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Laurie Johnson

London, Ontario Travel Agent
An independent agent with Nexion CA in London, ON, a TL Network affiliate agency
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CERTIFICATES & AWARDS TICO Reg# 1549342, Canadian Travel Consultant, Costa Rica Specialist, Peru Specialist, Malta Specialist

Laurie Johnson

London, Ontario Travel Agent

An independent agent with Nexion CA in London, ON, a TL Network affiliate agency

Family & Group Travel Specialist

 

About Pura Vida Vacations

I believe your vacation should be filled with life changing experiences by discovering more about yourself, how you impacted others in the destinations you traveled to, and how you share your story with others when you return.  Building new friendships with those you meet along the way, these are the memories that last a lifetime. 

Most people today live such busy lives it’s hard to just unwind and take time to plan a perfect vacation.  I am a travel agent who works with busy families, and small groups helping them find astounding adventure vacations in Costa Rica, Peru, Europe & the Caribbean.  I take the stress & worry out of traveling by creating tailor-made itineraries for your once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  As a Specialist I will expertly coordinate every part of your trip, from start to finish, so you can relax and enjoy – knowing I have taken care of every last detail for you!

Visiting Costa Rica in 2012 for the first time is what really brought things into perspective for me.  The friendly people, the scenic mountains, spectacular volcanos, and endless activities to experience left me wanting more. 

Even though I went on plenty of adventures I always felt rejuvenated when I returned home.  Now with this knowledge & passion I find pleasure in helping families find new experiences and adventures. 

This is when Pura Vida Vacations was founded.  I spend a lot of time connecting and searching out in-country partners,  building relationships with the owners so you can benefit from this partnership.  I have helped many clients find their dream vacation.  Contact me if you would like to discuss vacation ideas using my on line scheduler. https://puravidavacations.com/appointment-booking/

We are based in Southern Ontario & Costa Rica.  This gives us the opportunity to build relationships with partners so you enjoy the benefits of professional staff & guides. 

 

About Me

I had been in the health care profession for 15 years and although it was a great job I found a love & passion for travel planning.  In 2004 our family traveled to Florida on a well need vacation.  Since that time we had traveled to several destinations like the Dominican Republic, Curacao, and Costa Rica.  Building memories and spending time with my family was important.

 

My passion for travel extends beyond my role as a Travel Specialist to assisting as a tour guide in Costa Rica.   I enjoy hiking, zip lining, yoga, and surfing.  I divide my time between Canada & Costa Rica calling each country my home.  I am a member of Cruise Line International Associations.

 

Laurie partnered with Nexion Canada ULC as an affiliate in 2015.  This is one of the best decision I made besides going into the travel business.  My  partnership with Nexion Canada allows me to offer clients added amenities, more value, on board ship credits, and special discounts. 

 

 

 

Destinations I've been to

 

I have traveled to Mexico, Spain, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Paris, Las Vegas,  Curacao, Florida, and Costa Rica.

 

Education

I take every opportunity to learn about my suppliers products. 

  • 5 Star Academy (Celebrity Cruises)
  • Adventures by Disney
  • Collette
  • G Adventures
  • RIU Specialist
  • AM MasterAgent
  • Fort Lauderdale Specialist

Countries my clients have traveled to:

  • Costa Rica
  • Scotland
  • Barbados
  • Malta
  • Dominican Republic
  • Mexico

Client Experiences

I've booked destinations for clients in Costa Rica, Las Vegas, Punta Cana, Mexico, and Barbados, Newfoundland & Labrador.  I've arranged shore excursions for clients for St. Martin for their honeymoon last year. I arranged a custom shore excursion in Malta for my clients celebrating a special 50th wedding anniversary.  

 Why work with me

  • customize trips based on your interests
  • easily resolve any issues
  • personal guidance
  • destination training
  • added benefits & discounts for Costa Rica

 

I can help find the perfect destination to match your budget.

 Pura Vida Vacations is affiliated with Nexion Canada ULC  100-235 North Centre Rd, London, On  N5X 4E7 HQ Phone 5196606966  TICO Reg # 1549342

Testimonials

Our tour of the waterfalls in Costa Rica
Our tour of the waterfalls in Costa Rica

We are also thankful for this lovely lady Laurie Johnson, Travel Agent/Tour Guide Extraordinaire! If you plan on coming to Costa Rica, this woman is who you need to talk to! She truly understands people's needs and abilities.

-Brandy

My Travel Experiences

American crocodile on the Tarcoles River
Wildlife Tour in Costa Rica

My Reviews

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Great Trip! Beautiful Country!

