Ursula Pearson 

Hoffman Estates, IL United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Family Travel
  • Food & Wine
  • Honeymoons
  • Independent Tours
  • Ocean Cruising

Selling Travel Since
  • English
  • German

My Background

I immigrated to the U.S. from southern Germany in 1965. I quickly found my love of arranging travel when I began my career with Globus Tours in 1965.

Three years later, I started with Kobelt Travel in Chicago where I was taught all aspects of the travel industry. After growing the agency from 1 million dollars to 35 million dollars, the agency was sold.

In 1992, I began my own company, Travelex International. After 27 years, I had developed great relationships with my clients and was ready to use my extensive experience to build my own agency.

I have visited 6 of the 7 continents, including most European countries, Russia, Turkey, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina and other Latin American countries, most Caribbean Islands, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Antarctica here I come!

I look forward to assisting you design your next exciting journey to somewhere amazing!

Places I Have Traveled

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Customized Itinerary just for us

By: Maureen M

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2013

I would highly recommend Ursula from Travelex International. Each time we have used her she has exceeded our expectations. We started using her a number of years ago and then we moved to a different state, but that did not stop us. We have continued to use her for trips to Europe and throughout the United States. She has access to many places and excursions that we do not. She seems to know our tastes and just what we would be interested in, we are never disappointed!

By: Anne

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2013

We had a wonderful time! Everything was taken care of. We had transportation waiting for us at every door. We enjoyed our land tours, cruise excursions, and 3 days at Santorini was the icing on the cake. I would be happy to recommend Ursula to plan any of our future trips!.

Excellent Trip!

By: Golfer Mike

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2013

Urusla helped us plan a truly wonderful two week trip to Germany. There were absolutely NO GLITCHES from start to finish. The hotel selections were marvelous - top quality and in prime locations. Even the restaurant recommendations were excellent. The "frosting on the cake" was the upgrade to business class for the flight home. In all it was a 10 out of 10 trip and that should be attributed to planning and attention to detail that Ursula Pearson provided. Wunderbar!

Highly recommended

By: None

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

Ursula has helped is in the past and has done a vey good job for us. I have recommended her to our friends, neighbors, and some of my clients. She's very professional and has a great working knowledge of what he clients are looking for,, a good combination. One of my neighbors here in Del Webb Huntley recommended her and we're glad he did. She has helped us with five trips and plan to use her services in the future.

Very Highly Recommended

By: Angela

Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2013

Ursula planned a Rhine River cruise for us. It was our 50th wedding anniversary and the first time that we would be visiting Europe. Everything about our cruise and our extended stay was marvelous. All of our transfers were perfect and since we celebrated our anniversary on our trip, she even sent us a wonderful bottle of Champagne, which we enjoyed very much. We will definitely be going to Ursula again for future travel plans.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

Our vacation to Europe was well planned. Ursula did all the things expected and more. We have already Recommended he to our friends who have used her services for vacation in Italy.

By: Ronnie

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2013

Ursula has helped my Husband and myself for years and she has also helped family and friends and we have always had the best of trips!

Highly Recommended

By: Fran and Bob

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2013

I have never used a travel agent before and now will always do so. Our trip was seemless and we felt like VIPs the whole way. Travelex booked tours for us that were not available otherwise and with two were we the only passengers. Everything was planned perfectly and I know we would not have had the experience we did had we not used Travelex. I can't thank them enough. My bosses will be contacting them for their next trip.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

Ursula always does a great job for me. I can highly recomend her services

Ursula is the epitome of a Travel Agent, I Highly Reccomend

By: Denney R

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

My wife and I have used Ursula and her agency for many years and have never been disappointed. Ursula never stops amazing us for her knowledge of different places in the world and her ability to make traveling still enjoyable. We continue to recommend Ursula to our friends and have received numerous compliments from them about her and the Travel Agency.

Absolutely the Best!

