(18 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Danika Barrick

Fredericksburg, VA
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What do you envision? Perhaps you’d like to capture a piece of history by touring ancient ruins, sacred battlefields or the country of your family’s heritage; be inspired by the locals as you stroll village streets, shop and enjoy flavorful foods;...
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Asia Travel

Great Wall of China, Beijing
Great Wall of China, Beijing

Living in Japan offered me the opportunity to travel around Asia. Asia has some of the most fascinating history, larger-than-life sites, fabulous resorts and top-notch customer service. These are some of the potential places to visit--but there's also Vietnam, Philippines, Bali...and the list goes on. 


Japan: Japan is a unique country full of lovely people and places. The locals are the most honest and thoughtful I’ve ever encountered. It is steeped in rich culture and timeless traditions. The streets and store fronts are immaculate, even in the big cities, and the train system is on point. Tokyo is a great city with abundant shopping. For the Disney fan, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are ones to add to the list. Japan also boasts a Universal Studios, a Hello Kitty theme park and indoor ski resorts. Or ride Japan’s famous Shinkansen high-speed “bullet” train to another destination or enjoy a luxury train excursion. In Kyoto you can see the stunning Golden Pavilion and, if in-season, the most amazing display of fall leaves I’ve seen anywhere. Another fabulous destination is Mount Fuji—she is truly beautiful and the views from the lake are breathtaking. Japan is a playground for the adventure seeker--scuba and snorkeling, hiking and climbing, kayaking and rafting, skiing and snowboarding--Japan has it all. Japan offers wonderful 5-star hotels and resorts, but for a truly authentic cultural immersion, choose a traditional Ryokan inn and sleep in a tatami room. Wherever one heads in Japan, traditional tea ceremony and bathhouse experiences are not to be missed.


Thailand: What an amazing and varied destination. Imagine yourself enjoying drinks at a rooftop bar overlooking Bangkok's city lights, riding an elephant in the jungle, cruising along in a long boat to shop the local floating market, or staying in a fabulous resort with a private infinity pool over-looking the blue Andaman Sea.  There are so many fabulous things to do in Thailand...culture, nightlife, city, jungle, beaches--Thailand truly has it all. And my personal favorite resort in all the world just happens to be in Thailand.   


China: One simply must experience China first-hand to appreciate the scope of its wonders; it’s virtually indescribable. Beijing has a lot to offer—the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and, of course, it is the gateway to the Great Wall of China. It is surreal walking—or often crawling along on all fours because it’s so steep. The wall is massive and outlines the hills as far as the eye can see. Eat Peking duck and attend a Chinese Opera—while perhaps not for some, they are definitely memorable. Riding across the busy streets in a Rickshaw is an exciting, hair-raising adventure. The cherry blossoms at Beijing’s Summer Palace were absolutely breathtaking. The city of Xian was my favorite. There is an ancient wall around the entire city so wide two semi-trucks could drive side-by-side and we rode tandem bikes around it. From there we took a tour to the best part of the trip--seeing the terracotta warriors. This was simply amazing. From Xian we flew to Guilin to take a cruise down the river through the most intriguing and stately haystack shaped mountains.


Hong Kong: This metropolitan city is both modern and beautiful. During the day we took the tram up Victoria Peak to enjoy the views and at night we sat and watched as the high-rise buildings entertained us with their light show across the bay.


Singapore: This small country would be an excellent first exposure to Asia. It is modern, clean, safe, easy to navigate and the official language is English. It is also a great launching point to the rest of Asia and the main airline allows for extended stop-overs.  


Cambodia: Siem Reap is a totally worthwhile extension to any Southeast Asia trip. Enjoy a day or two exploring the ancient cities of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom (seeing elephants and wild monkeys are a bonus!) and spend fun-filled evenings enjoying Pub Street and the night markets. 


Malaysia: I spent a glorious week in Malaysia savoring the luxurious resort life and fulfilling my dream of staying in an over-water bungalow…on a private, tropical island. Think spa treatments, infinity pools and even a sunset dinner on a private beach with an exclusive chef and butler. This setting exuded romance making it the perfect choice for our anniversary celebration and was worth every minute of the flight across the Pacific. Kuala Lumpur has lively outdoor markets, a great China Town and the twin Petronas Towers often seen in movies. A highlight of the trip was a jungle tour to visit the elephant orphanage where I got to feed and interact with them and watched the elephants play in the river.  

