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Judi Faas

Waterloo, Iowa Travel Agent
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Judi Faas

Judi Faas

Waterloo, Iowa Travel Agent
An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Albertville, MN
Years of Experience: 12
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Specialist Groups, Cruises and Weddings

Travel, Explore, Unwind, Relax! My goal is to ensure your travel is seamless, worry-free and everything you envisioned. Having traveled to more than 39 countries and islands in the Caribbean, Central America and the Mediterranean, and armed with my degree in Tourism and Event Planning, I offer personal service and one-on-one attention as I design your unique and personalized journey to paradise. Planning your experience is my passion!

My Travel Specialties

All-Inclusive Vacation Specialist

Secrets Maroma
If relaxing on a beach is your type of vacation, all inclusive resorts are the perfect answer! Having paid for everything up front, money will never be an issue and you will be pampered from arrival to departure. All-inclusive resorts are... Read more from my All-Inclusive Vacation Specialist bio.

Cruise Specialist

Princess Cruise Ship
Imagine gliding through the ocean and viewing the stars in an inky black sky from your balcony or from the top deck of a cruise ship. The utter peace and beauty will amaze you! Visit UNESCO World Heritage sights, explore other... Read more from my Cruise Specialist bio.

Romance, Group, Wedding & Cruise Specialist

Travel, Explore, Unwind, Relax is my motto. I am a Certified Leisure Travel Specialist with a BA in Tourism and Event Planning who specializes in romance travel, group travel, custom itineraries and cruise vacations. I love creating your unique and personalized... Read more from my Romance, Group, Wedding & Cruise Specialist bio.

Family Travel

Family vacations create life-long memories! I can suggest the best options and create a specialized itinerary for your family trip of a lifetime. Explore tropical islands by plane or ship, spend family time interacting with animals, exploring theme parks or ancient... Read more from my Family Travel bio.

Destination Wedding Planner

Beach Wedding
Are you dreaming of exchanging your vows at sunset on a beautiful Caribbean beach or in a lush, fragrant tropical garden? Maybe a gazebo or chapel by the sea is more your style? At Journey to Paradise Travel we take your... Read more from my Destination Wedding Planner bio.


Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Book with Confidence
Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
Certified Travel Specialst
Event Planner Minor Univeristy of Northern Iowa
Minor in Tourism - University of Northern Iowa
Tourism and Event Planning UNI
University of Northern IA Tourism Certification
AmResorts Specialist
Mexico Tourism Specialist
NCL Specialist
St. Lucia Destination Speicalist
University of Northern IA Event Planning Cert.
Mexico Destination Speicalist
Mexico Speicalist
Royal Caribbean Specialist
Sandals Certified Weddingmoon Specialist
St. Lucia Tourism Specialist
Carnival Specialist
Costa Rica Specialist
Costa Rica Tourism Specialist
Jamaica Destination Speicalist
St. Lucia Specialist
Certified Sandals Specialist
Cost Rica Destination Specialist
Costa Rica Specialist
Princess Commodore- Specialist

My Travel Stories

Akumal- Turtle
Anniversary Trip
Red Keep
Dubrovnik Croatia

Anniversary Celebration in Paradise

Celebrating 40 years of marriage is a milestone and calls for a memorable and special vacation experience.  Travel can be complicated without calling on a trusted planner to assist and find a romantic and idyllic destination and resort.  Spending the last 12 years planning romantic vacations, honeymoons and destinations weddings I knew... Read more from my Anniversary Celebration in Paradise story.

Holiday Epic Cruise - Southern Caribbean

The southern Caribbean itineraries are a favorite.  There are several departure points but we love to cruise out of San Juan since it gives up some extra beach days to enjoy.  I have sailed the Epic in the past on a Mediterranean cruise and enjoy the many ship offerings including the largest... Read more from my Holiday Epic Cruise - Southern Caribbean story.

Adriatic Cruise-Greek Islands, Montenegro, Croatia

Cruising the Adriatic sea provides an opportunity to unpack once and visit multiple islands and countries. Staying a couple days in Venice on each end is a must to experience the charm of Venice and surrounding islands, as well as the surrounding areas of Italy.  We ported at Montenegro after gliding through... Read more from my Adriatic Cruise-Greek Islands, Montenegro, Croatia story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 8 Reviews

Best trip wver

Reviewed By Nicole - Masonville, IA | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
She was great to work with. Answered all questions and worries we had easily and in a very timely matter if I emailed her
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
24 of 40 people found this review helpful
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5 stars!

Reviewed By Kenzie - Waterloo, Iowa | Traveled to Mexico
Excellent! Judi had everything planned for us and even things we didn’t think about. She was so easy to get ahold of and talk to. When we missed our connecting flight (because of fog, nothing on her end), she rearranged things and made sure our plans still went smoothly! My husband and I went through Judi for our honeymoon and we’d love to book another trip with her. Highly recommended!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Judi Faas responded:
You were a joy to work with and I loved helping you find your special honeymoon destination. Best wishes and thank you for your kind words.
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Judi made it possible for us to travel again!

