Mary Yohannan

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Travel Agent

Life is Better Traveling, LLC, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Customized Vacations, The Way you Want to Travel!

Is it difficult for you to weed through all the information and reviews on the Internet? Do you struggle with everyone around you telling where you “need to go” so you feel overwhelmed?  Do you wish that someone with expertise would just listen to your ideas, answer your concerns quickly, and help you plan an amazing vacation?

I understand that you may have never used a travel agent before.  Many people contact me to help plan their European vacations because:

  • there is too much information out there to weed through, and you aren’t sure where to start
  • everyone around you is telling you where to look and you feel overwhelmed
  • there are so many cities to choose from but you aren’t sure which ones are worth the trip
  • the rail system is complicated
  • you want to make sure you have everything you need for the trip
  • you want a real person who can answer your questions and quickly

If any of the above resonates with you, then using a travel agent to help plan your European vacation is a great way to make sure it is amazing!

I provide my clients firsthand knowledge of various European places/cities having traveled to over 17 European Countries, I save them time and energy of weeding through the Internet, and I create a plan that works for you. I genuinely want to help you make your vacation runs smoothly, feels relaxing, and you are worry-free.

If this is something you are looking for then I would love to talk with you more on the phone to help plan your next European vacation.  Send me an email with the best phone number to contact you at, and we can set up a time to talk. 

I look forward to working with you soon. 

More about Mary!

Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary

Mary has been in the travel industry for many years and believes that a customized travel experience is the best way to travel.  She built her business on her own personal travel experiences, including having traveled to over 20 countries on 4 continents.

Mary started Life is Better Traveling as a travel agency built on authenticity, love, and integrity.  Mary likes to get to know her client’s travel preferences so when they travel they the travel experience that will create memories of a lifetime. 

Mary’s customizes vacations for Europe, Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, and United States.

Mary is a Certified Travel Associate (CTA) with the Travel Institutes and believe in staying up to date in her industry with continuing education and travel.

My Reviews

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

An Amazing Trip

Reviewed By rebecca - West Mifflin, PA | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Working with Mary Yohannan was a wonderful experience. She did everything to make sure our trip was smooth and relaxing. We had a unexpected health issue a few weeks before the trip. Mary looked into all options to help in the hard situation. She also let helped us arrange a last minute scooter that was a life saver. I would highly recommend Mary for any travel arrange you may need. I look forward to working with her again on our next vacation.
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Disney!

Reviewed By Jdixon612 - Ambridge, PA | Traveled to
Mary did a fabulous job planning my family's first trip to Disney!!! She got us the best deal possible, recommended great places to eat, and best rides to ride. She was there every step of the way to answer any questions we had - which were alot! I couldn't have survived the trip without her! We will definitely use Mary for all of our traveling needs!!
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A Perfect Honeymoon!

Reviewed By Sarah - Reading, PA | Traveled to Montego Bay ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
This was our first time working with a travel agent while scheduling a vacation and we will continue using Mary to schedule all of our vacations in the future! Everything was seamless and we did not have to worry about a thing. She was very informative and gave us such great advice when deciding where to go for our honeymoon! I would recommend anyone thinking of scheduling a vacation/trip to contact Mary.
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Our Anniversary Trip

Reviewed By Nancy D. - Villa Rica, Georgia | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Mary was very knowledgeable. She suggested a number of things that we would not have considered and worked with us to make our trip flawless.
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Fabulous Disney Vacation

Reviewed By Stephanie - Phoenix, AZ | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
My family and I recently planned and traveled to Disney World for a week with the help of Mary. I had never worked with a travel agent prior to this vacation, but I know I will again in the future.

Mary made booking the trip a breeze. Not only did she answer all my questions (and believe me there were many), but she even covered things I would have never thought to ask.

A few weeks prior to our travel dates, we received a packet of information that contained everything we would ever need for the trip, including a suggested packing list that contained items I would have never thought of - glow sticks from Target were a life saver nearly every night!

From beginning to end, working with Mary was a pleasure. She went above and beyond to ensure that our family vacation to Disney World was filled with nothing but happy memories. I can't wait to work with her again.
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Our Honeymoon

Reviewed By Honeymooners - Reading, PA | Traveled to Mexico
Mary was the best travel agent! She was very helpful and made sure we had everything we needed for the trip. She was on top of everything and always available if we had any questions.
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Mary is phenomenal!

