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Samantha Gagni

Chicago, Illinois Travel Agent
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Samantha Gagni

Samantha Gagni

Chicago, Illinois Travel Agent
VS1 Travels, an independent agent with Nexion, LLC, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency
Years of Experience: 2
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Destination Wedding & Group Travel Specialist

My favorite beach in Thailand - Railay Beach!
My favorite beach in Thailand - Railay Beach!

I wanted to work for myself. I left the corporate world as a management consultant of nearly a decade to pursue my true dreams and passions, and I want to help you live yours. Today, I’m a licensed real estate agent with EXIT Realty and the co-owner of VS1 Events, an events and travel planning company.

Basically, if you go on vacation and you really like it…I can help you stay there!  

I have experience planning travel in various capacities all over the world, i.e., destination weddings, honeymoons/romance travel, groups, bucket list travel

 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME:

  • I took a gap year in 2017 to travel the world and it was absolutely life changing - I love helping people find their own change through travel!
  • I’ve been to 51 countries and 36 states so far…would love to experience it all - and I love helping others do the same!
  • I started investing in property and currently house hack in my first 4-flat building - let’s talk about creating your own portfolio!
  • I started streaming on Twitch during the pandemic, cooking at first and then co-hosting a weekly podcast. My Twitch friends call me Raff - come join me! And visit my merch store and order yourself a Cook from Home apron!
  • I want to help you live the life you want, where you want!

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Book with Confidence
Honeymoons and Destination Weddings Specialist
Hurtigruten Expeditions Certified Agent
Certified National Geographic Journeys Specialist

My Travel Stories

How to Maximize an 8 Hour Layover in Munich

Having layovers may be a pain, but if done the right way, can be turned into a free day trip to explore a new place! And that is exactly what we did during our 8 hour layover in Munich. All you need is the energy to power through to explore after... Read more from my How to Maximize an 8 Hour Layover in Munich story.

Portugal: One or Two Week Itinerary

Portugal! A beautiful country full of history, culture, people, food, and views for days. I was in Portugal for a little over a week and basically hit the major spots a bit too quickly (my German travelmate had limited time and wanted to hit Morocco as soon as possible), but if... Read more from my Portugal: One or Two Week Itinerary story.

Backpacking through Vietnam

Vietnam was the first Southeast Asia country that I backpacked through during my four month trip in 2017. It took me three weeks to do the itinerary below, if you have two weeks or less, skip cities that do not appeal to you or stick to either the north or south. 

Hanoi... Read more from my Backpacking through Vietnam story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 5 Reviews

BEST TRIP EVER & FIRST ALL-INCLUSIVE!

Reviewed By Amanda - Chicago | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
We have worked with Sam before and choosing to work with her again was the best choice. We loved how she customized our trip and made it so easy for us. Everything we asked for, she delivered. She even gave us suggestions for apps that will help us navigate language barriers and ideas of what is appropriate to tip in a different country. Things that we did not think about she had covered. We always referred back to her itinerary if we questioned anything. All I know is we will continue to use Samantha's services for any trip in the future. Thank you so much for everything. We had the best trip ever because of you, Sam!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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Definitely the best trip of our lives!

Reviewed By David Von - Park Ridge, IL | Traveled to Hawaii Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
She’s very detail oriented. We’ll definitely use her again for our next travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Meticulously Planned!

Reviewed By Athens, Santorini, Mykonos - CHICAGO | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Samantha was a dream to work with! Given the highly regulated pandemic environment it was imperative to work with not only a travel advisor, but this one in particular! From the transfers to and from each hotel to the ferries needed to travel from island to island, Samantha had every detail perfectly ordered. Her follow-up was impeccable (and necessary due to all of the pre-work needed to be completed before entering Greece). I'm definitely planning all of my future travel with Samantha.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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The most epic 40th birthday trip

Reviewed By Esto - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Samantha was AMAZING... She was very responsive , answered all my annoying questions, had the best recommendations and made booking a trip so easy. My friends and I cannot wait to book another trip with her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Unforgettable honeymoon in Paris, Nice & Cannes!

Reviewed By Jorge & Jillian - Chicago, IL | Traveled to France ~ Europe
Sam is super friendly, well-organized and very knowledgeable! She’s easy to communicate with and addressed any questions we had. Her suggestions and recommendations were thoughtful and made our honeymoon unforgettable.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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My Travel Experience

Places I’ve personally traveled to or destinations I’ve booked for my clients.