Monica Varri CTA

Lake Forest, IL United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Beach & Sun
  • Family Travel
  • Honeymoons
  • Safari

  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish

My Background

In 1999, after having worked for a Fortune 500 company in an international sales capacity, I joined my mother in the family business.  I would have to say I share my mom’s desire to explore the many corners of the world. Although I was born in Madrid, my main childhood memories are from the many years in Venezuela and Peru and South Africa. After college I resided in Milan, so being a specialist in Italy is natural but I also enjoy counseling travelers seeking experiences in other European countries, South America, and Africa. I explored China last year, having been invited by Virtuoso Chairman’s committee. This trip was amazing as I never expected to witness a new world on the other side of the globe grow so fast! I visited South Africa once again in January, exploring quite a few new properties (Mateya Safari Lodge) and breathtaking landscapes, and enjoying culinary venues such as in the Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek. And most importantly, I relish in meeting the locals be it in Capetown or in the bush country. And just recently, I experienced the Thai lifestyles in Bangkok, bike rode in the country side of Chiang Mai to meet the locals of the hill tribes, and trained to be a mahout at the Elephant Camp at the Four Seasons outside of Chiang Rai. And to surpass this experience, I also celebrated with the legendary Mandarin Oriental's Hong Kong its 50th anniversary of its opening!

One new life goal is to pass on my passion for travel to my toddlers, Sofia and Gabriela – as soon as they are old enough to appreciate flight travel!

Places I Have Traveled

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Highly Recommended


Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2014

Monica has been planning the trips for our family for years.  We have been extremely happy with her expertise as well as that of her staff. 

Highly Recommend

By: Barb

Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2014

Monica was very knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations for our trip to Italy. Her first hand experience came through in the hotel and restaurant recommendations. Everything was first-class. She handled everything for us -- hotels, tours, tranportation, and restaurants. She also gave us some advice on free-time activities based on her experiences. Outstanding!


By: Chuck the Hawk

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2014

The trip was exactly as planned from the first.No changes were needed as a result of questions asked when the trip was planned.  All recommendations were right on target.

Highly Recommended

By: Pat

Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2014

Monica did an outstanding job in staying within our budget and finding accommodations that were just to our liking. She was extremely attentive to detail and responsive to our travel inquiries both before and during our trip. I would definitely use Monica and LFTB for our future travel plans both at home and abroad. 

Follow up expert

By: Chuck the Hawk

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2014

Her help in planning the trip and follow up to make sure that all the details were taken care of, sows a dedication to the little things that make a trip great.

Cruising the Baltic

By: RM

Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2014

We have used Monica as our agent for a number of years. She is a true professional - provides sound advice and helped make our recent Baltic cruise on SilverSea a wonderful vacation. No hesitation in recommendin her.

Smooth Sailing!

By: Vicki

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2014

Two couples went to Montreal and Quebec. All the plans were exactly as we wanted them. The dinner reservations were made in advance and we never had a problem when we arrived at either the hotels or restaurants. The tours were as promised - our driving tour in Montreal was particularly good. Lake Forest Travel did an excellent job! Vicki

Knowledgeable, Thorough, Responsive

By: Kevin

Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2014

Monica listens well to our interests, offers options, helps us to select hotels, itineraries, tours. All have been excellent experiences. In addition, her attention to detail in compiling our travel materials--costs, times, accommodations, tours-- has made our trips easy and enjoyable. All arrangements proceed as planned, smoothly and well executed. She's like a invisible guide as we travel, ensuring that all is good. I have recommended her many times to friends.

accurate and prompt

By: Robert

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2014

Efficient, thorough and great to work with.


By: Carol

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2014

Monica is superb


By: Jim

Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2014

Outstanding service in all respects.

Excellent travel agent

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2015

Monica is a super travel agent. She most recently planned our trip to Antarctica. She was knowledgeable, responsive and efficient. The trip involved a number of complications (including substitution of one of the travellers, travel delays due to fog in Antarctica, and other issues). Monica successfully navigated through all of these issues and produced for us the trip of a lifetime. We are very grateful to her and we can now add this recent trip to a growing number of trips that we have made with Monica. We plan on using her as our regular agent.

Works Hard and provides amazing service

By: laura12

Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2015

Monica always works hard to make sure my family has a wonderful vacation. She always spends time helping us stay at the best hotels and then works hard to get us room upgrades and more to enhance our vacations. She is wonderful!

