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Ted Blank

Forest Lake, Minnesota Travel Agent
An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Stillwater, MN,
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LANGUAGES English, French
CERTIFICATES & AWARDS Switzerland Travel Advisor, Hurtigruten Amundsen Club, Oceania Cruises Specialist, European Rail Expert, Uniworld University Graduate
Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
Certified ASTA Travel Agent

Ted Blank

Forest Lake, Minnesota Travel Agent

An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Stillwater, MN,

European, Culinary & Luxury Travel Expert

Beautiful Korcula, in Croatia
Beautiful Korcula, in Croatia

I first went to Europe in second grade with my parents, and it left a lasting impression that continues to inspire me today. I traveled with my family extensively throughout my childhood, and I always knew that traveling would be my focus in life.

I grew up in Wisconsin and currently live in Minnesota, and I travel every year to Europe as often as possible. I love going when it’s less crowded so I can have a more relaxing time, and I often book for like-minded travelers who wish to experience the culture as authentically as possible.

I entered the travel industry because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, and I know that vacations can be life’s greatest treat! I specialize in European culture and culinary travel with a focus on small river cruises and boutique hotels. I’m one of the few travel agents in America to specialize in French luxury hotel barges, and I love preparing these special adventures for people looking for something different.

I am certified with a number of European countries along with small and large luxury cruise lines. I have prepared coastal cruises in Croatia, luxury hotel barges in France, and customized wine tasting tours throughout the continent. I have visited nearly every European country and can help you personalize your trip exactly to your tastes. I will help you find the perfect local restaurant, scenic cruise, and accommodations to make your trip unforgettable.

I provide highly personalized services which includes:

  • Tailored recommendations
  • Detailed support and assistance at all times
  • Researching your destination for you
  • Pacing your itinerary to match your style
  • Ensuring your vacation is perfect from day one

I want every moment of your trip to be memorable, and I will make sure you arrive prepared and ready to explore at your own pace. I can also assist with extras like finding scenic spots for meals, recommending the perfect boutique shop, or researching a new destination that would fit your interests. There’s so much beauty to discover in Europe, and I have the experience to help you enjoy it with ease!

I work with both frequent and first-time travelers, and I bring the same attention to detail to every itinerary. My goal is to make every vacation the best it can be, and I enjoy working with my clients to make their trip wonderful.

Talk with me today to start booking your ideal vacation!

Related Travel Experiences

Mosque in Bosnia
Croatian Coastal Cruise
Sun Deck ofRiver Cruise Ship in Basel, Switzerland
Rhine River Cruise
Beautiful Korcula in Croatia
September Cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean
Abbaye de la Bussiere, luxury Burgundy hotel
Barging in Burgundy
La Scala Theater in Milan
Venice and Milan, Italy
What a great place for a glass of wine!
Royal Clipper Mediterranean Cruise
Comfortable accommodations on a French hotel barge
Exploring Southern France by Luxury Barge
A quiet tropical park in Hong Kong
Deluxe cabin on UnCruise Adventures' SS Legacy
Rollin' on the River with UnCruise Adventures
The Queen's Room with Nightly Dancing
Unmatched Style and Discovery on Queen Elizabeth

What's on My Bucket List?

According to a recent survey conducted by AARP, travel is the top aspiration of Americans of all ages. Whether Baby Boomers, Millennials, Gen Xers, or folks – like me – who fall somewhere in between, the average person has eight destinations or travel experiences on their bucket list. And, let’s be ... Read more from my What's on My Bucket List? story.

Luxury Cruise Review: Cunard's Queen Elizabeth

I recently returned from a two week European cruise on Cunard's luxury liner Queen Elizabeth.  In this blog post, I'll cover a few of the highlights that made this cruise one of my top travel experiences.

First, the Queen Elizabeth far exceeded my expectations when it came to food.  The world gourmet ... Read more from my Luxury Cruise Review: Cunard's Queen Elizabeth story.

China's Many Faces

China.  An emerging Asian superpower.  One of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet with some of the poorest people.  A Communist nation that has embraced capitalism, with bustling cities full of modern skyscrapers.  A deeply traditional nation that reveres its past yet worships progress and newness.  These are just some ... Read more from my China's Many Faces story.

The Only Thing You Buy That Makes You Richer

It struck me during my annual spring cleaning that I had too much stuff. That extra crock pot, a great deal, sits untouched five years later. I’m not sure where I ever thought I’d put that (admittedly very cool) lamp, and I have enough dress socks to last a lifetime or ... Read more from my The Only Thing You Buy That Makes You Richer story.

My Reviews

19 of 25 people found this review helpful

Un-Belizeable Vacation!

Reviewed By Jenny V. - Forest Lake, MN | Traveled to Belize ~ Central America
Ted listened to what we wanted in a vacation and gave us a few options to choose from with different price points to meet our needs.

Our trip and itinerary was laid out perfectly . Everything went smooth and we had a very relaxing get away without any worries. Ted thought of everything. The resorts were fabulous, our excursions were personal - no big crowds and our experience was priceless.

As a seasoned traveler himself, Ted knows the ins and outs of how to get an exceptional vacation that is worth every penny.

I am a believer that you get what you pay for and I will not take another vacation without Ted's assistance.

If you are planning a vacation, contact Ted. You will be glad you did!

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip, and I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time!
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8 of 14 people found this review helpful

Great trip

Reviewed By Alex - Forest lake mn | Traveled to Seattle ~ Washington ~ USA
Ted did a great job with our trip. He went above and beyond with his help and tips. I won't use anyone else. Alex
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
I was happy to help, and am glad you had a great trip!
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8 of 16 people found this review helpful

Amazing Greece and 4 day Agean Cruise

Reviewed By Jeanne and Bob - North Branch MN | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Ted is very knowledgeable, energetic, fun to talk with and great at communicating with his clients. He always has ideas for what to see and do where we are traveling. He is always making sure we have what we need to have the best trip possible. I highly recommend Ted and have already booked another trip through him (we just came back two weeks ago from Greece). When my husband experienced a fall in Greece, Ted responded to my text immediately and called our travel insurance people to notify them. I was grateful for his assistance and are glad we booked with a travel agent as savvy and on top of things as is Ted.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It is a pleasure to work with you!
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16 of 37 people found this review helpful

Ted made our trip happen!

Reviewed By Kayla - Lindstrom, MN | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
We were referred to Ted through friends. Initially, I was nervous to reach out to Ted because I've never worked with a travel agent before. He was easy to reach and very friendly. He made our fears of traveling disappear! He met with us several times to go over details and help us plan our time in each country or city that we would be in! He made our trip that we dreamed about, a reality! Btw we traveled all of Ireland and Northern Ireland, London and Paris!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure working with you, and I look forward to helping you plan your next overseas trip!
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10 of 30 people found this review helpful

Yah Man!

Reviewed By Dale & Lee - Marine on St.Croix, MN | Traveled to Negril ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
We told Ted where we have travelled in the past, what we like, and that sunny relaxation was a requirement. He offered us several choices in Jamaica, in different parts of the country, and at a variety of costs within our budget range. This preview made it easy on us! We had just a few questions and Ted took care of everything. He made sure we received all of our pre-trip info and gave us some tips for our journey. Not a single hitch in the plan and one of the best vacations we have had in years. If you are looking for an agent whose knows of what he speaks from first hand experience and is willing to tailor-make your vacation, call Ted Blank!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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