Sandy Martens ACC, CTC, DS

Aurora, IL United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Beach & Sun
  • Food & Wine
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Safari

  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I have been a Travel Advisor for over 30 years, and really enjoy working with clients to make their Travel experiences seamless, and detailed. I have had many different travel experiences myself, as it helps to keep up with the trends in travel to better advise my clients. I am very passionate about all types of travel, loving pristine beaches, Luxury Cruises to exotic destinations, discovering the Capitals of Europe, trekking to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas in Africa, or a Tented Safari in East Africa. I am also a member of the Kenya and South Africa Specialist programs. I have sailed to Alaska on 5 different Cruise brands and have also experienced Denali National Park. I am a Hawaiian Destination Expert as well, and thoroughly enjoy each Islands unique charm and adventures.

Places I Have Traveled

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Awesome help!

By: LMar

Reviewed on: 16 Apr 2015

Sandy was awesome in helping plan my first trip to Maui. She has been there a number of times and could help me sort through some of the suggestions I had received from friends and family and make the best decisions for me and the way I like to travel. Her follow up on questions, confirmations, etc. was very timely and a terrific help in my planning. My parents worked with Sandy on several Maui trips, now I know why :-)

Sandy is fabulous!

By: Lyndale

Reviewed on: 12 May 2015

Sandy's done many trips for us, including some that required some complicated arrangements, and there has never been a glitch of any kind! As long as she's with TandT, we wouldn't think of using anyone else! We know if we ever did run into difficulties abroad, she would find a way to solve the problem and/or get us safely home. A+ travel agent!

Expert great service

By: Jan44

Reviewed on: 19 Apr 2015

Sandy does a wonderful job of planning all my trips and makes sure everything is spot on. She contacted the Joule to make sure my requests were met and they were. The Joule is an excellent hotel in a very convenient location. I will continue to stay there anytime I go to Dallas.

Alaska Cruise

By: Classic Cruises

Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2015

The best thing I can say abot this trip was that everything went smoothly. Sandt's advise about how to get around in the city of Vancouver was precise and accurate. Thanks so much Sandy!

Sandy needs a raise!

By: Pat K.

Reviewed on: 15 Jul 2015

Sandy has always done an outstanding job for us and all our vacation needs. I have just retired and will hopefully be traveling a bit more and would not think of going to anyone else to get our planning done. This trip had a cancelled flight because of the weather and so I called her and she found alternatives before we got to the front of the line. Her suggestions made it easier to get to our Viking trip almost at the same time as originally scheduled. And a review of Viking is that they have provided some of the best vacations we have ever had. Well organized, comfortable boat and staff, great stops on the itinerary, just everything you would expect in a high quality vacation company.

Friendly Service

By: ccorni

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2015

Sandy has been my go to person for the last few years. She is willing to work with my schedule which is great! I can't wait to utilize her again next year for my travel needs.

Awesome service

By: mspoin

Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2015

Great seats and a great hotel!

Great experience!

By: MandL

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2015

It was great working with Sandy. Very helpful from the start when all we knew is where and when we wanted to go. Anticipated many of our questions and was very quick in responding to anything we wondered about. Would definitely recommend her.

Made the Difference for our Trip to Hawaii!

By: Amy McManus

Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2015

Sandy was an invaluable resource in planning, scheduling and enjoying our trip to Hawaii for our 20th wedding anniversary! She was very knowledgeable on all the islands and helped us to choose 2 great resorts. She also booked THE BEST tours for us to Mt. Haeleakala and river tubing in Kauai. All our travel arrangements went smoothly and we really were able to enjoy our time! Sandy was so responsive to any questions and helped us get the most for our money. I will use her again, hopefully on my next trip to Hawaii soon! Thanks Sandy!

Fantastic Hawaiian Vacation

By: Brownca

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2015

Our trip to Maui was outstanding. We visited Maui on our 20th anniviersry & returned for our 35th. We stayed at The Kaanapali Beach Hotel which is were we stayed 15 years earlier. It's justs as charming now as it was then. It's is known as Hawaii most tradirional hotel & that's what we love about it. It's doesn't have the high end elegance of a luxury resort or hotel but takes a back seat to none of them. We spent the first few day driving the road to Hana & exploring the other end of the Island. We decide to do the Luau at our hotel because it is a traditional Hawaiian Luau & not as crowded as the others are said to be. It was fantastic. The Sunday Brunch at the hotel was superb with Hawaiian dishes, seafood and regular breakfast offerings. Be sure to take in a 5Star breakfast at Slappy Cakes and Gazebo's. You won't be disappointed. Our anniversary dinner at The Sea House had a breathtaking sunset view. Far a last minute vacation, A Heartfelt Thanks to Sandy from both of us.

