My passion for travel started at a very young age when I first moved from New York City to Minnesota. At age twelve, I lived in Poitiers, France for a year, being immersed in the culture and attended a regular French school when I first arrived and finished in a class for foreign students, where I met kids from all over of the world. During that year, I traveled to different parts of France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Travel provides an amazing opportunity to learn and as an educator, I truly believe in continuing my education. As such, I regularly attend and participate in many international and domestic trade shows, seminars and meetings which better enables me to keep up on the latest trends. Having been a member of several panel discussions, I have been able to provide insight on destinations, travel styles and how to work with a travel professional. Connecting and re-connecting with tour operators, hoteliers, trade organizations and other travel suppliers and building these relationships and partnerships with the locals, allow me to create more personalized experiences, incorporating the traditions of these destinations.
Travel is an Adventure, Experience It!
Visions of Blue Vacations, LLC is an award-winning boutique travel agency owned and operated by Lee Anne Battiston, an Independent Travel Consultant, whose desire to help your dream come true is rooted in the understanding that vacations are for much more than sightseeing alone. Currently, Lee Anne is accepting requests for new clients on a wait-list basis only.
The foundation of my travel expertise is my time living in Europe. I resided there for 20 years. In that time, I traveled extensively throughout the continent. I also broadened my horizons to include the state of Alaska. I have found great pleasure in planning and leading travel for groups, whether they be family events, exploring Alaska, dance cruises or wine-theme river cruises. It is always a joy to share a great travel experience with others, especially when it is their first time heading to a destination.
I love to travel! I always have several personal vacations lined up and love to work with others to craft the vacation that they fantasize about. I'm a details girl, and there won't be a 't' uncrossed on any vacation that I put together. I love to make sure that all of the planning is done before you arrive at the destination so you only need to pack your bags and enjoy yourself! I'm a mom, so family travel and multi-generational trips are my favorite, but adult-only getaways and honeymoons are super fun for me to work on as well. Toes in the sand, laptop in hand, I'm always available for my clients!
This world begs to be explored, and it's my pleasure to help people discover just how they would like to explore it.
While I love helping with all types of travel, I find it especially rewarding to help large families! As I have one myself, I know that traveling with large families can sometimes cause logistical issues. We may not be the norm, but I love making travel accessible for such families.
As a Certified Resorts & Destination Specialist, Donna is very familiar with all the accommodations, amenities and services offered by the luxury vacation resorts. Resorts, all differ from MAP to all-inclusive resorts in prime tropical locations, such as Mexico, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Bahamas, Antigua, Dominican Republic and Barbados. Donna can help her clients plan vacations in any of these Caribbean locations. As a specialist, she can also help clients make arrangements for special services like spa treatments, transportation, and candlelight dinners. She can also make pre-arrangement for special activities, including local tours, water or land sports, adventure tours, scuba diving, or a round of golf. Donna can assist couples in planning and organizing a wedding or honeymoon package at any of the luxury resorts.
Travel today is more complicated than ever. Between new entry protocols, testing and quarantine requirements, last-minute schedule changes, extreme weather events, and geopolitical tensions, it's my job to stay on top of everything so that my clients are able to travel safely and with minimal hassles. We take care of our clients before, during, and after each trip, all the while delivering authentic, destination-immersive travel experiences. I've been to more than sixty countries and have visited every continent--including Antarctica--so I'd love to plan your bucket list adventure, but keep in mind that I can also add tremendous value to a simple air and hotel booking or cruise vacation. The clients who gravitate toward me tend to be travelers, not tourists. If that sounds like a good fit for you, I'd love to talk to you about being your advocate when you travel.
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, has a tremendous reputation for quality of service for ALL of your travel needs. Cruise Planners travel advisers will help you discover exciting adventures around the world, from cruises to land tours and completely packaged vacations, we specialize in all types of travel and will create an unforgettable vacation just for you. With our Cruise Planners experience and training, you can be assured we know the product: whether it_`s a cruise, resort, tour, excursion, or a host of other possibilities we pursue excellence in training with the best of the best. We are both Accredited Cruise Counselors and Master Cruise Counselor with Cruise Line International Association a seal of approval less than 10% of travel agents earn. We are Certified Travel Associate with the Travel Institute, a professional title most in the industry have not earned and of course ASTA Verified Travel Advisor the most sought after certification. We spent a lifetime traveling the world and continue to travel a minimum of five times a year to ensure with are continuously broadening our experience. Along with experience and training, comes service. We pride ourselves in striving to provide the best in the industry: no call center here. You call us you get us! We come to personally know each of our beloved travelers and we believe this is the number one reason our travelers remain our travelers. We the highest ratings on Google, Facebook, Angie’s List, and a myriad of other mediums our clients seem to agree. We would be honor to help you see the world, you’ve earned it!
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Cruise Planners – ABC Travel, LLC
685 Citadel Dr E Suite 355
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
My focus is curating unforgettable travel experiences for the sophisticated traveler. Why? Because that's what I expect every time I travel. With an attentive ear, superb communication and meticulous planning, I’m dedicated to inspiring, and more importantly, executing the perfect tailor-made itinerary to suit my client’s style and wishes - taking the stress, time and research off their hands.
We pride ourselves on providing you with a truly exceptional travel experience, precisely tailored to your unique requirements and with the resolve to provide depth of experience and impeccable service. It is our unparalleled commitment to promote profound adventures, inviting you to truly engage with the land and the people of each destination that you visit and make available to you, the very best in the world of travel.
Seamlessly plan and book your next cruise or stay at Sandals or Beaches resorts with a travel pro in your corner. I’m a vivacious travel expert with multiple industry certifications, and I’m ready to dive in and do the legwork so you don’t have to. Whether it’s verifying cabin accessibility or waiting on hold to make last minute changes to your itinerary, working with a professional travel agent ensures your vacation runs smoothly from inception to umbrella topped cocktail.
Relax and enjoy the process while I tap into my network of travel specialists to get you the best rates and access to VIP perks and insider experiences. For corporate groups planning Meetings at Sea, I’ll interface with ship’s staff to coordinate catering, conference rooms, team building events, and special outings.
When booking trips on behalf of families with special needs and individuals with limited mobility, I work hard to ensure every detail is accounted for. I believe that travel can be transformational, and want to make sure it’s accessible to everyone of every ability.
In addition to many brand and destination based certifications, I’m a Certified Travel Advisor (CTA) with the Travel Institute and a Certified Cruise Counselor (CCC). I’m also a member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the American Society of Travel Advisers (ASTA), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Call on me to book your next cruise or all-inclusive resort package, and enjoy a stress free vacation with expert guidance every step of the way.