Our Story

In Business Since 1985

Ball Travel Service launched in the spring of 2014 to:

1.  Help bring family, friends and love ones together across the miles even with health, mobility or time constraints.  For instance:

2.  We also provide an experienced travel Concierge Service, allowing individuals to extend their independent travel years further into retirement. This service is ideal for those who wish to travel but do not feel confident or comfortable exploring on their own. Our clients enjoy the benefit of an added sense of security when they are accompanied by an experienced travel concierge, and find that they are better able to relax and enjoy visiting the places they have always wanted to see.

At Ball Travel Service, we take care of you and your loved ones as though you were members of our families.  To help keep that promise, we follow the Michigan Patient Advocate Designation law to protect your loved ones in the event of a medical emergency.

Ball Travel Services was first envisioned by Kenneth W. Linville, Ph.D., as a compassionate specialty travel service. From personal experience, Dr. Linville had developed a profound understanding of the challenges families sometimes face in bringing love ones together across the miles–particularly those with health, mobility or time constraints.

When you ask Ball Travel Services for their help, you are tapping into decades of expertise. Dr. Linville (Ken) has had extensive travel experience in various capacities since 1976. Throughout his career, he has become adept in every aspect of travel planning, particularly the development of complex itineraries using multiple scheduling resources.

Through his experience in developing software for long term care facilities, exposure to the many problems staff, residents and families face, gave Ken unique insight into the difficulties of growing older. Ken faced some of these same problems personally as the primary care-giver for his elderly mother. For many years, he lived through the challenges that aging individuals and their families encounter daily. He knows first-hand the critical importance of emotional support, social interaction and physical activities for impaired adults.

In December 2008, Ken was faced with a new dilemma. He had to send his 92 year-old mother, unattended, on a round-trip between Michigan and Missouri. She was homesick, and he needed a respite from the responsibilities of daily care giving. Naturally, he was concerned about his mother's safe arrival. He asked another passenger for help in making sure his mother did not get off the plane in Chicago, but continued on to Kansas City.

Fortunately, the passenger agreed and helped her off the plane where she met her waiting daughter.

Realizing that we cannot always rely upon the kindness of strangers for the care and well-being of our traveling loved ones, Ken decided to put his experience to work. Ball Travel Services was just the thing to offer respite and peace of mind to other busy or exhausted caregivers. And so, Ball Travel Services was formed, a natural and obvious extension to a life spent creating innovative, compassionate solutions for those in need.

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  • Are you responsible for the safe travel of another Adult?
  • Do you need a caregiver to accompany your family member when flying or traveling alone?
  • Do you need a respite from adult caregiving?
    We will take care of your loved ones as though they were a part of our family.
X Ball Travel Services will not provide services to individuals who have not had their COVID-19 vaccinations. Proof of vaccination certificate is required.

Ball Travel Services, is a specialty travel Concierge Service that was developed to assist individuals who do not want to travel alone.

We offer two types of service:

  • Our Travel Concierge Service is designed to assist busy individuals, who would like to have relative and friends visit them (see here).  
  •  Extend your independent travel years further into retirement with your friends at Ball Travel Concierge Service (see here).



  1. Perhaps you cannot take time off from work to go get the individual(s) or take them back or
  2. Their relatives or friends are afraid to fly alone or the individual wishing them to visit is afraid of having them travel by themselves or
  3. Trips require change of planes or other transfers in busy hub airports or
  4. We can help give you a respite, by accompanying your loved one to a destination of choice or
  5. Accompany a loved one for medical trips that do not require a nurse, like visits to the Cleveland or Mayo Clinics
About Ball Travel Services

In Business Since 1985

Ball Travel Services was first envisioned by Kenneth W. Linville, Ph.D., in 2014 as a compassionate specialty travel service.

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