Sandy Anderson

Coon Rapids, MN Trusted Advisor

(10 Reviews)
100% recommended this agent

To Travel Is To Live!

I have traveled the World! I have planned incredible journeys around the World for over 30 years! This is my life ! “To Travel is to Live!”

Here is a list of some of the incredible Journeys I have Experienced!

  • I have been to the Taj Mahal in India.
  • I have slept in a camp at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro
  • I have drank a Moijito at the home of Hemmingway in Cuba
  • I have slid through the Salt mines in Austria
  • I have Zip lined in Alaska
  • I have hung on the edge overlooking Victoria Falls
  • I have sampled Guinness Beer in Ireland
  • I have stayed in an Over Water Bungalow
  • I have stayed in a Castle in Ireland
  • I have seen the ‘Big Five” in East Africa and South Africa
  • I have been on the bullet train in Japan
  • I have seen the Terracotta Warriors
  • I have been to the Cannes Film Festival
  • I have been to the Red Light District in Amsterdam
  • I have White Water rafted in Alaska
  • I have enjoyed Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen
  • I have sang “The Hills are Alive With The Sound of Music” in Austria
  • I have visited a house made of Dung in a Masai Village
  • I have been to the vineyards of California, Canada, France, Australia and other countries!  (I like wine!)
  • Yes, I have sailed the Baltic, Med, The Indian Ocean, The Adriatic, The Caribbean, The Pacific, the Atlantic, The Rhine, The Rhone and The Danube Rivers!

There is more, I know!  I truly have been blessed and love to share my experiences and expertise with my customers.

My next adventures will be Sky Diving in New Zealand and then finding my Chi in Bali!

A few months later, I plan on a hike in the Swiss Alps!

I am an adventure and cultural seeker.  I live vicariously through all of my customers trips I plan.  My favorite hotels are generally smaller and upscale. I really enjoy getting the best value and location an accommodation can offer.

But I understand if a customer needs a better value to get to another destination. I can figure it out!

I have planned many family vacations. Many Destination Weddings and the last few years I have planned numerous multi generation trips!

I have great relationships with the hotels, tour operators and in country managers! I have planned it. I have seen it!


Travel Like a VIP

sandy WOW! LIVING ON THE EDGE!The tools I have from Riverdale Travel helps my customers to truly travel like a “VIP”

Our hotel program offers customers many upgrades and hotel amenities. Our staff try to visit many of the hotels that most of our customers like to vacation at.  If none have been there, there is generally a good source we look to to make sure it fits the needs of the customer.  Our process is very simple.  We get to know our customer and then find out their expectations.  We will work up some itineraries and then discuss them with our customers.  I believe the communications between what is expected and delivered is vital.

“Travel Like a VIP”

Recent hotel stay: Oberoi Rajvlas in Japuir, India (WOW) Best hotel amenity ever: The Beds at any Westin


My Travel Experiences

Destinations

Italy, South Africa, Rhine River, Cuba

Interests

Luxury, Luxury Hotels, Luxury Cruises, Safari

Supplier Partners

Regent Seven Seas Cruises, AMResorts, Avalon Waterways, Paul Gauguin


My Reviews

Amazing Italy Experience

“Our favorite hotel was in Cinque Terre… view and the location. Perfect!! Could have stayed there forever! Also loved the hotel in Sorrento. What a beautiful place and well located. Then the Siena hotel. Old but full of charm with an amazing view of the countryside. Rome, Florence and Venice also nice but in busy, crowded cities. The locations and accommodations all great. No complaints at all. You should bottle this vacation for others. It was Great!!!! ”

Provided by Diane, P, Andover MN

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Great travel consultant!

Reviewed By Larry – Plymouth, MN | Traveled to South Africa ~ Africa

“Sandy has been a trusted travel resource for us for many years. She is experienced, knowledgeable, responsive, and provides great advice. We enjoy working with her!”

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Italy with my mother-in-law

Reviewed By Patty – Lakeville, Minnesota | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe

I took my mother-in-law and her sister with me to Italy. Neither my mother-in-law or her sister who were in their mid seventies had ever been out of the United States. Sandy did a wonderful job making sure our flights, transportation, hotels and excursions accommodated myself and my relatives. We visited Rome, Florence and Venice and enjoyed having prepaid reserved seats on the train to get to each location. The hotels and restaurants she recommended were in great locations and were reasonably priced. The rooms were beautiful and comfortable. We toured the Vatican, enjoyed mass held by Pope Francis, and did some wine tasting and toured the Colosseum, churches and fountains. We had a fabulous time thanks to all of the work done by Sandy and her staff.

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Bucket List Trip

Reviewed By Karen – Lindstrom, MN | Traveled to Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe

“Sandy was very helpful. She made the whole travel abroad for the first time much less stressful.
I enjoyed my bucket list trip to Rome, Venice and Barcelona very much. So good that I can’t think of anything to top it! I will have to check out more travel plans soon!”

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Dream Honeymoon!

Reviewed By Jill and Jay – Mahtomedi. MN | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe

“A huge thank you to Riverdale Travel for planning an amazing honeymoon for us in Italy! Every detail was put together and planned out to perfection during our two weeks in Lake Como, Tuscany and Venice. Your experience and knowledge of these areas was very evident, resulting in a once in a lifetime trip for us! You are the best Sandy Anderson and team! One of our favorites from the trip- touring Villa Del Bianbello on Lake Como…”

Jill and Jay

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Another fantastic adventure!

Reviewed By Kathy – Moorhead MN | Traveled to Mexico

“This is very hard due to all the stress free, captivating, better than any of mine or the group I accompanied expectations.
Every recommendation I’ve ever gone with has been fabulous (and I always inquire where to stay and have always gone with their choice.) Sandra and her team excel in the travel business and I am always confident and excited for the next adventure they’ve arranged.”

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First time to California

Reviewed By OMyGosh – Andover MN | Traveled to San Francisco ~ California ~ USA

“Sandra is an excellent travel agent! She listens to what we are looking for in an adventure and suggests destinations and activities, always keeping in mind our budget. Our trip to California was fabulous! My husband and I were there one week. We started in Healdsburg for three days, lovely town! Then went to Bodego Bay for one night and that was relaxing and very fun! We ended our trip in San Fransisco for two days. Oh my goodness, we would have liked to spend another week in the city. So much to do and see! Very fun! We are pleased to book our trips with her and her staff!”

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Amazing Italy Experience!

Reviewed By Diane P – Andover, MN | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe

“Our favorite hotel was in Cinque Terre… view and the location. Perfect!! Could have stayed there forever! Also loved the hotel in Sorrento. What a beautiful place and well located. Then the Siena hotel. Old but full of charm with an amazing view of the countryside. Rome, Florence and Venice also nice but in busy, crowded cities. The locations and accommodations all great. No complaints at all. You should bottle this vacation for others. It was Great!!!! ”

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Great Family Celebration!

Reviewed By Jody T – Eden Prairie, MN | Traveled to Mediterranean ~ At Sea ~ At Sea

Sandy arranged a two week trip of a lifetime for my dad, daughter and myself to the Mediterranean in September. It couldn’t have gone off more flawlessly! Thanks again for your vision & attention – to Sandy & Riverdale Travel!??

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The Best

Reviewed By Greg – Coon Rapids, MN | Traveled to Europe

Absolutely, a wonderful experience booking with Sandra, her experience and knowledge enable us to tailor our trip to our interests and budget.
Her instincts help turn a vacation into a life time adventure.
The Best!!!!

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