Outstanding travel advice

By: Sean

Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2015

Trip was planned perfectly. Was able to get the best room on the location with many additional amenities. Booked the same trip again a week after the return.

SO wonderful to work with!!!

By: Ashjoy

Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2015

We have worked with Monica over the last 10+ years from our honeymoon in Italy, to family getaways in the States. Monica is wonderful to work with, has so many great suggestions, unique experiences and always has great food recommendations!

Completely understands our needs

By: Kevin

Reviewed on: 22 Apr 2015

Monica listens to our objectives and interests for our trips and offers detailed recommendations that meet them. Her communication and follow-up are outstanding. She is a pleasure to work with during the planning process. And during the trips, I know that everything will go smoothly because of her meticulous planning.

Fantastic trip

By: djve

Reviewed on: 01 Apr 2015

As always, Monica created a memorable trip with great tours and the perfect hotel for our needs.

Expert friendly, knowledgable service!

By: Jennifer

Reviewed on: 12 May 2015

Monica and her team are amazing! Always over deliver. Love working with them, and will continue to have them help with my travel needs! Smart, kind, responsive, understanding of our needs, etc, etc.

Love the Virtuoso Amenities!

By: S&E

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2015

We have traveled with Virtuoso many times in the past, but this was the first time we were given a room upgrade- Very Nice!. As always enjoyed all other amenities that comes with booking with Virtuoso (hotel credits, breakfast, late check-out, etc.).

Fabuous Family Trip!

By: sheri75

Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2015

Our trip to The Ritz Reserve in PR was A-Mazing!!!! Thank you Monica for helping to make our trip so fabulous! All 12 of us agree - the BEST trip ever... The resort is the nicest I've ever been to in the islands....the service is impeccable...can't wait to go back! -sheri

Helpful in every way

By: CSRS103

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2015

Monica's organization and wisdom of travel and accommodations made our European trip absolutely effortless! It was perfectly planned and we felt welcomed and pampered everywhere we stayed! A+

Always responsive and plans an excellent trip for my family

By: laura12

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2015

Monica and her staff always provide me with excellent service. Monica knows how my husband and I like to travel and always finds us the perfect spot. I can often times be indecisive, but she always is patient and very responsive with my requests for pricing, etc.

Total relaxation just a short plane trip away

By: Sarah B

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2015

Our Belize trip was beyond wonderful. Weather was incredible, water was warm and crystal clear, and seafood was unreal. I highly recommend staying at Mata Chica if you want to disconnect from your digital devices and enjoy resort life. Staff called us by name and always made sure we had everything we needed. Snorkeling is a must. Affordable pricing and just a short plane ride away.

Equal Excellence for Small or Large Trip

By: KJ

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2015

While we usually book our domestic, short, business and pleasure trips ourselves, this time I asked Monica if she could help a quick weekend trip. She was as prompt, thorough, and helpful as with our longer, more complex, international trips. I am so appreciative of all that she does to make our travels easier and enjoyable.

Complete, professional, top-notch

By: KJ and family

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2016

Once again, Monica has exceeded our expectations for a terrific trip to Thailand and Hong Kong. During the planning process, she presents good options promptly and specifically addresses our needs and interests. She always has good suggestions and recommendations. Once the trip is booked, Monica puts together a package for us with all travel materials and confirmations. We know as we set off on our trip that everything will go very smoothly. She has checked and double-checked all the arrangements and details before we depart, so that when we're on our trip, we can focus on travelling, not logistics.

Great trip

By: Raydee42

Reviewed on: 29 Feb 2016

Great trip. All the details were taken care of. Food,accommodations and logistics were terrific. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking to do an African Safari

Perfect Selections

By: MJ

Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2016

For this trip, we had different specifications for our hotels from previous trips we booked with Lake Forest Travel. We thought it would be a challenge to find the right hotels, because we traveled to Switzerland, where everything is quite expensive. Monica found us terrific accommodations at good prices and in great locations. I couldn't have been more pleased with her suggestions and follow-up with details.

Great follow-up

By: KJ

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2016

Monica understands and remembers what's important to us and always has good suggestions. Her follow-up with details and responses to questions is quick and thorough.

very helpful

By: L and K

Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2016

Monica was very helpful both in booking our trip and helping us with our flight itinerary.