By: golfer Mike

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2013

Our trip to Germany was truly exceptional. Ursula helped us plan a great route through, primarily, Bavaria. The hotels were centrally located and top quality. The restaurant recommendations were the best and the personal guides that met us in five of the cities were loaded with knowledge and were exceptionally personable. We didn't experience one hitch throughout the entire two weeks, even with driving on our own. We look forward to planning our next trip, to Peru, with Ursula.

Highly Recommended

By: rms

Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2013

The whole trip was wonderful, from booking to completion. Ursula was able to help me use my frequent flyer upgrades and get tickets for my wife an I using our preferred carrier and without hassle. I also really like the TripCase app which let us keep our plans handy without carrying paper.

Vail Summer Trip


Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

Ursala from Tavelex has been planning vacations for our family for over 25 years. This was our 40th anniversary trip with the whole family encluding 3 grandkids. So this trip was a tough one with trying to please everyone. Everything about the trip went perfect. Thank you for another great trip with family memories that will last forever

Highly Recommended


Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

Travelex International was instrumental in working with us on a trip that could have otherwise been very stressful due to river flooding. It was good that our travel agent was familiar with the river cruises and the locations we were visiting and gave us additional information on what to see. Our travel agent also worked with us to submit an insurance claim for the disruption of the river cruise. I would certainly recommend our travel agent to others.

By: Marg28

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

Ursula, is amazingly talented in her business. She is diligent when meeting the needs of her clinetel and kind and personable making you feel comfortable in trusting that she will take very good care of you. She does not miss even the smallest detail when making your arrangements.

one, two & three trips of a life time.

By: silver man

Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2013

Highly Recommended

By: Vhuynh

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

Mrs. Pearson is very devoted to her work. She has helped me and my family for many years. She always gives her best in helping us with flights and hotel rate. I would recommend her to anyone who need help with their travels.

10 Days in Greece

By: Eric

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

Our 10 days in Greece put us at the heart of this incredible country - we saw Athens, the Peloponese and two islands. Could have stayed longer! The itinerary was well thought out, the transfers perfect and the hotels fabulous. Ursula Pearson captured our wants and made them happen. Thanks!

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2013

Ursula always does a great job. Never had a problem when Ursula arranged travel. Thank you Ursula and Travelex

Wow! She is a travel magician

By: KKP118

Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2014

Ursula has organized and booked several international trips to us - Africa, Argentina, Europe and Asia. Her recommendations for hotels and tourist excursions were spot on. She fights for you if travel plans go awry, especially with the airlines! Our Kenyan honeymooon was one trip in particular we'll never forget, especially with all the little perks she surprised us with.

Florida Vacation Big Freeze


Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2014

The travel arrangements were perfect.... until the big Freeze!! Sub zero temperatures and blizzard conditions grounded thousands of flights. While others languised on endless hold at the airlines, or waited online at the terminal. I was able to contact a travelex represenative right away. Plus the iphone app that was suggested with my ticket verification was agble to find alternate flights in real time. Disaster averted!


By: Maya

Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2014

Ursula has so much patience. It is hard to create an itinerary for 9 people during the most expensive time to fly. This is not just adults travel but the kids too. She is so dedicated and understanding. She always find great prices, seats and hotels for us. With virtuoso, we also experience VIP treatment.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2014

Ursula is an extremely competent and professional travel agent!

Ursula did a great job with our travel, She is the Best.

By: jbf

Reviewed on: 05 Feb 2014

Highly Recommended

By: Amy13

Reviewed on: 12 Feb 2014

Ursula went beyond just making our reservations to realizing we needed to "flip" a segment of our trip to make more sense in our timeline. We didn't even know that it could be done, so when she volunteered the option, we were thrilled. Whole family looking forward to our adventure this summer.

Highly recommended

By: Don

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2014

Everything was as expected.

Highly Recommend

By: Nan74

Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2014

Ursula did an outstanding job of planning our Hawaiian vacation.  We so enjoyed the resorts she suggested and had a perfect time with the several required flights.  My husband and I are very pleased with Ursula's efforts and product.

