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Shellie Vander Schaaf

Sioux Center, Iowa Travel Agent
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Shellie Vander Schaaf

Shellie Vander Schaaf

Sioux Center, Iowa Travel Agent
A Full-Service Travel Leaders Associate Agency
Years of Experience: 3
44 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Leisure Travel Specialist

Making friends with the locals in Maui, HI
Making friends with the locals in Maui, HI

Vacationing across the U.S. from Arizona or Washington to Florida, New York to Hawaii or traveling to international destinations are reflections I'll cherish dearly.

As a Trusted Travel Advisor, I look forward to helping you not only "see" destinations but also experience the different cultures through all the senses and create your own life-long memories whether your celebrating a special event such as an anniversary or honeymoon, or you are just ready to get out and travel.

Each person has their own idea of a vacation which is very different from the next. Contact me so I may help you discover your own vacation and make your dream a reality.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Trusted Travel Advisor
RIU Hotel Specialist Training
Hawaii Destination Specialist Training
Jamaica Travel Specialist Training
Backroads Specialist Training
AMResorts Master Agent Training

My Travel Stories

Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Sayulita
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Amazing Poke Bowl - best at Foodland - yup! :-)
Maui, Hawaii
Central Park
New York City
Universal City Walk
Orlando, Florida
Welcome to Las Vegas
Things to do in Las Vegas besides gambling :-)

My Reviews

Rating: 5 44 Reviews | 100% Recommended

awesome trip!

Reviewed By Nancy - Sioux Center | Traveled to Cozumel ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
so easy
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thanks for taking a few moments to fill out the review - glad you had such a wonderful getaway!
10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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So much fun!

Reviewed By Todd - Orange City, IA | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Shellie was very helpful and knowledgeable about travel information.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Awesome trip! !

Reviewed By Linda - Pella, Iowa | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
Very positive experience working with Shellie!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Best honeymoon!

Reviewed By Alejandro & Jasmine - Sioux Center, Iowa | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Shellie was quick to respond and super great to work with! She made sure we had a relaxing honeymoon. We would definitely use her services again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thank you - glad you had a wonderful time - Blessing on your new life together and I look forward to assisting you again in the future! :-)
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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The best honeymoon we could have ever asked for!

Reviewed By LR - Sioux City, IA | Traveled to St. Thomas ~ Virgin Islands ~ Caribbean
Shellie was absolutely amazing and worked so hard to provide us with an amazing honeymoon. She made sure that everything was taken care of and we had all the necessary paperwork and information in time. Shellie made sure we knew about Covid documentation necessary for our destination and helped us stay on top of timelines for that information. I would go to Shellie again to plan my next vacation!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Congratulations again on your new life together - it was a pleasure assisting you and helping you make your new beginnings so enjoyable and relaxing! :-)
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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A Wonderful Trip amidst all the chaos at home!

Reviewed By The Smits Just Married.....40 years ago! - Hull, IA | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Shellie was great to work with.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
So happy you enjoyed your special anniversary trip and were able to relax and enjoy some extra exploring :-)
7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Punta Cana Trip

Reviewed By Nate - Iowa | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
She did an excellent job working with our group and helping us with whatever we needed.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thanks for the great review! It was a pleasure working with you all and I look forward to helping you sometime in the future :-)
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Exceeded our Expectations!

Reviewed By Nyla - George, IA | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
Shellie was extremely knowledgeable about Hawaii. She asked pertinent questions in order to really discover what we wanted in our trip. Shellie communicated very well with us. She arranged conveniences on our trip that made traveling easier. We are very pleased with the services and customer services that we received.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Aloha! Great to hear you had such a wonderful trip and were able to take in so much of what Hawaii has to offer - thanks for the great email review as well :-)
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We had an amazing trip!

Reviewed By Brenna - Hawarden, IA | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Shellie was very informative and let us know immediately if changes needed to be made. She gave us many options in the price range we asked for and there were never any hidden fees that were unexpected. Also made sure we were aware of the things we needed to do to travel internationally in the time of COVID
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thank you! I loved the pictures you send and seeing the great adventures you were able to participate in! :-)
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Travel Agent Extraordinaire

Reviewed By Kim - Sioux Center, IA | Traveled to Utah ~ USA
Shellie went above and beyond to help us plan our trip to the SW. She saved us a lot of time by researching hotel options. She also suggested excursions that fit our interests. Shellie was even patient and accommodating when we changed our mind about the car rental. Finally, we appreciated her timely responses to our questions. I have already recommended Shellie and the Travel Advantage to my friends.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thank you so much!! - I am so pleased you enjoyed your trip! Personally, I can't wait to go back myself. Looking forward to working with you again. :-)
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Best travel experience

Reviewed By Kayley - Peosta, Iowa | Traveled to Montego Bay ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
She was great! Super easy to work with and answered all of our silly questions we had as we do not travel much!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Never a silly question ;-) Glad you had a wonderful time and I look forward to helping you in the future!
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What a fabulous way to spend your 45th Anniversary

Reviewed By Perry and Val - Le Mars, IA | Traveled to Black Hills ~ South Dakota ~ USA
She was very personal, friendly, did follow up as she got more information she thought we'd be interested in, It was a perfect fit for us our age. It was a wonderful experience for our 45 anniversary
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Awe thanks :-) So glad you enjoyed your anniversary and in such a beautiful part of our country and you didn't even need to travel far :-) Congratulations on 45 years!!!
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Most beautiful place we’ve visited!