Reviewed By Ryan - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
Mary helped my family plan a vacation to Disney World and Universal for October of 2017. Mary is so knowledgeable and helpful. Having never been to Disney nor Universal as adults we had so many questions and at times, a challenging time understanding everything - but Mary was so responsive and patient with my many questions. She worked with us to find the resort and ticket option that worked best for our trip. We had never worked with a travel agent prior to meeting Mary and now I can’t imagine planning something without her. She is warm, kind, and highly-approachable. She never made me feel like I was bothering or pestering her (and I’m not exaggerating when I say I contacted her A LOT). I was so overwhelmed and nervous at the start of planning, but by the time we arrived at Disney I was confident and well-prepared - completely thanks to Mary. She is an absolute joy to work with.
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25th Anniversary- Magical Trip to the Keys!

Reviewed By Jen - Pittsburgh | Traveled to Key West ~ Florida ~ USA
It was a wonderful experience working with Mary! She knows her stuff for sure and was so excited to create a fantastic anniversary trip for us. It really was exactly what we were looking for! These days if you're not in the 'travel know' or don't have unlimited time to search, there's much that can be missed. It gave us peace of mind to have Mary, the professional, looking out for us every step of the way!! I can't imagine why it took me this long to use a travel agent...and especially Mary! We are hooked! In fact, she just booked my next trip lol!
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Disney Fun

Reviewed By Daisy Duck - Syracuse, NY | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
I liked that Mary knew everything Disney so that I was confident in trusting her judgment.
We created a plan like advised, which allowed us to relax and execute the plan and get the most out of our vacation.
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Fantastic Adventure

Reviewed By Pretzel City Cruisers - Reading, Pa | Traveled to Iceland ~ Europe
Mary Yohannan is a travel consultant who is way ahead in her skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She made our trip to Iceland and the Baltic Sea a most pleasurable and relaxing adventure. She went above and beyond for our group and everything was organized to the letter.

We all thank Mary for her hard work, attention to detail, and patience dealing with our group.
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Family Trip

Reviewed By Dana - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
It was a very good experience.
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Made My Life Easy!

Reviewed By Sam - Fairfax, Virginia | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
I am a very busy, full-time working, mother of three very young boys. I wanted to take them back to Disney World but had neither the time nor the expertise to book the trip and learn how to use the discounts available to us (my sister is a Disney employee). Not only did Mary tackle learning how to use the discounts, but both her personal and professional experience with WDW and general traveling became indispensable. She helped us choose appropriate lodging, dining (my children have severe food allergies), fastpasses, and Halloween tickets, but was also available to help when Hurricane Irma hit Florida and we were unsure if we should cancel our trip. Mary is responsive, thoughtful, and flexible, and even when I call her during a trip, she never shies away from helping. I won't book with anyone else, because while I can count on things going wrong during a trip or being confusing as I plan it, I can also count on Mary to be there to help us have the best vacation every time.
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Most amazing trip

Reviewed By Kathryn - Bradenton, Florida | Traveled to Baltic Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Mary is thorough and knowledgeable as well as quick to respond. She takes care of all aspects to insure your travel is the best experience. She can recommend the bests tours to and excursions baser on her vast personal experience.
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Easy Peasy Staycation!!

Reviewed By Amanda - Pittsburgh | Traveled to Pittsburgh ~ Pennsylvania ~ USA
Mary was great! Booked us on short notice to a beautiful room and even got my husband, myself, and three kids early check in. She also found a hotel with a great pool for the kids! All I did was show up and enjoy, Mary took care of the rest. Will be using her for future travel plans!
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Besides DOWNUNDER, this was the best trip of our l

Reviewed By Dave & Rita - Ocean Pine, ND 21811 | Traveled to Iceland & BALTIC
Mary:

Rita & I just wanted to let you know that the trip you handled for us to Iceland & the Baltic Cruise was wonderful. Enjoyed the side trips you took care of for us, in that we were not able to access our Celebrity account online. What few problems we had were with Celebrity Cruises, not your doing. Ship was great and we loved the Concierge Class and the services it provided. “Life is Better Traveling” is correct!!!

Dave & Rita

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My daughters flight to grad school in London

Reviewed By Missi - Reading,PA | Traveled to London ~ England ~ Europe
Mary is wonderful to work with she answers every question you have even if you ask it twice or in my case 10!
She is very knowledgeable and helpful when things get confusing. I would recommend her to friend and family and I will use her for future trips
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Helped me return to England!

