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Judy Fishburn 

Hoffman Estates, IL United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Independent Tours
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

My formal education was in...Education - and I taught in the local school system after graduation from college.  

However, while I was still a college student...the "Travel Bug" was already biting me  - in the form of 2 Trans-Atlantic crossings - and 7 weeks of travel across Europe.  Actually, I would say that the "Travel Bug" ate me up!

My career in education was a short one - for aviation was calling my name - so I entered the exciting and exotic world of "Stewardess with Trans World Airlines"!   Here I was awarded the unique view of air travel from the "other side of the seat belt" - and it merely fueled by hunger for more travel. 

Marriage - and a couple of Baby Carriages later - I heard the Travel Bug's voice again - and so opened the first office of Getaway Travel, Inc.  Two more Getaway Travel offices  followed - along with The Getaway Travel Academy.  This opened the Exit Doors out to the "Travel World" for many an adult student!

In 2009 I became affiliated with Travelex International in Hoffman Estates, IL - a forward thinking and communications savvy young office.  Travelex opened the world of Virtuoso to me - and thus to my Clients.  I value each client's  expectations, interests, time and lack of it!

This is really all about YOU!   I gave in to the Travel Bug's magic long ago - and now I just love "spreading the Travel Bug around"  to as many folks as I meet!  

I invite you to bring your family, your friends and your travel dreams to me - and let's see what we can create!   Bring me your Bucket Lists - your "Non Negotiable Must See's and Do's"!     Let's dive right in!   The water is always fine.



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Does a great job

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2013

Judy has always done an outstanding job for all our traavel needs.

An experienced travel agent that pays attention to detail

By: Mkacpos

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2014

When we told Judy that we were interested in a cruise to Alaska she came up with great options. She also gave us tips on which shore excursions were worthwhile. All the little details of the travel arrangements were thoroughly addressed and the trip went smoothly. Both my wife and I have booked trips through her and we recommend her highly.

The best of the best!

By: Sue J

Reviewed on: 28 Nov 2014

Judy Fishburn was a delight to work with. She responded to every email immediately, answered all questions, did all of our check in for us and printed all of the cruise documents AND delivered them to our house! We stopped using travel agencies years ago, but we will never plan a trip without using Judy. She is knowledgeable, friendly, professional. and gives world class service. We had the best vacation of our lives and it was all thanks to her. We cannot say enough good things about Judy and have been telling all of our friends to please consider using her as their travel agent!!

Great Attentive Service

By: LauraBelle

Reviewed on: 22 Mar 2015

We had a fabulous trip. Judy booked our Royal Caribbean cruise for us on the Serenade of the Seas. There wasn't anything in question or not followed up on by the time we left. She made sure to take care of everything for us and answered ever question we had. There were also some great extra perks that she provided for us for our stay and in our stateroom. We were first-time cruisers but didn't feel that way by the time we boarded since everything was taken care of for us so well. I definitely recommend using Judy Fishburn for trave planning, especially cruises. She was always very knowledgeable, and what she wasn't sure on she researched for us.

Judy Finished Planning What We Started

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2015

We had originally planned our own trip to Paris and Normandy. Later, we decided to add a riverboat trip and stay in France an extra week. Our one request was a private balcony on the ship. Judy found just the perfect river cruise on Viking. The cruise was from Burgundy to Avignon. She also meticulously planned our train tickets to and from the cruise and re-booked our flight home. All went off perfectly without a hitch. The tickets and information were all well organized in a folder. Thank you, Judy.

remarkably and delicious food

By: Lois and Jim

Reviewed on: 28 Jan 2016

The first full day we took a small van into Coco Beach to have the best seafood and in a restaurant that was full of C. R. atmosphere and walked about taking in the the sights and sounds of this town. Next day we took a river trip in the Palo Verde National Park seeing crocodiles sunning themselves, howler monkeys, and iguana groupings along the shore as well as interesting birds of color and action. We then were invited back to the dock and up a short hill to a CR lunch of salad and rice and beans and the best pineapple for dessert! We enjoyed and learned lots on the next trip to Liberia, the capitol and airport that we flew into and was an all day trip visiting different shops and seeing how the nationals live. Our hotel was the best in atmosphere and elegance. The service people were warm and friendly and most gracious!

Caring about your every need

By: AlaskanOso

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2016

Judy was very helpful with every detail of our trip. She will check out all your questions and get right back to you. Her goal is to make sure that before you leave you understand exactly what will be happening. It is very personalized care.

October 2016 pre-extension to Basque Region of Spain

By: NancyLarry

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2016

The trip was highly informational about an unfamiliar region of Northern Spain. Lodgings were especially nice and well located. Our guide Iratxe Munoz was intelligent, knowledgeable, articulate, helpful, and especially personable. She "made" the trip for our group.

