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Dave Bonnel

Lawrence, Kansas Travel Agent

Luxury Travel Designer

Ph. 785.842.4000

dbonnel@travelleaders.com

Travel is my passion and what I love to do. I create seamless trips for individuals, couples, families and small groups. Luxury travel, creating customized travel itineraries, and honeymoons are my specialties.

Luxury Travel: The definition of luxury travel will vary depending on the traveler. These services could include privately escorted tours, river and ocean cruises, business/first class airfare, boutique hotels, luxury villas, over-water bungalows, or private luxury tented safari camps. While traveling with convenience and ease is important, my job is to make sure that your travel is worth the investment. With so many travel options available it is essential to have an expert with the specific knowledge of the services and details.  As with all travel, recently First Class and Business class airfare has become more complicated. I specialize in booking upgraded airfare, specifically confirming details such as lie-flat seating, upper deck assignments and private in-flight suites.

Customized Travel Services: I create day-by-day itineraries customized to your requests with reservations, confirmations and contact numbers at your fingertips; all just to make your travel seamless and trouble-free. A simple face to face consultation can help me to create a trip to fulfill your lifetime travel dreams. Do you have a number of destinations that you would like to visit and need to be in specific cities on certain dates? Have you always dreamed of sleeping in a castle in Ireland? Or would you like to spend a couple of weeks in Italy, soaking up the Tuscan wine and sun? Do you have a bucket list of destinations but have no idea where to start? I am a logistics expert and know people on the ground all over the world. I track and manage my client’s bucket lists in order to make their travel goals become reality.

Honeymoons: I love booking honeymoons. Your honeymoon may be one of the most important trips of your lifetime. My goal is to make the "honeymoon of your dreams" a reality. Some couples dream of relaxing on a beach with endless waves of margaritas delivered to their hand. Other couples dream of hiking volcanoes and zip lining through rain forests. Some couples use their honeymoon as a perfect excuse to travel across Europe and see some of the world's most romantic places. I can make any of these a possibility.

Destinations Visited: (in no particular order)

France, Holland, Germany, Belgium, England, Wales, Ireland, Norway, Egypt, Mexico ( x 3), Jamaica, Canada and most of the continental USA.

Please feel free to call or email me at the contact information above.

My Travel Experiences

Cairo, Egypt
Egypt
The Long Room, Dublin
England, Ireland and Wales

Customer Testimonials

Family Vacation

Our experience with Travel Leaders has been excellent. Dave gave us more information and tips on places to stay and things to do then we could have imagined. He was extremely helpful and contacted us via email and phone several times during the process of getting reservations set up. He never hesitated to answer a question or find out the answer to a question if it was one he did not already know. My wife and I would highly recommend him for any travel related plans where some expert advice and assistance is needed.

Provided by Tommy, Taos, NM

Oceania Cruises and St. Andrews!

My wife and I recently returned from a two-week journey bookended by stays in Istanbul and Venice, with an Oceania Cruise connecting those two cities by way of the Greek Isles and several Adriatic ports, and Travel Leaders did a five-star job in arranging passage on Oceania, setting up the necessary flights from Dulles International to Istanbul and back, setting up a guide service for us in Istanbul and Ephesus, and overseeing the details for the entire trip. The best recommendation we can give Travel Leaders---and our travel manager there, Dave Bonnel---is this: we have called on Dave and Travel Leaders to arrange our trip next summer (2015) for a tour of Scotland that includes golf at four courses and two days at the Open Championship at St. Andrews.

Provided by William, Washington DC

True Travel Expert!

We've worked with Dave at Travel Leaders twice and had phenomenal experiences both times. He's organized, responsive, efficient and he's a true travel expert. I appreciate that I can give him a general outline of the vacation I'm imagining and he makes thoughtful recommendations that are right on point. Booking travel online is really accessible these days, but also comes with a lot of risks. I will continue to use Travel Leaders because they always find the most competitive pricing and I know they'll be there to address all of my questions & concerns.

Provided by Amanda, Overland Park KS

My Reviews

13 of 24 people found this review helpful

Peace of mind. And time and money saved!

