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Buffy Aronstein

Suffern, New York Travel Agent
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Buffy Aronstein

Suffern, New York Travel Agent
An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Albertville, MN
20 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Travel Consultant - Listening to your needs

Latest Trip to Italy
Latest Trip to Italy

I had a very fulfilling career as a Speech Pathologist, but with time, I changed and healthcare changed and I found my job to be less fulfilling. In 2009, I contracted the flu, which led to pneumonia and a one week hospital stay in isolation. Funny thing about being in isolation… there's nothing to do but think. I wish I could say that I figured out ways to end hunger and ignite world peace but actually what I found myself thinking about, was a long needed vacation. And if not now, when? Staring out the hospital room window down into the parking lot to wave to my children, I had a new perspective - life is short, it's not always perfect but we should at least enjoy the ride!

The first thing I did when I felt better was plan an amazing family trip to St. Lucia. It was one of the best trips we've ever taken and it was then that I realized I wanted to help other people bring their dream vacations to life. It's not really all that different from being a therapist. The definition of rehabilitation is the act of restoring something to its original state. In my mind, that's exactly what a vacation is meant to do. Vacations recharge our energy, they give rest and relaxation - often when it is needed most, and best of all, vacations help us connect with the people we love.

Our family trip to St. Lucia wasn't about how great the destination was (although St. Lucia is awesome!) but rather about how it made us feel. We were able to spend time together and do things together without the stresses of everyday life getting in the way. We put aside the bills, the medical concerns, the homework and simply enjoyed eachother's company while making amazing new memories.

Everyone deserves to leave the stress of life behind and take a vacation. And what could be a more fulfilling career than planning those trips and making peoples dreams come true!

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Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Registry
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Certified Special Needs/Accessible Travel Advocate
St. Lucia Specialst
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My Reviews

Rating: 5 20 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Best Vacation Ever

Reviewed By Meg - Hackettstown, New Jersey | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Buffy was wonderful to work with! She was very knowledgeable and informative regarding all areas pertaining to our trip to Alaska. Buffy was always available to answer our questions and resolve the few issues that arose during our trip. I would highly recommend her to friends and family and look forward to her planning our next vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Buffy Aronstein responded:
Thanks so much for the kind words Meg! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your vacation! Can't wait to work together again!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Awesome Aruba!

Reviewed By LesK - Summit, NJ | Traveled to Aruba ~ Caribbean
Buffy was easy to work with and took our initial idea ("Let's go to Aruba!") and ran with it. She found out that the hotel we'd heard so much about was undergoing a big contraction project during our stay, so she recommended another hotel that we liked even better! Our flights were easy and her restaurant recommendations were spot on. We hadn't worked with a travel agent since our honeymoon 20+ years ago, and Buffy made everything refreshingly easy!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Buffy Aronstein responded:
Thanks Leslie! So happy your family had an amazing vacation and so glad to have been a small part of it!
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The trip of a lifetime

Reviewed By Sarah - Nyack New York | Traveled to Bali ~ Indonesia ~ East and Southeast Asia
Buffy was great to work with. She got back to us quickly. My husband and I were originally planning a trip to Greece and after we told Buffy what we wanted out of the trip, she made other great suggestions. She truly tailored the trip to our needs.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Buffy Aronstein responded:
Thank you so much Sarah! I absolutely loved working with you and Greg! So glad you enjoyed Bali and had a fabulous honeymoon!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Our Cayman vacation was just perfect...

Reviewed By Jackie - Katonah | Traveled to Cayman Islands ~ Caribbean
Buffy made my latest travel experience a complete success. Not only was she responsive with planning but she followed up with helpful hints, travel tips, and activity suggestions that allowed me and my family to have a fun, trouble-free vacation. Our Cayman Islands vacation was just perfect... Can't wait to plan our next summer trip to Italy with Buffy Aronstein.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Buffy Aronstein responded:
Thanks Jackie! Love seeing those smiling faces! Can't wait to plan the next one!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Cross that off the bucket list!

