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Jan Van Roekel

Sioux Center, Iowa Travel Agent

Leisure Travel Specialist

I have provided travel services at The Travel Advantage in Sioux Center to corporate and leisure customers for over 30 years and can honestly say I still love what I do. I have a reputation for delivering exceptional service and have mostly repeat business. In fact, one of the best parts of my job is getting to know my loyal clients.

I have traveled extensively - focusing on Mexico and the Caribbean. My specialties and passions include, but are not limited to, luxury travel, honeymoons, family getaways, and business incentive travel. No matter the destination, you can count on me to help you find the best travel value, provide you with insider information on your destination, and provide assistance if you ever get in a bind. In fact, my work is not complete until you have returned home safely and shared some of the most unique and best parts of your amazing getaway.

My pledge is to give my clients something they never thought about and a taste of other cultures, destinations, and lifestyles. There are so many destinations to explore and this provides a great opportunity for every traveler. I look forward to helping plan your next adventure!

Call, email, or stop in at The Travel Advantage in Sioux Center today!

My Reviews

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

Wonderful 40th anniversary trip!

Reviewed By jan - Sioux Center, Iowa | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
Jan Van Roekel was so helpful and experienced with our cruise thru the Hawaiin islands. She was able to secure a beautiful room on the Pride of America with a large balcony!
We were given several excursions to review. Jan was able to give her input on many of them. We picked 6 and loved each one of them.
We would highly recommend Jan if you are looking for a knowledge travel consultant!
She kept us up to date as the trip came nearer, answering all,of our questions. We left feeling we knew exactly where and what would be happening each day!
Happy sailing!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
A cruise is a wonderful way to see the Hawaiian Islands and I'm so glad you enjoyed your journey. Thank you for taking the time to tell me a bit about your trip. I look forward to working with you on your next adventure!
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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

Wonderful Caribbean cruise

Reviewed By Pam H - Sioux Center, IA | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
We have booked approximately 20-25 trips with Jan over the years, She has always been very helpful and prompt in getting back to us. We needed extra help this last trip with rescheduling a connecting flight the night before our trip and she was extremely helpful with arranging a different flight. I wouldn't use anyone else!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words Pam. It has been my pleasure to work with you on each of your trips and I am so appreciative of your referrals. I look forward to helping plan your next adventure!
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Best tan ever!

Reviewed By Kari - Sioux Center, IA | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Very friendly and helpful in finding the best rates for the dates and location we selected.

Liked that travel tips were sent ahead of time.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for trusting me with your vacation planning! I look forward to working with you on future trips!
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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

Good trip for the price.

Reviewed By Tootsie - Rock Valley | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Easy to work with.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for taking the time to review my service!
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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

Fantastic Trip

Reviewed By World Traveler - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Jan did a great job of getting us accurate pricing and numerous options to choose from for our vacation. She was very prompt in her responses and made sure we were thoroughly prepared for our trip. In our most recent trip, Jan secured our tourist visa to the Dominican Republic before the trip which allowed us to skip a LONG line of people waiting to purchase their tourist visa which saved us about an hour of checking in and allowed us more time in the sun. Also, she booked our seamless transportation to and from the hotel which made the overall trip very relaxing since everything was taken care of ahead of time.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Your kind words are appreciated. I look forward to helping plan your next adventure! - Jan
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7 of 13 people found this review helpful

Hawaiian adventures

Reviewed By Tha Rambos - Le Mars, Ia | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
Jan tried to help us figure out which islands would be best for us and the best options to get there at a reasonable price.

She made good suggestions on places to go.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

I loved Alaska

Reviewed By Sue - Sioux Falls, SD | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA




Jan makes travel so much less stressful, because she takes care of every detail and all I have to do is enjoy the trip!















I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for taking the time to send this message. I'm so glad I could help ease the stress and plan an enjoyable trip!
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Wonderful family vacation

Reviewed By Shari - Orange City, IA | Traveled to Marco Island ~ Florida ~ USA
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jan. She was very patient with my many questions and phone calls and was extremely knowledgeable of the locations we were interested in. Her familiarity with different properties was very helpful as well. Jan provided outstanding customer service and I would highly recommend her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you! Looking forward to helping with your next adventure!
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Honeymoon!

Reviewed By Kelly Kroese - Sioux Center, Iowa | Traveled to Negril ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Jan was very helpful in meeting with and answering questions for my husband when he was searching for a destination for our honeymoon. She was able to find us exactly what we wanted after we gave her our list of "Must's" and our budget. We had the most wonderful time! We will definitely consult her for trips in the future.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Looking forward to planning your anniversary travels! Thank you for taking the time to provide this review!
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Trip of our lifetimes

Reviewed By Calvin and Dixie Kooiker - Le Mars, IA | Traveled to Panama Canal ~ Panama ~ Central America
Excellent, thorough, supportive, good listener, follow through with all the details.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you so much for taking the time to complete a review. I look forward to helping plan your next getaway.
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Awesome Agent

Reviewed By Lisa - Sioux Falls, SD | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Jan does an excellent job taking care of our whole group for our vacation. (we usually have between 12-20 people)

Jan is excellent at finding the best resort to fit both our budget and requested amenities.

