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Sonja Hester

Bethel Park, Pennsylvania Travel Agent
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Sonja Hester

Sonja Hester

Bethel Park, Pennsylvania Travel Agent
An independent agent with Life is Better Traveling, LLC in Pittsburgh, PA, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
31 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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CUSTOM VACATIONS FOR HOW YOU WANT TO TRAVEL

The Best of Tuscany, IT-Winery dinner and tour
The Best of Tuscany, IT-Winery dinner and tour

I started to travel after I raised my two children. It is now a passion. I customize vacations for clients and help them achieve a vacation experience to make memories that last a lifetime. 

I have family in Italy and speak some Italian. I definitely can help you get around this beautiful country with ease. 

I am certified in Hawaii travel! I would love the opportunity to help you travel from Italy to Hawaii and everywhere between.

There are so many ways to live a life. Let me help you see them all! 

  • Do you find it difficult to coordinate travel between European countries or Hawaiian Islands?
  • Do you struggle to weed through all the reviews and information on the internet?
  • Do you wish someone would just create a customized itinerary based on YOUR interests?
  • Do you want a "one phone call away" policy? 

I coordinate all your travel needs including transfers, flights, hotel, cruise, tours, travel protection to make sure your trip runs smoothly so you can relax and enjoy.

I recommend destinations based from your interests and together we create a fabulous customized vacation. 

I am always one phone call or email away to quickly respond and answer any concerns every step of the way.

I personally am a fan of Italy because I have family in Salerno. Salerno is truly a treasure. It is a part of the Amalfi Coast and has very quaint areas that are a must see. I have toured the typical and non typical areas of Italy. Marinello was not on my wish list but when I went with my Father it was a definite must! We toured two motor factories, Ducati and Lamborghini. While in Marinello, my Father took a spin in a Ferrari Spider and I tucked my self into the Ferrari cafe to sip one of the best cappuccino in town! The Motor Valley Tour was one of the highlights on my Father/Daughter trip to the Old Country.

All Inclusive Vacations are my favorite way to vacation from the hustle and bustle of normal every day life.

I REPLY TO REQUEST WITHIN A FEW HOURS...LOOK FOR AN EMAIL FROM Sonja@lifeisbettertraveling.com (PLEASE CHECK SPAM AFTER 24 HOURS)

 

 

 

 

My Areas of Expertise

LANGUAGES
English
SUPPLIER PARTNERS

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Hawaii Specialist Certification

My Reviews

Rating: 4.9 31 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Trip of a lifetime!

Reviewed By Happy Traveler - Cincinnati, OH | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Sonja planned the most amazing trip to Greece for us. Everything was organized and executed perfect!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Friends in Paris

Reviewed By Linda - Bethel Park, PA | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
Sonja was great to work with. She was pleasant and knowledgable and I would definitely recommend her services to others
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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The best Cruise we ever took.

Reviewed By Bill & Sandy - West Palm Beach | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Hello Sonja,

We want to thank you for all you did to make our cruise so easy for us. The itenery was so easy to understand, the Holland Cruise Line was a excellant choice.

Thank you for the excursions you planed we had a great time. We are looking forward to the trip you are planning for us in Italy. The least we can do is let other people know how easy you make it to travel.

Thank you again for all your efforts.

Bill & Sandy
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Spiritual Trip

Reviewed By Beth - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Little Rock ~ Arkansas ~ USA
Sonja was great! Our accommodations/transportation were perfect. Whenever I needed to add services, her response was quick. She is super friendly and a pleasure to plan vacations. I will definitely recommend her services and will call her for any upcoming trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Daughters first trip to Vegas

Reviewed By Tinker - Pittsburgh Pennsylvania | Traveled to Las Vegas ~ Nevada ~ USA
Sonja is enthusiastic and and cheerful. Her goals were the same as ours, best experience first best rate second. We had to change plans last minute since a hurricane was landing in Florida. She helped us switch flights with no up charge, find a great hotel in Vegas and booked activities last minute. She is awesome!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Best Experience Booking!

Reviewed By Frequent Cruiser - Washington, PA | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Extremely helpful and quick service! She helped me to get the best deal I’ve ever gotten with Royal Caribbean!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Enjoyed the Green Isle of Ireland

Reviewed By Ken K. - Reading, PA | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
Visiting the standard historical and geological sites that are apart of all standard tours are impressive and eye opening. However, our travel agent provided us with some of the off beaten track and out of the way site that are not pursued by the larger tour companies such as the Slieve League Cliffs and Doe Castle.

