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Janet Caraker

Belleville, Illinois Travel Agent

An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Romance Travel Expert & European Travel Enthusiast

Greetings!    My name is Janet Caraker and I enjoy fun, food and culture around the world.     There is nothing better than exploring new areas to absorb the local cuisine and culture.   Our world is an amazing place with so many beautiful places for you to discover. 

I started in the travel industry in 1987 fueled by my own travel experiences and a desire to share them with others.     My main specialty is all-inclusive travel to Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean.    My passion is working with clients who want to EXPLORE the world on escorted tours, river or ocean cruising, safaris, rail adventures or complete custom vacation itineraries in the USA or around the world.         

Over the years I have served on many boards of travel and professional entities such as American Airlines, Travelocity, Jurni Network, and Women's Business Network.    I have also participated in local activities such as Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and Women's Business Owners Group. 

BIG NEWS!!!   We are REBRANDING to reflect the growing travel experiences requested by our loyal clients.    As of October 31, 2017  Island Jack's Travel will become  Janet Caraker, Custom Vacation Designer.   Our main website will be https://customvacationdesigner.com/ .     

I am dedicated to YOU and your travel experience.     Please contact me and/or fill out a Travel Quote Request at https://customvacationdesigner.com/ to get started.      I'm looking forward to meeting you!

Rave Reviews

Morning View from my room at Excellence Riviera Ca
Morning View from my room at Excellence Riviera Ca

Jeff said, "Janet was so great to work with. A perfect combination of professionalism and FUN!"

Kristen said, "Janet was amazing! We had some issues w our room while in Mexico and I was able to get a hold of her while we were there and she was able to help is fix it and get into another room.   She was amazing from the very beginning giving us many options to fit perfectly in our budget!"

Jill said, "Janet is awesome!  Always responds quickly, very knowledgable and sends us to fabulous vacation spots every year.    I highly recommend her!"

My Reviews

Daughters first big trip!

Reviewed By Kristie Uttinger - Nixa mo | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Janet has been amazing to work with! We scheduled our trip(s) during hurricane season and she was able to help us get one cancelled and the next one rolling! We had a bit of an upset with our room on day 1 and Janet took it into her hands at 8 pm to take care of it for us!! Definitely will use her again and again!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
I am so glad she had a great time! My family traveled a lot when I was growing up and those memories are priceless to me. Very glad I was able to get hold of the customer service manager at the resort that night. You deserve to have a GREAT vacation! Thank you so much for choosing to work with me.
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Wow! Just wow!

Reviewed By (Almost) Empty Nesters Ready for Adventure - Delavan, WI | Traveled to Quebec City ~ Quebec ~ Canada
Everything about our trip was fabulous! Janet did a simply amazing job on every part of it, from the flight to the great selection of excursions to the absolutely amazing hotel and room suggestion! We will defiitely be using her for all our future adventures!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Thank you so much! I was so excited when you told me you wanted to go to Quebec. It has been years since I have been there but I remembered how beautiful it was, the great food, fun things to do ... and the Chateau Frontenac. So glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Looking forward to working on your next adventure! Thank you, Janet
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Best Trip Ever

Reviewed By M.Hines & G. Williams - Washington DC | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
I love working with Janet, she make vacation planning effortless!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Thank you so much Michelle! So happy to hear that you had a great time. I am very excited about your next vacation choices and can't wait to dig into them. You know I travel vicariously through you! Thank you, Janet Caraker
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Great adventures!

Reviewed By Mark - Greenville, NC | Traveled to Denver ~ Colorado ~ USA
Always the very best!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Thank you so much! As always, I LOVE to see all your pictures and hear about your travel adventures. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!
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Very good trip

Reviewed By Jp - Millington | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Janet was very helpful and this trip was perfect for us since it was our first trip that we have taken outside the United States. We would do it again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Thank you so much for your review. I really enjoyed putting your itinerary together. It is one of my bucket list trips too!
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An awesome trip!

Reviewed By Bill - Cape Girardeau MO | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Very helpful, professional, and she was a pleasure to work with.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was my pleasure to help you with this fun family trip!
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Great family vacation!

