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Laura Wagner

Chicago, Illinois Travel Agent

My Life as a World Traveler

Through all of the varied chapters in my life story, the one constant has been my unquenchable passion for travel. I recently switched careers and joined Protravel and while I’m new to the agency industry, I’ve been an expert traveler for many years.My love of travel goes back to childhood, and it has always been my priority. Travel expands your mind, your soul, your world. Through those experiences you grow, learn, and change. My desire is to ignite in others the passion for travel, and make it possible for them to expand their world.

My first career was running a seasonal pop up fashion business. That allowed me to travel extensively for months at a time in the off season. I have been to 44 countries, and counting.In my previous life, my partner and I did a podcast series, highlighting stories, faces and places we met in our travels. That led to our being invited to a Travel Leaders/Protravel conference and that’s when I knew this was going to be my future. A year later, I decided it was time to follow my lifelong passion and joined Protravel, the country's top luxury travel agency.

In all those years before I joined Protravel, I planned my own trips, without ever calling a travel agent. Now, looking back, I regret all those zillions of hours I spent in internet hell, looking at false ads and booking hotels that looked nothing like their pictures.

Through Protravel, I have become hip to sorting through the noise and eliminating the hours of frustration. The connections I have made with hoteliers and other suppliers through Protravel are the most powerful in the industry.  I can call a hotel and say “my clients are coming, please treat them as VIPs” and they will get the best rooms available along with complimentary amenities such as free breakfasts, no-charge late check-out and more.

I also can get great deals on first- and business-class fares. Plus, when flights are canceled or delayed, they don’t need to get on line or try to get through to the airlines by phone. I rebook them quickly and efficiently.

Once people realize what I can do for them, they call me for everything.

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Girls Weekend

Reviewed By JC - Chesterton, Indiana | Traveled to Chicago ~ Illinois ~ USA
I needed help with booking a girls weekend in Chicago, Laura's recommendation was perfect and we were pleased with the rates that were offered, she was quick to reply and made the whole experience easy and enjoyable. Over the top service, will definitely contact her for future travel needs.
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Amazing trip!

Reviewed By Paula - Shorewood, IL | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
First, let me say, she is amazing! No stone unturned! We had a group of 8 ladies including Laura as she guided us through Italy. We did not have to think about anything. She had every detail planned with our input as far as what we wanted to see and if we wanted guides. We had luxury vans to take us to each destination so we never had to figure out how to get to each location. She had suggestions as to where to go, what to see and where to eat. We were able to make our own decisions but had input from Laura, if desired. She set up the best hotels for our budget, the best flights and the best destinations. I can't say enough about Laura and her ability to provide the best service and a trip of a lifetime! I have recommended her to several of my friends and family who are using her, as well.
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A world wind of fun!

Reviewed By Fried bangs - Joliet, Illinois | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Laura had everything planned out and organized. From the flights and the pick ups and tours. Everything was perfect. She did all the work so the rest of us could enjoy.
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Trip of a lifetime

Reviewed By Michelle - Shorewood, il | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Laura was wonderful, she had everything and I mean everything planned out. The whole trip was wonderful she had so many wonderful excursions planned out for us. All of our accommodations where great. I know without Laura it wouldn’t of been this fantastic
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This was our second honeymoon and it was wonderful

Reviewed By Jacquie - Naperville IL | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Laura's planning and attention to detail was incredible. She listened to what we were wanting to do and go and every tip she gave was on point.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Reviewed By Lea Ann’s 55th - Dekalb IL | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Always stayed in touch, gave great suggestions, very thorough
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Wonderful trip to Thailand

Reviewed By Terri - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Thailand ~ East and Southeast Asia
Laura was the ultimate travel agent. She had travelled to Thailand herself so she was able to offer suggestions from her own experience as well as draw on the expertise of her fellow agents. We had many factors to juggle as we wanted to see as much as possible while working around my daughter's schedule who was teaching in Thailand. Laura was patient and diligent as we explored endless itineraries. The result was a fabulous trip. Laura had everything planned for us from start to finish and available on an app as well as sending us a hard copy. She also followed up with us while we were on our trip while she herself was travelling in China. We were extremely pleased with Laura's help and I already have two friends that are using her for their trips.
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A wonderful Christmas Trip

Reviewed By The Gutes - Scottsdale AZ | Traveled to Eastern Europe ~ Europe
She was very professional and responsive to our requests and worked to make sure that our vacation was exactly what we wanted.
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The grandest of trips

Reviewed By Bal - Chicago, Il. | Traveled to Russia & Northwest Asia
Absolutely first rate - a joy to to work with - everything done in a highly professional fashion, competently and responsively. Couldn't have been better!
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Best trip ever

Reviewed By lsm - Moline, Ill. | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Laura planned our trip with excellent care, she communicated with us and would answer any questions we had. My first European trip and she advised us on what we needed for the trip and what to expect. With her expertise she gave us different options and cost of what tours we would like to do. She will work within your budget. I would definitely recommend Laura.
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