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Cindy Sanborn

Maple Grove, Minnesota Travel Agent
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CERTIFICATES & AWARDS Master Kats Certification (Kenya), Certified Switzerland Specialist, Master Specialist for Portugal, Central Europe Specialist, Hungary, Czech, Croatia
Certified ASTA Travel Agent

Cindy Sanborn

Maple Grove, Minnesota Travel Agent

Adventures in Asia


I’ve had the good fortune to travel to Philippines, Taiwan, China, and Japan. I hope to continue to extend my travels through Asia and educate myself on the many beautiful countries Asia has to offer.

My tours in Taiwan were unforgettable. I had the opportunity to embrace the culture and experience the delicious cuisine they have to offer. The shaved ice was out of this world, the best I’ve ever had. The Chinese treasures at National Palace Museum were exquisite, my favorite being Jadeite Cabbage. Jadeite is considered a secondary material as it has impurities in it and the artist turned it into a beautiful Chinese Cabbage, the white part signifies purity and the insects symbolize fertility, which was to bring many children to the Imperial family. The sunrise on Sun Moon Lake was a breathtaking experience as the fog lifted off the water letting the sunlight in bit by bit. I highly recommend an early rising so you can experience it yourself. I never imagined that I would spend the night in Buddhist Monastery and attend morning prayer, this was a truly unique experience.

China was an amazing adventure as I got to see the Great Wall of China, one of the 7 Wonders of the world, as well as spending time with a local family in the Hutong area of Beijing. Visiting the Forbidden Palace made me want to learn more about the world that this fortress contained. I was also fortunate to be able to travel to Xian where I could see one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the century, the Terra Cotta army created to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, after Beijing and Xian, Shanghai plunged me back into the modern world of Asia. As I journeyed home reflecting on all that I had seen and done, I was glad I would no longer have to hunt for toilet with a seat on it and remember to carry toilet paper everywhere I went!

My path through the Philippines remains one of my favorite journeys. I climbed the Banaue Rice Terraces from bottom to top. The Banaue Rice Terraces are commonly referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the views were spectacular and well-worth the hike. My visit to the Corregidor was an emotional one, as my father was in the Navy and fought in the Battle of Corregidor. When the Filipino man told me to “go home and thank your father for me”it brought tears to my eyes.

I was only able to experience an unexpected overnight in Japan, but even just the quick glimpse enticed me to return for an extended visit.

I would love to help you plan your own adventure through Asia. Contact me when you are ready to explore your options.

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My Reviews

28 of 45 people found this review helpful

Hawaii

Reviewed By sandy - st.paul, mn | Traveled to Maui Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Nice. Easy to work with. Very helpful. Very friendly. Great person.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cindy Sanborn responded:
Thank you for your kind words. I truly enjoyed assisting you with your travel plans and look forward to the next time.
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31 of 54 people found this review helpful

Perfect travel experience

Reviewed By Laura - Chapel Hill, NC | Traveled to France ~ Europe
Cindy has done a great job coordinating multiple European vacations for us over the years. These trips have involved booking as many as 10 hotels on one trip, securing airline and train reservations, arranging for rental cars, providing museum and transit passes, etc....Cindy handles it all accurately and with ease. She is pleasant, responsive, and makes a real effort to understand our wants and needs. I can't imagine planning a major vacation without her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cindy Sanborn responded:
Thank you both for taking the time to write such a nice review. I appreciate the opportunity to assist you with your travel plans and look for to helping you with your next one!
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34 of 62 people found this review helpful

Switzerland Spring Break!

Reviewed By Jane - Maple Grove, MN | Traveled to Switzerland ~ Europe
When our son chose Amsterdam, Switzerland (6 cities), and Vaduz, Liechtenstein for his senior spring break trip, I knew I would need some help and guidance in planning this trip. Cindy exceeded my expectations in both of these areas. I started by giving Cindy the cities we wanted to visit and the sights we wanted to see. We worked together to come up with a travel plan for the order that made sense to visit the cities, the appropriate amount of time to spend in each, and the area of the city to stay in. I was very pleased with all the hotel selections she made for us and they met all our criteria I had given her. Cindy spent a lot of time with me answering questions and explaining what I should expect. She also guided us through choosing the right Swiss Travel Pass for our needs. Cindy made reservations where needed and gave us a detailed rail schedule that was easy to follow. When I need help with another trip I will definitely be calling Cindy!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 8 people found this review helpful

An amazing trip to a remote destination

Reviewed By Adriaan - Saint Paul, Minnesota | Traveled to Dahab ~ Egypt ~ Africa
Cindy went above and beyond what was expected to get me from Minnesota to a remote location in the Sinai Peninsula for a 14 day desert expedition.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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32 of 62 people found this review helpful

Europe trip

Reviewed By Europe trip - Champlin, MN | Traveled to Europe
Cindy was very knowledgeable, helpful, and patient with me in planning a wonderful trip. I will use her to help me plan my next trip and would highly recommend her to anyone traveling!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cindy Sanborn responded:
Thanks Dave, I am so glad to know that you had a great time. It was a pleasure to assist you with your family trip to Europe and I look forward to assisting you with your next adventure!
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Slice of heaven, amazing!

