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Jo Ann Buening

La Crosse, Wisconsin Travel Agent
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Jo Ann Buening

La Crosse, Wisconsin Travel Agent
A Full-Service Travel Leaders Associate Agency
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Alaska Destination Specialist and Travel Expert

In my favorite destination!
In my favorite destination!

Alaska became a state of the union on January 3, 1959, the same day I was born. I must have been destined to make this my specialty and over the years, I have developed a passion for Alaska! My first visit to ‘The Great Land’ was in the mid ‘80s. Fast-forwarding to the summer of 2014 finds me having completed my 11th visit to Alaska. These journeys have included both sea and land; each time I visit Alaska, I see something different and every time I return, I think, ‘when can I go again?’ There is something intriguing about Alaska that draws me back, time and time again. I’m not sure if it’s the crispness in the air, (I’ve been told you get more oxygen when in Alaska); maybe that’s why I feel so good when I am there, or maybe it’s the friendly people who live in Alaska, or maybe it’s the pristine beauty, or maybe it’s the way life seems to pass so much more slowly in Alaska. Whatever it is … it’s a place I want to return again and again. I have a PASSION for Alaska! When shopping for a trip to Alaska, I equate it to going to the grocery store and trying to find the ‘plain’ French dressing in the salad dressing aisle. It’s pretty difficult; there are WAY too many choices. That’s where I come in. When you are thinking of traveling to Alaska, e-mail me, give me a call or come and see me. I will ask you qualifying questions about what you want to see and do during your visit and will help you find the French dressing (or in this case, the best trip to Alaska!!) Alaska is a very large state (it would cover 1/5 of the lower 48); it’s difficult to see too much of it in one visit, as one inch on a map may result in eight hours of travel time. Since I’ve visited and traveled so much in Alaska, I will be able to help you find the trip that is right for you and your capabilities. Some clients want to stay busy the entire time, while others want to sit back and just enjoy the beauty of Alaska. I will be able to guide you and help you make good choices. I will not only help you make the choices that are right for you, I will assist you during the entire process, including trip research, trip booking and then, about one month prior to your departure, prepare you for your trip. Should you have questions or want assistance with choosing shore excursions, I am happy to assist. Whether I have experienced the shore excursion during one of my travels to Alaska or if one of my clients has, I will provide you with what knowledge I can. I’ve sent several hundred travelers to Alaska and would love to assist you with this ‘trip of a lifetime’, whether it is your first visit or a return visit to see more. Did I mention that I have a PASSION for Alaska? In addition to the hundreds of individual travelers I have sent to the Great Land, I’ve organized several multigenerational groups, including those up to 54 travelers, to this destination. Alaska is a wonderful choice for a multigenerational trip to mark a milestone birthday or anniversary – or for a family reunion. There is something for everyone – young and young-at-heart alike. On the cruise, almost everything is included (accommodations, food, entertainment and more). I help to make it a very easy trip for the group leader as well, as I make the arrangements and take care of the details. All of these groups have been a great success and I have received many referrals (from my happy clients) for their friends and relatives who have subsequently called me to plan THEIR Alaska adventure. I look forward to helping you plan an amazing trip to this beautiful destination. Did I mention that I have a passion for Alaska?

What my clients have shared ...

"We planned and saved for our Alaska trip for 15 years. As first-timers, we had endless questions, and were treated as if our trip was the most important one of the season! Jo Ann guided us through every part of our Alaska planning, walked us through every step of the trip and answered the endless questions. She was fabulous and so was our trip! We will definitely book more with Jo Ann!" Michael and Joanne W., Ferryville, WI

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
Certified Luxury Travel Specialist
Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Alaska Destination Specialist
Elite Cruise Counsellor/Luxury Cruise Specialist
Princess Cruises Commodore
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Specialist
Travel Leaders Certified Travel Specialist

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My Reviews

Rating: 5 8 Reviews

Viking Grand European River cruise

Reviewed By JM - Tomah , WI | Traveled to Prague ~ Czech Republic ~ Europe
We have been working with Jo Ann for 9 years, and her assistance with ALL our travel needs, and even a couple Crisis situations, has been stellar!! She makes a serious effort to really know her clients- their interests, preferences, special needs, and comfort level with traveling within the USA and abroad.
She is excellent in searching out the answers to all questions, and providing good advice, both from a personal and a professional perspective. We absolutely would not travel without Jo Ann's knowledge and expertise to guide us. We cannot speak more highly of her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jo Ann Buening responded:
Clients like you are why I LOVE my job!!
7 of 18 people found this review helpful
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Bucket list trip

Reviewed By Michelle - La crosse wi | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Jo Ann Buening is very knowledgeable with Alaskan cruise. She took the time and sat down with several of us to go over documents. She had suggestions of sites to definitely see.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 18 people found this review helpful
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A Joy to Work With

Reviewed By Kaps - Marshfield, WI | Traveled to England ~ Europe
JoAnn has always been very helpful, providing timely information and various options to choose from. We live a couple hours from LaCrosse and we choose to work with her for our travel needs. Typically a small group of 6-8 travel together and she has been excellent at arranging cruises, tours, and before/after stays to extend the fun.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jo Ann Buening responded:
Thank you for your kind words. I enjoy working with your group as well!!
6 of 18 people found this review helpful
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Great trip

Reviewed By Jerry - Onalaska Wisconsin | Traveled to Vietnam ~ East and Southeast Asia
Great person to work with
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great Travel Guide!

Reviewed By MommaLouie - Winona MN | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Joann was extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy with our group of 8. Her experience really helped guide us to a perfect vacation. She KNOWS Alaska inside and out! We were exptremeky pleased with her services and she took the time to deal with all of our requests!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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The advise and recommendations were excellent

Reviewed By Skip - Onalaska, WI | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
I appreciate the thorough and attentive attention I have received. Jo Ann's support has been very timely and professional. I am looking forward to my next trip which she has provided a great deal of information and support.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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China

Reviewed By Jerry - Tomah Wi | Traveled to Beijing ~ China ~ East and Southeast Asia
My wife & I first had contact with Jo Ann in 2008 when we booked an Alaskan trip with her. (Jo Ann is an Alaskan trip expert). We were so impressed with her efficiency that since 2008 we have booked 8 river cruises to Egypt, China, Russia, Grand European, Holland, Portugal, France X 2, and 2 ocean cruises to the Mediterranean & Baltic countries. Jo Ann is always very thorough when planning a trip and she will go over all the specifics of the trip.
She has always been available to help us even when we were out of country. The day we were to leave Cairo Egypt in 2010 was the same day all European airports closed due to an eruption of a volcano in Iceland. There was a lot of confusion in Egypt about how we were going to get home. The communications systems in Egypt was not the most efficient. We were eventually able to fax JoAnn from Cairo and within an hour she replied with specific instructions for our return. She kept in contact with us until we were safely back home.
GREAT SERVI
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Excellent Cruises Planned by Jo Ann

Reviewed By John and Andrea - Stone Lake, WI and Sedona, AZ | Traveled to Baltic Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Jo Ann is extremely knowledgeable and efficient. She has found many wonderful cruises for us. She has an excellent relationship with the top cruise companies. She pays attention to detail and makes sure all the "i"s are dotted and "t"s are crossed. She quickly gets to know your likes and dislikes so her suggestions and recommendations are tailored specifically to you. She is friendly and easy to work with. We will continue to use
Jo Ann for all our travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 16 people found this review helpful
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