Travel Agent Interview show

Travel Agent Interview

Summary: Making Bucket List Travel Happen and Stories From Around The World! 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!


 Episode 45: South Africa, Peru and Australian RAIL TRAVEL with John McGonigle of GoWay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:18

Join us to talk about luxury travel through some of the most interesting places on earth - South Africa, Peru and Australia! Visit Machu Picchu by train! John McGonigle joins the podcast from GoWay Travel. After listening you will have confidence to travel to these locations knowing that your travel professional has exceptional resources in this family owned company. Again - Adam Wyler from Part 1 is a great resource and available to assist you planning your rail travel.Special Guests: Adam Wyler and John McGonigle.Links: Goway Travel | Tailor-made Tours, Luxury Vacations, Cruises & Safaris — Ask your Travel Profession fro GoWay by name!

 Episode 44: Rail Travel with Adam Wyler and John McGonigle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:17

Discover RAIL TRAVEl on refurbished historical rail cars. From coach to ultra luxury these two episodes will get you "land cruising" to new destinations. The episodes contain great detail I didn't want to cut so I broke the recordings into two episodes. This week features Adam Wyler, travel industry veteran and travel agent. Adam focuses on rail travel and most recently booked an itinerary on Rocky Mountaineer. He goes into detail on itinerary and potential paths for Rocky Mountaineer starting by land or sea! You can cruise to the rail line and then take an inland adventure or vice versa.Special Guest: Adam Wyler.Links: The World's Best TRAVEL JACKET with 25 Features | BAUBAX 2.0 by BAUBAX LLC — Kickstarter — These guys don't sponsor me of the Travel Agent Interview. I just am excited for this product and wanted to share. I ordered two of these and I'm pumped to received and try them out! Rocky Mountaineer — This is the Rocky Mountaineer Website to get your excited for Canadian rail travel. Adam is available to assist and make recommendations for your trip!

 Episode 43: International Couples Golf Tournaments | Pirates and Wenches Yarrrrr! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:29

Ahoy! Welcome Back Kim and Keith Quimby! The Quimby's were one of the Travel Agent Interview's earliest guests. I am so thankful for their support and to introduce this years Couple's Golf Tournament at Sandals Emerald Bay - Pirates and Wenches! Of, note, this trip has the option to add swimming with the pigs excursion! Happy day - I love bacon! (Kidding - everyone cool down... It's HAM I love. ;O) 2018 Pirates Wenches Couples Golf Scramble Tournament entry fee of $150 per person includes 1 practice round & 2 rounds of tournament golf, cart for 2, and cash prizes. Water and Beer provided on course at no added cost. No refunds available for rounds not played. Tournament is limited to the first 40 couples booked. The tournament will be cancelled and refunds offered if a minimum of 24 couples do not book the resort and tournament by the final payment date of 7/1/2018. 1 male and 1 female couples only. Limited suites are available at this price, quotes with flights can be provided. Pre & post nights are avail-able. Prices and availability are subject to change until booked and deposited. Club rentals are available for $65 per round per person. A 25% discount is offered for Golf Pro Shop mer-chandise purchased during tournament. Hazardous Materials Notification: Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard aircraft in your luggage or on your person. A violation can result in five years' imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. Please refer to the full list of TSA prohibited items at prohibited-items. Travel Insurance: Most travelers recognize the need to protect their trip investment. As part of our travel service, we recommend that all travelers purchase some form of travel insurance. If you decline the offer of travel insurance, you will be asked to acknowledge that you were offered the insurance, but you are choosing to decline the offer. Travel Insurance is non-refundable after purchase. Contact Double K Travel for a copy of the description of coverage. Tournament Cancellation: If cancellation is necessary after 7/22/2018, a $25 per person fee will be assessed from the tournament fee and is not protected by the all-in-one travel protection. Hotel Cancellation (without travel protection): Prior to 7/22/2018 No Penalty From 7/23/2018 to 8/6/2018 Deposit is non-refundable From 8/7/2018 to 9/4/2018 2 night penalty From 9/5/2018 to 10/25/2017 Non-refundable Flight Cancellation (without travel protection): Most discounted air fare tickets are restricted and non-refundable. Please see your airlines terms and conditions for full details.Special Guest: Kim and Keith Quimby.Links: Double K Travel Services - Home — Double K's new gorgeous website! Golf Travel - Double K Travel Services : Stick on Soles, Invisible Shoes Stick on Foot Pads, Foot Stickers, Nakefit Stick on Soles with Anti-slip and Waterproof Design for Barefoot Lover, Summer Activities by OYSIN : Sports & Outdoors — Foot stickers. No idea if this is a good brand. Purchase at your own risk! But they look cool!

