Travel Agent Interview
Summary: Dedicated to connecting travelers to travel professionals. Check off your bucket list! Episodes are short but packed with information, laughs, and intrigue. You will want to break out your passport and go after hearing these gems! Have a listen, enjoy, dream and contact the experts to plan your next adventure! The show will feature other industry or destination experts, property managers, etc. Looking for an expert? Contact Megan Chapa - she knows the Pros! Didn't hear what you are looking for. Send Megan and email with suggestions! Let's connect! Want to be a guest? Are you a travel agent, supplier, board of tourism, museum director or topic expert? Let's cuss and discuss ways to work together! I would love to talk about your specialty, destination or gadget! email@example.com https://twitter.com/chapatravel https://www.facebook.com/travelagentinterview/ https://www.instagram.com/travelagentinterview/
Final episode of 2017 quick holiday message, funny Christmas stories, 2018 preview and safety tip for American's traveling abroad (STEP Program). Please accept my apologies for slight departure in sound quality. Those are the breaks when you record from a beach front balacony...
Language skills will enhance your travel experience and immerse you into the culture of your destination country before you even set foot in country. Do you have a year, six months or less before departure? Listen in for tips to learning your target language and to have FUN doing it. Want to refresh or build on the skills you already have? Be encouraged you haven't failed at learning that language. You need new techniques and motivation. Kerstin, adorable and positively, will encourage you and point you to the path of continued learning. Make sure to follow the links below for Kerstin's blog and podcast for people who love learning languages.Special Guest: Kerstin Cable.Links: Fluent Language Website: Blog, Podcast & Language Tuition — Kerstin's webpage of language learning tools and the Cool Kids Club. Click to discover a new or rekindle your first language love. Enjoy! Creative Language Learning Podcast — Adorable Kerstin and her co-host Lindsay are obsessed with language learning. With 15 languages between them the podcast is both interesting and educational. These two are great friends and great hosts. Enjoy their language banter and humor!
The episode starts with weird Christmas traditions, include pickle trees and a character only idolized by Dwight Schrute. Denora then tells us about Boutique Hotels, Foodie paradise, the birth place of Alexander Hamilton and more. From beaches to mountains Nevis is a fantastic place to explore. Want to visit? See Denora's contact info below and let her plan the perfect trip for you and your family to NEVIS! News flash: Megan bleeps out her first word on this episode!Special Guest: Denora Williams.Links: Denora's Home Page — Denora's Website! Weird Christmas Traditions Article — No PA - no more pickle trees!
BOOK GIVEAWAY: ENTER HERE Amazon Bestselling Author Dr. Jeff Barnes visits the Travel Agent Interview to talk leadership and life lessons using an example from the tourism industry, Walt Disney (perfect)! Megan and Jeff cuss and discuss Jeff's background, including his U.S. History course on the History of Disneyland. Yes, you can take it for COLLEGE CREDIT! The course includes guided tours of both U.S. Parks. Ummmmm - stop reading, go sign up! The conversation moves to Jeff's first book, "The Wisdom of Walt" and then, "Beyond the Wisdom of Walt". Highlights include why Hitler hated Mickey Mouse and overcoming obstacles like Jeff's own brain tumor! Fun, fun, FUN! Listen, set goals, be motivated, read these books and ENTER our contest! Enter for yourself, enter for the Disney fanatic in your life. You will love these books. See links below if you would like to make a purchase in time for Christmas.Special Guest: Dr. Jeff Barnes A.K.A. Dr. Disneyland.Links: The Wisdom of Walt - Jeff Barnes — Dr. Jeff Barne's Website The Wisdom of Walt: Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland): Success Strategies for Everyone (from Walt Disney and Disneyland) eBook: Jeffrey Barnes, Garner Holt, Bill Butler: Kindle Store Beyond the Wisdom of Walt: Life Lessons from the Most Magical Place on Earth eBook: Jeffrey Barnes, Lee Cockerell: Kindle Store CONTEST PAGE - Enter Now! — Book Giveaway! Enter to WIN a pair of signed books by Dr. Jeff Barnes, one the Wisdom of Walt and one Beyond the Wisdom of Walt! Jeff Barnes - YouTube — Jeff doing his thing PUBLIC SPEAKING on Disney!