Great service and very friendly

By: jogrow7

Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2015

Sandy went above and beyond to find my spouse and me a reasonably priced hotel in Washington, D.C. She not only found the Courtyard Marriott on F Street for us, but she also made the reservations. The hotel was perfect; located within walking distance to The National Mall, The Smithsonian Museums, Chinatown, Ford's Theatre and the Metro, D.C.s amazing transit system. The people at the Courtyard Marriott were helpful and friendly. Thank you, Sandy, for helping to make our vacation go smoothly.

Excellent service

By: Paris44

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2015

Sandy has always done a great job on all my trips. Love talking to her to plan everthing, and I always know it will be right.

Great service from a responsive agent

By: MarkV

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2015

When we had a last-minute opportunity to go to Peru, we jumped at the chance. We wanted to see Machu Picchu but didn't know if we could work out all the arrangements on such short notice. Sandy was a great help in making all the arrangements. She kept us informed on all the options and helped us arrange a tour that was perfect for our time-frame and budget. We had a great trip - a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I would highly recommend Sandy as a travel agent! Thanks!

Expert service

By: MaryAnn21

Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2015

Wonderful trip Perillo tours was wonderful.

Friendly, helpful, well organized and efficient.

By: Steve

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2015

Sandy did an excellent job putting together a complicated trip to Peru which included a very aggressive itinerary within a short period of time. A special shout out also to Limatours who she worked with in putting together the itinerary. The guides were great, and were jolly on the spot for the many pickups and drop offs we had. Everything was well coordinated. Recommend highly

A&K Trip to Kenya and Tanzania

By: Shaddix-Powell

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2015

OMG what a wonderful trip. All connections were made without delay. A&K representatives were very kind, helpful, and informed. The accommodations were perfect and provided wonderful comfort and service. If I were to suggest any improvement at all, is that we wished Governors Camp had little fans in the tents you could turn on when needed. There were a couple days that were pretty uncomfortable. Overall it was a trip of a LIFETIME! We definitely would recommend using Travel and Transport as well as our Wonderful Sandy Martens for anyone who is wishing to travel. And we have! Thanks for everything!

alaska cuise

By: Margie

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2015

Sandy has been booking our major trips for over 20 years. She has NEVER disappointed us.She is the best.

Sandy is the BEST!

By: Pat K

Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2015

Sandy worked very hard for us to pull our trip together. Our son in New York decided to join us at the last minute and she worked the phones with Royal Caribbean to get a cabin for him. He ended up just across the hall, but we didn't know that until we went to check-in. The itinerary was excellent visiting many interesting places. The excursion guides were generally also very good. One was a bit more in a hurry and spoke too fast, but the others good. The history in the Mediterranean is extraordinary! I don't know that we will travel with Royal Caribbean again because I really didn't like the add on charges for everything. We have been spoiled by our Viking River cruises who include lots of things RCI charges for. I had decided to document for my own records, all the cruises I have ever taken (9) and found that the very first in 1982 was handled by Travel and Transport in Aurora! I am going to stick with a good thing. Thank you Sandy!

Totally professional and knowledgeable

By: Elena

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2015

Sandy is the best at trip planning. If there's something she doesn't know (which I doubt), she'll to the extra mile to find out and fully explain it in a ways that's totally understandable to the lay person. No matter what country you're going to, she can find you the best excursions, hotels, restaurants and anything else you might want--and when it comes to arranging cruises and the pre-trips, excursions, transportation, etc., she's the best. On top of that, she's a genuinely nice person and a pleasure to deal with. I wouldn't leave my front porch without asking Sandy to plan it for me!

Wonderful service!

By: Mike87

Reviewed on: 01 Dec 2015

Sandy was extremely helpful and answered all our questions quickly and professionally. She is very knowledgeable about several destinations, and provides great suggestions. We always recommend Sandy and will continue to do so. Thank you!

Riu Jalisco

By: Philly

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2016

The hotel was kept clean and the staff friendly. I missed not having a clock in our room and no shelving in the shower to put shampoo, soap, etc. I liked that you didn't have to walk a long distance to get to the pool/ocean. The food was good (buffets), but the themed resturaunts left a little to be desired. The entertainment was great. Many activities, if you wanted them. Nice that there was a spa & exercise room on the premises. My only complaint is that the buffets didn't stay open at night like our last trip to the Riveria Maya.

Another perfect trip!

