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Lauren Straub

Kalispell, Montana Travel Agent
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Lauren Straub

Lauren Straub

Kalispell, Montana Travel Agent
An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
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Mexico and Gluten Free Travel Specialist

Travel has been a priority my entire life.  I love it and at times crave that next getaway, like many people crave chocolate!  Travel opens up a world full of culture, food, nature, passion, love, memories… nothing in life compares to it!

I became a travel professional because I want to share my passion with others.  I desire to help others create memories that can only come from seeing the world, striving to plan your vacation as if it was my own. Little details matter:  the authentic meal made by Mayan elders in a small Mayan village on the Yucatan Peninsula or the Three Tenors of Florence performing in a traditional Italian opera house in Livorno, Italy, personalizes your experience with memories that will change your life.  This is just a taste of personalized experiences I have planned. 


I am a full service travel professional which allows me the opportunity to research, plan, and book your entire vacation or the individual components (flight, car rental, etc.) you might need to complete your itinerary.  When working with me you can expect your desires to be listened to and acknowledged.  If it is important to you, it is included as part of your itinerary.  I work on your behalf with travel suppliers and companies to ensure your “time away” is how you envisioned it would be. 


While I have traveled to many destinations personally (majority of the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe - Spain, Italy, Monaco, Menorca), I have to say one of my favorite destinations to visit and plan vacations to is the Riviera Maya in Mexico.  I have visited this region on the Yucatan Peninsula twice, and have fallen in love with the opportunities for culture and history through the Mayan Ruins. From relaxation with the beaches and resorts, as well as the active adventure tours that are available, the Riviera Maya has captured my attention as a destination that is great for singles, couples, and families.


I am also a River Cruise Expert.  I love the opportunities a river cruise provides for you to truly dig deep and experience the local culture and lifestyles of small villages and cities throughout the world.  River cruises allow for that individualized experience in a destination that most people only dream about having.


Finally, I am very passionate about assisting those with dietary restrictions.  I have Celiac Disease and other food allergies which can complicate travel.  I have navigated domestic and international travel while following a strict gluten free diet and allergies to pecans, leafy greens, and others.  It may be intimidating when you do not know how your body will handle foods of another country, but by partnering together we can make your travel dreams a reality!  


One of my favorite quotes is “To Travel Is To Live” by Hans Christian Andersen.  I believe if you aren’t traveling you are missing one of the greatest opportunities in life!  Travel enriches your life with experiences, knowledge, and memories.  I look forward to talking with you today about making your travel dreams a reality!

Client Testimonials

Visiting the Coliseum was on my travel bucket list
Visiting the Coliseum was on my travel bucket list

We just returned from a vacation in the Riviera Maya planned by Authentic Travel. Lauren went above and beyond - like calling a tour company to check on the activity level of a tour I wanted to take. She truly cares that her clients have a great experience. I highly recommend contacting Lauren for your next vacation!  

- Mary Ellen (Chicago)

We had a FANTASTIC girls' trip in Cancun thanks to Authentic Travel! Everything went smoothly and we were able to fully relax and unwind!  I definitely recommend working with Lauren!  

- Jessica (Fort Worth)

My Reviews

Rating: 5 7 Reviews

Aruba Fun!!

Reviewed By Nita - Grand Prairie | Traveled to Aruba ~ Caribbean
Lauren is very thorough. She researched flights & hotels for the trip to ensure we were getting the best deal! She's very professional and personable. She checked on me prior to, during, & after my trip to see if I needed anything. I will definitely use and refer her travel services and expertise in the future !
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lauren Straub responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy you had a fabulous getaway in Aruba! I can't wait to plan your next vacation for you!
19 of 23 people found this review helpful
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A trip we will NEVER forget!!

