Diverse & Experienced Personal Travel Expert
I am excited about sharing in my clients' lives through travel. For every milestone along life’s path, I have created trips that provide lasting memories. From honeymoon to retirement celebration, I’ll help with a vacation experience you won’t soon forget!
I’ve created more than 1,000 individual trips to every continent in the world. I combine my extensive personal travel experiences with the special pricing and perks available from my wide-ranging list of suppliers. I’ve helped hundreds of clients with honeymoons, destination weddings and family reunions. Whether it’s a small group looking to journey through several countries or a couple looking for a romantic getaway, I can find the right match for your wish list and budget.
New destinations for seasoned travelers is a speciality of mine. Many people start exploring the world with the wonders nearby. The Caribbean and Mexico are close at hand and I have an agent who specializes in high-end beach trips. For those who are looking to expand their vacation options, trips to Hawaii or Alaska may come next. Then, England and Europe are added to the mix. And the most intrepid will book an Africa safari or a small-ship cruise to Antarctica.
My agents and I can arrange a variety of services at all budget levels. We offer everything - package tours, cruises, and independent trips – but we don’t do airline tickets alone.
New York for newcomers is another fun trip! I enjoy helping families who want to take their kids and grandkids to New York for the holidays--I've done that myself.
Sometimes grandparents want to take the entire family on a cruise over summer vacation or to Disney for a week. We make all of the arrangements so you can spend more time enjoying your family!
I grew up in my family’s music business, which gave me my start and even connected me with my husband of 35 years, Bryan, who was hired as a salesman! Some of my earliest memories are of doing whatever was possible to help the client.
Through the years, my husband and I devoted our lives caring for troubled teens. We co-founded Glenhaven Youth Ranch, a residential care facility for at-risk youth. Over the course of 13 years, I was a foster mother to over 100 teens and taught in the ranch's on-site school.
My personal travel experiences led me to a small, home-based travel agency and I quickly realized the power and opportunity of e-commerce. I founded Global Dream Vacations and built it from a one-woman office to a multi-state entity with many, trusted agents.
Military benefits are an option for some. I work with active-duty and veteran’s groups to utilize all the tour and travel discounts available to them. I’d have never guessed that I’d have a son who at age 20 became a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. I have a special desire to help Vets get every perk or benefit possible.
Where to next? Jamaica is my favorite destination to unwind and relax. Once we arrive in Jamaica, the cell phones go off. We recently took a family heritage trip over two weeks in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. My husband and I did a lot of off-the-beaten path exploring and traced family roots to their birthplace.
My specialty is YOU! I specialize in my clients. I specialize in you. The keystone of how I built my business is customer service. Those clients that I’ve been working with for 15 years or more, I believe will speak to my desire to make their travels unique.
I offer a level of attention that clients deserve and have come to expect. I’m in a long-term relationship with my customers and most of my new clients are referrals. I was able to add three experienced agents to my business thanks to all the new clients referred by people I’ve worked with successfully.
My clients are always at the forefront of my mind. I find out what’s on their bucket list and what they dream of doing. Whether a visit to Italy’s Amalfi Coast or Alaskan cruise, the minute I see a trip that I think they might be interested in, I’ll let them know.
Hear from some of my happy customers:
Greg G. said about his honeymoon: ‘Everyone should experience the expertise and professionalism that you offer and I plan to refer anyone I know to you.’
Mary & Adam said: ‘Booking and working with you made everything carefree!’
Brian & Lisa said: ‘I will continue to recommend you to anyone that is looking for a trip that will be an experience of a lifetime.'
My Areas of Expertise
CERTIFICATES & AWARDS
My Travel Stories
The best trip of our lives!
I'm so pleased it all went as desired! I look forward to working with you on future trips and sharing the world together.
Toasting Our Wonderful Travel Agent
Great trip to England, Scotland and France
It's a pleasure and joy to work with clients who allow me to share in their experiences!
Epic Adventure Made Effortless
Also we received a very useful and thoughtful gift from you in the mail - the luggage scale. I have used it already on one checked bag and plan on using it so many more times! Seven days on the beach might not be enough. If it’s not, we will let you know when we are ready for our next adventure.
Best trip ever!
Once In A Lifetime Trip to NYC Realized!
It is always a joy to hear a trip goes as desired, but especially when it is fulfilling a life time dream. Thank you for letting me share in this special experience!
Laura Knows Her Stuff
I'm delighted to use my experience and expertise to make your travels more enjoyable. I'll look forward to helping you again!
Exceeded our expecations!
My goal is always to exceed expectations and I'm so delighted I was able to do so for your family! Thank you for the detailed information on the stay. I look forward to the next opportunity to help your family explore the world.
Family Dream Vacation
I appreciated you contacting me during the trip as well as upon your return regarding the unexpected issue with the rental car. As we discussed, I'm uncertain how the rental car records were incorrect as the invoice I provided showed the correct details. It is always our desire to provide a seamless experience, but we recognize things go wrong that are out of our control. It is in those cases that we especially appreciate the feedback so we can work harder to assure it is not repeated.
Once the selection was made, Laura and Global Dream Vacations handle all the little details that we may have overlooked such as insurance, transfers to and from the airport, and personal preferences at the resort. We felt more secure knowing in the event we may have had any issues on the trip that Laura would be able to assist directly.
Thank you, Julian & Sarah, for the pleasure of sharing in your travel plans. I'm so pleased that the choice of Sandals Grande St Lucian fulfilled your desires and the recommendations and service provided were the assistance to make this a better experience. I look forward to working with you again!
Definitely recommend Laura
Thank you for the kind words! Your continued confidence in my assistance is invaluable to me and I look forward to working with you again in the future. Blessings, Laura Elmore
Best travel advice
Thank you for taking the time to send a review. It is a help to me as I continue to build the business. I value your business and look forward to continuing to work together as you enjoy the world. Blessings, Laura
Enjoyed Europe without the hassles
Eastern Mediterranean cruise
Thanks, Nick, for the kind words! Laura
Global Dream Vacations
much easier from beginning to end. She is efficient with our reservations and
and expert recommendations on transportation, lodging etc.
From her own traveling experiences, she has guided us to the countries and
mode of traveling that best suits us.
We appreciate Laura's travel expertise, as well as her friendship!
Thanks, Pam! It has been a pleasure to work with you and I look forward to sharing more of the world in the future. Laura