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Karen Boike

Manalapan, New Jersey Travel Agent
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Karen Boike

Karen Boike

Manalapan, New Jersey Travel Agent
A Full-Service Travel Leaders Associate Agency
Years of Experience: 24
21 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Luxury Travel Consultant

Let me help you travel to the perfect getaway you're dreaming of! Are you looking for soft powdery beaches, awesome snorkeling, gourmet dining, luxurious accommodations, and lifetime memories? How about your trip of a lifetime to Africa, Australia or New Zealand? There are great places waiting for you to experience. I love finding that perfect trip that you never knew existed and have you experience something that you love so much you want to take another trip again as soon as possible! Take advantage of my 20+ years as a travel consultant crafting unique journeys for my clients. I have also personally traveled around the world and and look forward to inspiring you in planning your dream trip.

My Travel Specialties

New Zealand Adventure Specialist

Abel Tasman National Park
After traveling around the world, I've found my favorite country - New Zealand!  I've been to New Zealand three times and look forward to my next trip here! New Zealand is unique in offering experiences no where else in the world! Outstanding wines, luxury eco lodges, Glowworm caves,... Read more from my New Zealand Adventure Specialist bio.

Your travel consultant expert for African Safaris

Lioness in Maasai Mara
Are you ready to get to the African Safari dream trip on your bucket list?  I put together tailor made safaris, packages or custom group trips, and can help you plan the best time of year to go, as well as add special... Read more from my Your travel consultant expert for African Safaris bio.

Luxury Getaway Specialist

Belmond La Samanna Villa view
Although our physical location is closed due to Covid, please call or email me to plan your 2021 Getaway to the beautiful destination you're dreaming of! Are you looking for soft powdery beaches, awesome snorkeling, gourmet dining, luxurious accommodations, and lifetime memories?   I love finding... Read more from my Luxury Getaway Specialist bio.

Bike touring

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
For the traveler that enjoys beautiful scenery, fun camaraderie, and being active, a cycling trip is a wonderful way to see the world.  From long weekends to cross country touring there are a lot of options.  With a new choice of... Read more from my Bike touring bio.

Antigua - Your Space in the Sun!

Interact with the friendly rays
A Caribbean destination I love returning to!  Convenient flights, great food, awesome beaches, friendly people and spectacular resorts make this one of my favorite getaways! While relaxing on the beautiful beaches is the primary activity for visitors, there is a lot of more... Read more from my Antigua - Your Space in the Sun! bio.

Australia Luxury Destination Specialist

Kangaroo in the Queensland area
Australia is a fantastic place to visit, where you can experience extraordinary experiences, breathtaking landscapes ancient cultures and warm hospitality.  A perfect destination for a holiday you will never forget!  Experience the sixth largest country in the world and the smallest... Read more from my Australia Luxury Destination Specialist bio.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Certified Luxury Travel Specialist
Antigua and Barbuda certification
Aussie Specialist
Fiji Bula Specialist
Kiwi Specialist, Gold level
South Africa Specialist
Caribbean Destination Specialist
New Zealand Kiwi Specialist
Aussie Specialist
Japan specialist

My Travel Stories

Newborn giraffe
Close lioness encounter Kapama Safari
Vervet monkey
Tanzania Safari 2019
Abel Tasman National Park
New Zealand Adventure
Elephants jockeying for power
Kenya Safari 2018

California Wine Country Long Weekend Bike Trip

While I’ve booked Trek Travel for my clients, this is my first bike trip!  Sure, I was a bit nervous, but having tried out the electric Trek bike at my local Trek shop, gave me the confidence to try a bike trip that involved some hills.  The draw of a short,... Read more from my California Wine Country Long Weekend Bike Trip story.

Kenya Safari 2018

I traveled to Kenya in April for a stay in 3 separate areas.  The flight arrived late into Nairobi, and we checked into Hemingways, part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and it was a great way to start the trip!  Our guides met us in the airport and... Read more from my Kenya Safari 2018 story.

Okavango Delta in Botswana, and Zimbabwe 2017

My February 2017 trip started in the Okavango Delta, a Unesco World Heritage Site.  The Okavango Delta is s vast inland river delta providing refuge to huge numbers of game.  I stayed in Kwetsani Camp, which has wonderful views of grassy plains that become seasonally flooded.  The Delta provides opportunity for seeing wildlife from safari... Read more from my Okavango Delta in Botswana, and Zimbabwe 2017 story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 21 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Karen is an All-Star Travel Agent

