Explore the world & discover new and different cultures


In our eyes, no one vacation package fits all travelers.  From travel design to final arrangements to in-country support, while you’re on vacation, we’re there to help. Our concierge service takes care of every detail to make your vacation as relaxing and hassle-free as possible.  Each itinerary is designed with authentic, immersive, unique, and personalized experiences for each traveler.  Here’s how you can get started today:

Imagine having a seamless travel experience

Travel planning is made easy when you work with us as your trusted travel advisor.  Imagine no stress trying to find your hotel after a long flight because you have a private driver who knows the way.

Your hotel is located in the perfect location to save you precious time getting to activities.  And better yet, it’s what you had in mind.

You made great use of your time because you had VIP passes when you needed them most.

Your advisor checked in with you to make sure everything was going as planned.

Experiences matter

Most frequent problems that DIY travel planners have:

  • Missed flights
  • Awful hotel rooms that don’t match the brochure-like images
  • Travel insurance that doesn’t actually work when you need it
  • Waiting on hold for days at a time to airlines, cruise lines, hotels, and tour companies when you have a question or need help
  • Tired and frustrated fellow travelers
  • Wasted time trying to get from A-B


  • Under-planning
  • Poor document preparation
  • Over-planning
  • Denied entry and re-entry
  • Finding out activities and sites are closed or limited when you arrive
  • Struggling to find dining options in a limited capacity or busy seasons

“Oh, the places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss

Benefits of working with us as your trusted travel advisor


We reduce the stress of vacation planning by elevating your experience. Each itinerary is unique, filled with hands-on activities, a touch of adventure, and VIP access.


Our goal is to create connections between our travelers and their destinations.  Our approach starts with talking to you to tailor a seamless vacation specifically to your interests and needs. 


You don’t need to browse endless online reviews – our vast network of vetted travel partners, years of personal travel experience, and attention to detail will help you plan a worry-free luxury getaway.

Types of travel we plan

We are here for you before, during, and after every trip and look forward to creating an unforgettable experience for you.  Here’s what we plan and book:

→  Custom itineraries

→  Ocean & River cruising

→  Wellness travel

→  Small group travel planning

→  Destination honeymoons

→  Food & wine tours

→  And more


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01 –   Complimentary Consultation

We will schedule a complimentary 15-minute call to learn more about the vacation you’d like to take.  We’ll talk about your travel style, budget, destinations, and more so we can design a unique itinerary for you.

Please complete this Trip inquiry form prior to our discovery call.

After the consultation, our design fee starts at $200 + GST per itinerary.

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02 – Design & Planning

Once the planning fee is taken care of, we’ll kick off the planning process with a 45-60 minute planning meeting.  We’ll then begin researching tailored options for your unique trip with our vetted travel industry contacts to design something special.  You’ll receive a preliminary itinerary to review.  Request any minor adjustments before we lock in your trip itinerary.

03- Booking & Adjustments

Here’s the easy part!  We’ll make all the travel bookings for you, from flights and hotels/cruises to specialized tours, transfers, and even dinner reservations upon request. You’ll receive all your booking info via a detailed daily itinerary.

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04 – Before you go

Before you leave, we’ll go over everything to make sure you are prepared. Ensure you have the necessary documents, passports, and prescriptions for traveling safely.

05 – While you are away

Ready, set, go! As you set out on your trip, you can rest easy knowing there is a travel expert on the ground ready to help.  In case of any issues while you’re traveling, get in touch with us via email or phone, and we’ll be happy to help.

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06 – Welcome Home

I look forward to hearing all about your journey! Tell me what you liked best and what could be improved about your trip. Let’s dream together about planning your next adventure! We invite you to share any of your photos with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do you work with?


We work with couples and families looking to plan their dream getaway that is relaxing and stress-free. We’d be perfect to work together if:

  • You want an extraordinary travel experience with culture, history, and fun activities.
  • You don’t like budget travel. The only accommodations we book are four-star or higher. Our clients spend a minimum of four figures on their dream vacations.

How do I schedule an appointment?

That’s the easy part! Schedule a 15-minute quick chat or phone call here.

What don’t you book?

  • Vacation rentals such as Airbnb. We only booked vetted accommodations we know are best for our clients.
  • We will only book flights if they are part of a package. No flights only, including domestic or international.
  • Any rewards travel or points.
  • We don’t book any US travel destinations except Alaska.
  • 3-star accommodations unless they are in a prime location vetted by our industry partners.

Why should you work with us?

Pura Vida Vacations is a boutique agency that builds relationships with our clients providing support and guidance from the moment you contact us.  Our agency has access to resources and insider knowledge that a general consumer does not.

With our years of experience, we may not know everything but guess what?  We have travel partners who do.  We will advocate for you during your travels if anything unexpected happens.

You want a personalized vacation tailored to your travel style, not a cookie-cutter with little to no support.  Such planning consumes a significant amount of your time, resulting in frustration and overwhelm.  While we handle all the intricate details, you only need to pack and enjoy your vacation.


What destinations do you book?

Primarily, we work within Europe, Costa Rica, and a few Caribbean islands. The most popular destinations are:

  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • St Lucia
  • Costa Rica
  • Malta
  • Croatia


Do you book group tours and escorted travel?

Yes, we create personalized travel for families with small groups of 15 or less and wellness retreats. Escorted tours are the perfect way to see a destination with local guides. There is still free time for you to explore on your own.


Are there passport requirements?

Yes, all passports must be valid 6 months post travel dates. We require a copy of all passports and IDs before research begins, so there are no delays in your vacation plans.


Do you book river or ocean cruises?

Yes, we book only premium or luxury cruises to Europe, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Alaska. River cruises usually have 150 guests or less sailing to beautiful European cities.


Most agencies charge fees! Do you charge a fee?

As professional travel planners, we do charge a fee.  Our professional planning fees are paid before we start the research process and provide a detailed proposal. Personalized travel involves many moving elements. We manage it all, so you don’t have to!

We only work with suppliers we trust based on their past experiences and how they treat our clients and employees. 


How do I get started?

I’m looking forward to connecting with you! Click the button below or fill out the form so we can learn more about your next trip.

Ready to take the first step?