We will continue using her in the future!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
I enjoy working with your group each year! Thank you for trusting me with your vacation!
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

First Time to Mexico

Reviewed By Amanda - Iowa | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Jan made this a super easy first time experience. We never traveled out of the US. She answered every and all questions we had. Always called back when needed. Definitely will do business with again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure working with you. - Jan
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Great Trip

Reviewed By Sandy - Hull Iowa | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
She does a great job. Works hard to find what you are looking for. Goes out of way to make everything perfect for you. We would never go to anyone else.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure working with you. - Jan
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Best Family Vacation so far

Reviewed By Kristi Habben - George, Iowa | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Jan is great! I had lots of questions and she answered all of them! We were looking for a place to take our family and she recommended Barcelo and it was perfect for our family!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Mexico vacation

Reviewed By Tjs - Sioux city, ia | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Jan has been amazing at planning all of our vacations. We have always enjoyed the resorts she recommends.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Alaska - Check off our bucket list!

Reviewed By L and S - Doon, Iowa | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
We were very happy with Jan! She stayed later than usual hours in the evening to make sure we had all arrangements made for our Alaska trip, and all of our questions answered. She was very available in the weeks prior to our trip by phone and by email to answer any questions we had. Her tour package was very complete and helpful!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Tenth Anniversary trip to Hawaii (Hilo and Lihue)

Reviewed By The Vander Pols - Sheldon, IA | Traveled to Lihue, Kauai ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Jan is always so helpful in finding us a great travel package! While the stay in Hilo was wetter than our last visit there, we still enjoyed all the Big Island had to offer. Our accommodations at the Castle Hilo Hawaiian were nice--with a great view of the bay and convenient to sight seeing.

Our arrival on Kauai always feels like "home" as we love the Tree Tunnel, the Sheraton Kauai is one of our favorites, and we LOVE the beaches and sites on Kauai. We're ready to go back already! The Travel Advantage will be part of the planning!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

A wonderful outing for our group. Thanks Jan!

Reviewed By Bob H - Sioux County, IA | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Having worked with Jan in the past on prior trips, we had a very high level of confidence going into our interaction with her again this time. Coordinating for a group of people traveling together requires a considerable amount of planning, and I cant say enough about how Jan worked with us every step of the way, tracking the myriad of details for our group.

Always aware of the deadlines for communication, and available to assist at every turn, I couldn't possibly recommend Jan any higher.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you so much for your kinds words Bob. It was a pleasure working with you on this incentive trip. You have a great group of travelers!
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Another awesome vacation!

Reviewed By Jim and Nanc - Vermillion, SD | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Great to work with Jan once again. She is the best agent that I have ever worked with. Always makes sure we get the vip treatment wherever we stay.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
As always, it was a pleasure working with you on this trip. Looking forward to your next adventure!
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3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Had a great time

Reviewed By mrs. RM - Sioux Center | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Always has time to answer any questions.
She is very patient working with a large group.

Everyone knows, if Jan says its a good place to go...then it is so!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for your kinds words. I look forward to working with you on your next vacation!
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3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Fiesta Americana

Reviewed By feldhacker - Iowa | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I have always had a great experience with Jan. She is prompt on returning phone calls and getting back to me with questions. She is always willing to give me a good, better and best options on resorts. Great work and very pleasant to work with.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for taking the time to send your review. It was my pleasure to work with you on your vacation!
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

A wonderful family vacation

Reviewed By Happy Texan - Woodway, Tx | Traveled to Hawaii Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Jan Van Roekel was a pleasure to work with. She is pleasant, attentive and competent. She selected just the right flights and accommodations for us, and touched base with us when our flight schedule was disrupted due to equipment failure. I highly recommend her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Another fun vacation!

Reviewed By jecleve64 - Vermillion, SD | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Always a pleasure working with Jan. She's accessible, easy to talk to and always makes sure we get the VIP treatment wherever we go.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

another good trip

Reviewed By RRM - Sioux Center | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Jan is the best!
We have been going to her for years now.
LOVE... LOVE....LOVE her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for trusting me with your travel. I look forward to working with you on future trips!
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Cancun

Reviewed By Lisa - Sioux Falls SD | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Jan is very knowledgeable, and helpful. We used another agent in Sioux Falls and now only use Jan. Jan is very attentive to our requests and if there is any problems we just call her and the situation is taken care of.

