Merrill Laguarta 

Austin, TX United States
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Travel Specialties
Interests
  • Family Travel
  • Adventure
  • Independent Tours
  • Beach & Sun
  • Culture, History & Arts


Destinations
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Italy
  • United States - All
  • Chile
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Selling Travel Since
2010
Languages
  • English

My Background

Merrill has travelled the world over the last 20 years and worked in the travel industry for the last 6 years. She has a passion for travel and a desire to share her experiences. As a mother of 3 little girsl, Merrill understands the challenges and joys of traveling with children and will make sure even the smallest traveler is taken care of!

Merrill has studied in London, skied the mountains of Austria, fished for King Salmon in Alaska, sailed through the Baltic fjords and in 2008 Merrill and her husband moved to Santiago, Chile for six months teaching English and traveling throughout Chile and Argentina.

Merrill’s goal is to listen to her clients and discover their travel needs and dreams, working with the right travel partners to plan the perfect trip, creating life long memories for her clients.

Merrill’s specialties include multi-generational travel, family travel, educational travel, honeymoons and getaways.

Places I Have Traveled


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Great Galapagos

By: Katy30


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2016

Our trip all-in-all was amazing considering the animals we saw which are rarely seen: Killer whales at the beginning and a huge school of dolphins on the last day! A goodbye gift from God! accomodations were comfortable, guides were exceptional (except first snorkle was Freezing & they refused to admit this), equipment was acceptable but could have been better (some snorkle maskes leaked), trips were excellent: coffee plantation trip was not anticipated well, but turned out to be lots of fun. On the down side: food was rather poor quality, but improved as the week went on. Obviously the cook was an amateur and meat & veggies were poor quality and prepared just adequately. One dinner, fried calamari, was absolutely inedible. Most annoying was the expected high (20%) tip for all ship staffers who where paraded out twice during the week and we were asked to give "appreciation gratuity" (didn't have $$$$ cash) the last night. Better to include in price for such a "first class trip"

Awesome trip!

By: ACP


Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2016

Merrill did an amazing job planning our trip to Costa Rica! I was intimidated to travel to another country and wasn't sure how many places to visit and how to get from place to place and where to stay. She gave us excellent advice and we ended up staying 5 days inland at Arenal Volcano and 5 days on the coastal Manuel Antonio. Every single thing on our trip went so smoothly. We did not rent a car, so we had drivers to and from the airports on 4 occasions plus daily excursions and activities. Everything happened exactly as it was laid out in the itinerary that she made for us. Everyone showed up right on time and the companies that she used for the tours and transports and activities were absolutely wonderful and staffed by very knowledgeable and competent people. The accommodations were fabulous. Her recommendations on where to stay and how long to stay at each spot were perfect. I cannot say enough about the wonderful trip Merrill put together for us!

Awesome accommodations with happy friendly staff

By: Tammy57


Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2016

We were looking for a last minute tropical vacation with a direct flight from Houston. Merrill did an unbelievable job. From our accommodations to restaurant choices, "She Nailed It!!! Crace Bay Club was beautiful and had the friendliest and most helpful staff. The beach was fantastic and the water was so turquoise blue. We were close enough to town to ride bikes daily and do a little sight seeing. A truly relaxing experience! A perfect vacation!! Thanks Merrill!!!!

Fantastic travel agent!

By: EM


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2016

Merrill is a fantastic travel agent. Out Trip was well planned with wonderful hotels & excursions. Our itinerary was very detailed & organized which made moving around on a 10 day trip to Alaska so easy!

Planned the perfect family trip!

By: cwood


Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2016

We were having such a hard time finding a place to take our small children for a week, because we had a bunch of criteria and didnt want to invest the money on a vacation unless everything was met, (good weather, kids in different rooms, room service, beach, kitchen, heated pool, ect.) I called Merrill asking her for help and she found us the perfect place within 48 hours and we were booked! We just got home and had the best time! We would have never found the spot she chose for our family on our own. Can't recommend her enough!

Professional and perfect!

By: Tuck


Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2016

Merrill is the most professional and knowledgeable travel agent we have ever worked with!

Extremely Helpful With Last Minute Trip

By: LLKim


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

Merrill was extremely helpful and very flexible with our suggestions and plans. She was kind and responsive.

Perfect Southern Italy Trip

By: kc33


Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2016

This trip, combining business and pleasure, was planned perfectly for our somewhat difficult agenda. Attending a business meeting on each end of the nine-day trip, scheduling was tight, but Merrill set up the perfect 3-day Sicilian interlude and all transfers went off without a hitch. All excursions were handled professionally and provided good value. A five-star experience!

Great Honeymoon Planning

By: RNS812


Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2016

Merrill helped us plan our honeymoon, and it was the best trip we have ever taken. So thankful we used her services!

