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Longing to discover the world on your terms but planning it is too complicated?

At Pura Vida Vacations, we understand that you want a unique vacation that ticks all the boxes, is on budget, is relaxing and has incredible experiences to discover the world your way.

To have that, you need a professionally planned vacation.

The problem is that while you love taking luxury vacations and exploring the world, you do not have the planning skills, experience, or travel industry connections to make it easy.

Trying to DIY your travel plans leaves you feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.  It’s not your fault.  We understand how it feels because online booking websites make it sound easy.

We research, plan, and book all elements of your luxury travel experiences so you can feel confident and excited about your well-deserved vacation.

It’s time to go from overwhelmed to suitcase packed and flight mode ready.

10 Destinations You Should Focus On For Life-enriching Experiences

Do you feel uninspired with your choice of travel destinations because the experiences don't wow you, or do you have FOMO (fear of missing out) on what you didn't know? 

Download our guide to discover:

  • Selecting the right destination for you
  • Hand-picked travel experiences that excite you
  • From romantic getaways to family adventures to luxury cruising, we got you covered

Let's get you inspired!

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We Specialize In


Luxury Family Vacations

Custom itineraries are designed for your family to have the trip of a lifetime without all the stress and worry of planning.  From flights to hotels to experiences you shouldn’t miss, we do it all.

Romantic Getaways

Whether you’re looking for a luxury beach resort or a travel adventure in Europe, I will help you find the perfect destination so you can get away and rekindle your love together.

Luxury Cruising

Don’t settle for just any cruise line.  I’ll help match you with the ideal river or ocean cruise that compliments your travel style and hand-pick from hundreds of excursions the ones that suit you best.

Here’s How It All 


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Our initial call is to discover your travel style & preferences for what you’re looking for on your next vacation.   During our call, I’ll explain our services and planning fees. 

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With our expertise & insider knowledge along with our top travel suppliers, we’ll design a custom proposal that wows you with anticipation in a digital form.  Review and request any small changes before we lock in your plans. 

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I’ll finalize & confirm all elements of your travel plans while you pack your bags.  We’ll stay connected before and during your trip to make sure you are prepared, informed, and excited for your next adventure.

Curious to discover the world

On Your Terms?

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to travel.  Such planning consumes a significant amount of your time, resulting in frustration and overwhelm.   It should be about your journey and authentic experiences, not endless time wasted planning.

At Pura Vida Vacations, we believe everyone is unique, and their travels should fulfill their curiosity.  For us, travel should be an exciting blend of what you crave and what you did not know you were missing.

We dive deeper into your passions and curiosity using our access to top industry partners, insider knowledge, and years of experience to craft a seamless travel experience for you.  If you are looking for travel experiences that will wow and transform you, then you are in the right place.

Let us handle all the intricate details, you only need to pack and enjoy the journey. 

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Meet Laurie Johnson

Luxury Travel Advisor

Ready to make every moment of your vacation count?  My job as your personal travel advisor is to pack your vacation with places, people, and experiences that bring on awe.  Whether it’s a walk inside a volcano crater or castle trekking through Europe, I’m ready to help you create your next best vacation.

I help seasoned travelers plan vacations so they can discover the world through local culture, cuisine, and experiences specific to their destination. 

Words From Our Happy Clients

Laurie is of the utmost professional and detail-orientated person we have dealt with when planning retreats.  She takes care of EVERYTHING!  All we do is supply her with the contact information of those interested, and she looks after everything else.  This five-star service continues from the time we book until we get back home!  She is honest and always looking out for our best interests.  

Tara & Elda – Modo Yoga Hamilton

Laurie was able to provide us with a full Costa Rican experience. She was in touch frequently and asked the right questions to help her match what we wanted on a trip to various locations and experiences while there.  The tours and activities she suggested and booked were top notch. She also arranged transportation to all of our locations and it was punctual with very courteous and informed drivers who were able to further our knowledge of Costa Rican culture. 

Jill M

Laurie was very responsive, which gave me peace of mind, especially with things still changing in Europe.  Laurie picked fantastic hotels for us, and very quickly in the process, I trusted her expertise.  We had no issues with any of the excursions/tours/hotels/transfers at all during our 10 days traveling.  The detailed itinerary that Laurie prepared was key in keeping ourselves organized during a busy 10 days.

Melissa A




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