"My wife and I first met Sandy at a seminar she conducted in Loveland in September of 2013 called ... "Extraordinary Travel for Ordinary Couples". Since we consider ourselves ordinary middle-class people with middle-class retirement income ... the seminar struck a hopeful cord in us. Though not rich, we love to travel and met the people of our world. When we decided to make a trip to Europe, we (as a result of that seminar) felt led to contact Sandy. She has not disappointed us. With her help we are planning an affordable trip that has us excited. Sandy, having been to where we are planning to go, is lining up places to see and places to stay that she personally has stayed and seem. It is exciting to work with somebody who says ... "You gotta see that! You gotta experience this! You gotta stay here!"
Sandy, however, is not just a world traveler who knows where to go. She is also a detail person like I am. Though our trip is months away, she has almost made all the reservations we need including a GPS system that we can use when we go touring on our own. Every "i" is dotted and every "t" is crossed. As a detail person, that means a lot to me.
If you are looking forward a highly qualified person to help you plan your travels --
Sandy is someone I would highly recommend."
"We had the good fortune to work with Sandy McMillen in arranging a cruise and trip to Italy and several surrounding countries in November of 2014. We met Sandy at one of her seminars in the summer and she subsequently made us aware of a bargain cruise in the late-season. She helped us arrange a better cabin on the ship and made reservations for hotels and a rental car in Italy. Thanks to her consultation and good planning we had a very enjoyable cruise and tour of Italy that went off without a hitch. We look forward to the planning another trip with her in the future."
Terry and Janell Francl
Don't leave home without her!
"Sandy is not only the best travel agent we've ever dealt with, but in truth no other agent comes close. She's head and shoulders above the others for three reasons: She has been to every place she recommends, she listens, and she is the consummate professional who sweats the details. In saying she has been to the places we don't just mean just the destination, we mean the hotels she's recommending, the restaurants, the activities. Sandy and her husband love to travel and she has turned this love into a passion for helping others enjoy countries and places in a way they never would without her experience. She knows places like the back of her hand, and then combined with her knowledge, she listens to her clients. Question after question about what type of hotels do you like, what type of activities, comfort level with various modes of transportation, etc. She then works on putting together, in every detail, an amazing experience tailored exactly to you. Sandy is amazing!"
Gary & Connie
The Flavor of Barcelona
"Sandra was so very easy to work with. She helped to book our airfare, apartment and tours. It became very overwhelming in hotel hunting. Never having visited Barcelona, Spain before, I did not know what area to look in. Sandra spent time asking about our needs and wants. We were visiting a daughter who is studying in Barcelona. We need more space than a hotel had to offer. Sandra found us a quaint apartment in a beautiful neighborhood that met and exceeded our expectations. We truly got the flavor of how people in Barcelona live. I definitely recommend Sandra with all of your travel needs because of her willingness to help and her expertise."
Colorado Springs, CO
Memorable Family Reunion Cruise
"Sandy is very friendly and listened to what our large group needs/budgets were. She was able to speak from experience regarding the sites we visited. We would certainly work with her again!"
Dream trip come true!
"Sandy was quick, friendly, extremely easy to work with and helped us get a great vacation package that was exactly what we were looking for!"
Fort Collins, CO
An adventuresome trip without the worry!
"Sandy has booked several trips for us that involved complicated itineraries. One time we drove all over the northern part of France and Belgium, another trip involved visiting Germany and Austria with several spots we wanted to stop at and enjoy. The lodging she found was amazing and reasonable, and the suggestions for touring were perfect. This year we are visiting Slovenia and Croatia. Sandy has pulled together a great itinerary for us after listening carefully to our needs and desires. Sandy is very dedicated to her clients and very knowledgeable in the travel arena."
Fort Collins, CO
Happy Repeat Customer
"She is highly responsive to all our needs. She replies to questions quickly and will help however she can. I really enjoy working with Sandra."
Kansas City, MO
"Sandra is wonderful to work with. She will go above and beyond to make travel plans to fit your needs. I highly recommend her."
The best experience I've had booking a cruise
"Sandra was absolutely amazing! She very efficiently booked our cruise including our lodging in San Juan days before boarding the Jewel of the Seas. Sandy also arranged shuttle services to the ship and, finally, to the airport for our return trip home. She was very helpful including purchasing two drink packages on board for myself and my husband before we left home for the trip. I'm failing to mention all of the smaller things she helped me with because there were so many. I'm sure we'll be using her services in the future. I absolutely recommend her to whoever needs a travel agent."
"Excellent service from start to finish. Goes the extra mile for her clients! Fun to work with and has wonderful suggestions for your trip."