Reviewed By Melissa - Greenville, North Carolina | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Working with Janet to plan our vacations is always an easy experience. She provided various options that fit our wants and our pocketbook! We had an awesome time on our trip. It was everything she said and more!!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Welcome Home Melissa! I am so glad you and your family had a wonderful time. I am happy the small problems in the beginning could be worked out. Thank you so much for choosing Island Jack's Travel!
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GREAT TRIP

Reviewed By Makus - Greenville, N.C. | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Janet is always very helpful and works hard to make sure you have a GREAT experience.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Thank you so much Mark! You are always a joy to work with and I am so glad you had another great trip.
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Wonderful Couples Getaway!

Reviewed By AM - Cape Girardeau, Missouri | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
She gave us a great variety of options and price ranges. She also followed up to make sure everything was okay when we arrived. Wonderful trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
So glad you had a great time! Looking forward to helping you with your next fun trip.
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Best Honeymoon we could ask for!!!

Reviewed By The Tankards - Washington NC | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Every aspect of our honeymoon from flight coordination, specific room requests,dietary restraints,and of course travel destination, was planned perfectly and to our taste. Janet really does an amazing job and thanks so much for the surprise you left in our room it meant a lot!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
I am so happy you had a great honeymoon! Thank you so much for your kind review. Please let me know when you are ready for your next trip!
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Awesome Trip!

Reviewed By Bill - Cape Girardeau MO | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Janet was easy to work with and very helpful. She got us a great place! Thanks Janet! :)
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Thank you so much! I love working on well deserved vacations. So glad you had a wonderful time. Looking forward to your next adventure!
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Amazing trip booked by an amazing travel agent

Reviewed By Trek P - Virginia | Traveled to Negril ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Janet is absolutely the best travel agent I have ever worked with. She makes your trip simple and seamless from the time of booking all the way until you return. She makes sure what once we are in vacation we don't have anything to worry about. For this last trip I especially loved the trip app that had all of our documents for the trip in one location. When you travel with Island Jack you will never have to worry about anything. I would highly recommend you book Janet as your travel agent for any of your travel needs. She is the absolute best. Thank you for making our vacations the best!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Thank you so much Trek!! I appreciate you too and always look forward to hearing about your adventures. I am so glad you had a great time in Jamaica. Janet
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Amazing trip booked by an amazing travel agent

Reviewed By Trek P - Virginia | Traveled to Negril ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Janet is absolutely the best travel agent I have ever worked with. She makes your trip simple and seamless from the time of booking all the way until you return. She makes sure what once we are in vacation we don't have anything to worry about. For this last trip I especially loved the trip app that had all of our documents for the trip in one location. When you travel with Island Jack you will never have to worry about anything. I would highly recommend you book Janet as your travel agent for any of your travel needs. She is the absolute best. Thank you for making our vacations the best!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Thank you Trek!!
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Best travel agent ever!

Reviewed By Bassngal58 - Belleville, Illinois | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Janet was awesome to work with! I asked her to make our plane reservations and everything went great. Then when I called her having a melt down she calmed me down and told me everything would be fine. I would highly recommend her for any of your travel needs! I will definitely use her service in the future!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
I hope you all had a wonderful time! Thank you so much for the great review. I am looking forward to working with you and your family again!
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Highly recommend

Reviewed By Julie - Greenville, NC | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Janet was great to work with. She is always quick to respond and made our trip planning so easy. I would definitely recommend her!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Thank you so much Julie! Looking forward to working on next year's adventure. I will get some information over to you later this afternoon.
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4th trip and counting!