Reviewed By JOjo - Waterloo | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
Laurie is very detailed and offered her expertise and options to what i was looking for. I was very pleased with the hotel she recommended! I highly recommend Laurie because she not only helped us find a great hotel but she replied back promptly to any questions or concerns that I may of had. Thank you Laurie!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Laurie Johnson responded:
It was my pleasure to help make your first experience in Costa Rica a good one. There is so much information to absorb in destinations. I'm happy I could help answers your questions so you could enjoy a stress free vacation. With much pleasure, Laurie
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

It was a very memorable & enjoyable trip

Reviewed By Marisa - Bradford, Ontario | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
I found Laurie to be very thorough & knowledgeable, I would definitely use her services again!! She saved us from booking resorts & excursion’s that were less then ideal.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Laurie Johnson responded:
I'm so glad you enjoyed your vacation experience in Costa Rica. Finding the right locations and resorts can be overwhelming with choices. I'm happy to help with your next vacation when your ready. take care, Laurie
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Exceptional Custom Bucket list trip

Reviewed By cabel - Dundas, Ontario | Traveled to Scotland ~ Europe
Excellent! We went on a 3 tiered bucket list trip. Laurie helped us pick the sites we most wanted to see, given 3 different opinions. She arranged all of the tours, transportation and details we needed. We had 3 separate travel locations. New York to board the Queen Mary for the trans-Atlantic cruise, London and Scotland. We had an custom adventure of a lifetime.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Laurie Johnson responded:
It was a pleasure helping the 3 of you plan this adventure. I think we covered all modes of transportation in one trip, different types of accommodations & some bucket list tours all in one vacation. I so happy everyone had an amazing trip with great memories that make you smile. Laurie
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1 of 6 people found this review helpful

Heaven on Earth

Reviewed By JEMI - ONTARIO | Traveled to Barbados ~ Caribbean
We (my husband and I) shopped around on multiple usual websites for where we thought we might like to go for a winter vacation. Once we narrowed our search, we contacted Laurie who was more than willing to do some price shopping for us. We changed our minds several times and Laurie was more than patient with us, allowing us the peace of mind to find out about each place and give us the good and not so good reviews of each place which helped us to make our decision.

In the end, we booked Almond Beach resort in Barbados and Laurie did her best to try and find us the best tour operator with the best price. Laurie personally delivered our travel documents and the peace of mind that if we had any questions prior to departing (and we did) and or any questions when we arrived, that we could contact her and she would advocate on our behalf. The Almond Beach resort more than met our expectations and was like heaven on earth.

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 6 people found this review helpful

Girls Getaway

Reviewed By Chichi - Hamilton, ON | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Laurie was very patient with us as we changed our plans from one destination to another. When we had questions she was always quick to reply and was very helpful even thinking about things we did not think to ask! I plan to work Laurie again for my next trip - Costa Rica.
She was a pleasure to work with.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Laurie Johnson responded:
It was my pleasure to help plan your vacations with you and look forward to working with you again.
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1 of 6 people found this review helpful

Girls Getaway

Reviewed By Chichi - Hamilton, ON | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Laurie was very patient with us as we changed our plans from one destination to another. When we had questions she was always quick to reply and was very helpful even thinking about things we did not think to ask! I plan to work Laurie again for my next trip - Costa Rica.
She was a pleasure to work with.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 6 people found this review helpful

Awesome vacation!

Reviewed By Leslie - Burlington, ON | Traveled to
Laurie helped with researching all the different resorts and answered all of my crazy inexperienced traveller questions at any time of the day. Everything was arranged and executed beautifully for a worry free vacay! Will definitely be using her services again and hopefully soon!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 6 people found this review helpful

Malta excursion was well planed by Laurie

Reviewed By Susan - Toronto | Traveled to
Laurie arranged a private guide to meet us at our ship and give us a tour and the history of Malta and it,s culture. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, very open to questions, considerate and friendly. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of Maltese cuisine at the very popular Bakery before returning to our ship. A wonderful experience on this tour.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 6 people found this review helpful

She took care of of every little detail of our excursions!

Reviewed By Marguerite - Burlington ON | Traveled to
Laurie printed out the appropriate excursions for us to choose from. We chose and she arranged it all, even looked up our Port docking times to ensure we would not be late. She printed out the paperwork for us and insured we had it for when we left and explained it all to us. She thinks of things we would never of thought of. She is very knowledgeable, helpful and professional. We would recommend her to everyone!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 7 people found this review helpful

Great vacation!

Reviewed By Kristy - Hamilton | Traveled to
Laurie was an amazing help in planning our vacation. I gave her our budget and what we were looking for for our vacation. Laurie was super quick to get back to me with a lot of different destinations to choose from. She was always there with a quick response anytime I had questions, This was my first time travelling to the Caribbean and she gave me a ton of information on what I should pack/bring with us. When we had issues with our hotel on the first day, I sent her a message and she got back to me right away giving me advice on what I should do and say. She made planning our vacation a joy. When I mentioned to her that my boyfriend wanted to do an ATV excursion, she looked into it and sent me info and costs to do it. I am so glad that I have found someone I know I can trust to book my vacations with and will recommend her to anyone wanting to book a trip. Thank you Laurie for your help in us having an amazing trip!! I look forward to booking our next trip with you!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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