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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

Costa Rica Specialist - Adventure & Family Travel

 

About Pura Vida Vacations

My love for travel grew as well as my knowledge of Costa Rica which inspired me to become a Travel Specialist and open my own home based travel agency.  As a travel professional Laurie Johnson continues to build unique vacations experiences today for her clients.  Laurie's expertise and connections with local in-country partners makes for a winning team designing travel itineraries and group travel.  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. 

The name Pura Vida means pure life.  Something dear to my heart and the perfect concept for my new company to have honesty, integrity, respect for others as well as the environment, all while providing the best possible service to clients.

We are based in Southern Ontario & Costa Rica.  At Pura Vida Vacations we are passionate about client travel experiences.  We specialize in matching our clients with an authentic vacation experience seeking out local culture, and connecting with nature via thrilling & awakening activities that feed the soul.  

At Pura Vida Vacations you will experience exceptional service, our personalized attention to details, vacations your way, handcrafted tours as well as our dedicated support planning to make your next trip award winning.  We recognize everyone has different travel styles so we are here to help guide you for a perfect fit.  If you’re traveling in small groups, with family or friends you can take comfort knowing we partner with only the BEST in the travel industry. 

About Me

My favorite destination is Costa Rica inspired by my love for the outdoors, its people, and adventure travel.  My next destination for travel is to Peru to experience the culture, secret ceremonies & historical past of the Inca's. 

I am currently a travel specialist for Costa Rica, Peru, Malta, Adventures by Disney, and Scotland.  I am currently completing courses in Active Adventure Specialist & Credited Cruise Counselor with the Travel Institute.

My passion for travel extends beyond my role as a Travel Specialist to assisting as a tour guide in Costa Rica. I also have a certificate in CPR/First Aid.   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 Adventure Travel & Cruise Line International Associations.

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

  • Costa Rica
  • Scotland
  • Peru
  • Malta
  • St. Lucia
  • Fiji

Client Experiences

I've booked destinations for clients in Costa Rica, Las Vegas, Punta Cana, Mexico, and Barbados.  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

 

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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!!!
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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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