About Travel Headquarters
Kari is the manager of Travel Headquarters. With nearly 30 years as a travel consultant, she has experience in every facet of the travel business. Kari began her career at Travel Headquarters in 1996, and in the time since she has escorted small groups all over the world. She loves planning customized trips for her clients to worldwide destinations.
A first-generation Norwegian-American, her love for Norway is apparent and she enjoys sending her clients back to their roots in Norway at every opportunity. Kari is also a founding member of the Owatonna lodge of Sons of Norway and as the cultural director, she loves sharing her heritage with others in the community. She also enjoys volunteering at the local historical society whenever she can. Her greatest love is her family. Kari has two grown daughters and loves spending time with both them and her grandchildern.
Barbara Jacobson was the co-founder, owner and president of Travel Headquarters. Judd and Barbara met in Hawaii in 1968 when he was escorting a group of Minnesota farmers on a four-island tour of Hawaii for radio station KDHL, and Barbara was managing the office of the TWA (Trans World Airlines) in Waikiki, the tourist center of Honolulu.
Barbara was born in England, subsequently moved to Judd's home town of Owatonna, and the two were married Christmas of 1968. Judd worked for local radio station KDHL on air and in sales and marketing. As a Southern Minnesota radio personality, he escorted tours every winter to Hawaii, Mexico or the Caribbean accompanied by an attendant. Thus, with their wonderful combined experience in travel services, they created Travel Headquarters, which started out specializing in travel for people with physical disabilities. Barbara received the Condè Naste award for top travel specialist for people with disabilities in 2004-2006. She passed away in Owatonna, MN, in February 2018.