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Bill Schmitt

Naperville, Illinois Travel Agent
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Bill Schmitt

Bill Schmitt

Naperville, Illinois Travel Agent
Travel Now Vacations, an independent agent with Nexion, LLC, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency
Years of Experience: 25+
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Maeklong Railway Market in Bangkok
Maeklong Railway Market in Bangkok

My love of travel started back in 1979 when I was 17 years old. I had won a contest and the prize was a trip to New York City. Being only 17 and having been born and raised in the Milwaukee area, this was huge. So, off my mom and I went.... I know that we were both awed and amazed by everything we saw. It was so different than what we knew in Milwaukee. The sights and sounds were intoxicating. I think the pivotal moment for me on the entire trip was sitting in the lobby of the hotel and hearing all the different languages being spoken all around me, and the great diversity of people there. There were several airline crews staying at the hotel, so quite a few beautiful people on their way to far off places.... It made me realize that there was so much more out there.

A short 3 years later when I was a freshman in college, I was making my first international trip as part of a study abroad program in the Soviet Union in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin. Imaging going to Russia in 1982 at the height of the cold war... oh the stories I can tell you of what happened on that trip.... seriously call me if you want to know more. Anyway... I can say without certainty that trip did change my way of thinking and really increased my awareness of the world around me. Later that same year I had the opportunity travel to China, again with a study abroad program with the University of Wisconsin. The love affair with far off places and the need to see and experience them became very real.

In 1984 I started working at a small travel agency in Milwaukee called Eileen Collins Pleasure Tours. Eileen was a wonderful lady and taught me everything there was on how to be a great travel agent. She was an incredible mentor and I owe my entire 36-year career in the travel industry to her. Since those early days I have travelled around the world and have visited six of the seven continents... Antarctica you are next on the list. I love to share my vast experience and knowledge with all of my clients to help them get the most out of their travels. When you are ready to travel, to get away, to explore, to get lost in a destination... I am here and ready to help.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Book with Confidence
Certified Active and Adventure Travel Specialist
Australis Cruises, Grand Cayman, Jamaica,
Aruba, Costa Rica, USVI, Hawaii, Virgin Voyages
Quark Expeditions, IGLTA, Hurtigruten, G-Adventure
Virgin Voyages, Crystal Cruises, Ponant Cruises,
AmaWaterways

My Travel Stories

Miami and Havana Fiesta With Norweigan Cruise Lines
Bangkok With Day Trips
Summertime in Corfu, Greece
Scenes from Scotland
Patagonia

Discover Patagonia by Land and Sea

Patagonia is a region encompassing the vast southernmost tip of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile, with the Andes Mountains as its dividing line. The Argentine side features arid steppes, grasslands and deserts, while the Chilean has glacial fjords and temperate rainforest. Argentina’s famed RN-40 highway passes the pinnacles of... Read more from my Discover Patagonia by Land and Sea story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 3 Reviews

First leg of the 50 state tour!

Reviewed By Jack M. - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Wyoming ~ USA
Bill designed a very affordable nine-day trip for me to visit four states. He is very responsive and a pleasure to work with. I will definitely use his expertise for the next batch of states!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bill Schmitt responded:
Thanks John for your kind words. I enjoyed working with you to plan your trip through the Rocky Mountain states and I can't wait to see where you will go next. Bill
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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The best trip of our lives !!!!

Reviewed By Izzy - Plano il | Traveled to Las Vegas ~ Nevada ~ USA
My experience will Bill was awesome ! He helped me with ideas and sent me many different places to choose from for my honeymoon ! And I ended up booking to Vegas with all his help I had an amazing Time of my life! Definitely will be booking with him forever!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bill Schmitt responded:
I'm so glad to that you enjoyed your first trip to Las Vegas for your honeymoon and look forward to working with you again in the future! Bill
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Took care of everything!

Reviewed By Michelle - Naperville, Illinois | Traveled to Texas ~ USA
Bill was amazing! I would recommend him to everyone!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bill Schmitt responded:
Thanks Michelle, I am so glad I was able to help you with your trip so you could be with your son on his graduation from military training. We thank him for his service and your support. Bill
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