(135 Reviews)
99% Recommended

Sandra McMillen

Windsor, CO

Custom European Itinerary Specialist

SCUBA Diving in the Caribbean.  Exploring hidden corners of Europe.  Cruising majestic coastlines and exotic locations.  Your vacation is yours - it is an investment in YOU.   I am Sandy McMillen, travel writer and owner of Ordinary Couple Travels, and I believe in the life changing power of travel.  I specialize in creating custom European itineraries for exploring hidden places, as well as planning fun-filled, adventure packed family and couple getaways.  I have traveled extensively and after publishing my first book, "Extraordinary Travels of an Ordinary Couple", chronicling the adventures of my husband and I as we explored remote corners of Europe and Central America, I started my own travel agency.  So many people have asked me for advice and tips and tricks, and I realized that I could do the most good for others by helping them organize, plan and execute on the best vacations of their lives.  I bring my first hand knowledge of traveling and my love of history and location research to the table with my clients, helping them to plan the vacation of their dreams.   Why trust your vacation investment to faceless web sites?  Like any good investment, it is important to have a trusted advisor that can help you navigate the internet offerings, determine the best locations and make suggestions and recommendations for your custom trip, helping you maximize our return on your vacation investment.  Working together, I can help you create and plan your own custom and unique itinerary, leaving you with a lifetime of memories and adventures to share from your vacation investment. 

At Ordinary Couple Travels, we don't just book trips - we create extraordinary client experiences for travel beyond the passport stamp.

Explore like a local

Hallstatt, Austria
Hallstatt, Austria

I like to travel off the beaten path - exploring new and hidden corners of countries I visit -- immersing myself in the culture, the people, the cuisine and the history.  I especially love Europe and have traveled extensively through that continent, learning the tips and the tricks of traveling safely and economically along the way.  I encourage my clients to experience the countries they visit and explore like a local.  I pay attention to the details and go the extra mile to ensure that you experience a unique and custom itinerary.  Perhaps you want to attend a culinary school in Italy, or visit Turkey like a local with a small guided group of experts.  I can find those unique trips for you!

My Travel Albums

Boston and Cape Cod
Beautiful Lighthouses are everywhere
Castle in Adair, Ireland
Avalon Rhine River Cruise
Such a beautiful city in Switzerland!
Peru: Machu Pichu and the Amazon River
I caught a Piranha!
Germany and Austria
Prost!  Munich, Germany
Italian Treasures
The Arno River, Florence, Italy

My Travel Stories

Biking and Barging in Germany

I'm always up for a new travel experience, so when our friends suggested we all travel to the Moselle River region of Germany and experience a bike tour while sleeping and eating on a barge - I said "let's do it!".  I'm so glad that I did.  We booked the tour for the middle of September, knowing the...Read more.

My Reviews

24 of 40 people found this review helpful
A Trip to Remember!
She was professional yet very easy to talk to when meeting with her.
By  D & T  from  Fort Collins, CO
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Sandra McMillen responded:
Thank you! I enjoyed our meetings and it was my sincere pleasure to help you plan just the right European trip for your first adventure abroad. I look forward to helping you plan many more in the future!

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22 of 38 people found this review helpful
Trip of a lifetime!!
I know nothing about foreign travel. Sandra took care of everything for my trip to Paris and Nancy, France to visit the country and town of my mother's birth and childhood. Sandra found reasonable rates for the airfare and kept me on the same carrier for ease of travel. She placed me in a small, locally-owned, English-speaking hotel where she and her husband have stayed at several times. She arranged my tickets on the train to Nancy and bus tour to Versailles. She arranged transport to and from the airport to the hotel so I did not have to worry about transportation at either the start or end of my trip. She helped me with luggage requirements, how to get Euros, tipping, and travel around Paris. She arranged travel/medical insurance as I requested -just in case. Everything went fine and there were no problems, but she was available to me if I needed help during my trip. I would highly recommend Sandra's services for any trip - small or large!
By  Sandy  from  Thornton, CO
Traveled to  France ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Sandra McMillen responded:
I am so glad your trip went well, and I am very impressed with how well you navigated Paris and Nancy all on your own for the week! I am so happy you were able to spend some time in your mother's home town and got to experience the French culture and people. Thank you for letting me be a part of your adventure!

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23 of 41 people found this review helpful
The best trip of our lives
She did a phenomenal job of putting together a 28 day trip all through Italy including 3 days in Paris... it included all train passes... hotel accommodations and an outstanding price on business class plane flights.. and she was a pleasure to work with :)
By  Steve and Susan  from  Fort Collins, Colorado
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Sandra McMillen responded:
Planning your trip was a wonderful adventure, I felt like I was part of the journey the entire way! I loved that you were such involved clients and you gave ME so many names of special tour guides and sommeliers in Italy that I have since set many of my other clients up with. Everyone has loved them, they're the highlight of Italy for all my clients. I'm glad we were able to learn and experience so much together, and I'm glad to call you friends!

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15 of 25 people found this review helpful
Couldn’t have asked for a better trip
She was easy to talk to and listen to exactly what we were looking for in our once in a lifetime family trip.
By  Amber   from  Brighton CO
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Sandra McMillen responded:
Thank you so much! I really enjoyed helping you plan this family trip and I'm so glad all went well. I look forward to helping you plan your next adventure!

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15 of 25 people found this review helpful
Fantastic trip! Could not have done it on my own!
Sandy helped us plan our recent trip to Spain -- from itinerary to tours, restaurants and hotels -- she does it all!! With a full time job and kids in transition i just did not have the time to do all the research.
Super easy to work with, quick to respond and very very flexible.
We had some thoughts about the hotels we wanted to stay in and she nailed down perfect places in each stop we made. I cant imagine how we would have scheduled flights, trains, cars, transfers and hotels on our own. Our trip was flawless and seamless from beginning to end. We felt like royalty with the personal service that we received both from Sandy and on the trip. I can't imagine taking another trip without her !
By  Grace  from  Fort Collins, Colorado
Traveled to  Spain ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • Italy
  • France
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Hawaii

Travel Specialist:

  • European Culture
  • River Cruises
  • Escorted Tours
  • Women's Travel
  • Historical Sites

Top Travel Partners:

  • Globus
  • G Adventures
  • Avalon Waterways
  • Europe Express
  • Funjet Vacations


  • Globus Family of Brands Certification
  • Home Based Travel Agent Program Certification
  • Avalon River Cruise Specialist
  • G Adventures Agent of Change
  • Royal Caribbean Specialist

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