Excellent service

By: DJ

Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2014

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Outstanding Service

By: golfermike

Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2014

Ursula Pearson is the best!  Throughout the planning and booking process Ursula was extremely helpful.  If she didn't have the answer immediately she got back to us quickly with the needed information.  She will continue to be our "go to person" for our travel needs.

Amazingly Talented!


Reviewed on: 16 Jun 2014

I would recommend to anyone wishing to use a travel agent to personally call Ursula. She is the most capable, professional agent I have ever used.  She attends to your smallest of details and executes the most important of details without missing a step.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2014

Ursula always comes up with great places to stay, places that are not available through our own search! She seems to know just what we want.

exporter friendly service

By: Jimmy B

Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2014

Ursula is always innovative, informative, and seeks value for every dollar spent. She has a wealth of experience and has become our "go to" travel agent in the last several years. We recommend her highly without reservation.


By: RON20

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2014

Our trip was most enjoyable and much is because of Ursula, who always works hard at giving good service!!!!

Fantastic service

By: Bichon mom

Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2015

We had a fabulous trip celebrating our 25th anniversary. Ursula made sure we had great transportation to the ship and spa credits to enhance the first class amenities we were to experience. We're hoping to put together a group trip next time for her to coordinate.

London / Paris

By: Jack

Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2015

My family said this was the best trip they had ever taken. It was a pleasant surprise from the normal trips on the beach that we usually take. Everything was set up by Travelex, making it very easy and more enjoyable for my family. The hotels, the train to Paris, the Underground and Metro passes, tours, and pick-ups to and from the airports. All of this made our trip the best one we have had. Thanks!

The Best of the Best!

By: Al

Reviewed on: 23 Apr 2015

Ursula is simply the best travel agent I know. I've booked millions of travel and leisure miles with her and have had very few 'situations' over the years, because she knows how to avoid them and deal with them expertly when the do occur. I'd recommend Ursula and her whole team to handle the complexities of today's travel world in a very client-oriented and efficient way. Most of all, I appreciate the out-of-the-box thinking she does and which she also demands from her colleagues. It's always a pleasure to deal with Travelex International.

Crystal Cruise wine tasting trip

By: Jaime

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2015

excellent, well organized, very professional and friendly

Experienced - Trustworthy - Expeditious

By: Herm

Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2015

Ursula continues to provide world class customer service. Both her domestic and international knowledge of destinations and properties always align with our expectations and quest for a good value. After working with her for almost thirty years, we still enjoy and appreciate the responsive and accurate exchanges.

Great time with no surpasses.

By: GolferMike

Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2015

Our Viking River Cruise (Paris to Normandy) was great. Ursula helped us make all of the arrangements and there were absolutely no glitches throughout the entire trip.

Very helpful

By: Grandote

Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2015

They were able to get me what I needed without any problems. Make traveling a lot easier. Very friendly people to deal with.

Expert Service, Great Advice

By: Shellpicker

Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2015

Ursula secured our hotel reservations at The Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney Australia. Her advice and service were both outstanding, resulting in the BEST accommodations we have ever had. The extra benefits we received from booking through Travelex International, a Virtuoso Member, were unbelievable. I HIGHLY recommend contacting Ursula Pearson when planning a trip.

Professional with a personal touch

By: Eddie

Reviewed on: 10 Nov 2015

Ursula always does a fantastic job. Quick turn around, professional, and really knows the right places to send me.

Trusted Advisor in our Quest to Travel the World

By: JM224

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2015

Ursula is a trusted advisor through and through. She always helps us secure the best accommodations and perks and ensures we have the right information to make the best decision for us. Her connections throughout the industry help us get access to the best operators, hotel upgrades & amenities, and location-based experts. We've been to the Galapagos, Oktoberfest in Munich, Australia, Morocco, Punta Mita Mexico, Amangiri, The Rhine River in Germany (with a toddler!), and many many places in the US. We cannot fathom taking these trips without Ursula's guidance and experience. Next up...South Africa & Botswana!! Thank you Ursula for your partnership in our quest to see the world.


