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Danika Barrick

Fredericksburg, Virginia Travel Agent
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Danika Barrick

Fredericksburg, Virginia Travel Agent
A Full-Service Travel Leaders Associate Agency
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Asia Travel

Great Wall of China, Beijing

Living in Japan offered me the opportunity to travel around Asia. Asia has some of the most fascinating history, larger-than-life sites, fabulous resorts and top-notch customer service. These are some of the potential places to visit--but there's also Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and the list goes on. 

Malaysia: I recently spent a week in Malaysia savoring the luxurious resort life and fulfilling my dream of staying in an over-water bungalow…on a private, tropical island. Think spa treatments, infinity pools and even a sunset dinner on a private beach with an exclusive chef and butler. This setting exuded romance making it the perfect choice for our anniversary celebration and was worth every minute of the flight across the Pacific. Kuala Lumpur has lively outdoor markets, a great China Town and the twin Petronas Towers often seen in movies. A highlight of the trip was a jungle tour to visit the elephant orphanage where I got to feed and interact with them and watched the elephants play in the river.  

Japan: Japan is a unique country full of lovely people and places. The locals are the most honest and thoughtful I’ve ever encountered. It is steeped in rich culture and timeless traditions. The streets and store fronts are immaculate, even in the big cities, and the train system is on point. Tokyo is a great city with abundant shopping. For the Disney fan, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are ones to add to the list. Japan also boasts a Universal Studios, a Hello Kitty theme park and indoor ski resorts. Or ride Japan’s famous Shinkansen high-speed “bullet” train to another destination or enjoy a luxury train excursion. In Kyoto you can see the stunning Golden Pavilion and, if in-season, the most amazing display of fall leaves I’ve seen anywhere. Another fabulous destination is Mount Fuji—she is truly beautiful and the views from the lake are breathtaking. Japan is a playground for the adventure seeker--scuba and snorkeling, hiking and climbing, kayaking and rafting, skiing and snowboarding--Japan has it all. Japan offers wonderful 5-star hotels and resorts, but for a truly authentic cultural immersion, choose a traditional Ryokan inn and sleep in a tatami room. Wherever one heads in Japan, traditional tea ceremony and bathhouse experiences are not to be missed.

China: One simply must experience China first-hand to appreciate the scope of its wonders; it’s virtually indescribable. Beijing has a lot to offer—the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and, of course, it is the gateway to the Great Wall of China. It is surreal walking—or often crawling along on all fours because it’s so steep. The wall is massive and outlines the hills as far as the eye can see. Eat Peking duck and attend a Chinese Opera—while perhaps not for some, they are definitely memorable. Riding across the busy streets in a Rickshaw is an exciting, hair-raising adventure. The cherry blossoms at Beijing’s Summer Palace were absolutely breathtaking. The city of Xian was my favorite. There is an ancient wall around the entire city so wide two semi-trucks could drive side-by-side and we rode tandem bikes around it. From there we took a tour to the best part of the trip--seeing the terracotta warriors. This was simply amazing. From Xian we flew to Guilin to take a cruise down the river through the most intriguing and stately haystack shaped mountains.

Hong Kong: This metropolitan city is both modern and beautiful. During the day we took the tram up Victoria Peak to enjoy the views and at night we sat and watched as the high-rise buildings entertained us with their light show across the bay.

Singapore: This small country would be an excellent first exposure to Asia. It is modern, clean, safe, easy to navigate and the official language is English. It is also a great launching point to the rest of Asia and the main airline allows for extended stop-overs.  

My Areas of Expertise

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Royal Caribbean Master of Adventure
Avalon Waterways Specialist
Japan Travel Specialist Advanced Master's Course

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My Reviews

Rating: 5 4 Reviews

Best 30th Anniversary Ever

Reviewed By Dan - Ruther Glen | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Danikas professionalism and knowledge of the travel industry made the experience for out 30th wedding anniversary exceed our expectations. We have recommemed Travel Leaders to all that would listen. With it being our first cruise we had no idea of what we were getting in to. From booking our stateroom to printing out our boarding passes and luggage tags she went above and beyond in making sure our adventure was flawless. She even took it upon herself to send us a bottle of wine and a cheese and fruit tray on our anniversary. All of our future travel plans will be going through Danika.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
I truly appreciate your kind words. I am thrilled that you had an amazing cruise experience and that it made your 30th anniversary a memorable one. Thanks for entrusting me with such a special celebration! It was a joy to work with you and I look forward to helping with your future travel plans.
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Smoothest, worry-free trip ever

Reviewed By Lorri - Dallas, TX | Traveled to Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe
Danika took care of every detail, going above and beyond my every expectation. She never hesitated to jump on any of my ideas and special requests, making my dream trip come true. Her research was amazingly thorough, giving me options I would have never thought of. I felt safe and secure knowing every detail was in place. I can't thank Danika enough for making my trip so carefree and easy, I had an unbelievable, amazing time!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
Thank you, Lorri! It was a joy to work with you in planning this trip. I'm so pleased you had an amazing time. Rome is a wonderful place and it makes me happy that you enjoyed it so much. Thanks for your kind words.
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Awesome travel agent

Reviewed By DD - Fredericksburg VA | Traveled to Mexico ~ Mexico
Danika is so knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Made our booking a beeeze.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
Thanks so much for letting me help you plan your trip. It was a pleasure working with you.
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A unique railroad enthusiast related trip

Reviewed By Boomer John - Springfield VA | Traveled to Poland ~ Europe
Very helpful. Did a great job planning a unique railroad enthusiast related trip to Harz Mountains Germany and Wolszytn Poland. Always on time and helpful with a smile
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
It was such a pleasure helping you plan this trip. I enjoyed the research and challenge of learning about a unique destination and very exciting adventure. Thank you for the privilege of assisting you.
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