Reviewed By Dee - New York | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Buffy was the ultimate professional. She listenened to what I liked to do on vacation and tailored my trip to not only meet but exceed my expectations!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Amazing trip in Cancun

Reviewed By RT1022 - New York, NY | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Buffy was super great and easy to work with. She planned us the most fabulous vacation in Cancun and we could not have had a better time. She gave us great advice and provided us with the plans for a seamless vacation. This was our second time working with her and I would definitely recommend her planning services to anyone looking for a great vacation!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Buffy Aronstein responded:
Thanks Rebecca for the kind words! Always a pleasure working with you! So glad you had a great time!
18 of 38 people found this review helpful
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A DREAM HONEYMOON!

Reviewed By Jackie Traver - Pomona, NY | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Buffy was so amazing to work with when planning my honeymoon to Greece. She answered every and any question i had, she was super fast when replying to my emails, and she was genuinely eager to create an amazing itinerary for us. She made sure we worked through any conflicts I had with pricing and scheduling, she was super detailed, and explained everything perfectly. We did not have one single issue when we were in Greece because of how precise she was! I absolutely recommend her to anyone, and I plan on using her services again for our next big adventure. Thank you so much Buffy!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Buffy Aronstein responded:
It was my pleasure to be a part of your honeymoon! You were amazing to work with and I am so happy that it was everything you dreamed it would be! I can't wait to plan your next trip!
9 of 21 people found this review helpful
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Another Relaxing Vacation

Reviewed By Matt W - New York City, NY | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
For the third year in a row Buffy was tremendously helpful in arranging my trip. Her knowledge of places, personnel and procedures were invaluable. I will use her again in the future
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Buffy Aronstein responded:
Thanks Matt! Always a pleasure to plan your family vacations!
13 of 30 people found this review helpful
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DREAM HONEYMOON IN PARADISE

Reviewed By Mr. & Mrs. Irace - Middletown, CT | Traveled to Bali ~ Indonesia ~ East and Southeast Asia
We had originally planned on spending our honeymoon in Italy. After going back and forth a few times brainstorming, Buffy created what looked like an amazing itinerary and trip. Then we decided to completely switch things up and go to Bali instead. Buffy went back to the drawing board and put together the trip of a lifetime. 2 weeks - 3 locations - 4 excursions (all private tours) coordinating every aspect of our trip for us. Everything she picked for us worked out perfectly, from the luxurious resorts down to the quality of transportation and the very very kind tour guides we met along the way We could not be anymore pleased with the trip and will definitely use Buffy for all future traveling. We put our trust in Buffy to plan our Honeymoon for us and she knocked it out of the park!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Buffy Aronstein responded:
oh my gosh, you are so kind! I loved working with both of you and can't wait to plan another vacation for you! It was absolutely my pleasure - thank you so much for the kind words!
4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Buffy did the hard work, we had all the fun

Reviewed By Ken - Montvale, NJ | Traveled to Las Vegas ~ Nevada ~ USA
Buffy makes vacation planning simple and hassle-free. She is thorough, patient, and very knowledgeable.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Buffy Aronstein responded:
Thanks so much for the review! Glad you had an amazing trip!
10 of 26 people found this review helpful
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Honeymoon of our dreams!!

Reviewed By Chris and Samantha - Summit, NJ | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Buffy was everything I wanted a travel agent to be and then some! My wife and I got married in September 2016 and Buffy helped me to organize the Honeymoon of our dreams! One of the first things that I liked about Buffy was her eagerness to take the stress out of the whole process for me and especially for my fiance (now wife!)

Long story short, after considering countless travel agents, we decided to give Buffy a shot. And we couldn't have chosen better! She helped us take our vision of the perfect honeymoon and make it a reality. Even when I challenged her with some special requests, Buffy went above and beyond to accommodate me and more then once acted as a champion for my fiance and I when complications arose. She was always available to talk and was quick to respond to questions and requests. I even called her the morning of our flight to help me decide on a electrical adapter! Buffy was absolutely fantastic and I would highly recommend her to my friends and family! Thanks Buff
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
17 of 41 people found this review helpful
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Fun in the sun

Reviewed By Debbie - Airmont, NY | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I've worked with Buffy twice. Both experiences have been wonderful. She took time and found us the perfect vacation and stayed within my budget. Looking forward to planning another trip with her soon.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
16 of 39 people found this review helpful
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Another Great Trip!