By: Taki2

Reviewed on: 12 Feb 2016

We enjoyed a perfect Asian vacation and cruise: Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. We spent 2 weeks on Holland America's Volendam and did 3 nights pre-cruise in Singapore and 2 nights post-cruise in Hong Kong. Sandy arranged our air, as well as the trip, and we saved a bit by flying out on ANA and returning on United. Even though it was a long trip from Chicago, we only had to change planes once going and flew back non-stop, which we appreciated. Touring was also included in the pre and post-cruise nights, and the tours were full of variety yet well-paced, so we still had energy left for some independent activities. All in all, everything went perfectly, and even the weather cooperated!

Great Trip!

By: SCBaker

Reviewed on: 16 Mar 2016

Hi Sandy. Trip was great, we did the 6 golden apple square deal and ended up at Iberostar Paraiso Maya. We upgraded to the Iberostar Grand which is in the complex with the other hotels but is separate in all had its own buffet and ala carte restaurants, its own theater for nightly entertainment, premium food and drink...caviar, lobster, prawns, mussels, etc on the buffet, top shelf alcohol throughout resort, even in room, great room service which included more than just sandwiches for example we ordered a steak cooked to our liking, and best of all NO KIDS!! Butler and concierge very helpful. Beach was beautiful but it rained all while we were there and the sea was very turbulent so we didnt get to enjoy the beach but the Grand had an indoor pool and hot tubs and they even had their own individual spa that we were able to enjoy. Would go again in a heartbeat!!.

Expert Friendly Service - Patient and Informative

By: Sha555

Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2016

Sandy is an excellent travel expert. She provided so much information to me and my family as we prepared for our first cruise. We were constantly emailing her and asking questions and she not only responded quickly (even on weekends and after hours) but did so with such patience. I highly recommend her for your travel needs.

Trip to London

By: Fashion44

Reviewed on: 25 Apr 2016

Sandy Martens is an outstanding agent! She facilitated our every request for a concert, play and riding in Hyde Park. She found the stable that would let us ride as experienced riders and hack around the Park. We even were out when the Queen's Calvary came by! Sandy is first rate on handling trips from the flight, to hotels, to activities!

Best travel agent ever!

By: P&D

Reviewed on: 04 May 2016

Sandy is a great travel agent. All of our trips through her have been very good. If it's a small or big group she makes sure everything is perfect! Wouldn't think of using anyone else!!

Great Trip!!

By: MarshaPB

Reviewed on: 21 May 2016

Sandy is always helpful when it comes to planning trips. Our recent trip on Avalon Waterways (Rhine River Cruise) was great and everything went very smoothly from the plane rides to the actual cruise. Sandy also arranged transfers for us which also went smoothly. Sandy arranged a tour for us and the paperwork was right on target!! Thanks Sandy!!

Very helpful

By: Ralph23

Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2016

Sandy was very helpful in arranging a cruise / land tour of the eastern Mediterranean for our family. She secured cruise “perks” which we probably would not have received had we made our own cruise arrangements. She helped us get Turkish visas online, and she set us up with a private tour of Ephesus and the home of Mary. Our tour guide was very good, and the company provided a wheelchair for my 92 year old mother. Without the wheelchair, the walk through Ephesus would have been very difficult for Mom. In all, we had a great vacation and we are very grateful for Sandy’s assistance.

Awesome travel agent

By: Otter

Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2016

Sandy has organized several trips for us in the past and we relied heavily on her expertise and advice in planning our recent cruise and pre-cruise trip to Norway. As always, she handled the full package and we were thrilled with the results. She is always friendly, well organized and attentive to every last detail. I will highly recommend her to friends and family.

Outstanding Vacation

By: brownca

Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2016

Sandy followed up assisting us with last year's fantastic 35th Hawaiian anniversary trip with an Amazing adventure for our 36 anniversary. The Holland America Alaska cruise exceeded our expectations. Sandy contacted us a few day s before the cruise with an opportunity to upgrade to a Veranda room and that really made the trip. Sitting out on the balcony watching pods of humpback whales and even Orcas was incredible. The ships service, entertainment and amenities were 5Stars. The food service was fantastic. The ships staff and crew were so pleasant and helpful that people were constantly talking about and praising their service. The weather was outstanding for late August. The ship smoothly handled the voyage as Sandy mentioned it should. Sandy also said that if we could only do one excursion it should be the whale watching. She was spot on. Sandy, from the wife and I thanks so much for your advice, assistance and miraculous touch in making this another dream anniversary vacation.

Professional and friendly service

By: Shirley

Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2016

Very pleasant to work with her planning my trip


By: Elena75

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2016

Everything went smoothly and was exactly what Sandy said it would be. I wouldn't book a trip to the next time without checking first with Sandy. She puts in the same amount of effort to make things perfect no matter how big or small the journey. Great jop.