There were seven children accompanying us on the trip and Mary and Sonja included them in all of our activities. Aunt Sandra's Candy and the fairy garden at Malahide were great for them. Some of them even kissed the Blarney Stone!

When asked what my high light of the adventure was I can only there were too many to put all of them in this review. Great Job to Life is Better Traveling for putting this group together. We looked foward to many more.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Two more countries off my "Bucket List"

Reviewed By Sunseeker - Appleton. WI | Traveled to Iceland ~ Europe
Sonja planned the pre-trip visit to Iceland
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great Ireland Family Vacation

Reviewed By J. Kassing - Chester, NH | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
This was my first Life is Better Traveling trip and it was amazing!! We saw ALL of Ireland, including all of the main attractions of the country. I can't believe how much we saw on this tour!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Best Family Trip to Ireland!

Reviewed By Ian, Toni, and James Conner - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
My family's first trip to Ireland. What a beautiful country! Mary, Sonja, and our driver Patrick made the trip unforgettable. It was especially great traveling with the group from Pittsburgh including retirees and families with children. Would definitely book with Life is Better Traveling again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great Family Vacation to Ireland

Reviewed By Erin S. - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
My family had an amazing time with amazing people. The bus driver/tour guide was the a highlight for us on this trip. We really enjoyed every activity we did. Other than Sonja creating extra hours in a day, I can't think of anything we would change. Thank you for a trip my family and I will always remember!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great Ireland trip for first time in Europe

Reviewed By The Melchers - Reading, PA | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
The Irish Countryside is beautiful and most of the castles are great. The real humdinger was Kylemore Abbey. It was fabulous and I wished I could have had more time there. Thank you Life is Better Traveling for taking us to this gem in Ireland.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Family Getting back to our Irish Roots trip

Reviewed By The Campbells - Bradenton, Florida | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
Ireland was so beautiful and the sights spectacular. Since having my brother and sister-in-law along to share the memories, and spend time to together it made a fantastic time. Such wonderful memories! The weather was so fantastic, and the Killarney days amazing with the July 4th celebration being a special treat. We loved Kylemore Abbey and would like to go back to see the gardens. Thank you Life is Better Traveling, Mary and Sonja, for making this a memorable trip for me and my brother/family.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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4 day getaway

Reviewed By Ashley - Pittsburgh, Pa | Traveled to Las Vegas ~ Nevada ~ USA
Great experience. Sonja was easy to work with and adjusted our itinerary several times to fit our needs.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Amazing experience

Reviewed By Pushpa - Pittsburgh PA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Unbelievable experience.something I will never forget .
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Bellisimo Italia

Reviewed By Tinker - Sebring Florida | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
When planning a life long bucket list trip to Italy it’s very hard to trust all the little details to an agent. You have to pick the very best agent who knows exactly what you want. Someone who is willing to go the extra mile and who is excited to deliver your dream experience. Not only did Sonja hold my hand each step of the way in planning my itinerary but also gave great advice on seat choices , packing, gift purchases and customs. She was quick to return calls, emails or text messages with answers to my many questions Always with her patient and sweet disposition. She planned an event filled, organized trip with beautiful accommodations.. She did a superb job, so good, I’m booking Ireland 1019 with her,
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Roman holiday

Reviewed By Dee - Pittsburgh. PA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Sonja was very helpful and pleasant. She had wonderful suggestions.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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A great trip from start to finish!

Reviewed By Karen - Canonsburg PA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
From first making the reservation to the trip home, Sonja did an excellent job keeping us informed and planning our trip. We were very happy with the accommodations and tours and thoroughly enjoyed our first trip to Italy.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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A Dream Vacation Comes True

Reviewed By Beth - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Sonja is so passionate and enthusiastic ready to make your dream vacation become a reality! And she did for me! I’ve wished for a very long time, to visit the land of my Italian ancestors and it did not disappoint! We stayed in great hotels, breakfast included, saw the sights that I truly had my heart set on, and had the most fantastic and knowledgeable guides to lead the way! Sonja was great tackling any challenges that popped up, and from there, it was always smooth sailing! And did I mention the food? Excellent restaurant choices and knowledge about the tipping customs were top notch! Sonja did a great job getting us to and from Rome/Florence/Venice without a hitch! All of the tours that we experienced were absolutely amazing! We had a great group of people and our chemistry really clicked! This made my trip even better than expected and I now have a few new friends! Thanks so much Sonja for your expertise and big smile! Til next time!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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A Really Fun, Interesting , High Quality Vacation

