Brenda Staben CTC

Naperville, IL United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Beach & Sun
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Honeymoons
  • Escorted Tours
  • Independent Tours

Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I got the bug to travel in high school (our senior girl scout troop went to Europe for 21 days visiting 7 countries.) I love being a part of making dreams come to life like my own trips.

I worked with Amex completing my CTC, received employee of the month in Chicago for customer service and came in 2nd in the world for Amex Customer Service for holding a cruise until the client got her passport from incoming flight (arranged to have a flight attendant hand carry).

Favorite trips are Rocky Mountaineer, Windstar cruises & recent trip to Thailand.

I have visited many countries -Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, London and countryside, Japan, Jamaica, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, & Hawaii. In 2014, enjoyed Costa Rica & Puerto Plata, Dominican.

My clients have used the exact words “trip of a ifetime” to describe their trips- from using my favorite hotel in Paris, fireworks at Versaille, hiking Cinque Terre, Italy Chianti wine tour.

Places I Have Traveled

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Highly Recommend

By: Mary Lou

Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2013

Brenda always gets us excellent lodging that is close to what we want to do. She listens to our needs and her recommendations are right on. Has excellent recommendations for things to do. Best to Brenda

Total Perfection

By: Ed0506

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2013

Brenda left nothing to be worried about. From out flight plan to hotels to our taxi service, all went perfectly. She hand delivered our itinerary and provided print outs for everything we were to do. This is truly a professional in the industry. We will use Brenda again for our travel plans

Very Helpful

By: Mary A.

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2014

We are planning a trip to Peru and Brenda has been very helpful since we had no idea how to go about planning this trip. 

Highly recommended

By: rn

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2014

Brenda went the extra mile to make sure the travel plans were booked, even coming in on her day off to finalize the tickets.

Highly Recommend

By: scottfamily

Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2014

I would highly recommend using Brenda to help arrange travel.  She was able to help us select a resort that would appease everyone in our party, which included three generations of family.  Brenda was patient and accomodating when we wanted to make changes to our reservations prior to final booking....even though it meant hours on the phone with Apple due to our unique situation.    She answered questions, followed up with the resort and was a great help throughout the entire process.

Brenda Staben is phenominal!

By: Kelly

Reviewed on: 11 May 2014

Highly recommend

By: Mary42

Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2014

Just got back yesterday and had a fabulous trip.  Mountain Travel Sobek gave us a wonderful trip.  They thought of everything and we were treated like royalty.  The hotels and lodges were first class, the food was wonderful, the guides were well trained and were very accommodating.  They really knew their stuff and spoke very good English.  All of our flights were on time and the guides practically took us by the hand at the airports to help us through.  Can't say enough about the trip, it wasn't for the faint of heart (the hiking) but the scenery was magnificent.  Machu Picchu was spectacular.  

Best Experience with Travel Agent

By: JodyAl

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2014

Brenda was able to get us a deal at the Atlantis Bahamas that we were unable to find on our own.  It was the best vacation of our lives and we will definitely go back to Brenda again!

A Rosa River Cruise of France- Recommended

By: Deb

Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2014

I could not help compare a Rosa to another cruise line.  There were OUTSTANDING free perks: tours, lunch at a 3 star French restaurant (major highlight and item of envy by friends) and inclusive alcohol while on ship.  Much better situation than prior line and in itself makes it a better tour. The tours themselves very interesting for  me that enjoys history and a "taste" of the country.  As we went through the week, they got better and better, perhaps because we were allowed some free time in the towns. The accomodations were comparable and OK for a small ship.  I will say the food was not as good as the prior ship, and maybe because it was more German type.  It tended to be heavy and not what I am used to eating.  However, there was good variety to choose from and the bread was absolutely delicious!  The crew was courteous but not especially friendly, but I never felt snubbed either.

Highly recommended

By: elda4335

Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2014

Brenda found  the most  convenient airline times, took care of car rental and hotel for a trouble free trip.  I have relied upon her help for years and never go anywhere without her consul or help. She is truly an expert!  I would certainly recommend her for simple to complicated trips.

Highly recommended

By: RM

Reviewed on: 15 Jul 2014

Brenda took care of all the details of our trip to Maui with careful efficiency. She even secured our favorite room at our hotel. Brenda took on all our needs and challenges and got every detail right. We had a great trip, thanks to Brenda!

Well planned, perfect honeymoon!!

