Florida). Avondale Travel became such a success, expanding and growing to over 48 offices, only to become one of the largest travel agencies in the United States. After selling the Avondale Travel Empire in 1989, he held on to one separate location, called Orange Park Travel. One might wonder why this bit of information is important to our history. Well, fast forward to the year 2013.
Lou’s only daughter, Leigh Elizabeth, knew it was time to join the agency. Her whole life, she had always wanted to be a part of the agency, and eventually run it one day. After being at Orange Park Travel for six months, she approached Lou to rebrand Orange Park Travel back to Avondale Travel. After much research, discussion, and paperwork, Avondale Travel was reborn. In the beginning of 2014, Avondale Travel opened up their second location, which is now their headquarters in the exact location of the first Avondale Travel office.
Being a family-owned and operated business, Leigh Elizabeth wanted to ensure Lou’s legacy will live on forever. She wanted and still wants her father, the man that started it all, to see his legacy and agency reborn and rebuilt. Driven by the vision and determination to offer concierge, white glove service, and access to experiences that travelers cannot find elsewhere, Avondale Travel has become the go-to place for exceptional worldwide travel experiences.