laurie johnson| curated luxury travel | pura vida vacations
WHAT WE DO
Having your own professional and certified travel advisor is like having a private concierge for all things travel - qualified, experienced, knowledgeable, connected, and always working to make your next trip the best one you've ever had.
Our professional planning fees cover a wide variety of tasks and services including but not limited to:
Domestic and international air (commercial + private)
Hotels, villas, and resorts
River & ocean cruises
Day tours and excursions
Dining & entertainment reservations
Unique cultural experiences
Group travel coordination
Train and private transportation
Support during travel (email, app, or phone)
Note: we do not book AirBnb or VRBO properties
LUXURY DEFINED YOUR WAY
Our clients are those looking for a more authentic travel experience. They desire to immerse themselves into the destination and travel like a local with insider knowledge provided by our team of travel experts. They are looking for a custom experience rather than to be part of a large scheduled tour group.
HOW IT CHANGES YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Often our clients will receive additional amenities and benefits from our suppliers.
You won't lose tens or hundreds of hours each trip staring at a screen with dozens of tabs open.
You won't go around in researching circles so many times that you miss the best opportunities.
Most likely you are taking a vacation to disconnect and unwind - you'll no longer start that off with months of stressful planning.
You'll never wonder what experiences or opportunities you didn't know about that you might have missed.
You won't waste money.
You won't waste time.
Your entire experience will be professionally planned and documented.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIY
Awful hotel rooms that don't match the brochure-like images
Travel insurance that doesn't actually work when you need it
Waiting on hold for days at a time to airlines, cruise lines, hotels, and tour companies when you have a question or need help
Tired and frustrated fellow travelers
Wasted time trying to get from A-B
Poor document preparation
Denied entry and re-entry
Finding out activities and sites are closed or limited when you arrive
Struggling to find dining options in a limited capacity or busy seasons
Our planning fees are a one-time payment per household per trip. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. We will book all elements of your travel as listed above.
White-Glove Planning Fee
$200 + tax / household
This white-glove planning fee allows us to plan, research and book every element of your vacation from the list above, all while staying within your budget and in alignment with your personal travel style.
Extended vacation 10 days + $250 + tax / household
Longer stays and multiple destinations price upon request
Group Travel Planning
$350 + tax / group
Before bringing together a group of your favorite friends, family, followers, or clients we will work with the group organizer to curate the perfect itinerary. Each traveling household will then work with us individually to align their travel arrangements with the group plan, while at the same time meeting their personal travel needs. This is a planning and research service only.
Emergency Support / Rebooking Fee
$250 + tax / household
Need to cancel your trip and rebook the same vacation for a later date? We can take care of the tiny details from canceling each element of your current booking to confirming new dates. Should you need rebooking services while you are away we can also take full care of that.
If you have never worked with a professional travel advisor before (or a great one), you'll find our process effective and efficient.
If we haven't already had a quick 15 minute video or phone chat this is where we listen to your ideas and travel goals.
Choose the planning package that suits you best, sign our simple contract and schedule in your official planning meeting.
In this 60-90 minute virtual meeting we'll kick off the planning process. We will ask you a number of questions aimed at getting to know your travel preferences and style.
RESEARCH, PRESENTATION AND ADJUSTMENTS
We will present you will a full itinerary containing options for travel, activities, accommodation, and pre & post-cruise packages. Request any small adjustments before we lock in your trip.
WHILE YOU ARE AWAY
We will only ever be an email or call away if you need us. In the event that you need to activate your emergency support plan, we will be on standby and ready to help.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
The only thing better than getting home is having your next trip in the pipeline. We'll get you scheduled for that next trip right away whether you want to take in a month or a year.