By: Tmac0657

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2014

Myself and my new bride have always wanted to travel to Ireland. But with planning a wedding, there was concern on having to plan a great honeymoon to a place we've never been. Well, Brenda sat down with my bride and went over all of the options and places that we could go. She made the decisions effortless. The trip was perfect. Brenda was very meticulous. She had specific instructions and directions printed out for us. We never got lost or wasted time. It turned out to be the best trip we've ever taken. There is absolutely no way that we could have done it without her. Looking forward to more trips in the future!!

Perfect planner


Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2014

Brenda has always been a great person to work with, she is always willing to go that extra mile to make sure a trip has all that is needed to make it work. I will never hesitate to use her for another long trip like we just completed. Thanks Brenda for being a great travel planner.

Good service

By: rogelio

Reviewed on: 20 May 2015

Excellent arrangements

The best

By: rogelio

Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2016

Par Excellence, the best

The Best

By: bingo

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

Excellent travel agent


By: bingo

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2016

Excellent agent

Great agent

By: Bingo

Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2017

Great travel agent for many years

Summer vacation 2018

By: Neesee

Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2018

Brenda was incredible!! She was easy to talk to, knowledgeable and answered all of our questions!!! She helped us in all affects from booking flights to setting up wheelchair reservations. We had to change our original itinerary around once we arrived in Hawaii due to Hurricane Lane....we left early not staying. I contacted Brenda via text over a period of about 48 hours about how to salvage our trip and she did everything she could to make sure we still had a vacation!!! She made sure that we got our stay extended until we could safely leave Honolulu and made sure we were on a lower floor that would make it easier for us to evacuate my elderly mother should there be a power outage!! She kept me and my family from panic😊😊😊Thank you Brenda!!!!!!!

Brenda Review

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2018

Very thorough trip preparation.

Princess Cruise Advisor

By: J & S

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2018

Fabulous! She is amazing in her pursuit of the best options for her clients and in the follow-up, even on nights and weekends and during the actual trip.

Copenhagen, Sorrento and Florence...

By: NikkiSixx

Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2018

Brenda was amazing to work with. She is beyond detailed and really works to make the trip fit around your needs. I would highly recommend using Brenda.


By: Hanna

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2018

Very easy , she was prompt responding to my requests, talking to Globus and ensuring I get the best deal .

Bill & Amelia Review

By: Bill & Amelia 09/18-10/12

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2018

Easy to work with. Brenda always thinking ahead!


By: SandyT

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

Brenda was outstanding in helping us plan and execute on our Europe trip. She was managing and coordinating 3 families throughout multiple cities. She did a fabulous job reading our preferences, finding us perfect locations/accommodations/transportation and pulled a miracle by getting us incredible tickets to Oktoberfest. She is resourceful, insightful, communicative, encouraging and knowledgeable. I just cannot say enough great things about Brenda and applaud her for making sure we had a stressful trip! Also love the Umapped feature.


By: lsturtevant

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2018

She was awesome - captured every detail! We love working with her - and the other folks who utilized her services that joined us for parts of our trip - loved working with her too.

Mexico 2.0

By: Reed

Reviewed on: 19 Oct 2018

Brenda was recommended to me by a friend a few years ago, and this was the second time we worked with her. We went to a resort in Mexico for my birthday and just returned again a week ago celebrating our anniversary. We absolutely loved the resort she recommended and this is now our go-to resort in Mexico thanks to her! She is very knowledgeable and friendly; I always enjoy talking with her! She's great!

Europe trip

By: David

Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2018

Brenda has been great to work with while my wife and I planned our trip to Iceland, Ireland, and Scotland. She made sure to check in with us every step of the way walk us through all the day trips we wanted to book while there. She was extremely friendly and repsonsive to any questions my wife and I regarding our trip. I would recommend her to anyone planning a trip.

First Time In Thailand

By: Anna

Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2019

Brenda was great to work with. This was the first time any of us in our party of 3 was traveling to Asia. With Brenda's help and expertise in Thailand in particular, we were able to create a well rounded itinerary to explore a little of everything Thailand has to offer. Chiang Mai, Phuket and Bangkok were covered in our 10 days. It was a full schedule, but completely doable. The guides and drivers we had on site were knowledgeable, kind and spoke very good English. I would recommend Brenda's assistance, as well as Trails of Indochina to anyone thinking of visiting that beautiful part of the world. It was a Christmas to remember!

South East Asia

By: Tmlawlo

Reviewed on: 18 Jan 2019

Its always great working with Brenda. She handles everything from transportation to hotels. She always picks the best locations and delivers every time.

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