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Sari Gartner

San Diego, California Travel Agent

Travel Beyond the Ordinary

I seek the unique for myself and my clients. Whether you are drawn to the stimulation of a big city, a relaxing getaway at a beach resort or an eco-adventure in a remote corner of the globe, I will think through every detail so your trip seamlessly brings you the experience you are looking for. Plus, I am there for you every step of the way, from facilitating visas to ferreting out the activities, restaurants, guides, and accommodations that will best suit you.  

It’s not enough to love travel to be a great travel advisor. I am organized, informed, available, and well-connected. I bring all of this and, yes, my love of exploration, to your travel experiences. My own wide-ranging travels have taken me throughout the Americas, Europe, the South Pacific, and the Middle East, making valuable contacts and learning wherever I go.  

The world is constantly changing. Hotels, restaurants and tour companies rise and fall in quality. Political situations change. I work to remain informed via trade events, research, training classes, and networking. I often tap into my Rolodex for updates on a destination for a client and always have someone to call on for assistance, if needed. 

Before becoming a travel agent, I did intensive research to plan a family trip to Peru. Nevertheless, I wanted to use a travel agent who knew the area because there had just been an earthquake and there was some instability. I chose someone knowledgeable about sustainability and eco-tourism as well as Peru, and she turned out to be a good match for my interests. Soon, she was planning our next trip to Fiji

When she realized I was thinking of a career change, she turned the tables. Citing my research skills and passion for travel, she recruited me to become a travel agent at the Protravel branch she managed. She mentored me and taught me the value of having a powerful agency like Protravel behind me. As a travel agent, you wear a lot of hats and Protravel provides a lot of educational and back-office support. Plus, they offer great benefits for my clients, from value-added amenities such as food and spa credits at top resorts to clout with airlines and other suppliers that help my clients get the best treatment. 

My mentor now runs her own adventure tour company, so we still work together and I have found a career that I am passionate about. I love my clients and working with people from around the country and the world. At a recent travel conference, I saw a musical performance by someone from Mongolia who was at the top of his field. I am grateful to have that kind of amazing human experience and exposure and love being able to share that with my clients.  

My happiest moments are when clients return from a trip and call to tell me how wonderful everything was. If you are the kind of traveler who is looking for personalized itinerary planning and an expert travel agent who takes the time to understand your wishes and to ensure your trip delights you from start to finish, then I am here for you.

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Reviews

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A Fabulous Trip All Thanks to Sari!

Reviewed By Karen - Mead, CO | Traveled to Turks and Caicos Islands ~ Caribbean
We were looking for someplace tropical to go that hadn't been damaged by the hurricanes. Sari put us onto Turks & Caicos which we had not even been aware of. She helped us at every step of the way from identifying the location, orchestrating our travel arrangements and snorkeling/scuba excursions and getting us incredible accomodations, far beyond our expectations. We truly were blown away by the unit she acquired for us. All in all, an incredible trip.

We've used Sari for several other trips (Hawaii; Tahiti/Bora Bora/Moorea; Danube River cruise) and in every case, she has exceeded our expectations. Aside from being extremely well-informed about destinations, she is a great listener, patient and helpful in addressing any concerns and always quick to respond. With every trip we have taken, we have always traveled knowing she is watching out for our safety and doing her level best to ensure we have a top-notch experience. A tremendous travel resource!
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A Full Service Travel Agent

Reviewed By Rich & Pam - Ft. Collins CO | Traveled to Myanmar ~ East and Southeast Asia
Sari takes care of your travel plans from start to finish. She doesn’t miss any detail in planning and communicating with her clients. Each trip we have taken with Sari’s planning has been stress free and full of wonderful sights and experiences. We will continue to use her as our Travel Agent as long as we travel.
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Myanmar

Reviewed By Dr.K - Fort Collins Colorado | Traveled to Myanmar ~ East and Southeast Asia
Very thorough on all details. This makes one relax and confident that you understand all of the travel issues
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SE Asian Trips

Reviewed By Fodman - Powell Butte, OR | Traveled to Cambodia ~ East and Southeast Asia
Sari is amazing. Her attention to detail is unsurpassed. She always stays in contact and is extremely helpful no matter the task, be it airline reservations, hotels, trip suggestions, etc. I have referred her to others who will say the same things.
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Once in a Lifetime

Reviewed By Woodsie - Fort Collins, CO | Traveled to Myanmar ~ East and Southeast Asia
Sari is truly a professional. From the initial planning of the trip to the pick up at the airport, she is with you. One of the first trips we planned with Sari, yes, there have been many; my companion and I were going to Asia and needed visas, vaccinations etc and was completely on top of it. She helped with our visa process etc.
Sari is truly a professional. She has a comprehensive knowledge of destinations, cruise lines, restaurants and hotels. She always finds out what we are
Sari is truly a professional. She has a comprehensive knowledge of cruise lines, touring companies, hotels, transportation transfers and restaurants to meet the expectations of her clients. She asks her clients what their goals for the trip are, putting her client first. Sari seems to "love" the world and thus wants to help people travel and become more knowledgeable about people in other cultures. Thanks Sari! We can't wait for our next adventure!


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A trip of a lifetime

Reviewed By Debbie - Highlands Ranch, CO | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Very professional and easy to work with, explains things very well and answers questions thoroughly
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a dream come true

Reviewed By snooks - highlands ranch, co | Traveled to Australia ~ Australia & New Zealand
Sari has planned numerous trips for myself and my extended family, domestic and international and every detail, cars, hotels, flights, drivers, sightseeing, adventures of all sorts and not one detail is ever overlooked, I have some mobility issues that Sari takes into consideration that I am well cared for and safe. Sari's attention to the smallest detail is what makes working with her such a joy, chose your location and she will take care of EVERYTHING for you and you will have a fantastic experience.
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Our trip went exactly as planned.

Reviewed By Diana - Castle Rock, CO | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
Everything went as planned without any concerns. Sari was always available to take care any of our questions. This was our first international trip and was perfect.
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Best Trip Ever! All thanks to Sari!

Reviewed By Mickey - Lone Tree, CO | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
Working with Sari is fun and easy - she is so knowledgeable, thoughtful, and articulate. She listened to all I had to say to understand what I wanted from the trip - even when it didn't all make sen se! She got me to think about things I hadn't and re-think things I thought I had completely thought out! She worked with me from conception and initial planning through all phases of the trip as well as a complete post-trip debrief! Though I can't image how the whole experience could be improved, she says that the debrief will make for an even next trip. Bottomline: Sari is the best - I have and will continue to recommend Sari to friends and family
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A once in a lifetime experience!

Reviewed By Jan - Fort Collins Colorado | Traveled to World Cruise ~ Other
My first experience working with Sari convinced me that I will always call her before making future travel plans. She's professional, personable and thorough. She listened to my wants and expectations for pre-cruise travel and made arrangements accordingly. I have recommended her to friends.
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