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Karen Allanach

Frederick, Maryland Travel Agent
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Karen Allanach

Frederick, Maryland Travel Agent
An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Albertville, MN
Years of Experience: 4
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Luxury Caribbean Specialist

Majestic palm tree in the Bahamas
Majestic palm tree in the Bahamas

When you think about escaping to a place where the sun and sea meet, what does it look like? Does it have tall palm trees that wave in the trade winds, on white sands that kiss crystal-clear turquoise waters? Does it have majestic mountains and lush rainforests with calls from exotic birds that awaken your adventurous spirit? Do you escape to a luxurious five-star resort with beach-side cocktail service and more amenities than you can choose from?

Does your dream destination have award-winning restaurants and nightlife as hot as the noon sun, or is it a tranquil retreat that nurtures mind and body? Whatever your answer, I can help you get there as a Caribbean specialist. Consider some of your options:

St. Lucia: Sophistication reigns at an array of properties from all-inclusive resorts to boutique gems nestled into St. Lucia’s lush landscape. This island is a perfect destination for a wedding and honeymoon, as much as an action-packed family vacation, or a nature-inspired spa getaway.

The British Virgin Islands: The BVI is back stronger than ever after the 2017 hurricanes. Yacht charters are up and running full steam, and major events, like the BVI Spring Regatta, are on schedule. Christen your visit with a signature PainKiller libation, and shop for spices at Sunny Caribbee. Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, and the surrounding islands await your visit. Check with Palms & Peaks Travel for updates on resorts and other information.

The Bahamas: Atlantis is a major attraction in the Bahamas, but consider island hopping to the tranquil out islands of Eleuthera, Cat Island, Abaco, and others. Luxury accommodations and breathtaking scenery make for an unforgettable vacation. Try bonefishing, blue-hole diving, and catch some classic Bahamian rake-n-scrape music. Shop for handmade fabrics of vibrant, block prints that reflect the Bahamian paradise, and other local arts and crafts to treasure your vacation memories.

Antigua & Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda, are the largest of the Leeward islands. Antigua was spared the wrath of the 2017 hurricanes, while Barbuda suffered the weight of massive devastation. Today, efforts to restore Barbuda are ongoing. Antigua is home to several top-rated luxury resorts, boutique resorts, villas and more. Direct flights are available from East Coast cities. Activities include eco-tours, sailing, and zip-lining. Learn the twin islands’ history through Nelson’s Dockyard, the museum of Antigua and Barbuda, and art galleries.

Aruba: The warmth of Aruba starts with its people. “One Happy Island,” reflects the hospitality you receive when you visit. Family-friendly Aruba is outside the hurricane belt. Enjoy practically perfect weather year-round. Visit Arikok National Park, home to an array of animal and plant species. Go hiking and visit caves with ancient Arawak Indian drawings. See the graceful fofoti trees on picture-perfect beaches. Enjoy great shopping, fantastic food, and lively nightlife. Direct flights from several Northeast US cities. 

Curacao: Curacao, located in the Netherlands Antilles, is a diver’s paradise. Enjoy 40 dive areas over 65 sites. Visit Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage City, and marvel at the colorful, historic architecture. Escape to Carnival in January, one of the biggest and brightest events in the Caribbean. Enjoy authentic local flavors from beach bar fare to fine dining. Make your way to the Southern Caribbean for your next vacation. Visit Curacao.

USVI: The United States Virgin Islands: St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. give you the tropics without a passport. St. Thomas is mountainous and cosmopolitan, with 40 beautiful beaches. From St. Croix, visit Buck Island Reef, a protected national park. Enjoy the laid-back vibe and natural beauty of St. John. Since the 2017 hurricanes, the islands have been steadily rebuilding and reopening.

Jamaica: Miles of sugary beaches, cascading waterfalls, lively music, and lush rainforest, are just some reasons to come to Jamaica. “One Love” is the island’s motto, underscoring the people’s warm welcome of visitors to the vibrant paradise. Jamaica has an array of luxury, all-inclusive resorts, and locations for families looking for the perfect vacation, or the couple looking for a destination wedding. 

Consider an island less traveled for a tropical vacation. Nevis, St. Kitts, Anguilla, Grenada and others, give you plenty of options to get away from the crowds.

Throughout the islands, enjoy special events including jazz festivals, food festivals, cycling races, fishing tournaments, carnival, and sailing regattas. 

Each island has its own personality, history, and vibe. All-inclusive resorts, boutique hotels, villas, and other lodgings are available. The Caribbean is the perfect place for a honeymoon, family vacation, or escape from reality. Whatever your reason for going, just go! You’ll be the better for it.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

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Aruba & Curacao specialist certifications
Antigua & Barbuda specialist certification
British Virgin Islands specialist certification
Bahamas specialist certification
St. Lucia specialist certification

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My Reviews

Rating: 5 9 Reviews

Wonderful family trip!! So much fun!!