Reviewed By Mancunian - PITTSBURGH, PA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Sonja's choice to organize a visit to three of the most interesting and fascinating cities in Italy ( Rome, Florence, and Venice ) for our group tour provided for the basis for an outstanding vacation. All travel arrangements ( flights,,rail, tours ,etc ) were perfect including top-class knowledgeable and very friendly tour guides.
Her choice of hotels was also excellent and all gave impeccable service.
Sonja also organized outings and many meals at excellent restaurants specifically for our group before and while we were in Italy which all turned -out to be high quality and tremendous fun.
In a" nut shell" it would be it would be extremely difficult for someone to exceed the organizational skills coupled with the holiday choices that Sonja made and I can only give her a " perfect plus " score and would recommend her exceptional quality services to anyone wanting an excellent , unforgettable vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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THANK YOU SONJA FOR THE GREAT TOUR OF FLORENCE

Reviewed By Bill - Greenacres,Fl | Traveled to Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe
I must say you had the best tour guide I ever had in Rome. We got to see every part of Rome. She also knew the best places to eat at with great food and did not break the bank. Every part of the tour was just wonderful. Sonja, if I could I would give you ten stars for making my Dream vacation come true. Also want to thank you for choosing people to tour with that had siminular personalities, this even made it more wonderful, we had so many laughs. Can’t thank you enough really had a great time. I look forward to booking my next vacation with you. Thank you again for the trip of my Lifetime.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Sonja made this our best trip ever.

Reviewed By Cinzia - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Sonja was the perfect agent. She handles her clients’ diverse needs in an exceptional manner. She was extremely knowledgable, & showed sincere interest in everyone.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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A lifetime experience without any worries!

Reviewed By Bethan - Bridgeville, PA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Sonja was exceptionally fantastic, making the best of every precious moment an experince of a lifetime on my trip to Italy. During the trip, we stayed in the best hotels, saw the best & popular sights of Rome, Florence and Venice with the best tour guides. Sonja handled every challenge encountered with positive and professionalism outcomes. Sonja went above and beyond to make every aspect of this trip comfortable and enjoyable, pleasing the entire group. During the end of the trip, I got an extremely bad cold with congestion and inflammed ears. Sonja talked to the flight attendants which made a comfortable bed of 4 in a row seats for me to lay down during my flight home. Sonja has a unique talent with her knowledge of traveling giving great advice on what to do or not to do, helping with language and custom barriers. You can tell that this job is her passion from the every well-planned detail of my trip resulting in an amazing experience #priceless.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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I had the time of my life!

Reviewed By Kk - Cincinnati, OH | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Sonja is awesome!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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The trip of a lifetime!

Reviewed By Katheryn - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Sonja listens well and makes suggestions that suited our interests. Our guides were superior and the sites spectacular!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Weekend in Chicago

Reviewed By Avid Traveler - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Chicago ~ Illinois ~ USA
Sonja made out trip to Chicago to go smoothly. She coordinated out travel plans with another couple - making sure our hotel and flights coincided with each other. Her documentation of the plans were concise, accurate and detailed. She was easy to contact thru both email and phone. I would recommend Sonja to assist you in making your next travel plans.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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One of our best trips ever!

Reviewed By Karen - Canonsburg, PA | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
Prior to our trip, Sonja was great in keeping us informed about places we would visit and things we needed to do in preparation for our vacation to Ireland. She went above and beyond in helping us with alternate arrangements when our flight from Chicago to Dublin was cancelled, which was greatly appreciated. During the trip she made sure we were aware of daily plans and/or changes and spent time with us as both a great travel agent and a friend. We were thrilled to visit so many places and see so many sites! Thanks to Sonja, she truly helped make this travel experience one that we thoroughly enjoyed and will always remember.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Sonja took care of everything

Reviewed By Love Italy - Philadelphia PA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
We had booked our flight but didn't have time to plan on hotels and tours, so by the time we reached out to Sonja we had a short window of time for planning. She came through and provided exactly what we wanted for a personal tour of the Emilia Bologna region of Italy. She was very responsive, could always be reached and was thorough. Would definitely use her services again.
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ICELAND - Land of Awesome Beauty

Reviewed By NewConservativeGirl - Maricopa, AZ | Traveled to Iceland ~ Europe
Sonja planned a vacation for us to Iceland.
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Best trip ever .

Reviewed By Pushpa - Pittsburgh PA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
She is an amazing woman. Helped me from starting to end of my trip . I would highly recommend her . She seemed too nice to to be true .
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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So Helpful

Reviewed By Pamela - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe
Sonja stepped in to help us with an unexpected issue we had while returning from Italy last week. We had never met her or even spoken to her, but she was very friendly and extremely helpful to us. We were so thankful to have her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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