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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
17 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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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 Vietnam, Philippines, Bali...and the list goes on. 

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.

Thailand: What an amazing and varied destination. Imagine yourself enjoying drinks at a rooftop bar overlooking Bangkok's city lights, riding an elephant in the jungle, cruising along in a long boat to shop the local floating market, or staying in a fabulous resort with a private infinity pool over-looking the blue Andaman Sea.  There are so many fabulous things to do in Thailand...culture, nightlife, city, jungle, beaches--Thailand truly has it all. And my personal favorite resort in all the world just happens to be in Thailand.   

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.  

Cambodia: Siem Reap is a totally worthwhile extension to any Southeast Asia trip. Enjoy a day or two exploring the ancient cities of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom (seeing elephants and wild monkeys are a bonus!) and spend fun-filled evenings enjoying Pub Street and the night markets. 

Malaysia: I spent a glorious 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.  

My Areas of Expertise

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

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

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My Reviews

Rating: 5 17 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Trip of a Lifetime

Reviewed By RNSantaFe - Santa Fe, NM | Traveled to Japan ~ East and Southeast Asia
I found Danika via random google search. I wanted someone who was accessible to communicate/plan online. From day one, she did not disappoint. This was the first big international trip for my family (husband, 13 yr old, and 10 yr old) and although I researched, I was still uncomfortable planning the 10 day excursion by myself. I gave her a list of things we wanted to do. She also confirmed and added other activities that she thought we would enjoy. Airport transfers, museum tickets, a Mt Fuji hike, and hotels, Danika did it all! I know she worked outside her "normal business hours" because I would send an email at night or on the weekend and she was always quick to respond. I honestly could not have done this without her. She was flexible when I needed things changed and was ALWAYS pleasant. Thank YOU Danika and Travel Leaders for an amazing vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
Thank you so much! I'm so thrilled that you found me and reached out--you were a joy to work with. Thanks for letting me help you plan such an amazing trip. You had some big and wonderful dreams and it makes me really happy that we made them come true.
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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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Wonderful anniversary trip

Reviewed By Cathy L - Columbus, OH | Traveled to Japan ~ East and Southeast Asia
Danika was an amazing resource for helping us get our 5 year anniversary trip to Japan planned and booked. Traveling internationally can be intimidating, so it was wonderful to have an experienced travel agent helping us.
The hotels Danika reserved for us were absolutely perfect for our needs, and we got to have an amazing, immersive experience in both Tokyo & Kyoto. For traveling to/from airports and between cities on shuttles and trains, everything was handled so we didn’t have to worry. She also shared many other recommendations of things to do or ways to make our trip easier, and worked with our hotel concierge on restaurant reservations. It was nice to know that she cared about our trip going well in every aspect.
I'd recommend Danika for travelers going anywhere. I’ve even passed her contact info along to some family members planning a trip in the future, since I can personally vouch for what an excellent job she did planning for my husband and I and how smoothly everything wen
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
What an amazing destination that will make this anniversary one to remember. Thank you for allowing me to help you plan it. I'm so happy that you had a wonderful, stress-free trip! You were so great to work with and I appreciate you sharing my name with others.
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German Adventure!

Reviewed By lmoore - Fredericksburg , Va | Traveled to Germany ~ Europe
All I can say is that everything was great and a huge THANK YOU to Danika! She was so patient, I had never planned a vacation to Europe before and she was amazing! She helped me plan a great itinerary and helped me keep it realistic, as in the time we had and all the places we could visit :) We ended up visiting Frankfurt ~ Nuremberg and Stuttgart ~ Germany. Without her this would have been a horrible vacation. With her handling all the details it was an amazing and I cannot wait to work with her again on the next trip!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
Thank you so much! You are very kind. It was a pleasure working with you and sharing some of my favorite places with you. I look forward to helping you plan the next adventure.
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Amazing Family Vacation, Perfectly Planned.

Reviewed By Susan - El Cajon, California | Traveled to Germany ~ Europe
Danika helped us plan our trip from the very beginning...we started with only a rough outline of cities and attractions we wanted to see. We were in constant contact until we got the details just right. The trip was amazing mostly because Danika anticipated possible problems and solved them before we even left! She helped us balance travel days with sightseeing days so we felt like we got time to know a city before moving on. We didn't want to drive, and her knowledge of transportation available made that easy and fun for us. Her train schedules were spot on, Hotels were expecting us, the event tickets we held worked perfectly. Everything was so well planned that we could just relax and enjoy it. All her suggestions ( where to stay, when to get a driver due to tight train schedules, events to pre-reserve) turned out to be perfect. It was exactly the trip we wanted and I can't thank her enough for helping us navigate the planning process.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
I can't even express how thrilled I am that you all loved your trip! You had wonderful destinations in mind and I thoroughly enjoyed working with you to plan it. I am really happy that you have those shared experiences to cherish---thank you for trusting me with such a grand family vacation. I truly hope to work with you again in the future.
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Canadian Rail Trip

