Lara Jens

Vernon Hills, Illinois Travel Agent
An independent agent with Enchanted Destinations in Bridgeville, PA, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
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CERTIFICATES & AWARDS AmaWaterways Specialist - Certificate Issued 2017, Certified Hawaii Destinations Specialist - 2017, River Cruise Specialist - Travel Agent University , Royal Caribbean Cruise Line- Expert Level 2017, Disney Destinations - College of Knowledge 2010-17

Lara Jens

Vernon Hills, Illinois Travel Agent

An independent agent with Enchanted Destinations in Bridgeville, PA, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Family Vacation Specialist

Am I the travel specialist your looking for?  Let's find out! 

I could spend an extensive amount of time outlining my credentials but they read like most other professionals do. I'll give you the long and short of it so we can focus on what I do for you!

I love to travel but who doesn't. I vacationed with my family growing up and I made vacations an important part of my family as an adult.  I personally understand how important the investment of time and money is in a vacation.  Which is why after my daughter was born I ventured into the professional side of travel.  Like most people I assumed if I had experienced a destination or vacation I could book and plan other peoples trips.  After all people are doing it themselves online anyway and I had first hand vacation experience- I would be great at it!  Well yes and no I found out there is so much more to professionally booking and planning travel than I could imagine.  So I decided to focus on booking and planning just a few select destinations which is how I became a "Family Travel Specialist".  I've been booking and planning family vacations for over 8 years now and I can't imagine doing anything else. Also not all travel agents or specialists are created equal.  It is important for you to know when you've found the right one for your trip.  So let's find out if that is me! 

Are you planning a "family vacation"?  I define family as 2 to 44  people that you would like to or are forced by blood relation, marriage or personal relationship to travel with in the near future.  Are you looking for a Hawaii, Southern California, Florida, river cruise or sea cruise vacation.  These are what I specialize in and my expertise is in creating the right vacation experience for you and your family.  Families are like finger prints no two are alike and neither are their vacations.  I ask questions and take many things into consideration that you might not have realized could have a great impact on your trip.  I take into account any special needs a family may have everything from special diets to handicapped accessible rooms and flights. I take into account any possible travel benefits you may have with a credit card partner or if you are a preferred frequent guest member with hotel or resort.  Now I don't redeem or book your travel for frequent flyer miles or hotel reward points.  I look for any special promotions or opportunities that would be available to you that I can book as a travel partner.  This lends to getting you the best price for your vacation.  Speaking of price I don't charge planning fee's as long as the trip is booked with me.  A travel specialist equity is in their knowledge and they are paid a commission by hotels, resorts and cruise lines to apply that professional knowledge in the form of reservations.  When I work with complex travel reservations I may need to charge a research, cancellation or planning fee.  This is does not apply to all travel reservations I make.  So this is for the most part what I do and what I can do for you in booking your vacation.  

Now let's talk about what I can do for you in the planning and traveling part of your vacation.  I don't just make your reservation, take your payments and send you on your way!  Because I specialize and my focus is on your entire vacation experience not just your booking experience.  I provide you with all the answers to the questions you never knew to ask!  I'm up to date on changes and processes that happen after the latest travel guides were printed.  As a specialist I want to do my best to make sure you don't have "I wish I knew" moments.  I want to provide you with all the tips and tricks that will enhance your experience and make it feel seamless.  

I hope you'll consider me for your upcoming vacation! 
Sincerely, 
Lara Jens 
Your Family Travel Specialist 

 

Why book with a travel specialist.

 Lara booked it, I packed!
Lara booked it, I packed!

Did you know that people review 38 different travel websites before booking a vacation? Data shows 66% of people looking for travel on-line feel overwhelmed by the amount information available. Travel information like everything else on-line today can be very complicated.  It is hard sometimes to know who your actually making your reservation with let alone if it was the best option for you.  A travel professional and more specifically a travel specialist is what you need today to protect your time and investment in your vacation.  Book your vacation with a travel specialist who is focused on the type of vacation or destination you're looking for. It's not just about trip price its about the value, security and assurance behind that price. 

My Reviews

7 of 14 people found this review helpful

Lara is wonderful!!

