Laurie Valdez CTC, DS

Salem, OR United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Independent Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Hotels
  • Beach & Sun

  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I have been privileged to be in a career I love for more than 25years and fulfilling clients travel dreams. My passion is creating the perfect trip for my client. I specialize in foreign independent travel, creating a personalized travel experience, adding the extra component that will make my client’s trip the unique and memorable journey they envision. I have experience working with private jet companies and yacht charters for clients. My personal relationships with hotel managers allow me access to that special room with a view in the perfect location. I am an accredited Certified Travel Consultant (CTC) with the Travel Institute. I have also studied and passed intensive Destination Specialty courses for France, Britain, Scotland, Spain, Portugal and Italy. I also completed destination courses for travel for Mexico , Peru , Turkey, and Ireland to name a few others. I have worked with the Spanish Tourist Board, as I was selected Leading Business Development member for promoting travel to Spain in 2007. I personally love a vacation that has sightseeing with cultural and culinary experiences included and those unique visits that make the trip intensely memorable.

Places I Have Traveled

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Super Woman Laurie!

By: Chrisk

Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2017

We will always use Laurie. She always makes our trips special. She really listens to what you are wanting and delivers more!

Florence with Tauck and Amsterdam on our own.

By: The Coug

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Lauire is just great to work with. We enjoy the opportunity to benefit from her broad travel experienc. That is why we return, again and again. We have found after years of booking some of our own escapades, that using an agent has benefits, and that cost is really not a factor. It is the experience that counts for a seamless trip.

Trip to Texas

By: Donnal

Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2017

I so enjoy working with Laurie. She is always helpful, very energetic and personable.

Best Travel Advisor Ever!!!

By: Princigal

Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2017

Laurie was amazing! She took care of all the details so our trip was hassle free and made sure we had lots of amenities and the best deals. We felt like we were her only clients because she was so attentive, though I know she has a huge number of clients. She kept closely in touch through emails, calls and even sent us a welcome home card after the trip. We couldn't be more pleased or have had a better trip!

Alaskan cruise

By: Nan

Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2017

She planned the best cruise and overnight I had ever had. There were four of us, and she made sure we had all of our needs met and then some. Wonderful family cruise. Thanks Laurie

Laurie Rocks

By: Polly

Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2017

Laurie is amazing. Quick to reply, even when my questions are stupid, she helps me with my planning, understands my needs, remembers them even when I don't. Seriously, the smallest detail is no problem for her! The best!!!
Not Recommended

Not good

By: Frank

Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2017

Laurie did not seem to understand my repeated requests of trying to keep the cost down. I believe I paid way too much for the flights. She also booked a 10 hour layover on our itinerary. I told her I would not do that and she changed it (but why would she book it to begin with? She also kept trying to add on tours and ground travel before our accommodations were even settled. When she booked us on a major airline from Paris to Rome, i told her to cancel it since if she was paying attention to me, she would have booked Veuling as it is much less expensive. I made the rest of the arrangements myself as it was clear she was trying to make as much commission as possible on our vacation. It was very disappointing.

Recommendation of Laurie Valdez

By: Bob Lesh

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

We have worked with Laurie on numerous international and domestic trips over several years. She also makes all plane reservations and obtains tickets for us when needed. In the opinion of the writer and my wife, there is no better travel agent in the country and perhaps the world. That is a big statement, but true. She has never missed or forgotten anything with regard to handling trip arrangements. Very detail oriented and listens to your wants and needs.She even delivers tickets or information to our home when needed. What else can I say. She is an absolute jewel!!!

Laurie Valdez

By: TRed

Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2017

Laurie was a pleasure to work with as usual. Our trip to Hawaii was the second trip she has assisted me and my wife with. She is always happy and professional and works very hard to get us the best deals and provide us with the most detailed info for our trips. Would happily recommend her to anyone!


By: Polly

Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2017

Amazing as always

Great trip!

By: Noname

Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2017

Wonderful to work with. Good communication.


By: carpenter's

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2017

Laurie is the best to work with! Friendly, helpful, full of knowledge and always goes the extra mile! Highly recommend!

Always great to work with!

