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.
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!
I founded Summit and Horizon Travel because I live for the moments that take my breath away, and I love to share my passions and expertise with like-minded global travelers who are committed to experiencing the very best the world can offer. Highly-personalized, fully-tailored, and meticulously-detailed journeys are my privilege and my promise to my discerning clientele, and I can't wait to bring your travel dreams to life!
Travel is transformative in all the very best ways - it brings us closer to the world, and also closer to ourselves. I take great pride in curating unique, authentic, and comprehensive itineraries that allow for full immersion into each new and exciting destination, while also ensuring that my clients always travel in comfort and with style.
Every Summit and Horizon Travel vacation is thoughtfully crafted, with each detail carefully planned for, so that the world unfolds seamlessly in all its wonder. I look forward to each opportunity to create extraordinary and meaningful moments that will become treasured memories, and to transforming my clients' visions into an amazing reality that exceeds their hopes and expectations.
Most of all, I relish the endless possibilities of knowing that, no matter how much we travel, there is always more to discover and more adventures to be lived.
Let’s go exploring!
I enjoy helping people like you to enjoy this beautiful world we live in. I will put together a small group, or if you prefer completely independent travel, I can do that too. Whatever takes your fancy I will try to make your vacation as much fun and hassle free.
Don't get confused and spent time trying to sort out all the thousands of offers you can find online. I'll do all the search for you.
From any where in the Americas, Alaska cruises, down to Canada, beautiful Quebec City and Montreal through New York and down to the blue waters of the Caribbean. Central and South America are all waiting for you. Dubai far and distant is no more just a thought. Stroll down beautiful promenades in Paris and navigate Venice in your private gondola. Visit the capital sites of the world. London, Vienna...can you hear the beautiful music of the great masters. Istanbul, vibrant and mysterious. Special Middle East, so much to discover. Telaviv, young and energetic. So many special sites in Jerusalem and don't forget the experience of a safari in Africa, especially in gorgeous South Africa. Enjoy sports? Costa del Sol and Ireland are just waiting for your unique swing. Oh, and all those rivers of the world are just waiting for a visit in a small ship with luxurious cruise lines like Viking, Scenic Tours, Amawaters, Avalon, etc. I'm a world specialist. The World is Beautiful.
I am a second generation Travel Advisor arranging travel for over 40 years. My goal has always been to find my clients the best value in quality vacations. Continuing education keeps me abreast of new opportunities in travel.
I grew up in Long Island, NY and happily live here today, but I’ve also lived in Israel for a period of time which was an amazing experience. I first traveled to Israel as a teenager and instantly fell in love with the culture, landscapes, and language.
After that first trip, I was inspired to travel as often as possible to countless destinations including Iceland, Machu Picchu, Costa Rica, Italy, Australia, New Zealand (I could go on and on!).
In 1996, I opened my own agency and have been proudly booking dream vacations for my clients ever since!
My specialty is creating customized vacations and I spend a great deal of time making each itinerary perfect. I love making travel dreams come true! Whether you are traveling with a group, a few family members or with one special person, I will work with you to create a trip that is guaranteed to provide you with lifelong memories.
Travel is my passion. My love of travel began at a young age and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel as much of the world as I have. Hawaii and France are among my favorite destinations to return to but I love exploring new destinations with my family. We have traveled to five continents and have visited 10 of 12 Disney Theme Parks in the United States, France, and Japan. Together we play golf, scuba, hike, ski, and enjoy making food experiences part of each destination. As much as I enjoy planning my own trips, I love to share my excitement and experience with others looking to achieve their own travel dreams. My goal is to help others achieve their perfect vacation each and every trip.
My wish is to take the stress out of your vacation planning and share my expertise so that you can make the most of your time before, during, and after your trip. Disney Theme Parks, Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney are just a few types of vacations I love to help plan; I am ready to help you design your dream vacation. Where in the world do you want to go? Contact me and together let’s explore the possibilities!
Are you taking a large group abroad, or just yourself, and need help navigating the intricacies of global travel? Then contact me. Arranging international airfare is my specialty, and I have more than 20 years of experience helping organizations -- such as school, church and humanitarian groups -- with their often-complicated itineraries and requirements.
I also have the expertise and contacts to help my clients if travel gremlins should strike. For example:
• When an airline changed the flight schedule for a high school group I was working with, it meant that the students were suddenly going to have to overnight at JFK Airport in both directions. Knowing that this would not be acceptable to the group, I first searched for alternate flights. When I could find none that was available that could accommodate a group of this size, I then worked with the airline for more than a month. In the end, the airline modified the schedule so that the group would not have to overnight in the airport.
• When a big volcanic eruption in Iceland grounded flights for more than a week, I was able to find new routes for some of my clients. And I helped other clients to file insurance paperwork and found them places to stay until the ash had cleared.
• When a group of 35 of my clients found themselves stranded at a small airport because of mechanical problems, I was able to work closely with airline personnel to ensure that they reached their destination. And it was not easy. I had to insist that the airline fly my clients to a larger airport where they would have more options for flights. And while the group was flying to the new airport, I worked hard to find them seats on other planes so that they could get to their planned tours on time.
So, if you are planning a trip that requires international airfare, contact me immediately. As you can tell, I will be there before, during and after your flights to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.