Reviewed By Heather - Hull, Iowa | Traveled to Lahaina, Maui ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Shellie went above and beyond to accommodate us when our Covid test results were not back in time for our first flight. We are forever grateful for her patience with making it possible for us to still go!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
You're too kind :-) So glad you had such a wonderful trip and you were still able to vacation in such a beautiful destination!
6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Amazing honeymoon, even during a global pandemic!

Reviewed By Marlee - Tea, SD | Traveled to Riviera Nayarit ~ Mexico ~ Mexico
Shellie was wonderful! She was so communicative as our first (and second!) resort closed due to the pandemic, and always helped us find the best option! Just a couple weeks before our trip, a better option re-opened and Shellie called us right away and got us an even better experience and deal! What could have been a very stressful situation was nearly stress-free for us, entirely due to Shellie's time and efforts!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
What a whirlwind, eh? :-) So glad you were able to have a great experience and enjoy your time together in the beautiful Riviera Maya!
4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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Amazing family vacation!!

Reviewed By Melissa - Maurice, Iowa | Traveled to Oahu Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Shellie has been amazing to work with. We actually had to cancel our first trip and reschedule another. Shellie made the process simple and painless! She is very knowledgeable of the places we asked about, listened to our requests and respected our budget! I would recommend anyone who wants to plan a trip to talk to Shellie!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Mahalo...you are too kind! Glad you had a wonderful time with your girls on your vacation. Hawaii is so beautiful and happy you were able to experience it after your 1st trip was cancelled. Blessings! :-)
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Really enjoyed our week here!

Reviewed By GoGranny - Rock Valley, IA | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Went above and beyond to find what we wanted.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Family Fun in the Sun

Reviewed By Kreykesa - Sibley, Iowa | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Working with Shellie was a great experience. After our first conversation with Shelly she quickly responded with vacation options for our family. She listened to our vacation wish list and helped us find the best resort for our family. Shellie was very knowledgeable and made traveling a breeze.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Glad to hear everything went well and you were able to enjoy time away with your family :-)
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It was a wonderful trip with great friends!

Reviewed By The Clucks - Paullina, Iowa | Traveled to Jacksonville ~ Florida ~ USA
Shellie was so helpful. This trip would not have been possible without her expertise. Due to covid, this trip was rescheduled until we finally were able to leave on our third try.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall :-) I'm sure you had a fabulous time together. Glad you were finally able to go!!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Fantastic trip, hotel, and scenery!!

Reviewed By Y and M - Omaha, NE | Traveled to Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
Over the top wonderful and loved her willingness and timeliness in answering questions and helping with technological aspects since we are old!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thanks - you make me smile because you are definitely not "old" :-) Glad you had a wonderful and relaxing time!
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Stress free vacation from start to finish!

Reviewed By Dominate the Republic - Iowa | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Shellie was our go to for any and everything with our trip! She helped coordinate three families with a 7 day 6 night vacation in Punta Cana. This trip was as easy as easy as could be in the middle of covid and we can thank her for that! We will use her every time we travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thank you so much - I am so glad you were able to experience a stress free and enjoyable vacation. I look forward to working with you again! :-) Happy New Year!
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Honeymoon

Reviewed By Ericson’s - Hawarden, Iowa | Traveled to Mexico
It seemed very overwhelming as newbies but in all actuality it was a very easy and well planned trip. Shellie took the stress out of everything. It was very smooth for us and so much fun.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Yay - I'm glad you enjoyed your honeymoon and time away! Now that you are experienced, your next getaway won't seem so overwhelming but I'll be here to walk you through again :-) :-)
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Best Anniversary trip!

Reviewed By Jenna - Lincoln, NE | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Very responsive in a timely manner and if she wasn't in the office, someone else responded. Very patient as well.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Again, thanks for the great review and for sending pics....looks like you had a wonderful time soaking in the sun! :-)
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Great 50th Anniversary trip.

Reviewed By Jan - Le Mars, Ia | Traveled to Hawaii Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Excellent, friendly, thorough, answered my many questions and helped with Safe Travel Hawaii stuff.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Hard to beat Hawaii :-) So glad you had such a marvelous time celebrating your anniversary!
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Grateful for the memories made!

Reviewed By Melany - Brandon, SD | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Very helpful
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Beaches Ocho Rios was fantastic!

Reviewed By Vacay Momma - Ripon, CA | Traveled to Montego Bay ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Shellie was amazing! She kept us informed of travel restrictions and flight changes as they occurred and without her assistance we would have done our Covid tests on me day too early which would have caused us to have a very large unexpected expense testing at the airport!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thank you! :-) I'm glad everything went so well and you had such a wonderful time with your family, I look forward to hearing more about it!
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THE BEST AGENT EVER!!!!