Reviewed By Paul - Seoul, Korea | Traveled to Blelem, Brazil (Amazonia)
I'm so happy to have an opportunity to give a review of my experience with Dave Bonnel as my travel agent. The guy is absolutely terrific! This is based on not one but a series of complicated trips and travel arrangements spanning years and four continents (so far). Friends and family members are often surprised that in the Age of the Internet I still go to a travel agent, but I tell them he saves me time and money and gives me peace of mind. Even once when I was living in Belem, Brazil, in the north of the country in the Amazon Basin, he got me a much better fare to Seoul, South Korea, then any Online solution I could come up with or any of the local Brazilian agents. The man has literally saved my thousands of dollars, especially because I am often buying tickets for my wife and young son, too. Once I found myself stuck at an airport after missing a connection for an international flight and, well after business hours, Dave helped me find a solution. You can't ask for better service!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Dave Bonnel responded:
Always glad to help my favorite client living in South Korea! -db
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Riu Santa Fe in Cabo is GREAT!

Reviewed By Christy - Baldwin City, KS | Traveled to Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
Very helpful and friendly!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Romantic Rhine River Cruise

Reviewed By Luv2travel - Topeka, Kansas | Traveled to Europe
When you take a large trip, there are so many details involved. Dave was instrumental in making certain our trip went smoothly including airfare, airport transportation, transfers, river cruise, and hotel. We basically had nothing to worry about except showing up. We would certainly recommend Dave for your upcoming trip. He is a delight to work with.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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9 of 19 people found this review helpful

Dave is amazing

Reviewed By Bacon - Lawrence, Ks | Traveled to Negril ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Dave is amazing. He was able to go take exactly what we wanted in a vacation and make it a reality. We are very happy we booked our vacation with Dave!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Great trip

Reviewed By Becky - Topeka, KS | Traveled to Europe
We worked with Dave on all of the details of our trip to Europe. Dave provided us with excellent lodging in all locations and we especially enjoyed his suggestion of an apartment in France. He lined up all of our tours so that our sightseeing was made very easy and fun. There were a few points on the trip where we knew that we might need a little extra support. Dave arranged that for us so that we didn't have to worry about the details. It was a wonderful trip and we would definitely use Dave as our travel agent again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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8 of 18 people found this review helpful

Best Honeymoon Ever

Reviewed By dbyrne88 - Lawrence, KS | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I don't know what we have done without Dave. It was really overwhelming when we first started looking at planning our honeymoon. Dave listened to what we were wanting to get out of our trip and then narrowed down the best options for us and our budget. I would recommend him to anyone and would go back to him again in a heartbeat.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Dave Bonnel responded:
Wow, thank you for the stunning review. I am grateful that I am able to help
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7 of 17 people found this review helpful

Dave paves the way to a memorable vacation

Reviewed By LLStickman - Lawrence, Kansas | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
Dave offered good advice, often went the extra mile to help me visualize the trip.
When we experienced flight and luggage problems, he was available to help us successfully work through them.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Dave Bonnel responded:
Thank you Sir, for the great review. I am glad that your luggage showed up before your river cruise departed. That would have been a real challenge! Stay safe and travel on! -db
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8 of 19 people found this review helpful

Great Honeymoon

Reviewed By Happy Couple - Lawrence, Kansas | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Dave was a very nice professional who got to the point of what me and my new wife was looking for. The resort we picked from his provided selection was amazing. Will defiantly be looking towards using Dave in the future fore more trips. Great overall experience.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Dave Bonnel responded:
Always glad to help make a successful honeymoon! Stay safe and travel on! -db
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0 of 4 people found this review helpful

Jamaica 20th anniversary

Reviewed By Rich - Olathe, KS | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Dave is the best!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Dave Bonnel responded:
Thank you sir! As always, I appreciate the vote of confidence. -db
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4 of 12 people found this review helpful

One trip off the bucket list.

