Jerrie McLaughlin

Tubac, AZ
Family and Friends Travel Specialist

As a girl, I thought of joining the Navy to "See the world". However in college, I majored in French and Spanish, and then after wearing out my leather-soled shoes on my first trip to France, I knew travel was the...
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All Things France!

Bordeaux Region Vineyard, early spring.
Bordeaux Region Vineyard, early spring.

     Get the most out of your French vacation experience by learning a little about the language, the geography, their history and their culture, and of course their food and wine destinations.


     Just planning a visit to Paris can be mind boggling. You grapple with the question of how long to stay in Paris, should you stay in a hotel, apartment, a villa? Left bank, or right bank? A guided tour, a hosted tour, or independent? Contact a travel Professional, or not?


   You will need the help of a travel professional for your trip to France. For one thing, French is spoken, so as an English speaker, you will need to plan thoroughly ahead of time. You might benefit from a guided trip. there are a myriad of types of guided trips available:small groups and adventure trips, bike trips, etc. The old "if it's Tuesday, it must be Belgium" has changed.  


   However, if you dream of traveling independently, let me plan your rail passes and book your seats, book your flights and hotels, and it will cost you nothing extra and you will be assured that your itinerary will be well coordinated and that you don't miss a thing.


      My first trip to France was planned as part of a month-long 5-country trip on a Eurail Pass. I planned that trip for 2 years, organizing and reorganizing the itinerary. I read every travel guide I could find, and agonized over choosing the right hotel. As the trip that I had fantasized about for so long approached, I purchased our air tickets from a local travel agent.


     When I purchased our rail passes from Maxine, the travel agent, she suggested reserving a sleeper compartment for our overnight train from Nice to Rome. Since it cost no more than a hotel for the night, that's what we did.


     Well, that train trip was one of the most memorable experiences of that trip! It was August and the  night air was balmy, so we spent much of the night standing outside our compartment, windows down, elbows on a ledge, watching the French Riviera and then the Italian Riviera go by.


     It was late, the outdoor terraces were full of locals eating and drinking the night away under colorful, twinkling outdoor lights. Quite a sight, quite an experience. Of course we capped off the evening with a Napoleon French pastry that we had purchased at a patisserie in Nice!


     The advice of my travel agent turned out to be priceless, and it didn't cost us a penny!


 

My Travel Albums

South of France
Stateroom on Cyrrano de Bergerac, Bordeaux

My Travel Stories

Paris, Normandy Beaches, Bordeaux

   Once you see Paris at night, you will understand why it is called the City of Light.

And, most impressive are the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. The Arc sits at

the top of the Champs Elysee, so as you stroll, shop or sip your way along that

beautiful boulevard, the Arc's...Read more.

My Reviews

25 of 41 people found this review helpful
Excellent cruise advisor.
Very competent, friendly, and easy to work with. She found us the kind of cruise we wanted when we couldn't find it anywhere online.
By  Jim  from  Tucson, AZ
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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25 of 42 people found this review helpful
Amazing trip
She’s amazing! She’s gone above and beyond several times, from helping us get an additional excursion on our cruise to quantifying how much we could recoup if we had to postpone it.
By  Kevin   from  Yorba Linda
Traveled to  Greece ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Jerrie McLaughlin responded:
It was a pleasure working with you and helping you celebrate that birthday! Thanks again.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I wont go that far
It was very good
By  bubbles  from  Green Valley
Traveled to  Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Jerrie McLaughlin responded:
Thanks, I really appreciate your comments. Jerrie McLaughlin

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Total Relaxation
Jerrie has gone above and beyond to accommodate us on our latest trip which involved 6 of us. Three of us came from Tucson and three came from Ohio so that was tricky to plan and get us to our resort within 30 minutes of each other arriving !!!!
By  Dorie  from  Green Valley, Arizona
Traveled to  Los Cabos ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Jerrie McLaughlin responded:
Thanks so much Dorie! It's such a pleasure working with you. I really appreciate your keeping me in the loop during your relaxing vacation in Los Cabos. Your whale pictures were exceptional!

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2 of 4 people found this review helpful
So much better than expected!!!
We have never used a Travel Agent before. Jerrie was our first experience and she proved it to be so worthwhile. She booked our first time at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico which was recommended. She did EVERYTHING to make our experience just wonderful with no worries at all. We were so impressed that we came home and booked another all-inclusive with her for our WHOLE FAMILY to go with us. I know it will be a trip we all will cherish.
By  Dorie  from  Green Valley, Arizona
Traveled to  Mexico ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Jerrie McLaughlin responded:
I'm so glad that you had such a wonderful vacation! And, I really appreciate your choosing to book your family vacation for next year with me too. Thanks so much, Jerrie Village TravelArts

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Destination Expert:

  • France

Travel Specialist:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Wine Country Vacations
  • Couples & Romance
  • Coach Tours
  • River Cruises

Top Travel Partners:

  • Monograms
  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • Globus
  • Rail Europe
  • AmaWaterways

Certifications/Awards:

  • CTA
  • Certified AMA Waterways Specialist
  • Princess Commodore
  • CTA - Travel Institute
  • Viking River Cruise Specialist
  • Celebrity Expert

Languages I Speak:

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
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