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Lindsay Heabel

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Travel Agent

Platinum Vacation Specialists, Inc., a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

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“So, You Want to be a Rock 'n' Roll Star or Just Travel Like One?"

Look no further!  I started my career in 1991 booking A-List Celebrities, Musicians, Professional NFL teams, and even helped coordinate travel for a Presidential Campaign!

As a connoisseur of First Class Air, Luxury Hotels, Villas, and resorts around the world I personally understand what you should expect and receive upon your arrival and am not afraid to ask for assistance with special requests or needs on your behalf.

Do you have a complicated travel request involving scheduling conflicts and differing interests, but you all want to take a vacation together to create memories and celebrate a special occasion?

Are you planning a romantic getaway, or even your honeymoon with a “WoW” factor, but are overwhelmed with all the information online and don’t know which direction to go?

Do you have a concern that you’ll make a costly mistake by listening to suggestions from well-meaning friends or booking an online deal?

With years of experience as a travel consultant and agency owner, I’ve learned that listening to my clients is by far the most important part of planning a vacation.  It’s not ‘my vacation’ nor the vacation of anyone but the person traveling.

It’s best to get started with a complimentary 20 Minute Complimentary Consultation so that you can share with me how you envision your vacation, ask me questions, and learn about how a travel professional is able to assist you. 

I have an online scheduler at AppointmentWithLindsay.com or you may call 855-424-6588 Ext. 710.  If you need to make an appointment outside of normal business hours, please let me know and let’s work together to find a time that works.

Personal Bio and Travel Career Experience:

Blessed with a childhood of opportunity, I vacationed with my family for months each winter in the Florida Keys and Bahamas.  Extended vacations during the school year did not indicate a deprivation of an education, but enhanced it. My brother and I were privately tutored by our mother with classroom lessons prepared by our teachers at our school in Cedar Rapids.  Each afternoon we explored our surroundings and embarked on unique adventures such as swimming with the porpoises and sea lions, which in turn we wrote stories and reports with photos to share with our classmates back in Iowa.Summer Camp in Minnesota introduced me to friends with diverse backgrounds and unique tales from foreign countries and all 50 States. Several trips to Europe, boarding school in Chicago, and college soon followed, however lack of focus on any one subject for a major was proving to be more difficult.

Wishing to waste no more tuition on electives, in January of 1991, I took a semester off to live in Vail, Colorado.  Snow quickly melted, boots turned to sandals, and the ski season concluded, including my winter job. Desperately scouring the classified ads in the Vail Daily, I came to the realization that I possessed no skills other than those of being a professional student and loving people, and then, the ad that changed my life appeared.  Travel School. 

I enrolled at the Travel Trade School of Boulder the next day.Graduating with straight A’s, I landed my first travel gig at an agency specializing in treks to Nepal and Asia. Desiring a faster paced environment, more suited for my personality, I moved from ‘Trekking Expedition Planning’ to Thor24, a reservations service for some of the most lucrative travel agencies in the country which included planning travel for A-List Celebrities and the ’92 Bush-Quayle Presidential Campaign.

Following Thor, I accepted a position at AJA Travel which catered to professional athletes and many well-known TV celebrities.  Denver in the 1990’s was a growing hub, only second to Seattle, for the Alternative Rock scene and my friends in the music industry helped me define my niche for being a specialist in Rock Star Travel.  ‘Needing it yesterday’, expertise with airline contracts, and being on a first name basis with the head concierge at global luxury hotels are experiences which prepared me well for transitioning into being a travel entrepreneur.

  • 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Louisiana Department of Economic Development
  • Certified Travel Associate (CTA) via the Travel Institute
  • AMResorts Master Agent
  • Starwood Pro Agent
  • Certified Sandals Specialist Since 2009
  • Fairmont Hotels Famous Agent
  • 26 years of travel industry expertise in planning Luxury Vacations and design amazing VIP vacation experiences so that you can travel like your favorite Legendary Rock Star

What is one of the most memorable and exciting vacations I’ve created? “

It was a 2-week honeymoon to Dubai and the Maldives. My clients few first class to Dubai and stayed at the 7 Star Burj Al-Arab for several days where I arranged private tours and experiences unique to that region. They then flew to the Maldives where they stayed in an over the water villa at the Anantara Veli Maldives Resort.  