Just what I was looking for.

By: Beverly70

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2016

The location was just what I wanted with a nice beach and lots of friendly people, both staff and fellow vacationers. Marina right across the drive with different day trips available. (I did the Catamaran to Anquilla.)

Best of the best

By: Sue

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2017

Judy Fishburn is pleasant, helpful, knowledable and responds immediately to inquiries. I cannot imagine working with another travel agent. She came very highly recommended and I will always be grateful for all of her insights and help over the years.

Wonderful trip

By: Carol C

Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2017

Judy Fishburn is a marvelous and enthusiastic trip planner. Her suggestions were fun and adventurous, and her attention to detail was terrific! She listened carefully to our goals and made adjustments as we changed departure cities and timelines. Her International Contacts were thorough and attentive as well. I highly recommend her!

Great Help

By: Iguana1

Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2017

Judy is very thorough in her work. She checks regularly with her clients to see how pre-trip plans are going. Reviews details of trip when tour group sends itinerary. Goes extra mile to include additional information like picture of plane cabin and seat location. During trip is willing to take calls if there are issues. Checks in at end of trip to see that all is well. Plans an after trip meeting to see pictures and finalize any insurance claim issues, etc.

Great job done by Judy'

By: Jjg

Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2017

Judy was very involved with resolving many issues for our large family group. She went above and beyond often,

Trip to Norway added onto another planned trip.

By: Judy

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2017

Judy was VERY easy to work with, and ALWAYS accessible. She worked really hard at tying down each and every detail. We had a wonderful time on the portion of our longer trip that she helped us plan.

Our arrangements

By: Seniors abroad

Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2018

Judy is delightful and thorough. She efficiently implemented our suggestions and responded promptly to questions. Our reservations and plans worked well as we traveled. We are completely satisfied and will use her services again.

Simply the best

By: Sue

Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2018

Judy is responsive, knowledgeable and goes out of her way to make our planning as seamless as possible. She attends to every detail and even prints and delivers our travel documents. I know when I contact her for advice on helping me choose a cruise, she will make certain to help me choose the best cruise for us. I'd never consider using v anyone else!

Fabulous Travel Agent!

By: LauraBelle64

Reviewed on: 03 Feb 2018

This was our second time working with Judy Fishburn to book a cruise. She never fails to to go above and beyond what we are expecting. She takes care of every concern, want, and need that we have throughout the entire cruise-booking process, from the initial decision to book to the documentation we need to board. She finds us deals when she can and is always there to explain anything we may be confused by. I can't imagine cruising without her services!

Judy’s review excellent

By: Maggie

Reviewed on: 13 Apr 2018

Excellent attention to detail.

Highly recommended

By: Babs

Reviewed on: 22 Apr 2018

She was very knowledgeable and friendly. She answered all our questions and always got back to within a day.


By: Debra Funk

Reviewed on: 18 Apr 2018

I loved working with her. She was very informative and she answered all of our questions right away. We did not have any problems on our trip. Everything went smoothly. She went over everything so we would understand.

My travel agent


Reviewed on: 02 Jun 2018

Judy is great to work with and kept me updated as the trip approached. She has worked with many of us in Fox Valley Rovers and always does a great job.

Recent trip to California

By: Jack and Anne Weiss

Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2018

We truly appreciated your help

“Judy, Judy, Judy”

By: William Penn

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2018

Judy is a gem. Easy to work with. What she doesn’t know, she finds out quickly. Responds in a timely manner to questions, emails and phone calls. Loved working with her - loved this second trip she helped us plan.


By: We

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2018

Available prompt and knowledgeable

African Safari- Cape Town to Botswana to Victoria Falls

By: J.Schneider

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2018

Judy is very willing to go the extra mile and research and find the answers to any and all questions. She is very thorough and leaves no stone unturned.

Our Trip to Savannah

By: Lois

Reviewed on: 19 Apr 2019

The best! She has the information ready and if there are choices Judy has them listed in proper order. She knows how long the flight is and what best kind of transportation to use. Makes sure Lois has a wheel chair on arrival at O'Hare and at destination on arrival. She always has the general weather for the duration which is always helpful in packing appropriate outfits. She double checks all the information that she gives you and presents them together in folder.

Review of Judy Fishburn

By: Chuukese Speaker

Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2019

Comfortable with good information and feedback related to our travel planning to Georgia.

Tuned In

By: William Penn

Reviewed on: 20 May 2019

Extremely easy to work with. Listens to our ideas. Gives input when we ask or are struggling. Finds answers quickly.

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