John Stewart Bowerman 

San Francisco, CA United States
Travel Specialties
  • Food & Wine
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Safari
  • Independent Tours

  • Australia
  • Chile
  • New Zealand
  • Argentina
  • Cambodia
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Selling Travel Since
  • English
  • Spanish

My Background

John is a world-traveled adviser who spent most of his childhood growing up in Latin America. He spends most of his adult life travelling between family in Australia and New Zealand and his laughter-filled flat in San Francisco.

A former officer in the merchant marine and a gourmet caterer, he now lives and breathes and drinks fine wine while plotting what is next in the world of international adventures, escapades, and extravaganzas for both himself and his clients.

His travels have brought him to six continents and 38 countries ("so far!") only some of which are shown below.

Next on the list: back to Australia ("you can't go too often") in 2017 and then back South to Latin America.

Places I Have Traveled


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By: Matt

Reviewed on: 30 Apr 2015

Everything John Stewart did for us was perfect! Thank you for a wonderful trip!

NY trip

By: Dawn

Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2015

John has booked several trips for us and each time it is organized and flawless! This recent trip to NY, I asked him a crazy amount of questions, added people to the trip at the last minute and he took care of all my requests with grace & aplomb! He is a genuine professional and knows his industry well. John is a pleasure to work with and deserves a five star rating as an employee! Thank you John!!

great job

By: Jimu

Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2015

Hotel Le Cep and Castille wer great Hotels. Thanks for the suggestions I would recommend Le Cedre as an optional hotel and michelin star restaurant in Beaune Trip went with out a hitch thanks to your planning. The car service and train tix were perfect as well.

First Class Service

By: MaryS

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2015

I just returned from a fabulous trip to Italy. John Stewart Bowerman did an incredible job with all the arrangements for our hotels. Every detail was perfect and all of John's recommendations were highly valuable. It's so nice knowing that everything is being taken care of by John and all preferences are acknowledged. I appreciate his follow through and making sure we were pleased with our accommodations. Another great travel experience made even better thanks to JSB!!

Awesome- could not have been better!

By: MM

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2015

What a perfect trip - everything was in place and we were treated fantastic by all the hotel staff! Visiting as a client of John really made a huge difference!

First Class All the Way

By: 10jed

Reviewed on: 11 May 2017

John was a fantastic partner in planning and executing our trip to Italy. He accommodated our desire to split it into one week of group tour (Rome, Florence, Venice) and one week by ourselves in 2 awesome locations he recommended on the Amalfi Coast. Those accommodations were spectacular and contributed to one of the most memorable travel experiences of our lives. We can't thank him enough!

Enthusiastic and very helpful

By: DG

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2016

John Stewart Bowerman was extremely helpful, immediately responsive when we needed him, and gave us excellent travel advice.

Trip to Italy

By: Kathleen

Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

Fabulous and very knowledgeable

Helpful and responsive

By: itsOL

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2017

John is very responsive and efficient, and indulges me in my random travel plans without issue, including hotels for last-minute weekend trips at short notice. He also helped arrange a more complex Grand Canyon excursion that was more complex.


By: MM

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2017

As always - very organized and dependable. This trip included destinations we were very unfamiliar with and the experience was fantastic. From the general guidance as to how to structure the trip to the actual reservations and the advice as to what to look for and appreciate - everything was great!

trip advisor

By: skt

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

excellent and very helpful!

He made the trip perfect

By: Kathleen

Reviewed on: 25 Jul 2016

John understood what I wanted to achieve from our initial conversation. When I told him of the major US airports I would like to avoid, he found a better, cheaper flight through Montreal. He booked the perfect hotels and provided a lot of extra information about train schedules and local sights I might enjoy. in the three countries I visited. When I got a notice in the middle of the night that my flight home was delayed, causing me to miss my connection, I was able to use his after hours contact. and my flights were rescheduled promptly. Without that service, I would have been stuck in long lines trying to sort out my options. John has an incredible amount of information at his fingertips and he doesn't waste time. He is efficient and savvy to each client's needs. I wouldn't dream of taking another trip without using his expertise. I never fill out surveys or write reviews but I made an exception this time because my experience with S.R. Travel was so positive.

Gem of a planner

By: Leah E

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2016

John & I began working on a dream trip to Japan for my husband & I nearly a year in advance. He graciously gave me time & expertise along the way as the trip began to mature into reality. I never would have discovered the Niki club without his unique knowledge of the property. It turned out to be a highlight of our journey. My favorite memory was a few months before our actual trip started when work & life began to overwhelm me. Stressed & challenged by my day, a call from John came in. He asked if we could chat about the trip & he must have heard the strain in my voice when I said " can you just paint me a picture of how the whole vacation will look, a walk thru the journey we will take?" John then proceeded to give me a narrative which allowed me to escape to the vacation we would have in Japan. For a few minutes I was completely transported while he walked thru our hotels & tours! Sitting with my drink at ShangriLa in Tokyo on our last day, it was perfect.. Thanks John!

Customized trip planning!

By: StephanieR

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2016

We traveled to Maui and had a fabulous time guided by John's assistance - you can not go wrong by leveraging his expertise - enjoy!

Just Amazing!

By: Hero+Krissy

Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2016

We knew Africa would be amazing, but the way our trip 18-day trip involving four countries was planned was just so perfect and seamless. We contacted John less than two months before our travel date and he was able to fulfill our wish list with style and variety. He's the best in the business, and we would never go anywhere else for our travel needs, regardless of how big or small!

As usual - perfect

By: MM

Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2016

JS suggested Norwegian Air - as usual - his advice was the perfect solution! Thanks

Friendly, prompt, and efficient service

By: OL78

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2016

John helped me with booking a hotel in Seattle for a weekend trip. The booking process was straightforward and efficient - after briefly discussing how the Virtuoso booking process worked and what sort of room I was looking for, I received a prompt booking confirmation for the room/rate I selected. The hotel check-in process was smooth as well, with the front desk agent explaining the various benefits I was entitled to. As part of my Four Seasons Preferred Partner booking, I received a variety of amenities, including an upgrade to a higher-category room, complimentary daily breakfasts, and a food/beverage credit (the only downside is a lack of late check-out, which is guaranteed for AmEx FHR bookings). My itinerary was relatively straightforward, but for more complex trips I wouldn't hesitate to plan/book with John again.

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  • - An experienced travel guide whom you can rely on before, during, and after the trip
  • - Exclusive luxury resorts and properties
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