Linda Van Buren CTC

Santa Barbara, CA United States
VB Consulting, an independent affiliate of Montecito Village Travel
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Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Food & Wine
  • Independent Tours
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I have been planning travel for the past 45 years and everyday I consider it a privilege to help clients plan their dream vacations.  After receiving a degree in history and geography, I started as an apprentice in a travel agency and have never looked back.  I have had the opportunity to live in Italy and Great Britain so it is those destinations that I most enjoy trip planning.  However I have traveled extensive in Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, South America and Asia.  I have a passion for all of these destinations and I bring that enthusiam to my travel consulting business.

Places I Have Traveled

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Excellent Travel Agent

By: dev33

Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2014

Linda was very helpful in all aspects of planning our trip. We've relied on her for years and will continue to do so!

Paris in the Fall

By: Willard

Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2014

We had another wonderful time in Paris for 8 days starting Oct. 12 and returning on Oct. 21. We flew Air France Premium Economy and we will never fly another way. Premium Economy is affordable and far superior space-wise to economy. We rented an apartment on Ile Saint Louis in a one bedroom overlooking the Seine and the Right Bank. This is our second time renting from Guest Apartment Services. It specialized in Ile Saint Louis and we are very pleased. They are buttoned up on all counts and are eager to be accommodation. Jo two two cooking classes and I took one with her. On her second class I took the train to Epernay to gather more color for my book. I love to ride French trains for their speed, punctuality and comfort -- perhaps a bit pricy. We also did walking tours, museums, concerts and an evening boat ride on the river to enjoy the city at night. While it was a short visit, we really wanted to spend the week at leisure without too much of a schedule. So we walked the quays.

She made it happen

By: client

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2014

Knowledgeable assistance with tricky airline itinerary.

Great trip!

By: Blondie805

Reviewed on: 18 May 2015

Linda did an excellent job helping us plan a rather complicated itinerary through three countries. All modes of transportation (flights, trains, car rentals) went smoothly. The hotels she booked after giving us several options were all excellent, well located and varied in style. In addition to places we wanted to see, Linda suggested other sites to visit and activities to do which added immensely to the overall experience. She responded to all emails in a timely manner with whatever questions we asked, spoke with us both in the office and over the phone and even went over the final itinerary with us just days before departure. She is both personable and professional in every way. We have enjoyed having her as our travel agent and look forward to working with her on future trips.

Excellent Travel advice and Arrangements

By: Peanuts

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2015

I was in Italy with a music touring group in May, 2015, but wanted to continue traveling in Europe after the group returned to the states. I sought advice from Ms. Van Buren, and Linda not only advised me on what to do and where to go, but made all arrangements for me to travel to Paris, then onto a river cruise along the Seine River with interesting stops, and transfer to airports with crew tips included, and transfer cost arrangements all pre-arranged. I was saved from having to bother with all those small but sometimes difficult arrangements. I will always use her services whenever I need travel assistance.

I always trust Linda!

By: 4Whit

Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2015

My family and I have used Linda for many years as our travel agent. She is organized, helpful, patient, knows lots of great tricks that have saved us time, money and found us the best little sleeper opportunities that we would not have otherwise have ever gotten to experience. If you are looking for someone who is down to earth, honest, professional, hardworking and easy going, give Linda a call.

Expert travel agent

By: Lou82

Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2015

Our Baltic cruise was excellent, and Linda booked it and provided a number of useful tips. My wife and I go abroad most years, but had not taken a cruise in 15 years; we needed all the help we could get. Linda had traveled this route. She made helpful suggestions about the shore excursions and also about the restaurants and procedures on the Crystal Symphony. We peppered her with questions, but she didn't seem to mind, answering all of them promptly and cheerfully. We'd give her the highest possible marks.

NYC hotel stay

By: Bruiser

Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2016

Renaissance Mid-City did not fit my demographic well. It is slick, new, and our room was snug. Appeals to a younger crowd. We are seniors. The smallish room size is to be expected in New York. Hotel personnel was uniformly excellent. "Navigators" (concierges) were most helpful with dining recommendations. We had request this general neighborhood, but I don't think I would stay there again. Travel agent's duties were limited to finding us a suitable hotel.

Great Job

By: Stefano

Reviewed on: 25 Jan 2017

Very smooth. She "got" the kind of travel experience we wanted and took care of the rest. No problems.
Not Recommended

Windstar New Year Cruise.

By: Catherine

Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2017

Very frustrating and unprofessional! A copy of an email from Ms. Van Buren to Windstar, probably not meant for our eyes, was incredibly insulting and unprofessionsl. Her knowledge of her product was severely lacking. She works from home and by email rather than out of a main Montecito Travel office, so communication was very impersonal Return flight dates were given in error requiring us to rebook flights. She did take responsibility I believe she did so with an attitude. This was a booking in excess of $15,000. In truth we did not start our plans until early October, but she treated the whole booking as an inconvenience rather than helping us with a celebration. I believe Ms Van Buren's talents may be best used with business travel arrangements than with leisure travel.

January Trip to Chile

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2017

Linda Van Buren was very helpful and accessible and fit all the highlights in for me.

Greatest travel Agent ever

By: Bogey Girl

Reviewed on: 05 May 2017

Easy & efficient

Reviewing Linda

By: Jerry

Reviewed on: 28 Jun 2017

Always a pleasure. She knows my needs and always comes up with a good solution for my travel plans.

Macchu Picchu and Galapagos

By: The Johnson's

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Linda is a pleasure to work with. She anticipates our wishes and does a great job of putting together an itinerary that is sure to please.


By: Jim

Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2018

Great. She did a wonderful job.

Regents cruise

By: Denny

Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2018

The greatest experience. The best.

Linda Van Buren

By: sunny

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

Always good. But on our last two trips to Sante Fe, we have found the hotels inadequate and she and I have already discussed that fact and she will not book either of the hotels again.


By: Ba Ba

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2018

Great time on this trip

Budapest to Amsterdam on Scenic

By: Jane G

Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2018

Linda is a delight to work with. She is knowledgeable and professional. She worked with us to ensure smooth connections on the way to Budapest. We know about the peril of river travel when water levels are low but we were very lucky to be on a Scenic boat that was the only river boat to make it from Budapest to Amsterdam in 8 weeks!

Sri Lanka

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2018

She picked a very competent tour company. the flight arrangements were excellent

a great help in travel planning

By: Willard

Reviewed on: 14 May 2019

Working with Linda is professional and seamless. What more is there to say?

group travel

By: joe

Reviewed on: 18 May 2019

very knowledgeable and conscientious

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