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Lydia Blanton

Rockwell, North Carolina Travel Agent
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Lydia Blanton

Lydia Blanton

Rockwell, North Carolina Travel Agent
An independent agent with Cruises & Tours, Unlimited in Jacksonville, FL, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
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Worldwide Travel Expert & Destination Specialist

I love planning vacations and then watching everything come together perfectly, and I’ve been booking trips around the world for most of my life! My own wedding was on a Carnival cruise ship that departed from Charleston, South Carolina. I planned everything for our 65 guests, and I made sure everyone had the best accommodations so they could enjoy themselves during the big event. Even after such a complex trip, I booked a honeymoon cruise right after so we could relax and have an amazing time.

That remains one of my favorite trips, and I loved preparing everything for our guests and the event. After booking similar large trips, I decided it was time to enter the travel industry as a professional agent!

I originally managed a construction company in North Carolina, and overseeing a large company definitely gave me an eye for detail that carries over perfectly into travel booking. I’m able to look at complex trips and find the best solutions regardless of the situation, and I enjoy helping my clients find the best solutions to their needs.

I specialize in worldwide luxury cruises and general vacations in countless destinations. Every year, I visit resorts and cruise lines around the world and vet them to ensure you get only the best recommendations. I inspect up to five accommodations each day, and I take note of everything from the cleanliness to the service, location, and all amenities & activities. 

I book for families, groups, couples, plus solo travelers of all ages. I have years of experience booking for large groups, and I know how to simplify traveling in a group with children and elderly travelers in any destination. I’ll make sure everyone has an amazing time and gets to experience what they want on your trip, and I’ll customize your itinerary to fit your interests.

I’m certified with a wide range of resorts, destinations, and cruise lines, and some of my top specializations come from:

  • The Disney College of Knowledge
  • AM Resorts
  • Hawaii
  • St. Lucia
  • The Bahamas
  • Florida
  • Sandals
  • Club Med
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruises
  • Carnival Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Hyatt
  • RIU
  • And more!

My clients often refer to me as a “travel counselor” because I listen intently to all their needs and wants for their trip. I enjoy learning about my clients and going the extra mile to personalize everything in their itinerary. When you tell me about your travel goals, I'll begin researching everything with your interests in mind to find great offerings that work for you. This includes everything from finding local walking routes to historical sites, interesting museums, live events, restaurants and more.

I’m also available to help with anything you need while booking or traveling. I want you to feel completely relaxed and confident during your travels, and I’ll be ready to assist you at a moment’s notice at all times!

I want you to have an unforgettable experience on your next vacation, and I’m excited to start booking for you today!

Independent Agent of FST No. ST15578 and CST No.2090937-50. Florida Seller of Travel Ref. # ST15578. California Seller of Travel # 2090937-50. Washington UBID # 603189022. Iowa Registered Agency # 1202.

Storefront agency since 2015!

8230 Hwy 52 - Rockwell, NC 28138
8230 Hwy 52 - Rockwell, NC 28138

"Moving my travel business from home, to a storefront agency was the best decision I ever made. With this investment, I'm able to offer my clients peace-of-mind, convenience and professionalism. With consistent business hours throughout the week and 3 full-time agents on hand, guests are assured of wonderful customer service at all times. We keep a full inventory of current supplier literature and brochures in house, making it fun and easy to visit our travel agency, conveniently located on Hwy 52, in the small town of Rockwell, NC."

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

CSS Certified Sandals Specialist
Hawaiian Islands Specialist
Viking River Cruise Specialist
AMA Waterways Specialist
AM Resorts Certified Master Agent

My Reviews

Rating: 5 3 Reviews

Rick and Sherrie Went to Ireland

Reviewed By Sherrie Reed - Faith, NC | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
Where to start....Lydia and Wishing On are simply amazing. My husband and I had never been out of the country and we found ourselves in Lydia's office planning a dream trip to Ireland. Lydia helped us with every aspect. She even told us the best way to apply for our passports and gave great advice on currency exchange. When it came to the actual trip, she gave us plenty of options so it felt like our trip was custom designed. I honestly felt like we were completely prepared when we boarded our flight. I can't imagine trying to plan all of that on our own. Lydia was never too busy to answer the plethora of emails that I sent...I had a lot of questions. Since our Ireland trip, I sent our son to Wishing On to plan his honeymoon and he is looking forward to his trip to Jamaica. If anyone mentions travel to me, I always tell them to call Wishing On.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Lydia Blanton responded:
Thank you for your wonderful review, Sherrie. I was thrilled when you & Rick chose Wishing On Travel for help with your travel plans last year. It was exciting to be part of such a big event in your life, and I love sharing your wedding fairytale with other clients, to this day. I look forward to helping you make next year's trip even better! Lydia
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Looking forward to the trip this May

Reviewed By Susan - Greensboro, NC | Traveled to United Kingdom ~ Europe
I have enjoyed working with Lydia! She is very knowledgeable & has done an excellent job with our trip to U.K.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Lydia and Wishing on Travel never disappoints !

Reviewed By Carla - Albemarle,NC | Traveled to Europe
As always she really works very hard to make the experience perfect! Went to Italy a couple of years ago. We did a Cost Saver Trafalgar tour. It was perfect! She even booked us a separate private winery tour. Loved it so much were doing an all inclusive resort “Sanctuary Cap Cana” in the Dominican Republic in December, and another Cost saver Trafalgar tour to Ireland in June. She always has time to answer all questions and make you feel excited and stress free. I would never use another travel agency. She always goes the extra mile to make sure you have a great getaway. Use wishing on, you won’t be disappointed!
Lydia Blanton responded:
Thank you Carla, for such a detailed and nice review. I hope to always be able to exceed your expectations and help you travel better. You & Randy have always been wonderful to work with and I look forward to many more years of working together! Lydia
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