Vacations by Lauren

Travel Design Co (formerly Vacations by Lauren) is a full-service travel agency with a focus on family travel and group travel. By Lauren Cardinale, CTA

My goal as your vacation designer is to craft an unforgettable itinerary from start to finish that will create the trip of a lifetime. Custom itinerary planning, attention to detail, open and honest communication, and a quality vacation experience (not to mention a complimentary room upgrade, resort credits, exclusive Signature amenities- where available) are all things that I promise to give you in designing your hassle-free vacation!

This is not your average travel agency... Vacations by Lauren belongs to the Signature Travel Network which is made up of the top travel agencies in the nation; our affiliation with this prestigious organization truly puts us in the category of being the best among the very best. Through membership in Signature, I have personal relationships all over the world which translates into privileges, access, perks and services for my clients.

Ongoing training and certifications include:
The Travel Institute, Certified Travel Advisor
Disney's College of Knowledge
Norwegian Cruise Line
Oceania Cruises
AMA Waterways
Crystal Cruises
Royal Caribbean International University of WOW

Contact me today to get started designing your ultimate vacation experience!

* has been designated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as an "Authorized Disney Vacation Planner", based on its strong support in selling Disney vacations. All travel counselors at have received extensive training on Disney Destinations theme parks, resorts, cruises, vacation packages and more, and can provide the utmost in professional assistance in planning customized Disney vacations.

[09/09/17]   For Those afftected by the Hurricanes- If you're evacuating to a hotel/motel & they say they DON'T accept pets, don't be angry, calmly tell them that's against the law & after Hurricane Katrina Congress created The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS) to require states seeking Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance to accommodate pets and service animals in their plans for evacuating residents facing disasters. πŸ•πŸˆπŸ•πŸˆ
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This is why I do what I do. Despite the very stressful week us travel agents are having, it's notifications like this that make it all worth it!

"It was the most fantastic trip, Lauren!! I can't tell you enough how much fun it was & how much we all enjoyed it! Thank you a million times over!!! We can't wait to start planning or next trip!"

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Who else is OBSESSED with Disney? Throwback to the Evolution Of Disney! Some of my favorite songs from Disney movies!


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Norwegian Cruise Line

This is an interesting twist on an Alaskan Cruise! Norwegian Bliss sailing 7-day Alaskan itineraries RT Seattle Summer 2018! #bliss #norwegianspecialist

BREAKING NEWS: #NorwegianBLISS will feature a 2-level race track, the largest at sea and the first on a U.S. ship. Drivers, start your engines!

Are All Inclusive Resorts Safe?

PLEASE READ! I have seen the articles circulating by my friends and family concerning the incidents at All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico. As a travel expert, I have been trying to explain this uncommon occurrence in a way that advises my clients to be informed and make smart decisions regarding their family's upcoming travels. I personally take great effort in placing my clients in safe, clean, trustworthy resorts - which is why I advise against booking online or using AirBnB for international travel. Secrets Akumal - one of the resorts featured in the article in question, was one of the nicest All-Inclusive resorts I've been to. As a single woman traveling there, I did not have any insecurities about my safety and wouldn't hesitate to visit solo again. The truth is, crime happens. Sickness happens. Tragedy happens. In the US, in Mexico, in Canada, in the world.

I am not saying with 100% certainty that there was no foul play in any of the documented circumstances but I do want you to be aware of the effects alcohol, heat and exhaustion can have on your physical well-being. 5 shots of tequila (likely without water) in a short amount of time, before dinner, in 100 degree heat will have an effect on a person who isn't accustomed to the heat and/ or drinking heavy amounts on a travel-weary, empty stomached, 20 year old body. The other isolated incidents of sexual assault and robbery on resort grounds are no different than what happens in your own neighborhood. Unfortunate, but certainly not exclusive to Mexico.

The other point I want to address is the hospitals requiring payment in cash upfront. This is STANDARD practice in Mexico and one reason why I insist my clients traveling abroad purchase comprehensive, first-payer travel insurance such as Travelex. Your health insurance company and/ or credit card MAY cover some travel-related expenses but they will not reimburse until months later, after a ton of paperwork and documentation. Travelex is a first-payer meaning they will immediately issue funds to cover medical expenses and then you can submit the paperwork upon your return home. Planning a vacation is suppose to be exciting. The thought of leaving reality behind and anticipating all the new experiences waiting around the bend is ...

Are We Witnessing the Return of the Travel Agent?

If it's in Vogue, it must be true. This new crop of travel designers go far beyond the basics of organizing flights, lodging, and tours.


Great how-to on Disney's new Max Pass, rolling out today at Disneyland!

Here’s a first look and a handy how-to guide for Disney MaxPass! Click here for more information on Disney MaxPass:

Alaska Airlines Is Selling Flights to Mexico, California, and Costa Rica for Only $99

Great destinations on sale via Alaska Airlines! New Orleans departures and Seattle departures... I see Seattle to Ixtapa on there and I know a great resort in Ixtapa. Hint: it's a Club Med. πŸ˜‰

Book your flights and let me book your land stays! Let's have some fun this Fall! Score a deal on a tropical getaway.

When a hotel offers more than just breakfast, you can drive a Porsche or sleep with hockey history

Cool write up on the one-of-a-kind E-Wow Suite at W Bellevue. Centrally located between downtown Seattle, Woodinville Wine Country, and the endless outdoor adventures of the Cascade Mountains, W Bellevue is the place to see and be seen. When staying at certain hotels, luxuries go way upβ€”at times way over the top.

Such a great deal on a Royal Caribbean International cruise! Contact me soon if you're interested in this offer!

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