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!
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 Areas of Expertise
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!
A trip we will NEVER forget!!
Trip of a lifetime!
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!
Smooth Sailing when Lauren is your travel agent!
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.
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!
Travel with Celiac Made Easy
Europe trip, planned around my gluten allergy
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!
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!
Cruise of a Lifetime
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!