Madeline Telluride Vacation

By: Heidi


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2017

Amazing! It was the first time that I had ever handed over complete control of a trip to someone else and it was FABULOUS! Merrill thought of everything--including plenty of things that I did not, including dinner reservations. She was thoughtful, thorough, available, efficient, effective and FUN! In fact, when my husband skied over a rock and broke his ski, the rental company wanted to charge us for the full price of the ski--but Merrill intervened from Austin and all was well--the rental company even commented to us, "Merrill is so nice and so easy to work with!" I am sure her kindness as well as her effectiveness contributed greatly to us not getting charged for the ski--but the best part is we did not have the headache of worrying about it--or anything else! If it had been up to me to plan and execute the trip we would still be sitting in Austin wishing we had gone, but Merrill made it all happen!!!!

Honeymoon trip to Nicaragua

By: Jess & Case McCoy


Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2017

Merrill helped us plan our honeymoon trip to Nicaragua. Without her recommendation, we would have never imagined going to Nicaragua or Mukul Resort. From the beginning, Merrill listened to our ideas and gave plenty of options. She was so patient with us, as we couldn't make up our mind due to the plethora of amazing options (not complaining one bit)! Our original plan was a two week trip to the Maldives. Merrill walked us all the way through our reservation, up until the time of booking where we had a last minute change of heart. She was completely understanding, and brought us all the way back to square one. After much consideration, we decided on Nicaragua and Mukul Resort. Needless to say, we were blown away! Nicaragua is a beautiful country, and Mukul is extremely exclusive, making you feel as though no one else is at the resort. I look forward to working with Merrill in the future, and will recommend her to all of our friends!

Merrill Laguarta

By: Vacation girl


Reviewed on: 14 May 2017

Merrill responded to all my (many) emails promptly and in a professional manner. She recommended the hotels that I stayed at and I was not disappointed! They were 5 star resorts and the service was amazing. Merrill is attitive, well educated in travel and well connected with the right people in the industry.

Excellent Service, Highly Recommended!

By: Dan & McCall


Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2017

Working with Merrill was very helpful and added tremendous value to our vacation. She found us a great deal on a newly developed resort, which was high quality and met our expectations. Merrill was very helpful in all aspects of planning our trip, including scheduling transfers to/from airport, recommendations on activities plus "do's and don'ts". She also sent us an itinerary detailing all trip info that was easy to use on a mobile app. I would highly recommend using Merrill for anyone planning an upcoming trip.

Trip

By: Glasgow


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2017

Wondrfull in all respects

incredible whirlwind through Machu Picchu

By: Anne


Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2017

After a week of work in Peru, my daughter and I wanted to visit Machu Picchu but had less than 48 hours to do so and Merrill made it happen! This is the second trip she has planned for us and just like the first, it was incredibly well-planned and no detail left unattended. To get to Machu Picchu from where we were involved 2 flights, bus, train and another bus. Then we visited the site and had to do all that in reverse. The guide that she set us up with was amazing, knowledgeable, friendly -- couldn't have been better and he did not let late flights leading to missing the train stand in the way. His determination kept us on track and we were able to see accomplish our goal of seeing Machu Picchu quickly but in a very enjoyable fashion. The food and accommodations were perfect. We would not have been able to do it on our own. Merrill's plan and the expertise of the guide made it happen and it was absolutely unforgettable.

Scotland over the top!

By: Fletch


Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2017

She is the most organized,professional and positive person to work with!

traveler

By: Julie and Julio


Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2017

Absolutely the best planned trip! Merrill is very thorough! Tour where fabulous

3 weeks in Italy

By: Terry


Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2017

Working with Merrill was terrific. She clearly had a depth of experience in Italy and had great suggestions for us.

Canouan Island

By: JSharman


Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2017

I would definitely work with Merrill again. She made the entire process seamless and was able to re-plan our entire trip on short notice due to a hurricane wiping out the island we originally planned to visit. Every detail was looked after and traveling under her planning and direction made for a worry free trip.

Incredible experience!

By: Kristin


Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2017

Amazing, wonderful , so seamless!

Cancun, Rosewood Mayakoba

By: Marilyn


Reviewed on: 07 Dec 2017

Merrill was awesome. We planned a last minute trip for our anniversary. She booked our hotel, dinner reservations and transportation. Every detail was perfect from beginning to end.

Great planning, great vacation.

By: Alan


Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2018

Merrill made our trip easy from the beginning. She took care of everything, and even when we had a minor bump, she took care of all the changes.

Highly recommend!!

By: hvandyke


Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2018

HIGHLY recommend booking travel with Merrill! She took all the stress of planning a trip and transportation away so we could enjoy every moment! She had wonderful recommendations for hotels and we couldn't have been more pleased. Thank you Merrill!

California!

By: Austin Traveler


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

Fabulous! Attentive to any challenges that arose. Excellent selection of accommodations.

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