Ireland, Italy, Hawaii, Alaska, and Group Travel
Discovering Pompeii in 2008
A career in travel has many rewards, however when I began my career 17 years ago, I had no idea those rewards would go well beyond the specific, fantastic destinations. In Italy, for example, how would you feel at the Vatican peering up at the masterpiece of the Sistine Chapel ceiling? Is the cuisine of China better than our Americanized version? Hawaii v the Caribbean, compare and contrast? There are innumerable questions such as these my clients, friends and family have inquired about my travels. “Someday YOU will tell me”, is my recurring response. Great experiences equal great memories. I am passionate about what I do. You could say I help create memories. But to say I just book travel is a huge understatement. That is not why referrals constantly seek me out. Booking your own travel on the web seems to be all the rage, however what you don't get is a “do over” with your precious time and money. What you won’t get from the web is a relationship with an expert. Having me as your advocate is your best defense from forgetting something as small as a seat assignment to something as big as knowing which tours to reserve when visiting a city in Europe. Over the years I have broaden my experiences and knowledge base through many training courses and travels of my own. Two years ago I completed and received my certification as a Certified Leisure Travel Specialist with Travel Leaders. Because it is not enough to sit in an office and just do web based training and internet searches I have had the great opportunity to get out from behind the desk and travel to extraordinary places such as: China, Italy, Croatia, Ireland, England, Scotland, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Baltic Countries of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and visited many wonderful U.S. cities as well as Amsterdam and Saint Petersburg, Russia. There is no research better than experiencing a destination on your own. In my opinion getting to know the local people in a new region has always been the best education. In 2018 I will be adding a few new destinations to my list of expertise; Austria, Hungary and Czech Republic just to name a few when I escort a small group on a Viking River Cruise. Several years ago when I read the book EAT, PRAY, LOVE. A passage spoke to me. “Still, despite all this, traveling is the great true love of my life. I have always felt, ever since I was sixteen years old and first went to Russia with my saved-up babysitting money, that to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.”
I have worked with Jody for over six years encompassing 8 trips to Europe. She is without a doubt the travel agents TRAVEL AGENT; Jody defines the words “true grit” Jim Osburn Grand Ledge MI
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