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Lisa Ratzlaff

Portland, Oregon Travel Agent

An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Albertville, MN,

Adventure travel specialist

Walk & Ride Adventures
Walk & Ride Adventures

Greenward Travel helps you discover the best walking, cycling, rail, and other adventures that connect you with nature or culture. As your personal travel adviser, I help you plan the perfect adventure. You can save time and frustration while I work out all the details.

I love to travel and am excited to share my passion for traveling. I believe we learn to understand and care for the world by traveling. Traveling also rejuvenates us, and it's a lot fun!

Also, I believe all types of travel provide the opportunity to enhance our lives.I have traveled by bike, by rail and by bus, and I have traveled alone and in big groups. I have skied in Canada, snorkeled in Mexico, hiked in Hawaii and spent countless Thanksgiving holidays in Yosemite. I even go to Disneyland every other year because it’s one of my favorite places to escape. I love exploring any way I can, even if it is taking a walk to a new neighborhood in the city where I live.

I specialize in destinations in North America, Europe and Mexico. I have traveled extensively in Europe and in North America. Not only have I lived in Germany, but I have visited many places throughout Europe many tourists never see. For example, I experienced midsummer festivities in a small village in northern Sweden, toured Denmark to visit family, fell in love with Luebeck (an old Hanseatic League city) and spent two weeks in western Hungary. By seeing the places not on the typical tourist path, I learned that every destination has beauty, and that every culture has something to offer.

I want to promote walking, cycling, rail, small-ship cruises and other adventure travel because I believe they are great ways to explore and to experience other cultures. When you will travel slower, you will see more, learn more, and experience more. You will not only meet the people in the places you visit and meet your travel companions. You will be more than a tourist, and someone one who gets to know where you’re going.

Finally, I hope to connect you with sustainable travel suppliers and sustainable adventures. There’s something special, I think, about traveling in a way that connects you with nature and with culture. Not only do you get to feel good about your adventure, I think you have a more unique experience and that you develop a better appreciation for the beautiful world we live in. Use your adventure to connect with the world. 

My Travel Experiences

Old Hungarian wine cellar
Hungary 2013
California Adventure Park
Disneyland 2015

Disneyland Over the Years

I believe Disneyland Resort is a place where magic happens. Every time I visit, I experience a sense of awe and wonder as I enter the gates onto Main Street. Each attraction is an escape to another world where my imagination runs free. I never grow tired of visiting the park ... Read more from my Disneyland Over the Years story.

Cycling Venice to Florence

One of my best traveling adventures was a cycling trip from Venice to Florence, Italy. Having been to Europe several times before, I was looking for a new place to explore. What better way to explore than by bike! I was also looking for an active vacation, and a trip ... Read more from my Cycling Venice to Florence story.

Customer Testimonials

Birthday trip to Italy and Germany

Lisa Ratzlaff of Greenward Travel expertly handled the travel arrangements for a recent trip my husband and I made to Italy and Germany. I had lots of changes when I started pulling the trip together, and Lisa handled the changes promptly and patiently. Her expert knowledge of Germany was a big help, too! I've given her contact information to friends planning trips and encouraged them to contact her because I know she'll take good care of them.

Provided by Elizabeth, S, California.