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Lara Ashbaugh

Independence, Missouri Travel Agent
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Lara Ashbaugh

Lara Ashbaugh

Independence, Missouri Travel Agent
Magical Moments Vacations with Lara Ashbaugh, an independent agent with Magical Moments Vacations, OH, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency
Years of Experience: 4
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Family and Romance Specialist

Overlooking Paris
Overlooking Paris

I'm Lara Ashbaugh - My core value in life is Work hard/play hard.  As my client I will work hard to find, organize and book the trip you've been imagining.  And I play hard meaning I still travel myself - I walk the walk and have been to many of the destinations I send my clients to.  

I have the professional experience and the personal experience to take your vacation to the next level.


I've been an avid traveler since my first trip with my family at 5 years old.

My favorite memories from my childhood are of our family vacations.  Some were small weekend trips and others were multi-week affairs - plus everything in between.

That's why I'm a family travel specialist.  I believe the in the value of experiences and connections made on a vacation together.  Whether it's a small family trip or a multi-generational family reunion - I'm there to help with the planning and organization.

I'm a mom to a 3 year old - who took his first plane trip at 9months old.  I understand the unique challenges that traveling with a child brings.  I'm had moments where I questioned my decision to take the trip altogether and I've had moments where his smile and excitement make all the challenges fade away - and remind me WHY I did this in the first place.

My husband and I have been married for over 15+ years - we had many years of travel with just the two of us.  So, in addition to a family specialist I'm also a romance specialist.  I know the value of time spent with your significant other.  Relationships take work to grow and maintain - you learn a lot about someone when you travel together!

I'm passionate about travel, I'm organized, and I'm knowledgeable.  I'd love to help you with your travel dreams!


Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Book with Confidence
Master of Adventure with Royal Caribbean
Commodore with Princess Cruises
Rocky Mountaineer Specialist
Japan Travel Specialist
La Colleccion Expert

My Reviews

Rating: 5 3 Reviews

Disney Halloween trip for spooky loving kiddo

Reviewed By Maxwell - Kansas City, MO | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Lara really helped plan an amazing trip for my family. We went to Disney World during Halloween because our little guy loves the holiday. She got us tickets to the special Halloween after hours party and kiddo had a blast seeing all the villains and Jack Skellington and trick or treating.

She also got us reservations at excellent restaurants that catered to my wife’s gluten allergy. We were not over scheduled at all and were able to relax and have fun. Saved me a bunch of time in researching and bargain hunting I normally have to do. Excellent agent.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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More beauty and culture than we could fathom!

Reviewed By Lacey - Ozark | Traveled to Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe
Lara was so wonderful in helping us navigate what was important to us when traveling abroad! She gave us time between flights but not so much that we spent too much time in airports. She arranged transportation and wonderful activities we enjoyed!! So many sights in Italy we would have not seen, heard of or known how to arrange on our own! The beauty of Italy is indescribable. Plus our hotel in Venice was quiet and beautiful with a window overlooking a church and statue! I felt like I took an art history or ancient history class with all that we learned! We had the time of our lives and we owe it to her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Honeymoon Vacation!

Reviewed By Abby and Eric - Kansas City, KS | Traveled to Mexico
Lara has be so much help! My fiancé and I are going on our honeymoon in August. She’s been able to help us find the perfect destination, resort, flights, etc. We are really looking forward to our trip. It’s been really nice not having to worry about planning a whole trip AND the wedding. She is helping my roommate and her fiancé plan their honeymoon trip as well! I highly recommend!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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