Reviewed By Jackie - Topeka, KS | Traveled to Peru ~ South America
Dave helped us plan a 2 week trip to Peru. We were on eight different flights, needed to get in and out of the country and to accommodate our various places of interest, without any problems. We were met four times in Peru with transportation to our hotels, which was wonderful. There were just two of us traveling and looking up and seeing our name for transportation was such a relief. All we had to do was enjoy our time there, in a beautiful country with wonderful people.

Dave is very professional, extremely knowledgeable, and very organized.

I highly recommend using Travel Leaders and Dave.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Dave Bonnel responded:
Thank you for the great review, I am always glad to help someone visit such an amazing destination like Machu Picchu! I will let you know when I see a deal to your next bucket destination. Thanks! -db
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8 of 20 people found this review helpful

2 excellent vacation trips I've ever had!!

Reviewed By Bob - Lawrence, Ks | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Dave was very helpful and gave me some very good option to pick from. I have now used Dave's twice and he has been great to work with. Can't wait for the next time.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Dave Bonnel responded:
Third times a charm right? We'd better make the next one special! Thanks for the review, I'm always glad to help! -db
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9 of 22 people found this review helpful

Friendly, trustworthy help with all travel needs

Reviewed By Addison KH - Lawrence, KS | Traveled to Rabat ~ Morocco ~ Africa
I have worked with Dave for work and personal travel. Whether I need domestics flights for 30 people, international flights for 10, or group hotel bookings, Dave is my go-to person. He and the rest of staff are always friendly, efficient, and helpful. Even though TL is a national network, Dave makes it feel like a small town local business.

These folks provide stellar service even when they don't stand to gain anything. I recently had to change travel plans and thought I’d lose $200. Even though I hadn't booked with him, I called Dave to ask for advice. He was incredibly reassuring in telling me how to solve my problem with a full refund. He even followed up later with more information.

Planning travel can be really stressful, but Dave's care and diligence helps me rest easy and enjoy the journey because I know I have someone reliable in my corner. I highly recommend to any and every one!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Dave Bonnel responded:
Thank you for the wonderful recommendation. Often times I have people who transfer from required business travel, over to optional leisure travel, and I am glad to assist with both! Thank you! -db
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7 of 19 people found this review helpful

A Perfectly Blissful Honeymoon

Reviewed By Britt - Baldwin City, Kansas | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I would recommend Dave to anybody! He is a great agent and will work with you until your vacation is the way want it. He always answers and accepts calls and emails and he always has time for his clients! Great destination and honeymoon. We never had one problem on our trip. It was flawless!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Dave Bonnel responded:
Honeymoons are too important to leave up to chance! I'm glad I could may yours a success! Congratulations and I hope your marriage is as wonderful as your honeymoon! -db
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7 of 19 people found this review helpful

Great trip!

Reviewed By Missy - Tonganoxie, KS | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Dave was great to work with while planning our trip from start to finish. He was very eager to help in any way he could. He handled our flights (nonstop!), resort reservation, and our transportation (private!) to and from the resort to the airport in Cancun. He made sure we had everything we needed for the trip. He offered suggestions on excursions and things to do while in Mexico.
We will definitely call on Dave for our next vacation!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Dave Bonnel responded:
I must admit that love those nonstop flights from KC to Cancun! If only they had them more often! As always, it was my pleasure to help. Keep me in mind for your next trip! -db
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7 of 19 people found this review helpful

Wonderful trip with friends

Reviewed By bb - O, KS | Traveled to Pris, Rhine River and northern and western Germany
Dave was great with reviewing, checking and suggesting.We are very pleased with his service during our trip and help in planning and booking before travels.b
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 19 people found this review helpful

First Avalon River Cruise

Reviewed By KB - Kansas | Traveled to Danube ~ On the River ~ At Sea
Booked our first Avalon River Cruise thru Dave. He answered all our questions about what to expect for the trip. He booked our hotel for extra nights at end of trip. It was nice having Dave to help us plan this Dream Trip. Had a Great Trip and plan to go again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Dave Bonnel responded:
First river cruise, but you must have liked it! You've already booked your second! I hope you enjoy the next one just as much! Thank you again, -db
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