 Episode 42: OpenSnow With Joel Gratz Founder & Skiing Meteorologist | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:17

OpenSnow Website OpenSnow Facebook OpenSnow Twitter OpenSnow Instagram This is the first time The Travel Agent Interview features winter travel and this episode is awesome! If you know a skier or snowboarder this App is on their phone! OR, IT SHOULD BE - Seriously, GET IT!!! The OpenSnow App is a must piece of technology for your winter adventures. Today's guest is Joel Gratz, a skiing meteorologist and founder of OpenSnow. He and his team give winter sport enthusiasts their daily fix of snow forecasting. Join us to learn the beginning, inner workings and trip tips from the snow man himself, Joel Gratz. OpenSnow was created by a team of local weather forecasters who are life-long skiers and riders. During the winter, our forecasters write "Daily Snow" updates that will point you toward the best snow conditions. You can also use our mountain-specific forecasts, webcams, and snow reports to find the best snow. Over 1.5 million skiers and riders use OpenSnow, and we are so glad that you are among this group. If you like what we're doing, tell a complete stranger about us during your next lift ride. Our featured travel professional available for travel planning is Michelle Tatum. You may remember Michelle from the Hawaii episode. She does hot and cold! Ooo lala!Special Guests: Joel Gratz and Michelle Tatum.Links:Snow Forecast | Ski Report & Conditions | OpenSnow

 Episode 41: Coventry, England, WWII History Buffs Must See and UK City of Culture 2021 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:46

Family Travel Episode to Coventry, England: Ever wonder why Lady Godiva rode her horse naked? Coventry is where that story originated and also where we get the expression "Peeping Tom"! If you visit England please put Coventry on your list. The historical value and beauty of the Cathedral, even it is ruined state, are truly treasures to behold. Bring tissues if you cry easy. Read the plaques! We learned a lot and have a great respect for the people of Coventry and their ability to recognized and start reconciliation prior to the end of WWII. Good lessons! Castle Coombe Abbey is near to Coventry and offers excellent walking paths that are stroller friendly and has an excellent play ground. Stay in the four star hotel or just enjoy the grounds for the cost of Parking! The War Memorial Park is another excellent open space with sports fields, paved paths an place of remembrance for WWI and WWII. In the summer it offers a fantastic splash pad for children to cool down. Parking is pay and display. Ask you travel agent to put you at the Holiday Inn. It is centrally located, has a great breakfast and has dedicated parking. Special Guest: Joseph Chapa.Links: Visit Coventry and Warwickshire Coventry Cathedral - St Michael - Visit Coventry and Warwickshire Coventry's New Cathedral - Visit Coventry and Warwickshire Coventry public art: Lady Godiva statue - Coventry Telegraph Coombe Abbey Hotel - No Ordinary Hotel in Warwickshire War Memorial Park | Coventry City Council

 Episode 40: San Francisco Bay Area Travel Show Featuring Travel Professional Academy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:59

This episode is being published early in Liu of Monday's episode. As this is time relevant and incredibly interesting Megan thought you wouldn't mind. Enjoy! The San Francisco Bay Area Travel Show is happening SF / Bay Area / February 17 – 18, 2018 Santa Clara Convention Center. This event caters to globe trotters and persons potential interested in working in the wonderful world of tourism. Big name travel media celebrity presenters include Rick Steves, Samantha Brown and Pauline Frommer. Included along side these celebrity personalities are travel industry celebrities Anita Pagliasso and Richard Earls. Anita and Richard formed Travel Professional Academy to encourage and mentor new and experienced travel professionals to career success. During the show Anita and Richard will be at the Travel Professional Academy booth #1736. If you have ever considered a career in the tourism industry stop by and brainstorm your travel dreams with them. Megan shares her personal experience and testimony to their knowledge and dedication to coaching young business persons. Additionally, Anita and Richard will be presenting on, "Turning your Passion for Travel Into a Successful Business", on Sunday the 18th at 11:30am in the Destination Theater. Special Guests: Anita Pagliasso and Richard Earls.Links: Travel Professional Academy - Home San Francisco Travel Show Speakers | Travel Experts - Travel Shows San Francisco Travel Show | Travel Show California - Travel Shows Las Vegas Travel Agent Forum – #1 Event for Independent Travel Professionals

 Episode 39: The Ultimate Poling Adventure on the High Seas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:37

This is an active vacation like no other. The Pole Cruise USA makes its debut in November 2018. If you are a pole dancer or want to try out the sport this is a unique way to learn with industry experts. Instructors include US Champions to coach you to better fitness through the challenge workout of pole dancing. Have a listen to this weeks episode to hear what a typical day on a pole cruise looks like. Kara Lee also outlines her interesting path from practicing corporate law to organizing some of the most unique itineraries at sea. Australian listeners will be pleased to hear the additional cruise options that are available to them sailing out of Australia.Special Guest: Kara-Lee Taible.Links: POLE CRUISE USA - HOME — Limited Space - reserve your spot now on this first ever POLE CRUISE USA! Tickled Pink Travel — KaraLee's parent travel company webpage. Australian East Coast Pole Cruise Website — This one is sold out BUT watch out for an announcement coming shortly for the next high seas adventure for east coast AU! Find them on FB @eastcoastpolecruise

 Episode 38: The Hunt For Northern Lights Cruise with Shari Kavalin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:47

