Years ago I was doing freelance and portrait photography jobs. But photography was just not my vision and truthfully it wasn’t making me happy. In the midst of this “disengaged” time in my life we started planning a Disney World trip. Soon my time was filled with excitement, planning and anticipation. I had found a new love for planning and reignited my love for Disney.
In 1978 my parents and grandparents took us to Disney World for the first time. My sister and I had the chance to experience the MAGIC with two generations of our family. Even with no video camera and some not so “state of the art” photos we still remember the memories from our childhood. Those are memories of from my childhood that no one can take away. It was a great time when I was a child but now those are wonderful memories that I appreciate more and more.
Then came the college years in Tampa, Florida. I spent time in the parks with large groups of my friends. And yes I was nastalgic when I walked up to the Magic Kingdom gates and remembered as a child that I walked smack into a palm tree at the entrance. So many wonderful memories came flooding back.
We planned a trip with my parents back to Disney World. Now the other memories were fabulous but to take our kids and see Disney unfold in their eyes was PRICELESS! My kids were able to connect with my parents in the way that can’t be done while dealing with the everyday life.
We returned home and I was at a loss of what to do with my energies. I missed the planning, conversations and the overwhelming excitement. I then realized my calling. I did the research, met with an agency in Houston and took the necessary steps to become a vacation specialist.
My journey into the travel industry had begun. I realized that my knowledge was lengthy and people needed my input and advice. WOW what a concept! I loved to talk and who didn’t want to talk about travel?
Now 12 years later, the excitement still drives me to build wonderful getaways. My knowledge has grown exponentially as well as my long list of repeat clients. I have worked hard to align my self with quality people and the planning of quality vacations. Last year I mastered the Tahiti Tourism Tiare program as well as the Fiji Matai Specialist program. These were specialties that I had wanted to accomplish for almost 8 years. But really longer than that. See in junior high I did a project on Fiji. It was a small island that none of my friends knew about. Even all that time ago I knew the South Pacific was something that I needed to be a part of.
My love for travel is vast and includes all foreign beaches and island destinations. It has taken me to many fabulous destinations and resorts. Let me share my memories with you!
Travel is truly the only thing you can buy that makes a man, women or child richer.
Disney will always be my first love but my heart is somewhere under a palm tree in a hammock on the beach…