Reviewed By Lb - Plymouth, MN | Traveled to Bali ~ Indonesia ~ East and Southeast Asia
Seamless!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Brilliant, as all trips to France

Reviewed By Geoff - Chapel Hill, NC | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
We have worked with Cindy since years, and she has always been outstanding
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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10 of 20 people found this review helpful

Cancun -year 2

Reviewed By TJ - bloomington MN | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
She was very helpful. Kept us up to date with emails. Answered all our questions. Really appreciate that she got us the TSA pre-check both going and coming back. Will use her next year.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cindy Sanborn responded:
Thanks TJ, I had a great time working with you and Ed and look forward to next year.
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13 of 26 people found this review helpful

Whole Family Getaway

Reviewed By Peggy - Charlotte, VT | Traveled to Punta Mita ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Cindy helps take care of every detail so that you can truly relax on your vacation!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cindy Sanborn responded:
Thank you for your kind words. I loved being able to help all of you to have a wonderful family trip out of the cold weather. I look forward to your next one.
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10 of 21 people found this review helpful

Amazing Great Britain Trip!

Reviewed By Val - Eagan, MN | Traveled to London ~ England ~ Europe
We've been customers of Travel Leaders for about 15 years, and this is our second vacation experience with Cindy. She is amazing! We were especially impressed with the lodging advice for both London - flat in Chelsea, and Edinburgh - apartment right on the Royal Mile. She also booked our airfare, train tickets, and Stonehenge excursion. Cindy listens and recognizes what is important for us on our trips, and delivers with just the right itinerary. Her wide range of travel experience is very helpful in planning out options. We will definitely reach out to Cindy and Travel Leaders for future travel needs.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cindy Sanborn responded:
Thank you so much, I always enjoy working to make your dream trips into realities. Cindy
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10 of 22 people found this review helpful

Relaxing and Warm!

Reviewed By Dan - Minneapolis, MN | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Cindy was very easy to work with. We sent her our budget, specific area we were looking to vacation and a few other special caveats we wanted. She was able to find specific resorts that fit our criteria and sent a list of 4-5 to choose from. It literally saved us hours and hours of online research to find a place that fit our needs.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cindy Sanborn responded:
Thanks Dan, I look forward to helping you plan your next trip.
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12 of 28 people found this review helpful

Once in a lifetime!

Reviewed By IMPDmom1987 - Fishers, indiana | Traveled to Mexico ~ Mexico
Cindy was wonderful.When I first talked to her, she was very patient and answered the many questions I had. The next time I asked how much more would it be for an ocean front room. Just a short time later she called back with the amount of $525.We did up grade to an ocean front room, which was totally worth it!
After a long trip, at check in, I was told our room was in a section behind the main building, it had an awkward view of the water. The clerk insisted it was an ocean front room! He asked for an additional $207.00 for a better room. I paid it, as this was a once in a lifetime trip for me. I would deal with this issue when I got home.
I contacted Cindy via email, and told her what happened. She assured me that the additional $525.00 I had paid extra was for the ocean front room,not the room I was offered and she would check into it. She contacted the hotel and indeed it was an overcharge. I just found out today that my refund will be in the bank in a few days! Thanks Cindy!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cindy Sanborn responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words, It was a pleasure to assist you with this trip and I look forward to helping you with your next adventure.
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12 of 30 people found this review helpful

Best beach in Mexico

Reviewed By Old Mexico - Golden Valley, MN | Traveled to Tulum ~ Mexico ~ Mexico
Always outstanding. Never had a issue with any of our many vacations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cindy Sanborn responded:
Thanks Steve, It is always a pleasure to help you with your trips and I look forward to the next one.
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10 of 27 people found this review helpful

We will return!

Reviewed By Happy Grandma - Tomah, Wisconsin | Traveled to Mexico
I was a bit skeptical about vacationing in Mexico, considering the political unrest, however because I trusted Cindy, we did go and we had one of the best vacations ever. The travel arrangements were smooth, the facility was above expectations. The service, the amenities - great value! She sent us to an all inclusive resort - we could not have wanted for any type of food or beverage that was not offered. There were plenty of activities to choose from, or not; I chose to watch my new grandson, so did not participate in tours or beach volleyball, Zumba ect. But my grandson and I loved the beach, the pools....and the food...oh my the food.

Cindy did a great job with all the arrangements......no worries....jst a great time.
We will return.

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7 of 22 people found this review helpful

Amazing!

Reviewed By BushmanFam - Plymouth, MN | Traveled to Bali ~ Indonesia ~ East and Southeast Asia
Most amazing trip ever! Every accommodation we stayed at was better than the last and the whole trip was seamless. I would book again with her in a heartbeat, literally no complaints it was beyond anything we expected!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cindy Sanborn responded:
Thank you for letting me know that your honeymoon in Bali was perfect!
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10 of 39 people found this review helpful

Dream Honeymoon!

Reviewed By Christopher T. - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota | Traveled to Maldives ~ Central Asia
Cindy helped my wife and I plan our dream honeymoon to the Maldives. She was very helpful and responsive during the entire process and everything went as planned. I would recommend Cindy to anyone looking to plan a vacation, especially more complicated overseas ones with multiple transfers, etc.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cindy Sanborn responded:
I am so happy to hear that your honeymoon was your "dream come true". I appreciate the opportunity to assist you with your plans and am glad to know that all went smoothly. I look forward to helping you with your next trip.
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