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Sara Haney

San Diego Office

My passion for travel started early with a wall-sized map in my childhood home. Being the daughter of a pilot, travel has always been a huge part of my life. I am lucky to be ingrained with the belief that travel is the best teacher you’ll ever have.

I have been to 5/7 continents, lived on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, scuba dived in caves deep in the Yucatan and with sharks in Bora Bora, did mission work in Peru, spent a month surfing in Costa Rica, backpacked my way across Europe, and studied abroad in Cairns, Australia. With my most recent trip to Europe, I fell in love with the Mediterranean. Greece and Italy are my top places to experience for their diverse landscapes, ancient history, incredible cuisine, and warm personalities.

My travel has only just begun. Every place I see gives me inspiration for the next. I am the person who always has another trip planned and an endless bucket-list.

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Travel nuggets

  • A fun way to try local dishes is to have your waiter or waitress pick three of their favorites on the menu.

  • Wake up early or stay up late and see somewhere special in a different light. 

  • Be sure to see if there is a market going on during your stay. It’s an experience on its own.

  • Take pictures of wine labels you like so you can enjoy it at home. It’s a great way to relive your travels.

  • In Tuscany and Crete, renting a car is a must! There are so many charming villages to discover and amazing landscapes to take in. It’s best to go at your own pace and enjoy it.

  • Go with the flow. Get a little lost. “Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss.” -Anthony Bourdain

My hot picks

Belmond Castello di Casole, Tuscany, Italy

The perfect representation of what one thinks of, when thinking about Tuscany. 360 degrees of the rolling countryside of Tuscany makes for the most picture-perfect sunrises and sunsets.

Calme Hotel, Drios, Paros, Greece

Perfect for those looking to completely relax in the natural elegance of Paros.

Grace Santorini, Auberge Resorts Collection, Santorini, Greece

aWaking up here was a dream. From the 5-course breakfast experience to sunsets reflecting on their amazing infinity pool, this property is the hands-down best in Santorini.

Naxian Collection, Agios Prokopios, Naxos, Greece

The ultimate private luxury for couples, friends, and families.

Porto Zante Villas & Spa, Zakynthos, Greece

Relaxation is an understatement. This 9-villa hidden paradise is a place every person needs to experience at least once in their life.

Verina Astra, Artemonas, Sifnos, Greece

Breathtaking views, hiking paths, and charming villages and churches nearby for a truly authentic way to experience Greek islands.

Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Rome, Italy

This century-old villa makes you feel like you are living in the luxurious Roman past.

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