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Kerry Stendell

Truckee, California Travel Agent
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Kerry Stendell

Kerry Stendell

Truckee, California Travel Agent
An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Albertville, MN
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Adventure Travel Specialist

Silvertta Ski Tour - Austria and Switzerland
Silvertta Ski Tour - Austria and Switzerland

I am a mountain adventurer. I live and play in the mountains of Lake Tahoe, California with my husband and our 2 children. 

I bring my experience and passion for exploring the outdoors to adventure travel planning for you!

Experiencing a destination means exploring the outdoors through hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, climbing, skiing, wildlife viewing (the list is endless, isn't it??) and diving into the local culture through food, the people, and the sights.

Travel logistics, especially when traveling as a family, can feel overwhelming; I get it! I have experience planning multi-generational family groups and planning and traveling with my own family. 

What I can do for you:

- Understand your interests to create a custom itinerary that speaks to your adventurous spirit. We will work together refining the itinerary till it's just right.

- Take away the feeling of being overwhelmed. With impeccable attention to detail and the care I take with your vacation planning; you'll be able to relax and enjoy the planning process.

- Save you time. Why spend hours on the internet searching when I will do that for you! My first-hand destination knowledge and local contacts can cut through the "noise" of too much information and find just the right experience for you.

- Be your travel advocate. Relax, knowing that I am working for you and what is in YOUR best interests for your dream adventure vacation.

I can create your adventure dream vacation to:

  • Alaska
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • The Alps and Dolomites
  • Ski touring and Ski Resort Vacations
  • Antarctica


I am dedicated to helping you realize your dream adventure vacation! I am detail-oriented and have years of experience as a project coordinator. I come to adventure travel planning from a background in environmental education with an MS in Natural Resource Management. 

My next destination:

I am one of 100 U.S. travel advisors selected to participate in Corroboree West 2019! I'll be traveling to Perth, Western Australia in October for a few days of intense workshops, trainings and learning the latest on adventure travel in Australia. Then I get to go to Australia's island state of Tasmania for a 5 day Wildlife and Wilderness familiarization trip (where I get to experience a trip as a client!) - so, so, so excited!

Find more information and to follow along on my blog, Sense of Adventure, check out www.MountainAdventureTravel.com.


Still on my bucket list:

Wintertime ski touring in Yellowstone
Ningaloo Reef and the Kimberlies, Western Australia
Northern Norway - Orca whale watching, northern lights, and ski touring the Lyngen Alps
Climb Kilimanjaro and Africa safari


Certified Active and Adventure Travel Specialist
Active & Adventure Specialist
New Zealand Specialist Gold
Aussie Specialist
Alaska Certified Expert
UnCruise Adventurist

My Travel Stories

Family Climbing in the Dolomites, Italy
Family backpacking trip in Yosemite National Park
Kerry's Family Adventure Traveling

Summit to Sea Skiing in Lofoten Islands, Norway

I had an opportunity to ski in the Lofoten Islands of Norway and what a treat!

The islands are above the arctic circle on the northwest coast of Norway and with help from the temperate waters of the Gulf stream, Lofoten has a milder climate than other places at similar latitude, such ... Read more from my Summit to Sea Skiing in Lofoten Islands, Norway story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 6 Reviews

My first European Travel

Reviewed By Danielle - Reno, Nevada | Traveled to Barcelona ~ Spain ~ Europe
Kerry was very helpful in listening to the type of experience I wanted out of my travels while keeping price range and comfortability in mind. She also followed up with ensuring my travels would be safe with the protests occurring in Catalonia. I did not have any prior travel booking experience and I am so thankful I had her guidance. My hotel and flights were great and I am glad she recommended I buy the 2 day metro pass for ease of travel!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kerry Stendell responded:
Danielle, I'm so glad you enjoyed your climbing trip and sightseeing in Barcelona! I had fun researching, planning and creating your Barcelona itinerary.
13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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Best Honeymoon Ever!

