I have been a Travel Advisor since 1993. My primary focus is international leisure travel, though I do also book some corporate and some domestic travel. I can help with all aspects of travel planning, including air, hotels and cars, rail, packages, tours, cruises, and travel insurance. I also have valuable experience booking groups for a variety of purposes and to various destinations. I travel frequently to experience destinations and resorts personally so that I can advise and recommend with real first-hand knowledge.
My very favorite destination, for personal travel as well as booking for clients, is the South Pacific, particularly Australia and New Zealand. I am a certified Aussie Specialist (Australia) and Kiwi Specialist (New Zealand). I backpacked through Australia and NZ for a year back in 1990/91 and have returned to Australia many times since. and have visited nearly every tourist region and major city/destination on the continent. I have returned to New Zealand multiple times as well. I have also attended numerous Aussie & Kiwi Specialist Conventions. I am very familiar with these countries and am comfortable creating any personalized itinerary there. I also have an excellent relationship with a wholesaler for Down Under.
Of-course I book many other destinations besides Down Under, particularly Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Europe, African safaris, Disney vacations, and cruises (ocean and river). Mexico is a primary focus of my business, and I have excellent relationships with travel providers, as well as special airfare rates generally not known to the general public. I also enjoy working with groups such as family reunions and multi-generational trips, clubs/common interest groups, and destination weddings. I find working with a travel advisor is especially beneficial for groups, having one point of contact and an experienced advisor familiar with group needs and procedures.
I can provide references upon request. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you, utilizing my expertise to help make your travel planning as stress-free and effortless as possible.
” Sarah Bender has been the best travel agent I’ve had in a long time. I travel extensively and using her services has been a “no-brainer” for me. Sarah was very quick to pick up on my habits and has always been very thorough in her research of great deals given my expectations of flight times, destinations and pricing. She is very personable, always recommends the best package, while respecting my requirements. Above all, she is extremely patient in dealing with clients like myself, as I make plans at the very last minute and change itineraries frequently—never once did I ever sense her annoyance. She is my travel agent for both personal and work travels. I have recommended her services to the company I work for and they are extremely happy with her services. Her fees are inexpensive compared to the amount of leg work she does for you. Each time Sarah comes back with a price, I am confident she has done her homework—and that’s what matters—the bottom line!” — Samantha F. Melbourne IT
“ Since April 2000, I have relied on Sarah to make my travel arrangements. She always responds quickly to my questions and requests and is fantastic at keeping all my idiosyncrasies in mind so my itineraries help me to stay sane during my travels. In complicated trips, she is adept at finding a reasonable plan that fits my requirements and is at a low price. She is always professional, thorough, and easy to work with. In conclusion, I can highly recommend her to anyone looking for a reliable, friendly, and extremely competent travel agent.” — Edward K. Dept. Nuclear Physics at University of Colorado