(34 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Ardene Emmelkamp

Sioux Center, IA

Alaska - the Great Frontier

Having visited in-laws in Montana for years, finding many different routes through the mountain ranges of western United States; Alaska seemed like a natural destination for us. We love the mountains! Alaska adds glaciers, whales, the infamous Denali, the history of the gold rush frontier, salmon and halibut fishing, the Alaska rail, "off the grid" areas, panning for gold and more... Historical, beautiful scenery, a must for your bucket list!

My Travel Specialties

Puerto Vallarta Mexico

I wasn't sure I was going to like the Pacific side as well as the Caribbean side; but guess what, I loved it! Maybe the sand wasn't quite as white or the water quite as turquoise; but the water was warm and I enjoyed the waves of the Pacific. A little smaller feel, a little more authentic Mexico,...
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Southern Caribbean Cruise

A great way to see five Caribbean Islands on just one trip is a Southern Caribbean Cruise! I just returned from such a trip. We visited San Juan, Puerto Rico, St Maarten, St Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados. We experienced beautiful scenery, historical monuments and sites, a volcanic mud bath,...
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Family vacation or wedding - Cancun has it all

Cancun was probably one of the first Mexican destinations to build their tourism business and they remain strong in the market! They have great beaches, water sports, tours, resorts and friendly people. What more could you want in a beach vacation? And it offers a lot of diversity. Big resorts, smaller...
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Ecological Wonders of Costa Rica

Do you want some beach time combined with some great activities? Costa Rica is a great choice! Rain forest, volcano, zip lining, hanging bridges, hot springs, a water slide through the jungle, natural thermal pools, horseback riding, even white water rafting. Lots to choose from and many people in...
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Canada & New England Discovery

Do you want to experience Europe without the long flights? You can get a real taste of Europe on this Canada & New England Discovery Cruise! The French and British influence and history resonates very strong in this part of Canada. We started in Boston and ports of call were Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax...
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Leisure Travel Specialist

I have been planning travel at The Travel Advantage in Sioux Center for over 20 years. I love to travel and want my clients to experience that same passion for a destination. Along with my love for travel, I enjoy learning about new destinations and take every opportunity to research or participate...
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Charleston SC

My Travel Albums

St George Utah
Zion National Park
Southern Caribbean Cruise
Canada & New England Cruise
more bridges on the St Lawrence
Puerto Vallarta
Los Arcos Marine Park in the Banderas Bay
Costa Rica
Buena Vista Tour - natural Hot Springs
Cancun Mexico
Excellence Playa Mujeres
an airport next to a cow pasture!
Mendenhall Glacier

My Reviews

38 of 61 people found this review helpful
Awesome week with amazing weather!
Ardene always does a great job pricing all our destinations and resorts even when we want to check out some crazy ones. We have loved having the customs paperwork sent to us filled out before hand also. We are especially thankful on this trip when our room wasn't great at first but an email was sent by us to Ardene (who was out but we were helped by Jan) and we were moved that day even though we had asked quite a few times and never gotten the issues resolved by the resort front desk.
By  Todd and April  from  Hull, Iowa
Traveled to  Cozumel ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ardene Emmelkamp responded:
Thanks, April, we look at that as part of our job. We want to be there for you from start to finish! And the benefit of working in an office with more agents is that we can offer that service seamlessly; even when we take a trip!

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6 of 8 people found this review helpful
Universal Studios Trip
She was amazing! She was always quick with responses when I would email her with any and all questions I had. I could not have asked for a better experience in booking this trip. She was so flexible and never got frustrated with the millions of questions or concerns we had. We had to postpone the original trip due to Covid and I was worried it would be such a pain to re do all we had done, but it couldn't of been more simple! Talk about a stress free set up with booking and all around a stress free vacation! I will ALWAYS recommend the travel agents at Travel Advantage! We have used them for years from family vacations to tropical destinations for just the two of us and its always super easy and stress free!
By  Laura King  from  SIOUX CENTER, IA
Traveled to  Florida ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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31 of 58 people found this review helpful
Only in my imagination!
I can't imagine anyone being better than she was.
By  Jack and Betty  from  Mitchell, S. Dak.
Traveled to  E
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ardene Emmelkamp responded:
Thank you for those kind words, Betty. It was great working with you and I'm so glad to hear everything went smoothly, even with the wheelchair!

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61 of 118 people found this review helpful
A wonderful family time
Ardene was very helpful in working out the details of our trip to Disneyworld. When she was out of the office, we appreciated her making sure her base was covered by another agent as it was important to us to keep lines of communication open.
By  No nickname with my review  from  Rock Valley, IA
Traveled to  Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ardene Emmelkamp responded:
I enjoy so much helping families create memories that last a life time! So glad the trip went well.

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16 of 29 people found this review helpful
Fantastic 50th Wedding Anniversary Trip
She listened closely to our requests of what we were wanting to see on the train ride and activities we wanted to do.
By  Marcella  from  Rock Valley, Iowa
Traveled to  Canada
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • Ambergris Caye
  • Guanacaste
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Cancun
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Anchorage
  • USA

Travel Specialist:

  • All Inclusive
  • Beach Vacations
  • Cruises
  • Family Vacations
  • Holiday Travel
  • Escorted Tours

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