Reviewed By Alyssa - Reading,Pa | Traveled to London ~ England ~ Europe
Mary was extremely helpful every step of the way. This was my first time planning a major intentional trip and Mary's advice helped to guide me in the right direction. I always felt assured that I was making smart decisions with Mary's advice. Even with some personal hiccups along the way, Mary was a fantastic support system.It is obvious that she knows what she is doing and is passionate about helping people get the most out of their trip!
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Worry Free Vacation!

Reviewed By Nicole - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Mary was amazing from beginning to end! She literally took care of EVERYTHING! She genuinely wanted to help us make our vacation amazing.

From the back and forth on trip decisions and answering all my questions I never felt as if I was a bother to her. Shes like a friend helping you plan your vacation with, she gets excited with you!

We only had a weekend trip but Mary took the time to understand the kind of vacation we wanted and made it happen! When I got my itinerary I was so excited!

I can't wait to go on vacation again because Mary truly makes it a worry free experience! I kept feeling like I forgot something because all I had to do was relax and enjoy my vacation! Thank you Mary!
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A Great Trip

Reviewed By Korey - Sinking Spring, PA | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
Mary was knowledgeable about Disney and planned everything we were hoping for. She was quick to respond to questions and concerns we had. She also was available to talk, text, or be contacted by email which made it very convenient!
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Fantastic kid-free vacaion

Reviewed By Stephanie - Phoenix, AZ | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
After having such a fantastic experience having Mary book our family trip to WDW, I knew she'd be the perfect person to help us plan a romantic getaway to celebrate our anniversary. I approached Mary with a general idea and asked her to research options on our behalf. She hit the nail on the head when she found this all-inclusive adult-only resort. The amenities were just what we needed for a low key, kid free get away. Mary, as always, went above and beyond in helping us plan this vacation. We had the time of our lives, and were able to fully relax knowing everything was taken care of. Thank you Mary! You are our go-to Travel Agent!
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Our magical adventure

Reviewed By Ms Koz - Phoenix, AZ | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
It had been many years since my last trip to Disney World. A lot has changed in 28 years! I don't think I would have enjoyed it nearly as much had it not been for all the advice and information Mary provided to plan our trip. Everything, from our arrival at Orlando Airport to park admissions & accommodations was seamless. We were well prepared to navigate the parks & enjoy all they had to offer.
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Best Disney Trip Ever!

Reviewed By Sofia - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
Mary planned our family's Disney vacation and she did an AMAZING job. She answered all my questions in a timely manner, and helped me plan out our FastPasses and dining reservations. We got all the reservations we wanted. We loved her tips and tricks for making our Disney vacation even better. I will continue to use Mary for our Disney vacations and any other vacations my family wants to take.

Thank you so much Mary for making it simple!
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Simple flight

Reviewed By Norville - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Miami ~ Florida ~ USA
Booked flights to Miami through Mary. Worked with me to get the times that I wanted and helped with some suggestions on what to do with the extra time I scheduled.

Easy to work with and went well beyond just booking my flight despite the fact that this was all I needed.
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Kept us organized without any stress!

Reviewed By Italy Our Way - Pittsburgh PA | Traveled to
Italy our way! This was a Father Daughter vacation to "The Old Country" Our favorite city was Rome and the most beautiful was Capri! The hotel in Bologna was very very nice 14th century. From there we did a Motor Valley tour! Dad got to drive a Ferrari!! This hotel had the best cappuccino and colazione( breakfast). We never had a bad meal the entire trip! We used my phone for walking and driving gps when not with our guides. . We had one glitch. The BnB in Rome was no where near what the reviews said! Mary was on top of it and found us another asap! It was exceptional and in the most perfect location!! Near Piazza Novana and two buildings away from the Roman Steeter Bar "La Botticella" where we watched our beloved team play on Sunday night! The entire vacation was spaced out perfectly with no rushed schedule! The trains are super easy and relaxing. Having the eticket was perfect. No stamping tickets prior to boarding which can be confusing. We were pleased with each tour guide and our drivers from the train stations and hotels. They were all great! I am grateful on how you organized us with all our tickets and itinerary in chronological order. Mary made this entire trip stress free for me!! Grazie mille!! A thousand thanks.
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Save our vacation!