Thanks Jan!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
I am humbled by your comments. Thank you so much for trusting me with your travel plans. I hope you made wonderful memories.
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

San Fran

Reviewed By Lou - Primghar IA | Traveled to San Francisco ~ California ~ USA
Jan: This is VERY late in getting completed ; in fact I couldn't remember if I had properly thanked you or not. We appreciate the time you took in helping us plan our trip to CA. The weather in San Fran was very cool; not at all like summer, (not under your control!) but the other aspects were amazing.

Thanks again; hopefully you and yours enjoyed a nice holiday season.

Sincerely.

Gary and Lou DeJong
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your trip. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in San Francisco! I look forward to working with you on your next adventure.
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2 of 5 people found this review helpful

Loved this place!

Reviewed By Shells - Sioux Center | Traveled to St. Lucia Island ~ St. Lucia ~ Caribbean
We had such a great time! From the minute we arrived till the day we left, we were treated like VIPs. You really don't get to lay on the "beach" but they have the area so beautiful that from the rising or platform built on the beach, you still experience that beach feel. There is easy access to get on the beach just a couple steps away. Everyone talked about a seaweed problem-but it was so minor with the machine they had to keep the beach clean that I wouldn't have even mentioned it if not for other reviews. The rotating sun beds are awesome but if you don't get one, it's not a big deal as there are many chairs available and hammocks that you can find sun or shade anywhere. The restaurants/ meals were also very good and gave us a great variety during the week. We especially loved the poolside snack bar mid afternoon. And just because we were on the Harmony side, that didn't stop us from enjoying the lazy river and pool slides (many times!) Rooms were clean and maid service awesome!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for allowing me to help plan your getaway!
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4 of 9 people found this review helpful

Awesome trip!

Reviewed By Travel Bug - Sioux Center, IA | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
We love working with Jan. Her recommendations are always wonderful and she works very hard to get us the best vacation at the best price. She's very helpful with all the little details as well. We were all set to book a resort and when we asked for Jan's advice she steered us to a resort that she had placed people at before, Oceans Blue and Sand. It was perhaps the best resort we've ever been at. The food was wonderful and they had an amazing coffe shop that was part of our all inclusive experience. We loved it and hope to be able to return in the future. Thanks so much Jan!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure working with you and I look forward to helping plan your next getaway. - Jan
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Top Notch Travel Agent!

Reviewed By Jeanie King - Junction, Texas | Traveled to Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
Jan Van Roekel is the epitome of a well-informed, efficient and reliable travel agent. As a former travel agency owner, I KNOW what it takes and in these times of "point and click" travel arrangements, it is clear that I only wish to work with a dedicated and knowledgable agent such as Jan.

Joe and I began using her on the recommendation of a friend and I have now referred Jan to several friends here in Texas. My questions are always researched by Jan and answered in full. Such as "what does the resort mean by formal wear required?" Turns out that in Mexico it is closed toed shoes for men and no blue jeans..haha.

The quality of service, the depth of Jan's knowledge and her commitment to excellence cannot be overstated. She makes sure we get our airline miles, finds the correct seating preference and researches the levels of service we desire.

THANK YOU again Jan, for another perfect travel experience.
Jeanie and Joe King
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for submitting your review Jeanie and Joe. It has been my pleasure working with you over the years. I can't wait to see where your next trip takes you!
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

This trip far exceeded our expectations

Reviewed By dawnvdb - Orange City | Traveled to Negril ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Sandals Negril was a fabulous recommendation. Thanks Jan for finding the perfect place which met all of our wishes in a resort/location. The beach, resort, and water were just gorgeous. We had the most relaxing fun time in the most beautiful setting. We would definitely return in the future.
Thanks for taking care of everything for us before our trip. You even had a parking voucher for us at the airport for parking our car while we were away. :) We appreciated the personal service. Thank you.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip to Sandals and that you thought it was the perfect place for you! I look forward to helping with your next getaway!
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

We would go with another resort next time

Reviewed By none - Graettinger, Ia | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Jan has been very helpful when planning our trips. she is always prompt on returning emails & phone calls & always follows up on how our trip was.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for taking the time to send this review. It was a pleasure working with you.
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

One of the best trips we've taken

Reviewed By ?? - Sioux city Iowa | Traveled to Panama Canal ~ Panama ~ Central America
She was very professional, answered all our questions. Would recommend her to our friends.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for allowing me to help plan your vacation. I enjoyed working with you!
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2 of 6 people found this review helpful

First trip to Mexico!

Reviewed By Mike - Hawarden, IA | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
It was a pleasure working with Jan! Everything went smooth and properly.

Thank you
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for trusting me with your first trip to Mexico! I'm so glad you enjoyed the destination and look forward to helping plan your next great getaway!
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0 of 5 people found this review helpful

Great winter vacation

Reviewed By Sue - Rock valley, iowa | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Jan was very helpful when we were deciding on a warm winter get away! We just told her the dates we wanted to be gone & she did the rest!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jan Van Roekel responded:
Thank you for taking the time to send your review Sue. It was my pleasure to help plan your getaway!
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