Megan and Judy catch listeners up on the latest with Judy's baby life. They baby has arrived (see photo below)! The girls move on to a crazy article on cruise passengers staging a mutiny over not being allowed to dock in a port with confirmed cases of the PLAGUE (news article below). Fun Disney trivia to introduce future guest Dr. Jeff Barnes otherwise known as Dr. Disneyland. Then Judy talks about her carefully planned Catholic pilgrimage. We learn more about the route, the importance of those stops to the Catholic faith and some activities along the way. Judy encourages families to attend and use the trip to invest in their family's faith. Special Guest: Judith Romera Yirsa.Links: Fr. Cory's Website — Listen to Fr. Cory's Website before you travel! Fr. Cory Sticha is the pastor at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Malta, Montana of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana. He has attended World Youth Day in Poland and is excited to celebrate his 10 year anniversary of his ordination while on this sacred trip! Judy's Video for the Pilgrimage's Path St. Christopher Missions Website Passenger Mutiny Article on Cruiseradio.net — re. damn. diculous #plague #darwinatwork Preview of two weeks guest Dr. Disneyland — These books are SO GOOD. Really, I have a love/hate relationship with Disney. But I am turning the corner because of these books! Plus, I learned that Hitler hated Mickey Mouse (so now I have to love him) and made some important business decisions while listening. Get motivated to achieve your goals, choose a college major, be an excellent leader and all through the lens of the legendary Walt Disney! (P.S. Going to be a great contest next week too!) Pieminister – Award-winning British pies — It's Pieminister which is even more perfect for this episode than Piemeister! Gah, what do you want - I have mom brain... Regardless, you should eat here. I'll probably be there too!
Shari's husband is a lucky man but so are her clients! She is in a committed relationship with them too! Shari's insight on visiting hurricane damaged destinations is refreshing. She also talks visiting Mexico and reminds us that in so many ways travel is a catalyst for good. The Caribbean is where Shari loves to play but research is her specialty. Her clients enjoy well planned, top of the line, custom trips. Side Note: Shari is a cat lover and you might just hear her attack cat in the background. Luckily, this is an animal friendly show! Enjoy! Special Guest: Shari Kavalin.Links: Elegant Escapes - If you're not on vacation, you're in the wrong place — Shari's gorgeous website!
Megan is joined by the family for a fun run down on their quick trip to Dawlish and Lyme Regis. The episode includes, beaches, seashells, commute, a side trip to Castle Combe, and actually finding fossils! Special Guest: Joseph Chapa.Links: The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Dawlish - Visit South Devon
Irene talks Mobile Passport as this weeks tech minute. A "must have" additional to anyones travel apps. It's like a fast pass for customs! Get it! Megan and Irene talk about Irene's journey to becoming a travel professional. It put her on the path to LOVING Jamaica and getting certified as a an exert by the Jamaican Board of Tourism. Irene knows Jamaica beyond the All-Inclusives and has a few wild stories about off the beaten places that you need to visit! Don't stop listening before Irene gets to her time in South Africa! Megan Finishes answering a question on her favorite vacation. This is a good one - Mon..! Special Guest: Irene Sauger.Links: Mobile Passport App - The App for U.S. customs and immigration Home | Vacation Guru — Irene's Website! File:Soursop, Annona muricata.jpg - Wikipedia — This is the weird relaxing fruit called sour sop from Jamaica!
In this Ecotourism, Costa Rica audio adventure Marshall starts things off talking about a bug repellent product easy to use for kids and easy to find on-line (link to Amazon below). Then Megan and Marshall talk about how his love for Costa Rica began during a semester exchange program. During Marshall's time there he put his foot on every part of the country he could scramble to. He also took advantage of the language immersion opportunity to perfect his Spanish skills. Now he travels there frequently with his family and can help you get there too. Subjects touched on are geography, language needs, currency used, safety, food, appropriate trip duration and types of accommodations. You will love this episode and want to visit this unspoiled and accessible part of the world. Call Marshall, he will not steer you wrong!Special Guest: Marshall O'Hearn.Links: Snap On Mosquito Repellent Bracelets — Snap on felt like bug repellent wrist bands. 100% All Natural Plant-Based Oil, Non-Toxic Travel Insect Repellent, Safe Deet-Free Band, Soft Fiber Material For Kids & Adults, Keeps Insects & Bugs Away: Sports & Outdoors. Mosquito Repellent Bracelets 30 Pack — 30 pack of DEET-FREE stretching/bungee bug repellent wrist bands. DEET-FREE Natural Waterproof Wristbands - Pest Bug Control Bands For Kids & Adults Outdoor Camping Fishing Traveling : Patio, Lawn & Garden Clear Water Travels on Facebook! — Visit Marshall on his FB page! Clear Water Travels - Home — Clear Water Travel's Home Page.
India, Dubai and Africa - OH MY! This is an episode for the daring adventurer! Margie starts us on her journey to finding her beloved profession as a travel planner. Then she starts us in Dubai and ends us in India. Your bucket list for travel is about to get two destinations deeper. Margie's thoughtfulness and reasoning behind how she tailors her trips really speaks to her own motto of finding the "heartbeat of a destination". Margie talks street food and boiled milk on a 90 degree day. Sounds hot but you will want to drink that Chai too. Want to contact Margie? Visit her guest page for her contact details or tag in in the https://www.facebook.com/groups/1960827877528181/. India Photo Credit: Sharon Christina Rørvik Dubai Photo Credit: Roman LogovSpecial Guest: Margie Jordan.Links: We Believe We Can End The Water Crisis In Our Lifetime | charity: water — Clean water for all! Acts4Rwanda | — A small monthly donation can change a child's life in a big way! Jordan Executive Travel | Jacksonville Travel Agency — Margie's website!