Cayo Espanto

By: K

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2017

Exceptional. Timeliness, accessibility, attention to every detail, communication excellent. Have worked with Sandy for many years...the best! Joyful world travelers, due to Sandys careful guidance through all our travels and her ability to secure our specific travel/accommodation requests for all our bucket list journeys. "No worries" when Sandy is in septuagenarians, we literally trust her with our continued ability to travel safely and anticipation of great adventures. Life is GOOD!

Spring training

By: Jim & Alice

Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2017

Sandy was our first time using a travel agent and was a pleasure to work with and took care of everything.

Mexico Vacation

By: Linda & Lori

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2017

Sandy did an outstanding job finding my sister and myself someplace fantastic to stay. She worked hard at trying to accommodate our request. We had a great time and the resort was great. We will be calling her next year to find something just as fabulous!!' !!!!

Celebrity Cruises

By: Sha

Reviewed on: 22 Apr 2017

Sandy has been a godsend in terms of helping us schedule cruises. She helped me schedule a cruise last year and this year. She is extremely knowledgeable and provided great tips and information. I had numerous questions and was constantly emailing her (we are in two different states). She responded promptly, even going out of her way to respond after hours at times. Overall, she is a great advisor and I highly recommend her.

Sometimes I feel like her only client!

By: Pat K.

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2017

Sandy is always a helpful, happy, and efficient travel advisor. We have worked with her for years and I highly recommend her.

Trip to Washinton D.C.

By: Sonny

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

Sandy did an excellent job of assembling my trip with very little time to spare because ( I ) did not give Her substantial notice! My grandson and I enjoyed the train ride( all food was free!!! ) , Our hotel room was great and all voucher for the tours were outstanding......... Thanks, I am very pleased !!!!!!!!!!!!

Australian Trip

By: Trip to Australia

Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2017

Effortless. Sandy was in constant touch until our itinerary was successfully booked and she was able to get us a great price despite our lack of timely planning. Sandy's experience prompted an overnight flight giving us the opportunity to sleep most of the trip there, arriving in the morning in Melbourne; almost no jet lag as a result, something I might have overlooked had I personally done the booking. When some of our luggage was lost we had applied for retrieval but nothing happened for 2 days until Sandy got involved with the airline. Thank You Sandy!

Sandy Martens

By: SG

Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2017

she was extremely helpful, responsive and informative; a real pleasure to work with.


By: Chipfreek

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2017

This is the 2nd trip she has planned for us. Always been completely satisfied. She gives us good suggestions on where to go, where to stay etc. We will definitely use her services again!

The best travel agent

By: Stumpy

Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2017

Sandy is the best. Has been our travel agent since 1994. In fact she arranged our honeymoon. She is on top of her game. Her experience is exceptional.

Travel advisor

By: Linda

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

She’s wonderful!

Sandy, best travel

By: Lana

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

Sandy is amazing!! She worked with myself and 7 friends to plan my 30th bday trip! We were all Very pleased to have used her services again 😀😀

Par excellence

By: Whitepond

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2017

Personalized, caring, responsive, available 24/7, excellent followup, knowledge of customer preferences and matching with travel plans, professional, yet very personalized interaction. Sensitivity to any mobility issues for seniors and managing travel so nothing is missed! When Sandy retires...we're retiring from travel! Sandy goes above and beyond every single trip...have worked with her for years. The very best!

A Real Pro

By: Lyndale

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2017

We have dealt with Sandy for years, and we currently have several more trips pending with her. She does a great job of helping us plan, keeping us organized, and is always upbeat and cheerful! I'm constantly amazed at her quick replies to our emails! She has traveled widely herself, so she can frequently provide first-hand accounts and recommendations for trips we consider. A true travel-planning pro!

Trip to Myrtle Beach

By: Don

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

It was a great experience. Sandy is very knowledgeable and professional. She found the best deals and did a terrific job of planning all of the details. She also shared her experiences and knowledge of the area.

Sandy Martens

By: Elena

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2017

She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, as she always is. She's a pleasure to work with--very cordial and pleasant. I thoroughly enjoy planning trips with her.

Greece Cruise

By: Rich Vick

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

I have worked with Sandy for probably 15+ years. She has always done a wonderful job for us on our travels. She will often make suggestions that prove to be beneficial.


By: travelbug

Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2017

Excellent to work with.


By: Conry

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2017

Very helpful- always on top of requests

Made traveling smooth!

By: CiaraB

Reviewed on: 20 Jan 2018

Sandy was so great to work with. She booked my husband and mines honeymoon. Communication was prompt and she helped ensure the whole process was smooth while traveling. I highly recommend her services!

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