Reviewed By Lee-Ann & Ryan - Drexel Hill | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
Karen was an absolute pleasure to work with. She is very thorough and detail -oriented. She organized our honeymoon to Hawaii and we could not have asked for a better trip. She gave us so many options in the beginning and really listened to our interests and what we were looking for. We knew we wanted a nice relaxing trip to unwind from the wedding, we love the beach but we also love adventure. She suggested Kauai and Maui. We were able to enjoy the beaches, really found some romantic quality time, and we were also able to go on quite a few excursions such as kayaking, snorkeling, and visiting some really remarkable sights. Karen really helped in mapping out our trip and staying within our budget. The hotels and restaurants she suggested were very lovely. This trip was definitely a dream come true. Karen was also extremely helpful when we found out that our flights got cancelled on the way home. She is amazing and I would recommend her to anyone!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you, I appreciate your feedback and look forward to working with you again soon.
14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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The Best Travel Agent Ever

Reviewed By Les - East Lyme, CT | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
We have used Karen for many years, and have always been incredibly happy with the fruits of her work. She is professional, knowledgeable, responsive, friendly - all in all, perfect! I would recommend Karen (and I do!) without any reservation (no travel pun intended!). She is the best!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you Les!
13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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amazing travel experience

Reviewed By mike - Ambler | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
excellent
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you!
14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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Wonderful trip

Reviewed By Seamstress - Detroit, Michigan | Traveled to Auckland ~ New Zealand ~ Australia & New Zealand
Very professional and helpful with everything. If she didn't know at first she found the answer quickly.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for the feedback!
12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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40th Anniversary Italy Adventure

Reviewed By Sue - East Lyme, CT | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
5
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you!
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A trip of a lifetime

Reviewed By Joanne - East Lyme, CT | Traveled to Croatia ~ Europe
Karen helped us plan a custom trip to Croatia. She was thoughtful in her suggested itinerary. The hotels were convenienty located, and the restaurants she recommended were phenomenal. She arranged for a local guide in each location as well as our transportation between locations we visited. Her attention to detail was fantastic. We book all of our trips through Karen and trust her completely with our travel plans.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you Joanne, I look forward to working with you on your next adventure!
12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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Absolutely First Class!

Reviewed By David - Philadelphia | Traveled to St. Lucia ~ Caribbean
In the pursuit of a vacation style we were unfamiliar with, we needed help and Karen was great! Her professional and knowledgeable efforts resulted in a wonderful experience which occurred without issue or inconvenience. We will certainly recommend her to our friends and will be using her for all our upcoming adventures!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you, I look forward to working with you in the future.
9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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40th Anniversary Italy Adventure

Reviewed By Sue - East Lyme, CT | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
5
Attention given to details throughout! A wonderful trip of a lifetime!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for the feedback
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Planning more trips!

Reviewed By George E. - Malvern, PA | Traveled to Antarctica
Karen is a joy to work with and a consummate professional. She always has the answer to questions I don't even think to ask.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you! I appreciate your comments.
8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Anniversary Trip to New Zealand

Reviewed By Tom and Dianne - Parrish, Florida | Traveled to New Zealand ~ Australia & New Zealand
Karen was and is a very pleasant person to work with. At our request she made all of the necessary arrangements for a worry free first time traveler abroad to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Even after a flight cancellation during our travels outbound she responded to our situation quickly and got us back on schedule. Karen has the appropriate Kiwi certifications that gave us the confidence to book our travel experience to New Zealand with her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you, I appreciate your business!
24 of 44 people found this review helpful
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Always Accessible!!

Reviewed By Karen - Phoenixville Pa | Traveled to Turks and Caicos Islands ~ Caribbean
Karen is absolutely amazing and has she has traveled the world herself she is a great resource for ideas of places to travel to!! She is ALWAYS quick to respond to my emails....even when she was in Tanzania!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you! Looking forward to planning your next adventure!
8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Wow!

Reviewed By L - Newtown Square, PA | Traveled to New Zealand ~ Australia & New Zealand
It was very easy working with Karen.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you! Glad you were able to travel before the Covid travel restrictions!
7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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African Safari

Reviewed By Cathy - Mundelein illinois | Traveled to South Africa ~ Africa. Zimbabwe
Just returned from a two week trip/safari to Africa- using our Travel Agent Karen Boike Once again we were extremely pleased with all her expertise in planning the perfect care-free vacation. This trip took a lot of coordinating as we stayed in 4 different places and took over 10 different flights to three different countries. Accommodations and planned excursions were excellent and she provided tons of information regarding money, tipping, clothing, cameras, shots needed etc. We felt very prepared. Her Best recommendation was that we do two different safari experiences and this proved to be so worthwhile. Karen really knows her stuff and we benefit from her knowledge every trip we take.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for the positive feedback, I appreciate it!
34 of 66 people found this review helpful
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A special trip to France and Switzerland

Reviewed By Dora the Explorer - Traverse City, MI | Traveled to Europe
Karen was responsive and efficient in getting all we needed for our trip. From private drivers to train tickets to great hotels, she handled everything. She listened to our requests and made it happen, as well as offered suggestions, based on her own experience, for us to consider. We had a wonderful time thanks to all of her pre-planning.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for the awesome review! I enjoyed working with you!
44 of 87 people found this review helpful
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Best Travel Advisor

