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laurie johnson | curated LUXURY TRAVEL | pura vida vacations

Hey there, I'm Laurie Johnson

Pura Vida Vacations was created by our founder Laurie Johnson's passion for travel,  love of immersing in the culture of destinations she visited, and commitment to providing extraordinary service to clients.

My travel design began planning my own family trips back in 2004.  When Laurie's not traveling around the world, she splits her time between her homes in Canada (spending time with my adult kids) and Portugal (with my husband and travel companion).  


Authentic, Unique, & Personalized

We specialize in tailor-made trip planning, river cruising, and group retreats throughout Europe and beyond. 

Our Pura Vida Vacations team curates enriching travel experiences tailored to your needs.  Travel experiences we offer are not just ordinary - ours are authentic, unique, and exclusive. Whether you are looking for hidden insider access, unique food and wine experiences, accommodations with style, or luxury transportation, we add a personal touch to your trip.

The highlights are great, but why not enjoy the unique experiences that make you feel like a local as well?  Let us help you design your dream vacation.

Not sure where to start?  Our trip planning service is here to help.



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I love sweets, I've been known to cut back on the main course for a savory dessert.  Got my grandma's sweet tooth.


My first real adventurous trip was to Costa Rica.  I was blown away by the natural surroundings, the abundance of wildlife, and the diversity.


Next up on my bucket list.  Creating home-made pasta with a private chef in Tuscany.


The ocean is my go-to when I need a break from the office, the smell of seawater and rolling waves relieves all the stress from the day.


I'm a warm weather girl all the way!  After spending time on Madeira Island, I could move there in an instant.

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