By: Mary

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2017

After a recommendation from a friend, we worked with Laurie on two trips - one to the UK and one to Scandinavia. She had extensive knowledge of both. Laurie is professional, yet easy to talk to, and she always listens to what we want and understands what we don't want. She is endlessly patient with all my calls and questions and has so much experience that she always comes up with suggestions I've never even thought of. When I called from Sweden with a question on our leased car, it didn't even phase her - all she wanted to know was how she could help. I would recommend her highly to anyone wanting help with a trip. It doesn't seem to matter whether we want a little help or a lot - she always comes through for us. She's the best!

repeat customer

By: guido

Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2017

Very helpful , great suggestions ,great communicator , amazing knowledge of the area . Tireless planner , overcame travel obstacles . The results of her efforts made my vacation exceed my expectations . Very satisfied customer . I will utilize her skills in planning my next vacation or trip ! ! ! ! Give her a call you will not be disappointed .

Alaskan Cruise

By: D & C

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2017

She is very friendly, knowledgeable, having been on many trips herself, she has valuable tips to help us feel at ease. She has been our agent for several of our trips.


By: bj

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2017

Absolutely wonderful dealing with Laurie.

Another Great Vacation!

By: Quilter Girl

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2017

Laurie Valdez has been my travel agent for 3 vacations covering Ireland, Wales, and England. She is patient, kind, extremely knowledgeable, and experienced. She takes care of all the details so that travel is easy. I greatly appreciate her reliability and expertise.


By: Donivee Nash

Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2017

easy easy easy easy easy easy

Always a wonderful Trip when planned by Laurie

By: Susan

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2017

Laurie is wonderful to work with. She always has information about what to see and offers ideas we haven't thought of. She is detailed and gives us specific travel information. We know that she is always available to help us in case something goes wrong while traveling. We count on her for advice and guidance in planning our journeys.

Awesome Week in Ireland

By: Kathie

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

Laurie planned an amazing trip to Irekand for us. She provided fun activities for us to do in our free time, which really helped us see extra interesting things. Her enthusiasm made us excited for our trip!

Tauck Ireland

By: Jane

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

Responsive, suggests ideas, follows through on comprehensive details!!


By: Clint

Reviewed on: 24 Oct 2017

Very well traveled to the locations we visited - her first hand experiences were extremely helpful.

Fun in Wales and Spain!

By: MikieMBE

Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2017

Laurie is great to work with! Very experienced with lots of good recommendations and travel tips, a great listener and a detailed planner. Very personable and lots of fun! We've worked with her over many years and always had great trips because of her help!

Our Trip to Europe

By: Merlyn & Valli Brunken

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Laurie did an excellent job of listening to us, to what we wanted to do, and making recommendations. She was very attentive to our needs and followed through on everything even though our schedules are extremely hectic and our availability for planning was very limited. She added in little extras on the trip like night-time river excursions, private tour guides, and drivers to allow us to see more. She really didn't leave any stone unturned. We really enjoyed the trip of a lifetime and to a large degree owe it to her!


By: Sue

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

Wonderful, as always. Every detail taken care of.

Travel Agent

By: Sissy

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

I have worked with Laurie many times through the years. She has always been excellent. Whether its a cruise, or just needing plane tickets and a hotel, she is always very helpful and always professional.

She gets you to the right place

By: Jorge

Reviewed on: 07 Dec 2017

I've worked with Laurie for a long time and it's always enjoyable

Family vacation

By: Mirmo

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2018

She is simply amazing. Have worked with her for years and it is always a pleasant experience!

Best Travel Advisor

By: JB

Reviewed on: 18 Jan 2018

Excellent! Very knowledgeable and helpful. Always available and responsive.


By: Pat

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

Great experience

Highly Recommended

By: Savannah

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2018

She was helpful going over all the different travel locations and prices with me. I only had a week and I was on a budget. She patiently helped me find the perfect vacation for my daughter and I. I am not an experienced traveler. Laurie Valdez, took care of all the arrangements for my vacation; airline tickets, resort, hopper tickets for Disney World, insurance, and misc. She created an intinary for my entire vacation. She made everything easy for me, so we could enjoy our vacation! We had a great vacation!

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  • - An experienced travel guide whom you can rely on before, during, and after the trip
  • - Exclusive luxury resorts and properties
  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

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