Reviewed By The Montgomerys - Greenville, NC | Traveled to
Janet has always been helpful and very personable. She handles every request promptly and professionally. I would definitely recommend Island Jack's Travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Hello, I am just seeing your review. Thank you so much for your confidence in me. As always, you were a pleasure to work with. I can't wait to see what your next adventure will be! Janet Caraker, CTC Island Jack's Travel
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She was very helpful every step of the way

Reviewed By ASHLEY K. - Greenville, NC | Traveled to
Janet was great! We had to have 1 person in our party cancel and switch a lot of thing around last minute. Janet took the time and made sure everything got straightened out for the rest of the group!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Thank you so much for your review! I loved getting to know you and the other members of the group. Looking forward to your next adventure! Janet Caraker, CTC Island Jack's Travel
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All fun and No Worries

Reviewed By Aneesah - aneesahrashid@gmail.com | Traveled to
Janet made everything so simple. We told her what we wanted and she made it happen. From flights to booking the resort it was all a breeze. All that we had to do was show up and enjoy ourselves. I am currently planning a trip for next year and I'm hoping I can work with Janet again in the near future.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Thank you! That is the point of a great vacation .... relax and have fun! Looking forward to working on your next trip! Janet Caraker, CTC Island Jack's Travel
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She planned our amazing trip with ease

Reviewed By The Powells - Virginia | Traveled to
Janet was one of the best travel agents I have dealt with. She handled the planning of my destination wedding professionally and made it easy for me and all my guests to book which allowed us to enjoy the trip and not get wrapped up in all the details. We were able to book the trip well in advance to allow guests to make a deposit and then have monthly payments to pay off the trip. This was a huge help for all of my guests and they commented on how easy the process was and how helpful Janet was answering any questions they had in a timely manner. She also made sure I connected with the onsite wedding coordinator at the resort to finalize details of my wedding day. She also helped us plan an excursion to Oro Nightclub and took care of all of the booking and payments. Prior to leaving on the trip, Janet provided a very detailed itinerary and a "Things to know before you go". This was extremely helpful as we prepared to leave for the trip. This is what i call going above and beyond with customer service. Thank you Island Jack Travel for making my dream destination wedding a fairy tale come true. I recommend Island Jack for all of your travel needs and I would definitely utilize them again for future trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
You are so kind!! I loved your group. They were a joy to work with. I would have loved to have been able to go to your wedding myself. I really appreciate the referral you gave me for the Howard Vow Renewal. Looking forward to hearing about that trip too! Janet Caraker, CTC Island Jack's Travel
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We can always count on Janet to provide a worry free trip out of the country.

Reviewed By Chena/Drec - Greenville, NC | Traveled to
Janet always provides a detailed itenary prior to our trip and always includes helpful tips. From the time we board our flight in the US until we land in our destination, we experience nothing but smooth "sailing", well in this case...smooth flying. This is our second time traveling out of the country with Janet's assistance but it will not be the last. Last year was Cancun Mexico and we just got back from Punta Cana, DR today. She is most helpful and always responds to our emails in a timely manner. We have all the confidence in Janet.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your confidence in me and look forward to planning your next trip. Where will we go next?!? Janet Caraker, CTC Island Jack's Travel
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Perfect to the last detail

Reviewed By Sunny - St. Louis | Traveled to
I was referred to Janet by a close friend who always uses her agency for travel. She asked me a lot of questions so she could get a feel for what we wanted. Our budget was a little tight but Janet somehow managed to find a great deal for our trip and it was absolutely perfect! We booked early enough to be able to book with just a deposit and then we made payments when we could. Janet also suggested that we let our family and friends know that we were registered with Island Jack's Travel so they could give us a gift by making a small payment on our honeymoon. We were so happy and pleased that several of our friends and family gave amounts of $25 - $100. Janet made it very easy to do this and we really appreciated the extra help. We owed a lot less than we thought at the end! We went to Sanctuary Cap Cana and it was even more beautiful and romantic than I thought we could afford. We probably would have spent the same amount of money at Myrtle Beach and it would not have been near as romantic. Thank you Janet! We will be in touch soon to start planning our first anniversary!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Janet Caraker responded:
It is fun for me when I see that your honeymoon dollars go further than you think it will. What a great deal you got!! I remember how excited I was when I saw that. So glad we could pull it off for you. Looking forward to working on that anniversary trip! Janet Caraker, CTC Island Jack's Travel
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