Reviewed By A+T - San Francisco, CA | Traveled to Norway ~ Europe
Kerry is fantastic! We were looking for an active and adventurous honeymoon and we couldn’t have had a better guide. Kerry was incredibly responsive during our planning process and was great at anticipating potential logistical issues with our itinerary. With each of these issues, she thoroughly researched our options and was prepared with all of the viable scenarios in order for us to make fast, well informed decisions on our calls. She had great local knowledge and helped shape our perfect honeymoon, even following up numerous times while we were away offering alternate routes depending on weather! We can’t wait for her to help plan our next trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kerry Stendell responded:
Thank you! It was a pleasure and just plain fun to plan your honeymoon adventure! So glad you had a fabulous time. Looking forward to helping with your next trip - yay!
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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Harry Potter and more

Reviewed By Cindy - Denver, CO | Traveled to London ~ England ~ Europe
Kerry was so easy to work with. She created an itinerary that exceeded our expectations. Three generations had very different ideas for this trip but each of us had our desires met. Kerry was patient when I had questions, reached out when necessary and made the trip our dream come true.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kerry Stendell responded:
Thank you! I'm so glad all of you had such a great time and we were able to fit in all the goodies that you were hoping to see and do while in Europe.
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Such a great trip!

Reviewed By Emily - Reno, NV | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Kerry was amazing! She was able to put together a complicated travel package for two people getting us great air rates (better than published) which included our hotels.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kerry Stendell responded:
Thank you for the review, Emily! I love solving puzzles and getting the pieces put together to create the best trip that's right for you. It was a pleasure working you! Kerry
4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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Top 10

Reviewed By Juanita - Holland, MI | Traveled to California ~ USA
Kerry is efficient, knowledgeable, and took the time to understand our family's needs. As a family of four, we were interested in a wide variety of options. Her expertise in outdoor adventure and education provides an excellent base to provide consultation and thoughtful plans. Everything from backcountry skiing to nat'l parks to coastal areas for tide pooling was recommended. We only regret we didn't have more time to experience more of gorgeous Northern California! There were a number of parks with detours and Kerry alerted us to potential traffic issues as well. She has a vast array of personal and professional outdoor adventure experiences and loves to share them with others. Thank you so much.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kerry Stendell responded:
Thank you, Jane, for the kind review. I really enjoyed working with you and your family. Glad to hear everyone enjoyed their Northern California vacation!
7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Every Detail Impeccably Taken Care of

Reviewed By Jenny W. - RENO | Traveled to Croatia ~ Europe
I am in danger of writing a five page RAVE REVIEW about Kerry!! I knew nothing about the places we wanted to visit. I am nervous to plan things myself. From the start, Kerry guided me, suggesting itineraries, modifying them to suit our needs, modifying them again when we changed our minds, warning me when payments were coming due... Once we embarked on our 14 day three country trip, every detail had been worked out in advance. People met us where they were supposed to, the timing of everything was spot on, Kerry had magically selected five or seven or a thousand experiences that were PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT for my family. No easy feat. She told me what to pack ahead of time, she lent me her adaptors, and SHE RESPONDED TO MY TEXTS AND EMAILS ALMOST EVERY DAY DURING THE TRIP!!! I am definitely the biggest pain in the ass she has ever worked with. (I'm glad she's not writing a review of ME!) Kerry is amazing. I plan to use her agency again and again and again. Incomparable.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kerry Stendell responded:
Jenny, it was such fun planning your awesome mountain and sailing adventure and I am thrilled that all you had such a great time! Can't wait to plan the next one :)
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My Travel Experience

Places I’ve personally traveled to or destinations I’ve booked for my clients.

Customer Testimonials

Australia Trip Success!

Thank you again, so much, for all of your help with this great trip. Everything went SO SMOOTHLY!! I really appreciated having the shuttles and ferry tickets all worked out, and the great selection of our hotel and house on Rottnest. :) It was great!

Provided by Beth Leger, Reno, NV