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Justine Sjurseth

Brookings, South Dakota Travel Agent

Agent specializing in Romance travel & Groups

I would love to be your dedicated travel expert. In the five years I have been with Travel Leaders, I have helped hundreds of clients find the perfect vacation to fit their needs. I specialize in honeymoons & destination weddings for Mexico & the Caribbean. I also take the hassle out of planning travel for small or large groups. If you choose to work with me, my promise to you is that you will have a skilled, competent, and caring advisor to help you before, during, and after your travel.

My Travel Specialties

Beachfront wedding at Secrets Maroma Beach

Destination Wedding Specialist

Destination Weddings are a great option for many couples who wish to be married in a beautiful setting, and have all the planning and organization of the ceremony & reception simplified. Many times, destination weddings in Mexico or the Caribbean are less ... Read more from my Destination Wedding Specialist bio.

Sunset at Barcelo Aruba

Honeymoon and Romance Vacation Specialist

I help clients looking for unique experiences create customized vacations to fit their needs so that they can travel confidently and worry-free. My number one goal is to create a stress-free and collaborative travel planning experience.

I was named one ... Read more from my Honeymoon and Romance Vacation Specialist bio.

My Travel Experiences

Great view of Palm Beach & Riu Palace Aruba
Amazing Aruba
Orchid courtyard at Loews Royal Pacific
Loews Royal Pacific & Universal Orlando
Rooftop wedding location at Azul Beach Resort
Family Friendly Wedding Resorts in Riviera Maya

Eating like a local in Puerto Vallarta

When I first signed up for the "Vallarta Eats - Signature Street food & taco tour", I was skeptical. In the past, when I have participated in local tours like this, the guides end up bringing you to a commercialized store, and giving you some free time to explore, all the while ... Read more from my Eating like a local in Puerto Vallarta story.

Exploring Aruba

As I exited the airport, and the first thing I felt was the hot sun on my face along with the gentle cooling breeze. So far, I like Aruba. There was no stress at the airport, even though 3 planes landed at the same time. Also, I haven't been harassed once by a pushy timeshare ... Read more from my Exploring Aruba story.

Orlando Mini-moon

It's easy to cringe when you think of vacationing as a couple in Orlando. After all, standing in long lines under the hot Florida sun, with kids running around everywhere, isn't most people's idea of romance. It certainly wasn't mine.

However, the reality is, taking a long honeymoon to some faraway place right after the ... Read more from my Orlando Mini-moon story.

My Reviews

38 of 66 people found this review helpful

All Inclusive Mexico

Reviewed By Sylvia - Sioux Falls, SD | Traveled to Hard Rock @ Riviera Maya
Very easy to work with, ensured everything was included in our trip that we were looking for, gave some great recommendations. Very glad that we booked with Justine! Will definitely do it again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you for your review, Sylvia! You were a pleasure to work with and I look forward to helping you again in the future!
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34 of 63 people found this review helpful

The best trip yet!

Reviewed By Stephanie FIscher - Albany, MN | Traveled to Jamaica (November 2015) and Dominican Republic '13
I have booked my honeymoon and a family vacation with Justine. She was extremely helpful in finding us great resorts and went out of her way to change a flight for my in-laws because of weather. I also recommend her when someone is thinking of going on a vacation. Her advice and expertise makes our vacations the best they can possibly be!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you for your kind words and for your repeat business! I truly appreciate you as a client!
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29 of 54 people found this review helpful

Another wonderfully planned trip

Reviewed By Lisa P - De Smet, SD | Traveled to Mexico
Justine is the "best" in my book. When I tell her I'm ready for a trip, she has 3 trips for me to choose from usually within a couple hours. She knows what flight connections, where I want to go, what I like to find at a resort and what seats I like on the plane. She pays attention to every little detail and even gives tips when traveling out of the country. When arriving home from paradise, there is usually a card waiting in your mailbox welcoming you back. Detail is everything in the travel world and Justine does it with a kind heart and a warm smile!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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32 of 60 people found this review helpful

Definitely the best trip we went to!

Reviewed By Sayler23 - West Fargo, ND | Traveled to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
She is very easy to get in touch with and always get answers back in perfect time. I would definitely go through her again in the near future. The trip we went on went smooth round trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you for your review! You were a pleasure to work with, and I am so happy you had a wonderful trip!
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31 of 59 people found this review helpful

Good Time in Cabo

Reviewed By Gus - Florence, SD | Traveled to Los Cabos ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
Justine was very informative, she always got back to us to answer questions and make all the confusing changes that we made during our booking. She made all the changes with a smile. We will be using her again in the future.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you very much for your review! I look forward to working with you on your next trip!
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32 of 61 people found this review helpful

fair trip/but not because of accommodations

Reviewed By Bacon - Lyons, NE | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Justine has always returned my phone calls promptly and been more than willing to help with any questions or concerns we have had prior to our trip. She also made the trip very easy to navigate and the accommodations were just as she said they would be. We appreciate everything she did to make our trip enjoyable.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you for your review! I look forward to working with your family again, and finding accommodations or a cruise that work a little better for you. I appreciate your business!
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27 of 53 people found this review helpful

Cancun Wedding

Reviewed By Andy S. - Sugar Land, TX | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Justine was great to work with! She was able to coordinate travel plans a group of 35 people flying out of different parts of the US without any incident. She gave all travel options available to help us get the deal possible deal available. Before our trip, she sent out a comprehensive travel packet of everything we would need to know for our trip so there were no surprises! She completely removed the stress of planning a big international trip. I would recommend Justine to anyone planning a trip to Mexico!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you very much Andy! You were a pleasure to work with, and I hope to work with you again in the future!
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35 of 69 people found this review helpful

Very fun and nice resort

Reviewed By Chris Heim - Watertown SD | Traveled to Los Cabos ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
This is the second time we have planned our trip with Justine. She is wonderful. She's gets back to you in such a timely manner and I refer her to a lot of people. Will never use anyone else. We are already planning our trip for next year and I'm emailing right now. Great person to have at your travel agency.