Reviewed By M and P - Iowa | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Judi took very good care of us on our Alaskan cruise I am Handicapped andd she set us up with "comfort plus" seating it was just great and at every terminal she had a wheel chiar waiting for me to take me to the next gate. At every port had a wheelchair to get me to the dock so I didn't have to walk down or up the steep ramps. Thank you Judi for making it possible for us to vacation again I haven't traveled for 10 years and with Judi's help now I know we can do it again????
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Judi Faas responded:
It was a pleasure to plan your Alaska cruise vacation.Thank you.
17 of 35 people found this review helpful
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Most beautiful resort we have been to.

Reviewed By Sara - Urbana, IA | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Judi got back to us in a timely manner and gave us multiple options within our budget.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
23 of 47 people found this review helpful
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The trip of a lifetime!

Reviewed By Natasha W - Reinbeck, IA | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Judi was most helpful to us. We'd become overwhelmed trying to wade thru all the vacation options on our own. We reached out to Judi with our preferences for a trip, and she quickly narrowed it down for us. She helped us come to a decision in a matter of a couple days, and it was all taken care of in a timely manner. Our trip couldn't have gone smoother, but it could've gone a lot worse had we not had Judi's help!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Judi Faas responded:
I am so pleased your vacation was a great experience! I love working with clients to find just the right destination.
26 of 53 people found this review helpful
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Always a Fun destination

Reviewed By Over the blue ocean - Waterloo, Iowa | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
Judi is very prompt and works hard. She will always find the best price available without taking away the extra amenites. Always looking for something out of ordinary which I like. We've traveled in groups and just the two of us.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Judi Faas responded:
It is always a pleasure working with my clients and finding the best destination and options for a great vacation. My clients are the best!
19 of 39 people found this review helpful
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Perfectly Perfect

Reviewed By DaneTheyCute - Waverly, IA | Traveled to Ocho Rios ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
My husband and I have weird work hours between the two of us. Its almost never possible to meet up with anyone during normal business hours, but Judi made that very simple. We chatted on the phone and over email, and she was ok with the different hours we had. She took our crazy not knowing what we wanted to do exactly ideas and put them into something that we will remember forever.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
18 of 39 people found this review helpful
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The best travel agent

Reviewed By Beno - Waterloo, IA | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Judi always works hard to get our flights arranged so we arrive at our destination early and so our departure for home is not too early. She remembers little things I like such as curtains around the bed. I have a handicap and she makes sure I have help at airports, and even got us seats with extra legroom on all our flights on our last trip. She goes the extra mile and includes many personal touches.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Judi Faas responded:
It is always a pleasure to create your vacation plans. I love being able to ensure you have the best travel experience.
21 of 49 people found this review helpful
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My Travel Experience

Places I’ve personally traveled to or destinations I’ve booked for my clients.

Customer Testimonials

Amazing Greek Honeymoon

Thank you for being on top of things and so responsive before and during our trip! We had an AMAZING time! Athens- Our hotel rooftop bar had an amazing view of the Acropolis. We really enjoyed the walking tour the first night - it was nice to be introduced to the city by foot before exploring on our own. Mykonos- We were treated like royalty at our hotel and was our favorite hotel on the trip. We really enjoyed the South Coast Tour because it allowed us to explore more of the island and the beaches without paying for the hotel shuttle. Santorini- The hotel was a good location and was a short walk from Fira which had restaurants, shopping, and amazing views of the caldera. We had a wonderful honeymoon and created memories we will never forget! THANK YOU so much for being so accommodating with us and creating a wonderful itinerary! We really appreciate it! :)

Provided by B & B Fayette, IA


Just wanted to take a moment to thank you! Our trip was flawless and amazing! We made a lot of very fun memories. The staff at the resort were incredible and always helpful. The resort was beautiful. I will definitely recommend you to all friends/family for their travel needs! We will also be looking forward to traveling again in the near future! Thank you for everything!

Provided by NIkki W. - Waterloo, IA

Personal Touch and Attention to Detail

A trip to Disney world is the second vacation we have planned through Judi. After both planning trips on our own and using a different travel agency there is no question we will be using her from here on out. Judi’s attention to detail, quick response time, and personal touch she gives to us every step of the way is outstanding. We feel fortunate that Judi is our travel agent. It truly has made vacation planning easier, and the actual trips themselves more enjoyable.

Provided by Craig G, Waverly, IA

Perfect Honeymoon

You were by far the best choice I ever made during my honeymoon planning. You made everything so easy and stress free. I would recommend you to ANYONE. Thank you for making our honeymoon so perfect.

Provided by E Russell

Honeymoon was a Blast!

We had so much fun on our honeymoon!!! It was a BLAST! It was great working with you, thank you for booking a great trip for us! Also, the package you sent was really cute with the candles and lip gloss! We will definitely be booking with you in the future. Thanks again!

Provided by Tricia and Aaron K, Waterloo, Iowa

Great Honeymoon Planning

Thank you for all your help and planning and getting us through this. I am happy that I chose you as our travel agent, and you certainly earned a returning customer. Thanks!

Provided by Sean H. Cedar Rapids, IA

Destination Wedding Success!

For my destination wedding in the Dominican Republic, I wanted to do the least amount of planning possible. I wanted somebody to do all the work and just tell me what to do. That's exactly what Judi did. I told her what I wanted and she went above and beyond to get it all set up. She always got back to me right away anytime I had a question, as well as my guests. I never had to worry about anything. I would definitely go through her again for my next trip and would recommend her to anybody.

Provided by Brodie C. - Waterloo, IA