Reviewed By Terri - Austin | Traveled to Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
Shellie was amazing planning a trip with two moms and 12 college kids! She sorted through all the details with each kid and figured out the room arrangements and how to best organize ourselves for the trip. The itinerary she created was SPOT ON and very thorough. She always responded back to each of us when we had questions and made sure we were complete covered during the pandemic with additional documentation etc.. Shellie is a TRUE PROFESSIONAL and through our communications she seemed so genuine and professional and I felt like she cared! I will definitely use her again. I
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thank you so much!! - it was a pleasure working with you and I look forward to helping with any travel plans you have in the future! :-)
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Great trip

Reviewed By Tiff - Hull | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
She was very helpful and answered all our questions in a timely manner
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thank you for the review - I look forward to helping you again in the future :-)
4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Awesome get away

Reviewed By thankful - OC, IA | Traveled to Mexico
Shellie was helpful, knowledgeable and fun to plan our trip with! She went above and beyond !
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thanks for the review - it was a pleasure and fun to work with you in planning your family getaway! :-)
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It’s always a good time.

Reviewed By Emily - Washta, Iowa | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Great!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great vacation without the work!

Reviewed By Megan - Ankeny, Ia | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Shellie helped make the vacation great without the work of having to do all the paperwork! She took care of all our customs forms, reservations, and having a driver ready for us so we were able to relax and enjoy our vacation!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
So glad you had such a great time - I look forward to helping you with your whole family next time :-)
5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Our First Trip outside of the country!

Reviewed By Zach & Brittney Bonnema - Sioux Center, IA | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
She was so helpful in finding the right resort for us! Sent me plenty of options to look through, which I really enjoyed! I will definitely reach out again the next time we go on a trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
So glad you enjoyed your stay and I look forward to working with you in the future! :-)
5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Honeymoon to Mexico

Reviewed By Alicia - Orange City, Iowa | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Shellie helped narrow down resorts that were within our budget and preference. She gave us several great options to choose from without it being an overwhelming amount of options, thus we were able to find the perfect location for us! Shellie was organized and kept us very informed/updated regarding all the travel changes that came with the pandemic. I will most definitely keep Shellie in mind for future vacations!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thank you so much!!! Glad to hear you had a wonderful time and I look forward to working with you again!
5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Great family trip to Universal!

Reviewed By Mom of boys - Ireton, IA | Traveled to Universal Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
She was great to work with planning our Universal Trip! Everything went smooth.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great Experience

Reviewed By JHawk - LeMars, Iowa | Traveled to Costa Mujeres ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Very professional and got back to us in a timely manner, which was appreciated.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Love the Hotel, not the weather.

Reviewed By Lisa - Sioux Falls, SD | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Shellie is very fun and easy to work with. She is always prompt returning emails or calls answering questions.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Christmas in Jamaica l!

Reviewed By ADB - Boyden, IA | Traveled to Negril ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Shellie was so helpful with helping us pick out our vacation spot. We had lots of questions and she always answered them with a quick response. She took the time to look into several different options for our family.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Highly recommend Maui

Reviewed By P&D - Orange City, IA | Traveled to Maui Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Shellie was very helpful and readily available. Very prompt response to any emails or phone calls.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great trip experience

Reviewed By TThor - Tea, SD | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Very good service and set us up with an awesome resort.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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I’ll never forget our honeymoon!

Reviewed By Lexie Miller - Des Moines, IA | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Shellie was kind and helpful right away. She heard our wants and needs and worked hard to recommend places she felt would fit that. We were blown away by our honeymoon. Truly everything we could have asked for and the process was a breeze thanks to Shellie.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Easiest Honeymoon Trip Ever!

Reviewed By Joey - Orange City, IA | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Shellie was wonderful! Very timely with any questions or requests we had. Was very excited for us and we felt comfortable with her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
I so glad you had a wonderful long-awaited honeymoon - you deserve all the best and I felt privileged to have been allowed to assist you along the way! :-)
6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Wonderful family trip

Reviewed By Phil and Jan - Sioux City, Iowa | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Shellie was great to work with. Communicated well, planned well, and the details of the trip were flawless.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thank you - it was such a pleasure assisting you with your special family vacation! :-)
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Great trip!

Reviewed By Vonk - Ireton, IA | Traveled to Kauai Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Shellie was great planing our trip to Kauai fir us. She also booked our excursions which made things so much easier for us when we got there and we didn't have to worry about not getting things right of we booked them.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thank you ~ Glad you were able to enjoy a great trip to Kauai and able to experience some fun excursions as well :-)
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Best trip ever!

Reviewed By Lucky - SIOUX Center | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Shellie was wonderful to work with. She did an amazing job organizing our trip and answered all our questions!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thank you so much - so glad you were able to enjoy your crystal clear water and soft white sand :-)
5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Cancun Mexico - Live Aqua

Reviewed By BK - Sioux Center, IA | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Shellie was great to work with and quick to respond! Highly recommend!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Shellie Vander Schaaf responded:
Thank you so much, it was a pleasure helping you plan your vacation. Glad you had a wonderful trip!
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