About us

I'm Gary Zins. My travel agency is Pickleball Travel™, and I partner with Amber Pietan of Amber Pietan Travel Agency of Mankato, MN. Together we have many years of experience in planning travel. I am a certified PPR pickleball coach, avid pickleball player, and traveler. Since June 2022 I have personally experienced 12 all-inclusive resorts, sailed on 4 different cruiselines, 1 river cruise, and 11 different countries--all with pickleball--and have played in two international tournaments. I have developed many pickleball connections along the way. My goal is to find the best opportunities to both enjoy an amazing all-inclusive destination, and to enjoy pickleball play while away. This could include privately-reserved courts or lessons. Packages tend to focus on five-star accommodations, but not exclusively.

About Us

Groups and Individuals Join Me To These Destinations

Many amazing destinations around the world.

From the Caribbean to Europe, we have connections to amazing pickleball destinations.

Maintain Your Mojo

We work with the activity coordinators at resorts and cruises to provide regular pickleball play while away.

Friends And Family

Have a group of family or friends who like pickleball? Invite them along, for an unforgettable getaway at reduced prices. Don't play pickleball, but want to tag along? No problem, you will never pay more booking with us than booking direct on your own.

Group Travel Planning

We maximize the benefits for your group.  We have the knowledge, resources, and connections with the resorts and cruises to make planning pickleball vacations seamless.  Unsure about current protocols or which trip is the right one?  No problem, we have you covered.

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A few of our reviews

"Gary at Pickleball Travel did a great job of planning our trip to Ochos Sandals Resort in Jamaica. In the months leading up to our group's trip, he sent several updates with suggestions. One of the most valuable was to suggest we pay a little extra before the trip for a service in the airport which saved us 2-3 hrs standing in a very long line, longer than I've ever seen at Hartsfield ATL! Gary also got on a couple issues involving the pickleball courts that weren't up to standard our 1st morning. The staff fixed it on the 2nd day and they even gave us a special private beach party to make up for their mistakes."

- Linda Berl

"This was my 1st time to visit a Sandals resort and everything was great. Gary helped our group to plan our pickleball trip. He provided helpful information and checked on us if everything was going well. He will do a great job to help you plan your upcoming trip."

- Ronald Satterfield

"Gary is great to work with! He listens, is detail oriented, and was understanding and flexible with my group’s last minute changes/needs. He communicates and works in a timely manner. Would definitely recommend!!"

- Amber Luitjens