Reviewed By Rgwohlf - Lenexa, KS | Traveled to Vancouver ~ British Columbia ~ Canada
Danika was very responsive and friendly. She updated us if any changes were made to our schedule. The app she gave us for our phone was incredible. It made the trip easy to follow. I would highly recommend Danika to anyone planning a trip. We will definitely use Danika for our next vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
Thank you so much for booking with me. I'm so glad you enjoyed the travel app...and especially the Rockies. I look forward to working with you again for your next vacation.
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Trip to Great Britain

Reviewed By Valerie - Fredericksburg | Traveled to England ~ Europe
When we went in to Travel Leaders for the first time - Danika helped settle any hesitations that we had with using a travel agent. She quickly understood what we wanted and went the extra step in working with us when we chose to extend our vacation beyond the perimeters of the tour. Danika quickly answered any questions that we had and even sent us small gifts to help prepare us for our free time over in the U.K. She has a great personality and made this one of the best experiences that we have had.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
Thank you for entrusting me with your travel planning. I'm happy that we found a great trip for you and that you enjoyed your time in the U.K. I hope I'll have the privilege of working with you again in the future.
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Great Family Trip

Reviewed By Gary - Harrisonburg, VA | Traveled to Czech Republic ~ Europe
I approached Danika with a plan for a family trip to the Czech Republic. She listened carefully to what we were looking for and provided a tailor made trip that fit our itinerary and budget. She was patient in responding to questions and prompt and thorough in all communications. She gave good advice that enhanced the quality of the trip. She was resourceful in responding to special requests. The accommodations were an excellent fit for us, and all the arrangements worked perfectly. Danika made herself available during the trip and responded immediately to the one minor glitch that occurred. The price for her services was very reasonable. Danika was always highly professional, but she also seemed to take genuine pleasure in seeing our trip come together. I could not be more pleased and would recommend Danika highly for anyone planning a trip such as ours.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip and that it was a perfect fit for your family. It was fun for me to put together this unique trip to such an wonderful destination. It was always a pleasure working with you--thank you for the opportunity.
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Friend's Trip to Asia

Reviewed By Sarah - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Japan ~ East and Southeast Asia
Danika was an exceptionally attentive, thorough, and knowledgable travel agent. A few friends and I were planning a trip through Japan and the Philippines, and when I reached out to Danika, she immediately began putting her invaluable knowledge and experience to work. She truly impressed us with her initial outline of our trip.

During the trip, everything was absolutely seamless and comfortable - thanks to Danika. We ended up spending 10 days traveling through Japan (a few days each in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, and 1 day visiting Mt. Fuji). Danika set up tours, airport transfers, flights, and everything in between, making the trip effortless on our end. We wanted to end the trip at a beach, and Danika recommended a resort in El Nido, PH. This part of the trip, much like the first, was meticulously planned and exceptionally enjoyable and relaxing for us.

I plan on using Danika in the future for any trips abroad - I could not have done this trip without her help. Thank you, Danika!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
Thank you! Your words mean so much to me. I am absolutely thrilled that you all enjoyed your trip. It was great working with you to plan this vacation--what a fabulous destination you picked and I'm so glad you made amazing memories. Thanks again for trusting me with this trip of a lifetime.
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As planned - excellent trip!

Reviewed By Allen - Fredericksburg, VA | Traveled to Spain ~ Europe
A travel professional in every way, every detail from pre-trip to return was as discussed and advertised. She made the complicated plans - simple. Great information flow, always ready to assist. Have already recommended her to another family member and would not hesitate in using her again for future trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was my privilege to help you plan this trip--you and your family were a joy to work with. I look forward to working with again wherever your next adventure takes you.
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Great Trip!

Reviewed By Chris - Fredericksburg, VA | Traveled to Europe
Danika is very responsive and incredibly helpful in every way! Easy to work with and very knowledgeable. We will definitely use her again for future trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
Thank you so much, Chris. Your family was wonderful to work with and I look forward to working with you again.
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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! 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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Best way to experience America

Reviewed By Deb - Spotsylvania, VA | Traveled to Glacier National Park ~ Montana ~ USA
Danika was enthusiastic from the start, she made all the arrangements and was available when we had difficulties on our end of the trip and helped me work things out quickly. This was our first big trip and appreciated all the assistance. The train was a unique experience
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
I'm so happy you had a wonderful trip. It was great working with you and fun putting this train trip together.
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AMAZING VACATION!!!!

Reviewed By Stacey - Montross, VA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
She was awesome on assisting us before and during our trip
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
Thank you! I'm so glad you're trip was amazing and everything went smoothly.
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An Amazing Adventure!!!

Reviewed By Angela - Stafford, VA | Traveled to Europe
Danika was absolutely a joy to work with! She knew how to ask the questions that helped us figure out the best European trip we could've imagined. We traveled to Rome, Paris, and three absolutely wonderful cities in Germany!!! She helped us with renting a car for our stay in Germany, secured a Garmin (in English) for our use and ended up extending our rental car agreement for us (1/2 way through our trip) when we changed our mind and decided to keep the car to navigate Germany with. She was spot on with all of her great advise!! Danika made my first trip to Europe a huge success!!! I highly recommend this seasoned, avid travel lover to help out with your adventure of a lifetime!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Danika Barrick responded:
Thank you so much! It's been a blessing working with you. I'm so thankful you enjoyed the beauty of Europe and share these wonderful memories with your family. I hope to help you with your next adventure.
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