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LaVonne Markus-Stillwater,MN

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International Travel Specialist


My passion is to travel and experience different areas of the world first hand.  I have been fortunate to have taken river cruises with Avalon and Viking; ocean cruises with Regent, Princess and Royal Caribbean; touring with Globus and Insight; and traveling independently.  I have explored Myanmar (in SE Asia), South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, China and many countries in Europe.  I sailed with Avalon on the Irrawaddy River.  It was unbelievable to visit the country, meet the people and see what life is like on the river.  Also with Avalon, I was able to cruise from Amsterdam to Vienna.  River cruising is a great way to see several places as you cruise, unpack once and enjoy the amenities on board.  The food and companions were wonderful.  With Viking, I have cruised the Yangtze River in China and the Danube from Nurnberg to Vienna.   

As an Australia Specialist, I have been to Australia a few times and seen a little bit of the country.  One needs to keep in mind that Australia is the size of the United States.  I have spent time in Sydney, the Top End and Darwin. Darwin has a very compact downtown area, good for walking around and visiting museums as well as shopping. After a short one hour flight we arrived at Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris at Mt. Borradaile, to the east of Kakadu National Park. This is a registered aboriginal sacred site with rock art paintings. It was very fascinating to bushwalk and to see some of the thousands of year old paintings on the rocks and hear about the dream time. From here a 20 minute flight took us to Bamarru Plains, to the west of Kakadu National Park. Bamarru Plains is a water buffalo station on a flood plain. We were able to ride on airboats on the flood plains to see salt water crocs, water buffalo, geese and birds. When the motor is shut off, all you can hear is the nature.

I have visited New Zealand a few times and have broadened my knowledge of the country as a New Zealand Specialist.  I have visited both the North and South Islands.  On the South Island I visited Christchurch, stayed at the Hermitage Hotel at Mt. Cook, visited Wanaka, a great location to stay and very close to Queenstown. Then we were on to Queenstown and all it had to offer. This is the adventure capital of New Zealand for almost anything you can think of. I went jet boating on the Shotover Jet Boats - what an adrenaline rush. We stayed in Te Anau which is a great location for access to Doubtful South, Milford Sound as well as many other activities. Milford Sound is a must see as you visit sites along the way such as Mirror Lakes and the Chasm. The cruise on Milford Sound has spectacular views, waterfalls and seals. On the North Island I visited Auckland, Waihiki Island, the glow worms at Waitomo Caves, took a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, Rotorua, Cape Reinga, as well as Tauranga.

South Africa was a place that I had wanted to visit, but it was not real high on the list.  I went to Johannesburg to visit the Nelson Mandela sites; flew to a private game reserve and saw the big five as well as many other animals; and then to the beautiful city of Cape Town and the peninsula.  It was a fabulous trip!  To see the animals so close to you, is very hard to explain.  I really want to go back to Africa when the opportunity arises. 

I could go on and on about many of the outstanding places that I have traveled to.  The world is a big place, with many opportunities, let me help you visit some of the places that are on your bucket list. 

More about Myself

Having been in the business since 1998 in Stillwater, MN, I have had the opportunity to do a lot of traveling. I have taken family vacations with my husband and children; with our children, their spouses and grandchildren; girlfriend trips - I just visited Italy and took a Royal Caribbean Mediterranean Cruise;and trips with other agents, the last one to the Northern Territory in Australia. I work hard to learn more about destinations, become a specialist and then travel to that destination for first hand experiences.

My Travel Albums

Kegon Falls at Lake Chuzenji in Nikko Natl Park
Elephant herd on the Zambezi River
Adventures in Spain and Portugal
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island 
South Australia
Genealogy in France

My Travel Stories

Your Guide to Genealogy

Are you looking to do some genealogy work or go back to an area where your family came from?  Let me help you.  I just went to France on the Mediterranean to visit areas where my husband grew up.  On the fiftieth anniversary of landing in New York, we went to New York City and visited the pier where...Read more.

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My Reviews

14 of 24 people found this review helpful
Best Travel Agent
Very Professional, Easy to work with, close to home that I can stop by with any questions.. Knows what is going on with my travels and keeps us updated with any changes...
When we had to cancel our cruise in 2014 due to a emergency medical situation, she was on top of things, making it easy to make other arrangements which was a very big help...When we rebooked the following year, she was right there making the arrangements for us. We enjoy working with her and will continue to do so.....
By  kobe  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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19 of 34 people found this review helpful
Viking Rhine River Cruise is a "Bucket List" trip.
Lavonne makes everything seamless. Arrangements are quick and easy. We can always contact her quickly and get results, if we have any questions or concerns.
By  Tom  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Rhine Valley ~ Germany ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 7 people found this review helpful
A fabulous trip
LaVonne spent lots of time with me helping me plan our trip. She was very patient and gave good advice when I was confused or unsure of something. I had a small problem with a reservation while in Scotland. I emailed LaVonne, and she took care of it for me. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for an agent.
By  Barbara  from  Stillwater. Mn
Traveled to  Ireland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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7 of 11 people found this review helpful
The all inclusive resort exceeded our expectation
LaVonne did a great job finding a great resort in a very short time frame. Everything went super smooth from beginning to end.
By  Lombo  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Isla Mujeres ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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10 of 17 people found this review helpful
A carefree trip
LaVonne was a pleasure to work with. When we stopped in at Travel Leaders we kind of knew what we wanted but weren't sure of everything we had to do to get our trip booked. We explained to LaVonne what we wanted and she took over from there. She showed us our options, explaining them all, and made all the necessary bookings. All our flights got us where we needed to go, our land tour went off without a hitch and the cruise was a great way to end our 2 week adventure. We looked at booking our trip online but there were questions we couldn't find answers for. LaVonne had all the answers and even gave us ideas on excursions to take. We walked out of there feeling great knowing our trip was finally booked and everything was in place for a great trip. Thank you Lavonne for a great trip; 2 weeks of fun, adventure and relaxation. We couldn't have had such a great time without your help!
By  mnmrxmas  from  Oak Park Heights, Minnesota
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • East and Southeast Asia
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • Costa Rica
  • England
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