By: George

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2015

Everything was very well organized and went smoothly.


By: Marg

Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2015

Ursula is professional, friendly, and goes beyond to assure your travels are all that you expected and more.

The Best in the Business

By: Phred

Reviewed on: 28 Jan 2016

Have had Ursula plan trips for me several times now and she always delivers. I appreciate her knowledge of the areas being visited......which is what makes her itineraries fantastic. Cheers!!

thank you for plannind our ski weekend with such short notice.

By: Walter, Barrington.

Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2016

your plans were perfect for us, as usual.


By: Grandote

Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2016

Everything went smoothly. Excellent people to deal with.

Excellent down to the smallest detail

By: Budzy

Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2016

Ursula and her colleague, Lisa Torgerson, did an excellent job pulling together a complicated itinerary for us. My husband and I were in different parts of Europe at the same time and then traveled together for part of that time. In addition, they found a very reasonable ticket for our daughter to fly to her study abroad program. We were most impressed by the flexibility in planning they offered. Often during the planning process, I would do changes and Lisa cheerfully accommodated them. Also, they planned down to the smallest detail. They found large beds for us (hard to find in Europe), extra space in plane seat assignments, window views for train travel, etc. The hotels selected reflected the charm of the city while also being very comfortable with breakfast included--a real nice start to a busy sightseeing day. They also answered some of my basic questions about travel in a cheerful manner. I would definitely recommend Travelex International!

Full service!

By: LoriL

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2016

From start to finish Travelex did a great job helping us plan our vacation to southern France. Their suggestions of lodging and restaurants and private tours were perfect. They were very flexible to meet our needs and requests. Everything went off without a hitch. We especially liked the new app that had our itinerary and contact information for each day at our fingertips on our phone. That was so useful and an easy way for everyone on the trip to stay informed. We had a wonderful time on our trip and we owe it all to Travelex!

So pleased planning another trip

By: rke

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed our recent trip to the Canadian Maritimes planned by Ursula Pearson. We explained we wanted a hybrid of excellent local guides and recommendations that allowed us personal freedom without being tied to a group travel time schedule. Ursula listened and delivered! Thank you!

Super! Helped with all the details and more!!

By: Ronnie

Reviewed on: 29 Dec 2016

We did not know what to expect but it was first class....some of the excursion off the boat were not the best but the service was first class! Ursula is always a very big part in making things go right! Oceania is a good cruise line and we have traveled with them several times and have had very few complaints. We have run into some problems with the excursions but that is the only area that we could really complain about....

Great Service

By: Travel Bug

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2017

Easy! I love to travel but do not have time to investigate all of the details. Janet, at Travelex, does all of this for us. We can plan all travel details by email and phone, and even have our travel documents delivered. On our recent Australia trip, Janet took care of our visa, flights, hotels, booked tours for us directly with tour operators in places we were visiting (excellent tours and much less expensive than tours offered by our ship). When we experienced an issue while away, one email to Janet took care of it. We love the Virtuoso benefits too! We were fortunate to be upgraded to our own bungalow at the Four Seasons in Bali. This is a fantastic property and our stay in the bungalow was heavenly! We are already working with Janet on our next two trips.

The Danube isn't blue - but the trip was excellent!

By: golfermike

Reviewed on: 20 Jun 2017

Ursula Pearson really took the hassle out of planning our latest Viking River Cruise. Her expertise allowed us to select great excursions and she was able to secure great flights for us.


By: Golfer

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

Good! No complaints about my dealings with Ursula

Pays attention to the details

By: KG

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

Ursula was once again the best! She pays attention to the little details, and made our trip to Italy (with two little kids) perfect. We had such a great time, and enjoyed Rome and Tuscany largely due to Ursula's suggestions. Can't wait to plan our next trip!



Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2017

Outstanding. She is always responsive to our quetionsvand needs.


By: Ireland

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Ursula is very friendly and knowledgeable and always knows what we want.

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