Reviewed By Kristen - Wautoma, WI | Traveled to
Lara made our Disney vacation booking a breeze. We even had things booked and down payments down when she found a better deal for us and saved us another $300! That's going above and beyond. She sent us all the information that we needed and was very responsive to us. We loved Disney and all that it had to offer. The planning was seamless and the trip was wonderful. Great job!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lara Jens responded:
Thank you it was fun helping you plan this fun trip and keep on running!
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5 of 10 people found this review helpful

Stress-free vacation planning

Reviewed By !!!!! - Deerfield, IL | Traveled to
Lara helped us plan the perfect family vacation. Her knowledge and expertise made the planning process easy and fun. Lara was always available to answer questions and made everything stress-free.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lara Jens responded:
I'm glad that we got to make the planning fun so everyone could have a wonderful time!
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7 of 15 people found this review helpful

What a fun trip without all the work of planning!

Reviewed By Sam - Hawthorn Woods, IL | Traveled to
We went to Disney a few years ago and Lara helped plan everything. I am super busy with work and had no desire to plan it at all, just wanted to go....It was great, we had so much fun and I am thankful for her help. We are not sure when we will go back, but we will have Lara plan it for sure when we do!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lara Jens responded:
I'm glad to hear that you got to enjoy your vacation and not worry about anything but having fun!
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5 of 12 people found this review helpful

AMAZING Help with Disney!!

Reviewed By GFarb - Lake Zurich, IL | Traveled to
Lara was truly a blessing on all 3 of the vacations she has planned for me. I have reminders, tips, etc to help me plan. Disney can be overwhelming but with Lara's help, it is so manageable and a FANTASTIC relief when you arrive and you are prepared! thanks Lara!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lara Jens responded:
Thank you, I've really enjoyed planning all of your trips over the past few years! It so much fun seeing the girls grow up and enjoying all of the places they visit.
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7 of 16 people found this review helpful

Lara is the best!

Reviewed By Brian - Illinois | Traveled to
We have used Lara twice now to plan 2 different Disney vacations. A cruise and a trip to Disney world. She is amazing! She saved us money, helped us pick the correct place to stay for our needs, organized everything, and kept on top of the trips from start to finish. She replies quickly and takes care of just about everything. For those things you do need to handle (like fastpasses and excursions) she does a wonderful job of assisting you through the process and making suggestions based on your likes. She was able to help us pick out everything for our trip and she set up all the rest. There's really no chance I would ever plan a vacation without her. Not only do I recommend her to friends and family, but I have found myself recommending her to strangers when Disney comes up. There is a lack of customer service everywhere, but Lara has treated us like we were kings and queens. It's a great feeling knowing our vacation is in knowledgeable and capable hands. There's so much to do with Disney, she can help you plan it all. The Disney experience is made wonderful from start to finish not only from Disney but with Lara as your captain. ;)
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lara Jens responded:
Brian, your family is always a pleasure to help. I enjoy finding that special something that I know you will all like.
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4 of 11 people found this review helpful

She got the best for us and she really cares about her clients

Reviewed By Peter - Fort lauderdale Florida | Traveled to
Lara was exceptionally nice and caring.She was more concerned with what we will get from the vacation than the money she will make.She was always ready to alter any initial package and get a better package if need be.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lara Jens responded:
Thank you Peter, I hope that Judith enjoyed her first visit!
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7 of 17 people found this review helpful

Lara was wonderful planning our trip. We had the best time. It was flawless.

Reviewed By Fun time - Highland Park, IL | Traveled to
Best family vacation. Lara helped us through the entire planning.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lara Jens responded:
So glad that your first visit was magical and fun!
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5 of 14 people found this review helpful

Disney Expert

Reviewed By Diana - Chicago, IL | Traveled to
Lara is a Disney expert and we were referred to her several years back when going on our first Disney vacation with the kids. From which parks to go to, to how to get dining and fast passes set up, she did it all. It was overwhelming just thinking about our trip and how I was going to plan it out but everything went seamless because of Lara. Since our first trip, we have recommended her to friends and I know they were glad we did.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lara Jens responded:
Thank you, I had a great time helping you plan your Disney trip and can't wait to help you plan another vacation!
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5 of 15 people found this review helpful

Stress Free Vacation Planning

Reviewed By Melissa - South Bend, IN | Traveled to
Lara made the planning process easy & stress free! I told her what I was looking for and she gave me several options to choose from! I will definitely be contacting her for our next family vacation! We Love Disney & Lara made the experience so much more enjoyable!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lara Jens responded:
Thank you, so happy to help your family have a great trip!
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