Reviewed By Chris and Rebecca - Bloomingdale, NJ | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Buffy made everything as easy as could be! This is the second time we used her and both times have been hassle free and great experiences! My wife and I are super busy and don’t really have the time to go through the seemingly endless reviews online. Buffy is super knowledgeable, great with communication, and gets the best price plus some extras. We will continue to book vacations through her in the future and will continue to recommend her to anyone looking to travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Buffy Aronstein responded:
Thanks so much for the kind words! I am so happy you had another GREAT vacation! You are great to work with, looking forward to your next trip!
3 of 14 people found this review helpful
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Fire and Ice Honeymoon

Reviewed By Leah and Avi - Pomona, NY | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
Buffy helped us design our dream fire and ice honeymoon. She listen to what we both wanted to see, do and experience on our honeymoon. She then helped us plan a cruise to Alaska and a week in Maui. She helped us research and book the cruise excursions and gave us options of places to stay in Maui and car rentals. Before we left she even went over little details with us so that we knew how to get from the airport to the cruise ship port and even pointers on making our first cruise experience even better. Our honeymoon was everything we wanted and more thanks to Buffy.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
19 of 46 people found this review helpful
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Exceeded Expectations

Reviewed By CFinkelstein - Fairlawn, New Jersey | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
Working with Buffy to plan our Hawaiian honeymoon was an absolute breeze and a pleasure. My husband and I were interested in visiting three of the islands (not the easiest trip to create an agenda for) and she was able to provide amazing hotel, restaurant, as well as, activity recommendations. Our expectations were more than exceeded and it was the trip of a lifetime. I have recommended Buffy in the past to friends/family and will continue to do so in the future.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
19 of 48 people found this review helpful
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Family Celebration to Remember

Reviewed By Alli - Yorktown Heights, NY | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Buffy was amazing from beginning to end. She listened to our requests, stayed within our budget and provided fast and thorough responses.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Buffy Aronstein responded:
So happy to have been part of this very special occasion! Thanks for the kind words, you know I love working with you!
4 of 19 people found this review helpful
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Very Helpful

Reviewed By MW - NY | Traveled to Antigua & Barbuda ~ Caribbean
For the second year in a row Buffy has been a big help in booking a last minute vacation. The travel options she provided me with as well as the level of detail is excellent. Even when I had to change the trip at the last minute she was able to make it work. I would highly recommend using her
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
18 of 47 people found this review helpful
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Travelling Made Easier

Reviewed By Marc - Suffern, NY | Traveled to Aruba ~ Caribbean
Buffy has been handling my travel/vacation planning for a number of years. Her efforts have consistently started at the idea generation phase and typically have not ended until the end of my various trips. She's extremely flexible in her thinking and presenting various options to choose from. Additionally, she has always made herself available (during trips) to answer questions or address issues. She's a pleasure to deal with and I would highly recommend her for anyone looking for assistance in planning a trip or vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
15 of 41 people found this review helpful
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Holiday Vaca 2015

Reviewed By Jodi - Suffern, New York | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Buffy was great to work with and would recommend her to all of my friends. The resort was great - everything we thought it would be. Buffy took care of all of the planning, and we didn't have to do a thing but enjoy our vacation. Would definitely book with her again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
11 of 38 people found this review helpful
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Above and Beyond

Reviewed By M - NY | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Most professional we've ever worked with. Had great transport tips to and from airport and seaport, knew the details that were all handled so we had virtually nothing to do. All of the questions promptly answered and attentive. We were difficult as we had last minute changes and Buffy addressed every one without any concerns. Also, a mosquito virus was a threat and we were updated consistently on the possible risks and solutions as they developed. Buffy spent a lot of time researching this situation to keep us safe and appraised.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 34 people found this review helpful
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