Reviewed By pointmom - Gloucester Point, VA | Traveled to Mexico
Karen has an amazing amount of knowledge in the travel world. She can suggest amazing trips with more than amazing add ons for local trips when you get to your destination. Her accommodation recommendations are always 5 star and spot on. Our trips had private transfers where we always felt safe. The travel docs arrive at your home in a manner easy to follow several days before your trip. She has suggested everything from the best flight times, to 5 star airlines (we didn't even know airlines had ratings) and hotels to stay before our flights. Several of our trips included personal guides and transportation for the day or even week. These local guides were Cozumel, Mayan Riviera x 2, Ireland and best of all Thailand for 2 weeks. We have recommended her to our relatives, friends and coworkers who are always as impressed as we are. Karen we look forward to going many many more places with your help.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for taking the time to review my services. I appreciate your kind words and your recommendation of me to your friends and family! Karen
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A Great Adventure

Reviewed By George - Lemoyne, PA | Traveled to Australia ~ Australia & New Zealand
She was a valued partner in all aspects of travel planning for our 28 day trip to New Zealand and Tahiti. She presents suggestions and options with insights gained from her personal experience and from reports from her prior customers. She is prompt and thorough in her research on suggestions we made to her based on input from friends of ours who had been there previously. She tailors physical activities (treks, kayaking, biking, glacier climbs) to requested exertion levels. She suggested a few upgrades in accommodations that proved to be well worth the added cost as she was able to obtain room rates below those I was able to find by going direct. I have done most of our travel planning without the assistance of an agent. I found the assistance Karen was able to provide as clearly value-added.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
George, thank you for the fantastic review! It was a pleasure working with you. I look forward to helping you with your future travel adventures! Karen
30 of 62 people found this review helpful
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Best trip ever!

Reviewed By Scc - CT | Traveled to Turks and Caicos Islands ~ Caribbean
Karen has always guided us in directions that suit or family perfectly! She thinks of all the little things to make our trip easy and enjoyable. We really value her experience and advice especially in the places she's been to.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. I appreciate the perfect rating!
28 of 59 people found this review helpful
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Stress free planning!

Reviewed By Marcella - Philadelphia, Pa | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
Karen was absolutely amazing to work with! I reached out to her with an idea for a trip, my budget, and dates and she was able to put together the perfect package for myself and the friend I was traveling with. She asked just a few questions about our interests and planned perfect excursions for us. When we were looking at flights, hotels, and tours on our own it was very overwhleming and much more costly. Karen was able to highight the best cities to see and the best sites to see in those cities. She was always very responsive throughout the booking process and even while we were away. We had some flight issues upon departure and she was on the phone after we emailed her at 10:30 pm trying to make sure we had the best flight and still had the seats we wanted. When things changed on the trip because of weather she was there to help us find other options and made sure we got a refund for the tour we were unable to go on. She definitely made some last minute changes less stressful!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for you for your review! I'm happy you enjoyed your Australia and New Zealand trip. I look forward to working with you again soon!
27 of 61 people found this review helpful
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Honeymoon to Greece

Reviewed By Stephanie - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Excellent experience working with Karen when she planned my honeymoon. I really appreciated her expertise, organization and quick response time in answering any questions I had.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for taking the time to review my services. I appreciate your positive feedback! Karen
28 of 63 people found this review helpful
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Celebrating 60!

Reviewed By Barb - Phoenixville pa | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Karen is very quick to provide information and suggestions for upcoming trips!
She has helped in finding cost effective alternatives to different locations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for the review! I'm glad your group was able to make the trip a memorable celebration! Karen
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Repeated excellence

Reviewed By Cathy - Chicago Illinois | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Karen has planned several trips for our family: family cruise, couples trip to Italy, anniversary celebration in Costa Rica, daughters honeymoon to Greece, and upcoming trip to S Africa. She Is exceptional in communication and working with us on our wish list and budget. Our accommodations and excursions have been amazing. Karen has so much expertise and knowledge that I know our trips will alway be stress free, unique and memorable.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for giving me a perfect rating! I appreciate your comments, and look forward to working with you again soon. Karen
29 of 67 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

New Zealand review

"I just got back last week from Japan and NZ trip. The NZ portion was fanstastic, thanks to you. All the hotel and tour bookings were spot on, and i was able to complete all of what I wanted to do without any problem. I definitely will refer you to my friends and you've been great. I was able to attend two cricket games, visit Glow worm caves, Waiotopu Thermal wonderland, Lake Rotorua, Tamaki Maori tour, Coramandel peninsula trip, lake Taopo, Hobbiton and had a small sight seeing in Auckland as well. Thank you so much for making my trip and life easy at NZ." 3/15

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