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My Reviews

10 of 12 people found this review helpful
Trip of a Lifetime
I found Danika via random google search. I wanted someone who was accessible to communicate/plan online. From day one, she did not disappoint. This was the first big international trip for my family (husband, 13 yr old, and 10 yr old) and although I researched, I was still uncomfortable planning the 10 day excursion by myself. I gave her a list of things we wanted to do. She also confirmed and added other activities that she thought we would enjoy. Airport transfers, museum tickets, a Mt Fuji hike, and hotels, Danika did it all! I know she worked outside her "normal business hours" because I would send an email at night or on the weekend and she was always quick to respond. I honestly could not have done this without her. She was flexible when I needed things changed and was ALWAYS pleasant. Thank YOU Danika and Travel Leaders for an amazing vacation.
By  RNSantaFe  from  Santa Fe, NM
Traveled to  Japan ~ East and Southeast Asia
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Danika Barrick responded:
Thank you so much! I'm so thrilled that you found me and reached out--you were a joy to work with. Thanks for letting me help you plan such an amazing trip. You had some big and wonderful dreams and it makes me really happy that we made them come true.

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10 of 12 people found this review helpful
Best 30th Anniversary Ever
Danikas professionalism and knowledge of the travel industry made the experience for out 30th wedding anniversary exceed our expectations. We have recommemed Travel Leaders to all that would listen. With it being our first cruise we had no idea of what we were getting in to. From booking our stateroom to printing out our boarding passes and luggage tags she went above and beyond in making sure our adventure was flawless. She even took it upon herself to send us a bottle of wine and a cheese and fruit tray on our anniversary. All of our future travel plans will be going through Danika.
By  Dan  from  Ruther Glen
Traveled to  Bahamas ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Danika Barrick responded:
I truly appreciate your kind words. I am thrilled that you had an amazing cruise experience and that it made your 30th anniversary a memorable one. Thanks for entrusting me with such a special celebration! It was a joy to work with you and I look forward to helping with your future travel plans.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful
AMAZING VACATION!!!!
She was awesome on assisting us before and during our trip
By  Stacey  from  Montross, VA
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Danika Barrick responded:
Thank you! I'm so glad you're trip was amazing and everything went smoothly.

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9 of 11 people found this review helpful
German Adventure!
All I can say is that everything was great and a huge THANK YOU to Danika! She was so patient, I had never planned a vacation to Europe before and she was amazing! She helped me plan a great itinerary and helped me keep it realistic, as in the time we had and all the places we could visit :) We ended up visiting Frankfurt ~ Nuremberg and Stuttgart ~ Germany. Without her this would have been a horrible vacation. With her handling all the details it was an amazing and I cannot wait to work with her again on the next trip!!
By  lmoore  from  Fredericksburg , Va
Traveled to  Germany ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Danika Barrick responded:
Thank you so much! You are very kind. It was a pleasure working with you and sharing some of my favorite places with you. I look forward to helping you plan the next adventure.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Canadian Rail Trip
Danika was very responsive and friendly. She updated us if any changes were made to our schedule. The app she gave us for our phone was incredible. It made the trip easy to follow. I would highly recommend Danika to anyone planning a trip. We will definitely use Danika for our next vacation.
By  Rgwohlf  from  Lenexa, KS
Traveled to  Vancouver ~ British Columbia ~ Canada
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Danika Barrick responded:
Thank you so much for booking with me. I'm so glad you enjoyed the travel app...and especially the Rockies. I look forward to working with you again for your next vacation.

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Destination Expert:

  • Japan
  • China
  • Malaysia
  • Hong Kong
  • Thailand

Travel Specialist:

  • Historical Sites

Certifications/Awards:

  • Royal Caribbean Master of Adventure
  • Avalon Waterways Specialist
  • Japan Travel Specialist Advanced Master's Course
  • Thailand Specialist
  • Spain Specialist
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