Perfect Service for a Perfect Trip

By: Cbrady21

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2016

Monica helped me set up my honeymoon to Croatia and the Amalfi coast. Private tours, car transfers, and 5 star hotel bookings were all handled by Monica with perfection. Not a single thing went wrong the entire trip. I didn't have to stress or worry at any point. Would highly recommend and will absolutely use Monica's services again.

Perfect planning


Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2016

Our recent European trip was outstanding from star to finish. The hotels in Amsterdam and Paris were elegant, well located with spacious rooms and the Virtuoso amenities were abundant and much appreciated. Our trains bookings were perfect, good schedule, good connection time and excellent value to cross through three different countries . Monica always plans the perfect trip!

Any Size

By: KJ

Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2016

Monica is always gracious and helpful regardless of the length and complexity of the trip. She attends to every detail even for an overnight stay.

Perfect Trip!!

By: JB

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2016

Our 14-day trip to Italy was meticulously arranged by Monica. And, Monica was very accommodating and responsive with the changes that we requested during the planning process. The flights, hotels, guides, drivers - everything was perfect. It was truly the trip of a lifetime! LF Travel and IC Bellagio exceeded our expectations. Grazie mille!!

Top flight, start to finish!

By: Deb52

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2016

Monica did a terrific job helping plan our trip to Prague! Her local contacts there proved to be wonderful, extremely knowledgeable. With our changing days, times and numbers of participants, I know we tested her patience. But she was always attentive and responsive and we ended up seeing everything we wanted. I hope to be able to use her skills again for some future adventure!

Very Nice Cruise

By: papi

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2016

The Viking cruise was very nice, but I prefer their river cruises. They did not seem quite ready for a trans-Atlantic cruise. But the ports were interesting and service etc. was very nice. Your associates that set up a pre-trip to Oslo-Bergen did an excellent job with hotel selections and locations, with good tips for airport transfers etc.

Always Great

By: Chuck the Hawk

Reviewed on: 09 Nov 2016

Expert planning and ability to make the changes I requested during the trip. I was completely satisfied.

Historic Hotel

By: elk

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2017

We have aways wanted to stay the historic Biltmore inC/oral Gables and it did not disappoint! We had a lovely King Junior Suite overlooking the pool and throughly enjoyed our too short stay, . Our only regret is that the hotel is not wise enough to be a Virtuoso Property member! we always enjoy the fantastic added features of those special hotels.

great accomodations and view

By: ttarie

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2017

Dyane is a fantastic agent. I would not use anyone else. She has planned some very important events for me and my family and the amount of care and detail she employs is amazing. Round Hill is a great property. The service is good, not great like Rosewood Mayakoba for example but solid. The property is beautiful, the villas are so well kept. The grounds are stunning. You don't have to leave this property. Be sure to share that there are complimentary events and outings - glass bottom boat ride, Jamaican show that we super entertaining.

So great!

By: Mary

Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2017

Working with Monica is always great. This time she managed to get my group connecting rooms at the beautiful St. Regis resort in Punta Mita Mexico. The tricky part is we planned the trip only two days before. As always, everything was great. The special touches are greatly appreciated. I always plan my travel with Monica.

An advisor that anticipates and exceeds

By: Marilyn

Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2017

Our trip to Tanzania and Uganda was long awaited, and exceptionally well planned by our travel advisor. We had "vague" notions of seeing gorillas in their habitat and big game in the Serengeti; Monica and Erica interpreted our vision and put it into detailed action. Each day we were amazed and delighted with the itinerary and attention to detail in planning - the travel routes, hotels selected, arranging for air when it made sense - details I would not have anticipated had I tried to arrange the trip myself. Of particular importance to us is that we met local people- through guides arranged by Monica & Erica- and felt a deeper connection and understanding of the people and communities we visited- we didn't simply observe through a car- we met, interacted, and got to know the locals. Monica made our dream trip come true!


By: TravelBug

Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2017

Monica is an excellent advisor and actually listens to the customer. In addition, she has an outstanding amount of travel experience.


By: Audrey

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2017

Monica is excellent - so helpful and responsive on all the details of our trip, visas, and everything else. She made us feel like her most important customers.



Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2017

We had an awesome time!! Thank you so much for setting up the trip.