"Want to plan a trip but don't have the time to research flights, hotels, tours, etc.? We would highly recommend Sandy McMillan of Ordinary Couple Travels. Sandy's attention to detail is incredible. We had a dream vacation that Sandy helped us plan filled with incredible, destinations, people, and foods, in Spain, France, and Italy. Sandy's intinerary ensured our successful navigation of each place and provided fun experiences we would have probably missed. Sandy is knowledgeable and a delightful person to work with, we felt she really cared about us and our travel plans. Thank you Sandy, you exceeded all expectations."
J & K
Could have never planned this trip without Sandy!
"I have tried planning trips to foreign countries on my own and have always ended up regretting certain decisions I've made. For the first time, I thought I'd use a travel agent. Sandy was referred to me by a friend, and I wasn't sure what to expect. As it turned out, Sandy took the time to figure out the kinds of things we like to do (hike, not lay on a beach, that sort of thing). She quickly went to work helping us plan an itinerary and finding us reasonable hotels that met our needs for a good bed and a decent price. When I had questions, Sandy responded almost immediately. She has taken the stress of planning this "bucket list" trip for us and, as a result, I have no doubt that we will have a whole lot more fun knowing that everything has been thought about and planned ahead - and she has even assured me that we can make changes if the circumstances warrant this when we arrive. I have never reviewed anything/anyone before but want to assure anyone interested that Sandy and Ordinary Couples Travel is the way to go!"
"Sandy has helped us plan and secure arrangements for several European visits. We were delighted with the small, charming, friendly hotels she found for us. Sandy specializes in finding these unique and memorable paces to fit within our budget. We really appreciate that she personally contacts each hotel to verify and confirm the arrangements. Sandy also helped us save us money on car rentals and suggested we take our own GPS device for driving directions (make sure your GPS has the detailed European maps if you do this). We really like Sandy’s follow-up after each trip to make sure the accommodations and other arrangements met our expectations. Her enthusiasm for travel is exciting and fun! We will definitely use Sandy’s services again!"
C & L Miller
Sandra made our trip plans super easy!
"We don't enjoy making reservations or scheduling our trips ourselves. Sandra made all our reservations, and made everything extremely easy and convenient! We highly recommend using Sandra's services. She is awesome!"
Debra & Gene
WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE
"Sandra McMillen was amazing to work with...she returned emails and calls promptly, answered all of my questions...my family and I are soooo excited to experience this trip together and she helped make it possible!!"
Sandy was extremely helpful in planning our river cruise
"Sandy, helped us not only compare River Cruise destinations, but also River Cruise companies. If she did not know the answer off the top of her head, she always found out the answer and got back to me very quickly. She had some great ideas for cabin locations etc. I would definitely recommend Sandy and will use her in the future if I need a Travel Agent."
Fort Collins, CO
Details, details, details!
"There are travel agents who can plan a trip, and there are agents who plan experiences....Sandy goes for the latter! She has planned two trips for me---a girls beach trip to Mexico and a 2 week trip to Italy for my husband and I. In planning both trips, Sandy's first question was always, "What kind of experience do you want to have?" She is so detailed oriented and ensures that everything is in place for a wonderful trip. Sandy has traveled extensively herself, so she brings incredible personal knowledge to the table. If she doesn't know the answer to any question, she quickly does the research and finds out! She has now become my personal "go-to" for any and all travel inquiries!"
Responsive and reasonable
"I just took a chance in contacting her since she was local. I was very pleased. She always got back to me promptly and listened to my requests. I have already referred a friend."
She helped us with every step, even when we changed our plans.
"Sandy helped us as we planned a surprise Christmas present for kids to go to Disney World over spring break. Her appointments were flexible. We have not traveled much. Sandy helped us plan for things that I would never have thought of. She helped plan everything from contacting Disney, booking our Disney package, booking a hotel so we could go tho the beach. She even added a room so we could meet up with family on our last days in Florida. She helped with every aspect. She is a great resource. She will be calling her for any future travel needs."
Amazing , Sandy is like American Express, don't leavehome without her!
"Estonia and Latvia. We took this trip in July and the weather was perfect. Every place we turned looked like a post card. I had never used a travel agent before as I feel pretty computer savvy and have usually booked all of my trips myself from travel web sites. After using Sandy, I will never book a large trip without her. She anticipated every detail of the trip such as transfers and need for Visas in certain areas. She took a long time discovering our needs to make sure we got what we wanted from our trip. Sandy took the time to compile a travel guide for us based on our interested and cruise itinerary. She had did hours of research for us to find the best price and the highest rated excursions. She took all the stress out of the equation. My Mom is a litter older and I wanted to give her the trip of her dreams while she still physically can. Wow. I am serious she will help you plan the trip of a lifetime. This trip is perfect for anyone who is interested in amazing art, great food, history, and or a wonderful way to see the Baltic in 10 days while relaxing on a beautiful ship! Sandy went above and beyond for us. I took my mother on a cruise of the Baltic. We saw Sweden, Finland, Russia,"
"I've traveled extensively and until this trip had never used a travel agent. I like to do my own research and plan my own time. However, recent medical issues had made concentrating on anything for more than a few minutes very difficult. Having met Sandy at an event at our library I decided to give her a call. I explained my situation, likes and dislikes, time frame and budget. Sandy called me back promptly and said even though she knew I preferred a "go it alone" route that there was a group tour that fit my needs as far as timing and cost. After more questions and discussion I decided to sign up for the tour and just book my flights to arrive 5 days early and stay 5 days after the tour. The tour worked out wonderfully, although i struck out on my own in the major cities; Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen and Stockholm. As I was traveling as a single I would not have been able to rent a car or book hotels at a competitive rate to what the tour offered. As my plans were fluid about what to do after the group tour ended I emailed Sandy 2 days before the end asking her to book additional nights in a hotel for me which she did and promptly emailed me back. In the future we will use Sandy unless (and even sometimes when) we are traveling to a place we are very familiar with."