Reviewed By Wstraub - Emerald Isle, NC | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Karen planned an awesome family vacation for us. Our accommodations were first class. Everything went as planned and the guidance and direction provided by Karen was great!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Allanach responded:
Dear Wanda, I am so happy you and your family had an amazing vacation in Mexico! My goal is always to provide the most fabulous experience for my clients, so I am thrilled to hear you loved the resort! I was a pleasure to work with you and I hope to do so again on future vacations!
10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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AmaWaterways Christmas Markets

Reviewed By Cindy - Union KY | Traveled to Rhine River ~ On the River ~ At Sea
Karen was able to get the itinerary we wanted for the price we wanted and was eager to help with all of our needs. We will absolutely come back to her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Allanach responded:
Thank you so much Cindy! It was such a pleasure to work with you and Jennifer. I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip. It looked magical! I can't wait to help with your next adventure!
9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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Beautiful country, wonderful experience.

Reviewed By Marlouden - Fort Myers, Florida | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
Our experience with Ms. Allanach was exceptional. She did her research and was very accommodating to our needs. Her tenacity in providing every detail that was needed for our trip was outstanding. We had a very good experience and would no doubt use Ms. Allanach for all our future trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Allanach responded:
I am so pleased that you enjoyed your trip to Ireland! It was a pleasure to help you select the right guided tour. I love how you compared one of the castle stays to feeling like a guest at Downton Abbey! I look forward to working with you on future trips!
12 of 22 people found this review helpful
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Fantastic Christmas Market Cruise

Reviewed By Jennifer - Union, KY | Traveled to Amsterdam ~ Netherlands ~ Europe
Karen is a delight! She's super-professional, helpful and kind, and she truly wants to see her clients have the time of their lives. She was frequently in communication and made sure we had everything we needed and wanted. Karen would be a great help to any traveler!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Allanach responded:
Thank you so much! It was a pleasure to help you and your Mom plan and track your trip along the way! I can't wait to work with you on your next adventure!
8 of 17 people found this review helpful
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Reviewed By Mary Beth - Gaithersburg, MD | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Karen Allanach is knowledgeable, efficient, responsive, helpful. She answered all my questions, and walked me through several steps. I've already recommended her multiple times.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Allanach responded:
It was a pleasure to work with you and your niece to help plan your trip to Greece! I hope I can assist you with your future world travels! Thank you so much!
8 of 17 people found this review helpful
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A cruise we will always remember!

Reviewed By Happy UnCruisers - Hagerstown, MD | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Karen responded within minutes of our first email inquiring about booking an Uncruise excursion. She enthusiastically, conscientiously and patiently answered our questions -- preparing us for our most memorable vacation ever! Even after booking our vacation, and her job apparently done, she still kept in touch and gave advice only a seasoned traveler could provide. We will confidently recommend her to our friends.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Allanach responded:
Thank you so much for your amazing support! I am so happy to be connected with the both of you! Immediately, I felt your spirit of adventure and was so happy to help you with your vacation details. I hope to have you as clients for life. It was more than my pleasure to work with you! Thank you again!
11 of 23 people found this review helpful
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Lifetime Memories!

Reviewed By KD - Frederick | Traveled to Germany ~ Europe
Karen was quick to respond, easy to work with and very flexible. She is kind and answered all my questions...and there were numerous!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Allanach responded:
Thank you so much! It was a pleasure to help you and your daughter navigate your adventure to Europe! I'm glad you had an amazing time and I look forward to working with you in the future!
7 of 16 people found this review helpful
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Fabulous trip!

Reviewed By Lynn - Greenville NC | Traveled to Mexico
Karen was very helpful and not only searched for things I asked about- but she also offered good suggestions for places I hadn’t considered. I hope to try some of them out in the future. She was also patient when I was indecisive and changed our whole strategy. She offered travel suggestions and provided information about the area. She was always available for questions. Great experience.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Allanach responded:
Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your family to find the right resort for your tropical escape! I am so glad you enjoyed your Mexican vacation. You are so great to work with, and I look forward to helping you plan more trips in the future!
10 of 23 people found this review helpful
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Takes the stress out of vacation planning!

Reviewed By Meg - Frederick, MD | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
Karen was wonderful and gave such good recommendations for our Disney Halloween trip based on our likes, preferences and family member ages. We preferred using Southwest, so she always kept a lookout for ticket opening dates to make sure we could get them before the flight sold out. She was always very responsive with e-mails and went the extra mile to contact Disney support when things went wonky with their website. She took the stress out of planning this vacation and I am very grateful to her and the service she provides. Thank you, Karen! :)
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Allanach responded:
Thank you Megan! It was a pleasure to serve you and your wonderful family! I know your Disney vacation will be magical!
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