Oxford is known for educating the worlds best and brightest (don't hate Ivy League, I read it in a report..) and everything tediously preserved by historians. Though this is true, you can still keep your littles busy here! Today's episode features a nice half day to the Oxford University's Museum of Natural History and the Pitt River's Museum. If you love a New England fall - you will love Oxford Fall. Autumn man, get out your beard oil and pumpkin spice latte, this is your Mecca. Megan and Orya talk through what is a nice half day outting for kids. The conversation goes something like, Oxford Half Marathon, rocks in the museum, African stuff, shrunken heads, sea bugs, food, spiders, Orya laughing uncontrollably. Additionally, if you are a runner, plan to visit Oxford in the fall. Run the half Marathon and take the family to the museum at the end point, hit up a pub for a fun half day in town!Links: O.U.M.N.H. Homepage — Fossils, Geodes and Roaches OH MY! Pitt Rivers Museum | — See the shrunken heads, seal guts coats and "African stuff" here! The 2017 Virgin Sport Oxford Half — Oxford Half Marathon Information Episode 5: TAI: Religious Travel with Judy Yirsa — Judy Yirsa Catholic Pilgrimages
Matthew Wahlgren returns to talk about the Amazon River Cruise, a new video recording with the tour provider that is available and cabin inventory. The tech minute features Matt's partner's blog jason.matt.travel that chronicles their culinary adventures traveling. If you haven't listened to episode one you need to! The sparrow - THE SPARROW! Make sure to check out Jason's entry on this mystery bird too. Matt talks about his new role helping travel lovers decide if a career in the travel world is the right professional choice for them. Interested persons can follow the link: http://www.matt.travel/careers.html We talk about Matt's Bay Area local travel plans and big trip to China his long outstanding bucket list destination. Then Matt asks Megan about her bucket list and it's POLAND! Bring on the pirogies! And Matt offers a curios tip to eat the pizza in Poland. Special Guest: Matthew Wahlgren.Links: Matt's Website — Find details on the Amazon River Cruise Here and everything else Matt! Careers In the Travel Industry — Interested in becoming a travel planner or travel agent? Matt will talk you through the process and if it is right for you. Matt endorses TickeT To Travel as a host agency and so do I! Jason and Matt Travel - Two guys explore the world and eat the food. — Foodie Fun! Read them all but especially the entry on the sparrow - jeepers creepers! Matt is a brave man!
Good news - prior to this episode airing all if the "Wish List" items Kelley's adopted hurricane family's need have been met. The community has really rallied and done amazing things. Thank you from all of us! This week we swap the gadget minute to talk about ways to effectives help hurricane victims based on Kelley's first hand experience. The plan was to post wish lists from several families in need but the lists have been satisfied. Kelley will update us when she has another family set up for assistance. Kelley is a New York resident, wife, mom and travel agent extraordinaire focusing on all-inclusives. At the moment Kelley is loving Sandals for couples and Nickelodeon for Families. She likes these resorts for their variety of activities and abilities to cater menus for persons with dietary restrictions. Kelley participates in the second installment of ending the show with unprompted questions. Megan talks travel meds and knowing the differences in commonly purchased pain killers in different in the UK.Special Guest: Kelley Wright.
Let's talk about what to do with that wet suit when you swim until take off! Stash it in a wet bag. Links in the show notes. Michelle talks about her desire to make a client's family time and vacation dollars go far and be well invested. We hear about Michelle's quick think to aid stranded clients during the hurricane. Steam guns, killing germs, food trucks and a surprise question on partially digested food round out the show. Its a fun one! Pack your suite and get to Hawaii!Special Guest: Michelle Tatum.Links: Arrow Print: Planet Wise Lite Wet Bag, To The Point : Baby — Black and white print, this is for a man - baby! Animal Print Wet Bags: Biubee 3 Pack Wet Dry Cloth Diaper Bags - Baby Waterproof Washable Reusable Hanging Diaper Organizer : Baby — Not just for kids! Cute animal print wet bags in a three pack. Chevron Print: Large Hanging Wet/dry Cloth Diaper Pail Bag for Reusable Diapers or Laundry (Grey Chevron) : Baby — Chevron, cause its classy! Home | Vacation Guru — Michelle's Website! The 10 Best Birmingham, AL Food Trucks - 2017 - Roaming Hunger — Yummm! Kebab Truck in Oxford UK: McCoy's Kebab Facebook — Haven't tried it but I will soon! Mmmmm kebab's!
Megan has the privilege to speak with Valerie Gossett for a coincidental second week in a row while she is on board the Oasis of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean International ship. Valerie is calling it the cruise that never ends! RCI is really showing their class in passenger treatment for those on board, those with canceled cruises and the islands that host their ships. This is Valerie's third time on a cruise in 10 years while there was a hurricane in the Caribbean. She is not afraid to sail during hurricane season because the ships will just go around the storms. You will hear - she sounds confident! Press play to here about life on board a diverted cruise ship.Special Guest: Valerie Gossett.