Jo Ann Buening

La Crosse, WI
Alaska Destination Specialist and Travel Expert

Alaska became a state of the union on January 3, 1959, the same day I was born. I must have been destined to make this my specialty and over the years, I have developed a passion for Alaska! My first visit to ‘The Great Land’ was in the mid ‘80s. ...
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Luxury Travel Professional

Private lesson with a watchmaker in Switzerland
Private lesson with a watchmaker in Switzerland
A private watch-making experience in Switzerland with a well-known watchmaker, a private experience to a beautiful waterfall in Iceland and dinner at a remote lodge, a connection to ‘get it done’ for ‘over-the-top’ requests in Las Vegas … I could go on and on. These are just a small sampling of connections I have made for the needs of my affluent travelers. In this segment of travel, it’s all about who you know and what connections you can make.

With my attention to detail, strong organizational skills and years of experience in the travel industry (since 1985), it only seemed natural that I would embrace Luxury Travel. Over the years I have organized many groups, ranging between four and 150 travelers who have requested ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences. Whether large or small, I can arrange Luxury Travel for any size group. In order to be successful with Luxury Travel requests, it is important that the travel agent be exposed and connected to the resources to be able to secure these requests and wishes.

If you’re interested in my Luxury Travel credentials, you’ll find them under a separate story, entitled My Luxury Travel Credentials.

My Travel Albums

Jo Ann Buening - Luxury
Five-star Hotel Majestic - Cannes, France

My Travel Stories

Jo Ann Buening Joins in Elite Industry Event

Press Release:   Travel Weekly and TravelAge West host top travel advisors at Global Travel Marketplace West

La Crosse, WI - Travel Weekly and TravelAge West are proud to announce that Jo Ann Buening was selected from among hundreds of applicants to attend the fourth-annual Global Travel Marketplace...Read more.

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My Reviews

15 of 31 people found this review helpful
Viking Grand European River cruise
We have been working with Jo Ann for 9 years, and her assistance with ALL our travel needs, and even a couple Crisis situations, has been stellar!! She makes a serious effort to really know her clients- their interests, preferences, special needs, and comfort level with traveling within the USA and abroad.
She is excellent in searching out the answers to all questions, and providing good advice, both from a personal and a professional perspective. We absolutely would not travel without Jo Ann's knowledge and expertise to guide us. We cannot speak more highly of her!
By  JM  from  Tomah , WI
Traveled to  Prague ~ Czech Republic ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Jo Ann Buening responded:
Clients like you are why I LOVE my job!!

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14 of 30 people found this review helpful
A Joy to Work With
JoAnn has always been very helpful, providing timely information and various options to choose from. We live a couple hours from LaCrosse and we choose to work with her for our travel needs. Typically a small group of 6-8 travel together and she has been excellent at arranging cruises, tours, and before/after stays to extend the fun.
By  Kaps  from  Marshfield, WI
Traveled to  England ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Jo Ann Buening responded:
Thank you for your kind words. I enjoy working with your group as well!!

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14 of 31 people found this review helpful
Great trip
Great person to work with
By  Jerry  from  Onalaska Wisconsin
Traveled to  Vietnam ~ East and Southeast Asia
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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13 of 31 people found this review helpful
The advise and recommendations were excellent
I appreciate the thorough and attentive attention I have received. Jo Ann's support has been very timely and professional. I am looking forward to my next trip which she has provided a great deal of information and support.
By  Skip  from  Onalaska, WI
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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13 of 31 people found this review helpful
China
My wife & I first had contact with Jo Ann in 2008 when we booked an Alaskan trip with her. (Jo Ann is an Alaskan trip expert). We were so impressed with her efficiency that since 2008 we have booked 8 river cruises to Egypt, China, Russia, Grand European, Holland, Portugal, France X 2, and 2 ocean cruises to the Mediterranean & Baltic countries. Jo Ann is always very thorough when planning a trip and she will go over all the specifics of the trip.
She has always been available to help us even when we were out of country. The day we were to leave Cairo Egypt in 2010 was the same day all European airports closed due to an eruption of a volcano in Iceland. There was a lot of confusion in Egypt about how we were going to get home. The communications systems in Egypt was not the most efficient. We were eventually able to fax JoAnn from Cairo and within an hour she replied with specific instructions for our return. She kept in contact with us until we were safely back home.
GREAT SERVI
By  Jerry  from  Tomah Wi
Traveled to  Beijing ~ China ~ East and Southeast Asia
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • Montreux
  • Mediterranean
  • Las Vegas
  • Greece
  • On the River

Travel Specialist:

  • Luxury
  • Luxury Cruises
  • European Culture
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Groups

Top Travel Partners:

  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Tauck
  • Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours

Certifications/Awards:

  • Alaska Destination Specialist
  • Elite Cruise Counsellor/Luxury Cruise Specialist
  • Princess Cruises Commodore
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises Specialist
  • Travel Leaders Certified Travel Specialist

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