Expert Travel Specialist
Barb Gardner

Expert Travel Specialist
Barb Gardner

Barb Gardener

During the 10 years Barb lived in Europe, she traveled extensively across the continent and in Russia. “Now I use my wide spectrum of personal travel experiences to tailor-make a perfect trip for each of our guests,” Barb says.

Barb has been with us for over 20 years and still finds it refreshing to talk with people who haven’t traveled much or are planning their first major vacation experience. She starts by asking where you want to go, how long you are planning to be away, whether you have a budget in mind, and whether you want a more leisurely pace or are trying to see as much as you can in one trip. Barb will then recommend vacation itineraries that are a “best fit” for you.

She also uses her personal travel experience to help you find the “hidden gems” along your journey. Her favorite lesser-known spot? San Sebastian, home to world-renowned restaurants headed by innovative chefs, is a real foodie city. 

Barb's Top 5 Dream Destinations

San Sebastian

Everyone needs to go to San Sebastian at least once.

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Spain San Sebastian Tapas Pintxos Iv

Iceland

A culture and a geographic area I have yet to explore. If I'm lucky, I'll see the spectacular Northern Lights.

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Seljialandfoss Waterfall, Iceland

The Balkans

I am curious about this fairly recently opened-to-tourists area of Europe.

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Mostar Bridge at sunset, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Morocco

I have been fascinated with Morocco and would love to visit the country's largest souk (market).

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Jemaa el Fina Square, Marakesh, Morocco

Poland

I have never been to Poland and would like to visit and explore the caverns of the Wieliczka Salt Mines.

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River boat in Gdansk, Poland

Cooking with Barb

Experiencing local cuisine is one of Barb’s passions – she was a professional chef! She shares her passion for food and travel in our Cooking Series, Cooking with Barb. In each brief video episode, Barb walks you through a different dish gleaned from her vast experience with both travel and culinary technique

Barb Also Recommends

Italy View Trips Gondola and cathedral from water, Venice, Italy
Ireland View Trips Grass and sun shining through clouds at Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Thailand View Trips Floating market in Bangkok, Thailand
Brazil View Trips Aerial view of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Austria View Trips Gardens at Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Salzburg
Portugal View Trips Two boats on Douro River with Porto in background, Portugal
France View Trips Lavender field in Provence, France