By: robert

Reviewed on: 05 May 2017

Gets it right every time quickly and with courtesy when changes are required.

Great Agent

By: ChucklTheHawk

Reviewed on: 28 May 2017

Always anticipates my wants and makes sure they happen. Great follow up.

Well Done

By: Chuck the Hawk

Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2017

From start to end every detail of the trip was exactly as advised. All requests were taken care to perfection.

London July 2017

By: Team Smith

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

Monica is a seasoned professional with international contacts. We have been planning trips with Monica for many years. She has never failed to recommend the best in transportation, accommodations, tours, restaurants and anything else that makes a trip memorable and enjoyable.

Great Trip

By: Chuck the Hawk

Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2017

Easy is the best way to say working with Monica. She always seems to anticipate my needs before I know them myself.

European Cruise

By: Vicki & Ed

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2017

EXCELLENT!! We had some last minute changes made to our scheduled vacation and she managed to take care of all of them. Her recommendations are spot on. She is an excellent travel agent.

Jackson Hole


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2017

Monica was very responsive in taking over our reservation at the Four Seasons and providing perks!

Eguypt & Israel

By: Chuck the Hawk

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

What I great trip. I did not have to do anything. Every upgrade was done without me even to having to ask for it. When you work with a travel agent, such as Monica, for a long time, she gets to know your preferences. The changes she made, made the trip so much more enjoyable and easy for my wife and myself. Her suggestions for additional side trips were perfect for us.

Monica Varri


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2017

Monica took over from another agency when the advisor was not responsive to questions and issues. Monica was helpful and responsive which was much appreciated. We were pleased and are using her, and her expertise, for future trips.

Monica is consistently terrific !

By: Traveler

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

Excellent! Monica has great advice and does a wonderful job!


By: Ramona

Reviewed on: 10 Dec 2017

Monica is great - very responsive and helpful, nothing too big or too small for her to address for us.

Took Care of Everything

By: Daniel K

Reviewed on: 23 Dec 2017

Thank you so much for all of your help. Monica provided us with a detailed itinerary tailored to our specifications. When something needed to be added, subtracted or adjusted, Monica worked with us until we ultimately got exactly what we wanted. Every detail was thought out. We look forward to working with Monica again!


By: Michelle

Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2018

Working with Monica is always a pleasure. I trust her guidance and her recommendations for trips I have taken in Europe.

East Africa

By: Lorelle

Reviewed on: 03 Feb 2018

We worked with Monica’s associate, Sue. All our deadlines and travel requests came to us in good time and thus the trip went smoothly. Sue answered all our questions, provided us with additional contacts for a supplement tour and we were at ease every step of the way. Thank you Sue.

Trips planned with Monica

By: kb

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2018

Any trip with Monica is of the highest quality as she clearly is an outstanding expert in her field. Furthermore, she is a pleasure to deal with.

Advisor review

By: Amy O

Reviewed on: 13 Mar 2018

Very professional and knowledgeable. Good turnaround.



Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2018

For a number of years, we have travelled around the world with Monica. Most recent trip was 25 days (mostly in India but with extensions in Nepal and Dubai). Monica is an experienced professional, knowledgeable, timely, responsive and practical. We intend to continue to use her. She is excellent.

My trusted travel advisor.

By: Donna

Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2018

As always, knowledgeable, efficient and a delightful person. She has chosen her team well and they too do a good job of meeting my needs.

our latest trip

By: L&K

Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2018

She was helpful and knowledgeable.

Santa Fe

By: Vicki

Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2018

As usual, Monica is very good giving options and reviews following the guidelines we give her. She is good with details as well. Has a lot of experience.

Does it right.

By: Chuck the Hawk

Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2018

Monica knows what I want and does it before I think to tell her. Trip was as smooth and easy as could be.

Amazing Vacation

By: Amie K.

Reviewed on: 22 Apr 2018

Monica listened to what was important to us and planned one of the best vacations we’ve ever been on. Her ground contacts and intimate knowledge of the country made our trip special and flawless. From air to ground transport to tours to hotels, her expertise enabled us to relax and enjoy our vacation knowing all the details were taken care of. I highly recommend her services to anyone who wants to make their next vacation the most special it can be, beyond your belief!

My trip.

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 13 May 2018

Fantastic. She’s so reliable.

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