Reviewed By Christine - Ocala, FL | Traveled to
Mary and her staff saved our vacation! We had booked a European Christmas Market river boat cruise through Life is Better Traveling. We were cruising between Budapest and Nuremburg, Germany. Less than 24 hours before our Lufthansa flight left, Lufthansa airline pilots went on strike and all our flights were canceled. Mary and her staff worked for hours and hours to get our flights from Orlando, FL to Budapest re-routed. We, not only received new boarding passes, but the flights were even better than Lufthansa!!! We were re-routed to Austria Air, OMG, so much nicer than Lufthansa. We cannot thank Mary and her staff enough for all they did for us! All our accommodations were excellent!
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Awesome Travel Agent

Reviewed By Tymber - Reading, PA | Traveled to
We have used Mary for several trips we have taken over the past few years, including domestic and international, and have always been extremely happy with her services. She has guided us through Europe, advised us on a Danube riverboat cruise that was outstanding, arranged domestic and Caribean trips, including a well planned and enjoyable trip to Disney World. Her professionalism and organization is matched only by her attentiveness to your needs and her eye for detail. We highly recommend Mary to anyone who wants an extremely efficient, knowledgeable and pleasant travel agent.
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Taking a Long Anticipated Trip with Friends

Reviewed By Rita & Dave - Ocean Pines, MD | Traveled to Europe
Mary is knowledgeable and professional. She is doing a trip for us where we are traveling with friends who have used her in the past. We're very satisfied with her work. She's easy to deal with and we will use her for future trips.
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Knowledgable and flexible!

Reviewed By Holly - Apex, NC | Traveled to
Mary with Life is Better Traveling was great to work with helping plan a Disney vacation for my family! She was flexible to accommodate talking with me at various hours due to my work schedule, which I really appreciated. I even had some last minute change of plans and she worked directly with Disney to come up with the best solution for me, it all worked out great! I would recommend Mary for planning your next trip!
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She made it so easy!

Reviewed By Danielle - New Jersey | Traveled to
My husband and I had never used a travel agent before, and had this strange idea that we would automatically be roped into lots of large group tours and overly-typical tourist destinations. Everything we assumed was wrong, and we couldn't have been happier. We booked our honeymoon to Hawaii, and all of our likes and dislikes were taken into careful consideration. Mary understood the things we didn't want in our trip, and also made fantastic recommendations. We customized every detail without having to be overwhelmed by everything- she does all of the frustrating stuff for you. She set us up in amazing hotels, after giving us choices within our budget on each island, booked all of our flights, excursions, travler's insurance- everything. She was incredibly easy to talk to, kept open communication about the booking process, and made sure to inform us that if there were any problems while we were on our trip, that we could contact her immediately. We didn'the have a single issue, and would book a trip with her again in a second. Her services come highly recommended.
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Ever accommodating and patient.

Reviewed By Sam - Fairfax, Virginia | Traveled to
Mary has been wonderfully patient and helpful as we try to take our first real vacation as a family. We have three very young boys and want to take them to Disney...and I want to do as little planning and thinking about it as possible. Mary has sent us several itineraries, discussed timing of the trip, given suggestions on lodging and meals (each of my three children have different foods allergies). We haven't taken the trip yet, but so far things have been really easy for us and its because Mary has done all the heavy lifting. We have several more trips coming up and we will turn to Mary for help every time.
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We're sticking with Mary!

Reviewed By Janikens - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
My husband and I are in the "thinking" stages of going to Italy next year. We called Mary and had a wonderful conversation with her about this trip. She listened carefully, and she took her time with us. Within a week or two (we're not in a hurry), she sent us a detailed package well within our price range. We haven't committed yet as some other things have come up in our lives, but when we take this dream trip, we'll be back in touch with Mary!
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She made the experience easy and exciting

Reviewed By Kathy - Bradenton, FL | Traveled to
Mary covers all details and provides prompt response with questions. This is the second cruise she planned and the group of friends are so much fun. She suggested some fantastic tours and made our trips memorable.
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Nice service she provided

Reviewed By Chris - Pennsylvania | Traveled to
We really enjoyed our recent trip on the Princess Coral to the Panama Canal. The crew was very accommodating, the ship was clean, and the excursions were efficiently run. We enjoyed the company of our group and meeting new people. We had a later flight so we opted to take the Ft. Lauderdale tour with Princess. We highly recommend this tour to anyone who has time before a flight. Our travel agent, Mary Yohannan, sent us helpful emails prior to the cruise and was able to check us in with the airline while we were at sea. This was a really nice service that she provided.
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