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Lake Forest

Travel Bureau

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Your passion is exploring the world.

Our passion is helping you get there.

Lake Forest Travel Bureau

From Our President…

Travel can be glamorous and fun if everything goes well, and at Lake Forest Travel Bureau that is our responsibility and driving interest. The devil is in the details for an exceptional experience and when we hear from returning clients that our high standard has been met, we have done our job.

We are a small agency that must always give clients a reason to work with us and provide pride and motivation to our staff. This is our never ending focus.

Monica Varri, President, CTC



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Lake Forest Travel Specialists

Travel advisor
Monica Varri

Travel Specialties: Italy

They say you are always one decision away from a totally different life. That stands true for me when I decided to join my mother in the family business in 1999, after having worked for several years for a Fortune 500 company in an international sales capacity.

Helen Varri
Vice President

Travel Specialties: Switzerland, Europe, South America

I was born and raised in Switzerland and coincidentally I acquired the agency in 1995 from another Swiss lady, Lydia Scuderi Hanrahan. I guess the passion for travel is in our genes.

Gwen Trucco
Travel Specialist

Travel Specialties: Caribbean

A passion for travel and adventure is in my blood. My father owned Lake Forest Travel in the 70’s and I was infected by the travel bug. My earliest memories include being whisked away every year with my five siblings to the Caribbean island of Nevis.

Travel advisor
Marylou Calninsek
Travel Specialist

Travel Specialties: Bali, SE Asia, Skiing and national parks USA

I’m originally from Central Wisconsin, where I grew up on the family farm and then graduated from college in Madison/Milwaukee. All through college, I had this burning desire to travel.

Travel Blog

Travel magazine

Virtuoso Life is here!

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Virtuoso Life magazine March edition takes you to amazing travel experiences. From bear spotting in Alaska to cruising the Mekong River and Tulum’s culinary scene, you will find inspiration for summer planning and ideas to customize your next adventure. This edition is...

Expect the unexpected: Galápagos

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Where do you go to find fearless wildlife? To make friends with curious sea lions? To expect the unexpected and get a front row seat to a once-in-a-lifetime experience? It’s Galápagos! Explore the unexpected and give the gift of travel this holiday season! 

Knock! Knock! Who’s there?

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It’s the most wonderful deal of the year! Hike Cascade Creek Trail or canoe on Wonder Lake. Whatever your 2019 goals may be, make sure they include Alaska. Lindblad Expeditions 2019 Alaska season will be especially exciting as the brand-new National Geographic Venture joins...

Thanksgiving at Montage Palmetto Bluff

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The festive season is upon us. Have you made plans for the Thanksgiving weekend yet? We have festive deals to share with you. Our travel specialists are here to assist you and your family in making it a holiday to remember for years to come. Dive into Montage Life and choose the...

A worldwide connection

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Wendy Wood-Prince provides you with the experience of a worldwide connection. In her latest blog post in Classic Chicago magazine, she will take you through the amazing destinations in Italy that make for the perfect summer vacation. “One of the best things about being in...
Job in the travel industry

Join our team of luxury travel advisors

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We are seeking an experienced leisure travel advisor! PREREQUISITES INCLUDE: Excellent verbal and written communication skills and computer literacy (Microsoft word); Proficiency in Sabre, Experience with high end clientele with excellent service level; preferred personal...
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Are you looking for a travel advisor?

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Look no further! Erika Richter, communications director for the American Society of Travel Agents has the answers to your questions in finding and using a travel advisor for your next trip. Why there is a shift from “travel agent” to “travel advisor”?...
Virtuoso travel agency

Silversea. 10 years of expeditions.

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The world is full of opportunities. We just need to go out and take them. Will you accept the challenge? Come aboard Silversea and become an explorer of the world. #Silversea #explorer #expeditions

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