Reviewed By Sonny and Terri McClellan - Hurst, Texas | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
We met Lauren at a travel show here in Dallas about a year ago and told her that we were looking to plan a trip for my husbands 50th this January. He told her everything he wanted and she went to work! It was not long before she had several options for us to choose from. Once we made our final choice, she had us scheduled and went over EVERYTHING that we needed to know from passports, travel Insurance, to the weather at the location we chose which was Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay Jamaica! Lauren was very thoughtful and even sent us Starbucks gift cards for the trip! The actual day of my husband birthday, we went back to our room after dinner and she had our butler put a birthday cake along with a note in our room! We were very surprised! We give Lauren an A+++ for her services and would highly recommend her to anyone! Thank you Lauren for helping us with an experience we will treasure forever!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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Trip of a lifetime!

Reviewed By Kari - Whitefish, MT | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Lauren was so organized, an agent who listened closely to our needs and met them completely! She was knowledgeable and was able to find answers to any questions we had. I was amazed at how thorough she was and felt confident and comfortable working with her. This was our first major trip and I already look forward to working with her on our next one!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lauren Straub responded:
I appreciate your positive feedback about your experience working with me! I love learning about our world and helping others experience it! I can't wait to work with you on your next getaway!
12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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Smooth Sailing when Lauren is your travel agent!

Reviewed By rachelb - Houston, TX | Traveled to Aruba ~ Caribbean
Lauren was an outstanding travel agent! My husband and I are part of an exclusive travel club and have a personal travel agent. This experience with Lauren has rivaled even their services.

She added a number of personal touches that made this travel experience extra special. For example, our flight was leaving exceptionally early and my husband and I both received Starbucks gift cards, from Lauren, to be used while in the airport. AWESOME!

Lauren was a positive and reassuring presence throughout the process; before during and even after.

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lauren Straub responded:
Rachel, Planning your Aruba vacation was so much fun! I am happy you had the opportunity to get away, relax, and experience the Caribbean. I look forward to working with you on your future vacations!
10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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Travel with Celiac Made Easy

Reviewed By Gluten free travelers - Silverton Oregon | Traveled to Europe
We met Lauren at a gluten free food fest. We contacted her for advice on gluten free options for our cruise to Europe. She provided well thought out advice and was very thorough with a complete willingness to provide well researched answers to all of our questions. She provided flight arrangements for our trip and excellent advise on travel insurance. She is very knowledgable in all aspects of travel. We have used her for two trips so far. She is a pleasure to work with and we plan to utilize her services when we travel again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
14 of 25 people found this review helpful
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Cruise of a Lifetime

Reviewed By Jambman - McKinney, TX | Traveled to Caribbean
My wife and I appreciate the professionalism with which Lauren arranged the details of our 40th anniversary cruise with our three adult children. Her attention to detail was apparent in the way our booking was handled flawlessly, in how she quickly got answers to our questions/concerns after booking, in how she insured our daughter's aversion to gluten was properly addressed by Royal Caribbean, and in how she followed up with us on issues she addressed for us. I heartily recommend Lauren to anyone seeking a reliable, conscientious travel agent.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lauren Straub responded:
I am so happy you had a wonderful cruise with your family to celebrate your 40th wedding anniversary! It was an honor planning this vacation with/for you. I am excited to work with you on your next getaway!
9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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Europe trip, planned around my gluten allergy

Reviewed By RyanS - Dallas, TX | Traveled to Europe
I have celiac disease which makes travel difficult as I require 100% gluten-free food for every meal. When Lauren Straub presented her travel services at the Dallas Gluten Intolerance Group meeting, my wife and I knew that we were fortunate to find an agent who can be so focused on meeting special needs of her clients.

We worked extensively with Lauren to plan our first ever trip to Europe and her insights, efforts, and especially her attention to detail were very appreciated. We just returned from this cruise from Zurich to Amsterdam on the Rhine river and we loved it! We give Lauren our highest recommendation. If you also have special needs or want an agent who can plan a very personalized trip, Lauren's services are unmatched. We've already started discussing our next trip with her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lauren Straub responded:
Ryan, It brings me so much joy to hear of your successful gluten free travel experience in Europe. I too understand the challenges of traveling 100% gluten free and love helping others explore the world while adhering to their dietary restrictions. Congratulations on your incredible river cruise experience!
9 of 17 people found this review helpful
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