Here is your Backstage Pass

Over the Water Bungalows in Paradise
Over the Water Bungalows in Paradise

 

 

 

 

  • Complimentary Consultation
  • Destination Reports and Professional Reviews
  • Access to Exclusive Hotel Programs
  • Comprehensive affordability search with Preferred Travel Suppliers for best value & luxury travel experience while protecting your vacation financial investment
  • Customized Itinerary Creation and Reservations
  • Arrangement of Private VIP Tours and Activities
  • Choice of Travel Insurance
  • VIP Letter sent on your behalf to General Manager of hotel / resort advising of special requests, upgrades, and amenities.
  • Trip Reminders, Tips, Resources, and Identification Requirements.
  • Payment Plan options.
  • Travel Documents and Personalized Trip journal designed exclusively for you detailing your upcoming vacation.
  • Pre-Travel Consultation
  • Support During Travel

My Reviews

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Dream Wedding Vacation!

Reviewed By Josh & Keri Edmonds - Ely, IA | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
From start to finish Lindsay was able to answer our questions and guide us in the right direction in making the right decisions for our trip. She listened to what we wanted for our vacation and showed us several different options and prices. Our group experienced a slight issue once we were on the resort, and Lindsay was very quick to respond to our message and get things sorted out for the group!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lindsay Heabel responded:
Thank you, Keri! I appreciate your kind words and it really has been such a pleasure assisting you, your family, and friends for your destination wedding. I really appreciate you reaching out to me about the room situation for your family and I am grateful to the room inventory manager for her immediate response once notified of the room issue. Love the pictures, and again, thank you.
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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Wedding, Family and Friends!

Reviewed By Erica - Galena, IL | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
With this being my first time traveling out of the country along with my grandma and her friend, Lindsay was extremely friendly, helpful and reassuring. Lindsay was always available to answer questions at any given time. It was a pleasure working with her! :)
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lindsay Heabel responded:
Thank you, Erica! It has been wonderful helping you and am thrilled to know it was a success. I love the adventurous spirit of your family and look forward to assisting you in the future. And yes, I really loved the pictures!
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0 of 3 people found this review helpful

This was a wonderfull trip

Reviewed By Landry Group - Thibodaux, La. | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Lindsay is a pleasure to work with and does everything in her power to accomadate us in what ever we ask for.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lindsay Heabel responded:
Thank you, Kitty! I really look forward to assisting you and your group each year, whether it's a new destination or a favorite resort from years past. It's always nice to hear that the Concierge or personal group coordinator to you has delivered on their promise to exceed your expectations. The memories that you and your friends create are priceless and I'm honored to be a part of planning your vacations. Lindsay
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0 of 3 people found this review helpful

Has booked us the best trips ever!

Reviewed By Steib - Vacherie, LA | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Very helpful when things aren't going just right.
Easy to get in touch with.
Always willing to do what is needed for our trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 7 people found this review helpful

Lindsay is THE BEST!!!!

Reviewed By Caryn - Baton Rouge, LA | Traveled to
Lindsay has been my go-to Travel Agent for several years now. My husband and i decided at the last minute that we wanted to bring our 3 children on an all-inclusive vacation over the Christmas Holidays. And we wanted to make sure we stayed somewhere kid friendly. And we HAD to stay within our budget. And we HAD to fly out of Baton Rouge (instead of the larger New Orleans airport). And our dates were not flexible. Within 3 or 4 days, Lindsay had 5 different options for us to choose from. We narrowed it down to 2 choices and took Lindsay's advice on which one to choose. Lindsay assisted us in passport advice, room selection, airplane seat selection, airport pick up/transfers, etc. She also planned our family trip to Disney a few years ago - I'm hoping this Jamaican Holiday is a bit more relaxing than Disney was! Lindsay is experienced, thorough and dedicated. She sent me emails after hours and on weekends trying to help us find a dream vacation while still staying within the parameters we set. I have worked with Lindsay since 2006. She has planned at least 4 vacations for us. I have referred her to friends and clients. I highly recommend her and whole-heartedly trust her recommendations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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