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Sari Gartner

San Diego, California Travel Agent

Eco-Tourism and Sustainable Travel

I have a special affinity for planning nature-oriented adventures and sustainable travel experiences. I grew up hiking, backpacking, and camping in California where my dad was a Boy Scout leader; he got permission to bring me along on their trips and I loved those adventures.  

As a travel agent, I am conscious of the impact travelers have and familiar with hotels and other suppliers who minimize human impact and use tourism to promote conservation. Sustainability efforts usually enhance your trip and without even realizing it, you are doing good. Some wonderful examples include Iceland, where geothermal heat is harnessed to power almost everything. Here, you can soak in natural thermal baths at the Blue Lagoon and stay toasty even in the coldest days of winter walking on heated sidewalks.  

The Brando on the island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia is a poster child for sustainability complementing high-end luxury. The resort is powered by solar energy and--a bit like Iceland in reverse--it taps cool water cycled from the depths of the ocean for its air conditioning. They raise much of their own produce and are committed to protecting the culture and ecology of the island. Interested guests can tour their sustainable projects, but many guests just enjoy knowing that their stay is having a positive effect. 

Some resorts and lodges actually house research centers where guests can opt to work alongside scientists. In Belize, my ten-year-old son and I worked on a project researching lionfish. They are a beautiful but invasive species and greatly damage the reefs. On our dives, we helped record water temperatures and spear lionfish, and it was amazing to participate in actual research.  

There are also wonderful projects in Africa where you can help in various ways, or simply know that by going out on game drives, trekking to see gorillas and staying at the lodges, you are helping preserve endangered species and nature reserves.  

When my son was eight, we visited a remote village in South America that lived by subsistence farming and fishing. He was surprised that children completed school there at age ten. We were not sure how much he understood, but two years later, in response to a comment about poverty, my son said that poverty is different in different cultures. “Sometimes people live differently. You do not feel impoverished if you have everything you believe you need.” That is the kind of insights children can get when they travel.  

Nature preserves beckon even in very developed areas. In England, visiting Dartmoor National Park, we were startled to be driving along country roads lined by hedges and suddenly find ourselves in the open moors. Our guide explained that these areas are underlain by granite fields where tree roots cannot penetrate. As an English literature major, the moors brought to mind scenes from Wuthering Heights and Sherlock Holmes and it was exciting to see a different side of England.  

If you are looking to get back to nature, have authentic connections with non-Western cultures, or simply to travel in eco-friendly ways, I would love to help you.

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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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