Thanks
Chirs Heim
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you so much for your feedback! I love working with you and I can't wait to do it again!
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Quick trip to Italy

Reviewed By Denise - Chanhassen, MN | Traveled to Tuscany ~ Italy ~ Europe
Justine was amazingly attentive to every detail in planning our Italy trip last minute. During our stay, we wanted to make a hotel change due to scheduling and she was immediately there to take care of it for us. We had no worries, just a nicely planned trip that included airfare, trains, car and hotel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you for your kind words, Denise! You were a pleasure to work with!
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6 of 12 people found this review helpful

Great Preparation

Reviewed By Kirsteng - Brookings, SD | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Justine had everything coordinated and prepared for our European cruise. We didn't need to worry about anything!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you very much for your review! You were a dream to work!
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31 of 62 people found this review helpful

EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS!!

Reviewed By Brandon & Heidi Bury - Clear Lake, SD | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Justine was a PHENOMENAL Travel Agent from start to finish. She gave great input of her personal opinions after learning what we were looking for in a Vacation. We have traveled to the Caribbean 4 times prior and were skeptical of trying a new resort. Justine recommended a particular resort which exceeded our expectations by far! She was able to "hit" all of the qualities we were looking for and we had a fantastic time!!! If you are looking for a great vacation but unsure where would be great, allow Justine to match your expectations with a resort! She was very knowledgeable and we will not be using any other Travel Agent! We had major delays and cancelled flight problems trying to get our vacation started, (thanks mother nature! :)) Justine was promptly on the phone trying to find us different flight options and was successful! We even got an extended day at our resort, we couldn't believe it! Justine, YOU ARE GREAT! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Can't wait for our next trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words! You are really fun to work with and I can't wait to help with your next trip!
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

LeeSwann Jamaica fun

Reviewed By LuceeBrown - Indian Head, Md | Traveled to Montego Bay ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Justine was a BLESSING to work with!! She provided us with things that we weren't thinking about. Whatever questions we had she answered. She was always at our convenience. She made you feel like old friends!!! Thanks Justine!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words! I had a lot of fun working with you and your family!
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2 of 5 people found this review helpful

Great Family X-Mas!

Reviewed By Bo - Brookings, SD | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Justine listened to what we wanted for a vacation, and what our anticipated budget would be, and came back to us within 24 hours with a solution that met all of our expectations!
I highly recommend talking with Justine for your next vacation!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you very much! I can't wait to work with you again!
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Honeymoon!

Reviewed By Kristen - Brookings, SD | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Justine was great to work with when we decided to book our honeymoon on such short notice. We will definitely be contacting her again for future vacations!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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33 of 71 people found this review helpful

Fabulous Destination Wedding travel coordinator!

Reviewed By Abby - Houston, Texas | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Justine was absolutely amazing!! She handled our destination wedding to Mexico of 37 people without a single problem! She was sweet, professional, and always willing to help! Not only did she book our flights and hotels but she booked an amazing excursion for us and our wedding guests to enjoy. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone wanting to book a trip, wedding, or honeymoon. She is Fabulous!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you so much Abby! I absolutely loved working with you and your family.
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33 of 71 people found this review helpful

Best trip EVER!!!!

Reviewed By Meggan - Baltic SD | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
This is our second time booking a trip with Justine and she never fails to do an amazing job! She never does anything half way! Everything is planned so well that we do not have to stress about traveling! I love that she always asks for feedback from her clients so that she can share that information with her other clients to make sure they go somewhere great! We are extremely greatful to Justine for the wonderful service she provides!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you so much for your kind, and detailed review! I love working with you and can't wait to do it again!
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30 of 65 people found this review helpful

Best vacation yet!

Reviewed By AL - Sioux Falls, SD | Traveled to Riviera Maya, Mexico
I have worked with Justine for two vacation experiences in Mexico. Justine is wonderful to work with, cares about her clients, and is passionate about her work! I will continue to work with her with future trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you for your kind words, and I look forward to helping with your next trip!
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31 of 69 people found this review helpful

FUN FUN

Reviewed By A&B - Pipestone, MN | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
She did a great job explaining our resort reservations and what not even though it was a new location for her to send clients.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you very much for your review! You were a pleasure to work with and I hope to have the opportunity to work with you again in the future!
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22 of 55 people found this review helpful

Honeymoon Trip

Reviewed By Jarad and Megan - Brookings | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Working with Justine made planning our honeymoon vacation very easy. She was very responsive in answering questions that we had and made good recommendations for resorts with reasonable quotes.

The one and only issue that we had with planning was some miscommunication about the inclusions with the resort. When we asked if our resort included a catamaran cruise we were told that it did. When we arrived we found out that this was not true. You had to book this separate with an extra cost. Another experience we understood was supposed to be included with the resort cost was scuba diving. We were told that this should have been free of charge as well but that was only for couples that were PADI certified. Even then, you had to pay $50 for the use of the equipment. There is also no snorkeling gear to rent out from the water sports area if you want to just go snorkeling in the beach front area.

Other than not having some of the things listed above included, our overall trip was great!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Justine Sjurseth responded:
Thank you for your feedback! I appreciate your honesty and I am sorry about the miscommunication. It was foolish of me to assume you knew that you needed to be certified to go diving. As for the snorkel gear and catamaran cruise, you are absolutely right. Those things should have been included, and I will be contacting our suppliers to get to the bottom of that. Your vacation experiences are very important to me, and I thank you for the opportunity to try and make this right.
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