"In the Fall of 2013 my wife and I attended a seminar led by Sandy called ... "Extraordinary Travel for Ordinary People." Later I bought and read the book bearing the same title written by Sandy. What I saw and read led my wife and I to ask Sandy to plan a trip for us to London and Paris. We were not dis-appointed by what she arranged. We got to see and experience parts of France that other people only dream about. This past September we had Sandy arrange another trip for us to Europe. Once again, we were not dis-appointed. Sandy hooked us up with a Tour that took us to Munich, Prague, Budapest, Vienna & Salzburg called "Imperial Splendors." Though we are common ordinary middle class people -- we saw, experienced and tasted things that made us feel like extraordinary people. We highly, highly, recommend Sandy to people who want to experience the kind of travel they've always dreamed about."
Great travel agent!!
"Sandy has planned several trips for us, which have included Las Vegas, Disneyland, Dominican Republic, and an eastern Caribbean cruise. Every trip has been exceptional and Sandy has gone above and beyond by having a bottle of wine in our room waiting for us when we arrived. She really takes the time help make each trip unique and memorable! We couldn't imagine planning a vacation without the help of Sandy!"
Extraordinary Travel for Ordinary People
"Sandy has arranged two trips for me. The first, involving international travel, the second domestic. I have reviewed her efforts for travel to Turkey elsewhere. But the second was for dull boring travel between Windsor and Portland, OR that circumstances dictated occur with only a few days notice. I talked with her on a Monday (as I recall) and by Wednesday she had developed options for air travel, rental car and hotel, discussed them with me and completed the reservations. The trip went well, in part because of suggestions by Sandy that, for example, I pay additional to arrange earlier boarding on SWA and finding an in airport rental car agency as cheap as those off airport. One delightful surprise was the Crowne Plaza hotel in Portland was ritzy enough that no continental breakfast was offered. But, because of that, I discovered that breakfast can be as enjoyable as dinner in a quality restaurant. Too often in our rush we grab something off the buffet and are on our way losing that comfortable start to the day. Thanks Sandy!"
She is so responsive
"Sandy is the nicest person to talk with over the phone. She always makes you feel like you are the most important client of hers. I plan trips for 50+ and she has set up all the lodging for 2 of my trips. She has helped tremendously and got me a better price than I would have gotten otherwise. She is also well traveled herself and has had many unique experiences that she is in tune with her clients needs and can recommend a broad range. She has written a really neat book about those experiences called "Extraordinary Travels of an Ordinary Couple." It really shows you that you don't have to be rich or special to have amazing travel experiences and even eat with a princess. If you are looking for a cookie cutter same old, same old kind of tour look online, but if you want a memory of a lifetime...call Sandy."
Fort Collins, CO
Extraordinary Service for Ordinary People
"Ordinary Travel and I began planning for my adventure before my knee joint replacement surgery. Starting early, this would provide something to look forward to during the physical therapy needed following surgery. Sandy swayed me from my original destination, Florence, Italy, to touring Turkey appealing to my sense of adventure and engaging in new experiences. What a wonderful suggestion that she has brought to reality despite my fumbling attempts to "help". And there were adventures even during the setting up stage, first came a tour cancelled by the operator then a second surgery to replace a shoulder (I do not mind growing old, it is the falling apart that annoys me) delaying the start by a month. The resources used by Ordinary Couple Travel are impressive, quickly gathering together options and executing the ones chosen. Then quickly adapting to changes all the while with professionalism, courtesy and increasing the depth of our emerging friendship. Of particular note was Sandy providing "thumbnail" sketches of the places I would be visiting, recommendations for local tours and operators and most useful suggestions on how to deal with trivia such as using local transport (taxis, buses) instead of expensive tour operator arranged transport. My first experience planning with a professional was impressive, helpful in discovering new venues and delightful in that I will truly enjoy the results of her attending to details that would not even occur to me. Thank you for this opportunity to let others know that planning a trip with a professional enhances the anticipation of the actual pleasure of the trip itself."
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