Shari Kavalin is back with her good nature, gift for planning unique itineraries and love of cats. If you have ever wanted to cruise with fellow cat lovers on a Celebrity Cruise Line out of Florida... OR... Hunt down the Northern Lights on an adults only, brand new, ultra luxury liner this is the episode for you! Shari give great details on both the Hunt for the Northern Lights cruise itinerary and the amazing new ship. If you are familiar with the Viking River Cruise model of luxury, all-inclusive style cruising you will love how Viking has applied it to their new, luxury, ocean vessels. These ships hold under 1,000 passengers and can sail into waterways large ships just can't navigate. The typical person hunting for the northern lights bundles up, and trudges into the cold in hopes for seeing the lights while they struggle to stay warm. Why not float in luxury accommodation, in the right ports, at the right time of year with a hot chocolate or champagne instead? Shari, has a group started and has a few remaining cabins. Check this off your bucket list in 2019. Reserve your space now because it's a small ship! unsplash-logo Jonatan PieSpecial Guest: Shari Kavalin.Links: Website for Hunt For the Northern Lights Cruise Itinerary — This is a SMALL LUXURY LINER. Do not delay if you have interest in this exciting bucket list cruise.

 Episode 37: Family Travel: 72 Hours In Brighton, England, UK with Children | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:01

Megan, Joe, Orya and for the first time Joey, the two year old, lay out a 72 visit for families in Brighton. This is a great walkable, or busable destination for families even in the winter! Game plan: Day 1 arrive afternoon at the beach and pier Day 2 Brighton Sealife Center Day 3 Brighton Pavillion and lanes Day 4 Wake up and roll out!Special Guest: Joseph Chapa.Links: SEA LIFE Brighton - Official Website Brighton Pavillion Welcome to Brighton Palace Pier

 Episode 36: TAI: Aruba with Rose Forest ACE | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:55

Rose Forest missed her calling she should have been in the travel industry from DAY ONE. Once Rose visited Aruba she was hooked! Attaining her ACE credentials she plans Aruba vacations for her clients with ease. The interview covers: Aruba's many beaches and their characteristics nature based excursions water activities currency language safety driving options weather culture visa requirements flight options The episode ends in a "where would you go with unlimited funds but a limit time frame" brainstorm session. Where did we decide to go? Traveling Prayer ~ St. David's Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MY, published in Readers Digest, year unknown. I know, O God that wherever I travel, you will be with me. There is nowhere I can go, no situation I can face, which is outside your love and strength; and so I commit myself into your care and keeping on this journey, knowing that at all times I am in your hands. AmenSpecial Guest: Rose Forest.

 Episode 35: Mental Health Benefits of Travel with John Dennis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:05

John Dennis, LPC, NCC, ACS joins Megan to talk about the mental health benefits travel can produce. This episode is a therapy session you want to hear again and again. Its also a great exposure to a licensed counselor that has a popular mental health blog and soon to be podcast of his own. Travel Agent Tip: Share this episode! Your therapist has spoken, you NEED to vacation!Special Guest: John Dennis,LPC,NCC,ACS.Links: Parents & Families, Individual and Couples Therapy l Harrisburg, PA 17109 — Connect with John Dennis and read his mental health blog!

 Episode 33: Jim Cloonan on Travel Professional Training Events | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:06

You should be using a travel agent and using one with professional training. [Enter]Jim Cloonan, owner of Travel Show Marketing Group. Midweek Special Episode - oooh la la! This episode is an interview with Jim to detail the types of training available to travel professionals at TSMG Conferences and why its so important to attend. Are you a travel agent that needs guidance, specialty training? This is your event. This is the BEST INDUSTRY to work in. After listening Travel Professionals will be registering by the dozen and the rest of the listeners of this program will be trying to become travel agents! Who else gets to attend events like this!? Conference links are below and my own host agency's contact information just incase you do want to join all the fun that is the Travel & Tourism Industry.Special Guest: Jim Cloonan.Links: Las Vegas Travel Agent Forum – #1 Event for Independent Travel Professionals — The official website for the Las Vegas Travel Agent Forum! Psst! Here's a secret! Use this code for an Early Bird Registration rate of just $90. Promo Code: 4952 Home - Travel Show Marketing Group Travel Show Marketing Group — Travel Show Marketing Group's website where details can be found for all shows! Contact Us — Who to contact from Exhibitors to Agents! Welcome to "Ticket to Travel"! — This is the host agency I am an independent contractor with. I love this community of Home-based Travel Professionals. If you ever thought of becoming a travel agent yourself I think this is a great place to start!

 Episode 34: TAI: Wine Maker's Cruise 2018 and Bonus Nevis Material with Keith and Martha Powell | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:47

Two of my favorite guests Keith and Martha Powell return to talk about all of their wine and craft beer experiences offered for 2018. These include the 2018 Fall Foliage Wine Maker's Cruise with Holland America Cruise Line, 2018 River Cruise on AMA Waterways (sold out), a Nevis Tourism bonus and a special Brew (read beer) Cruise on a Royal Caribbean Ship! See the links below for details on the Fall Foliage options. "If I had to charge all the wine tasted and special events on this cruise to my on board account... I would have had quite a bar bill. That's the beauty of this cruise, the formal wine tastings, special events and other amenities were included. It was a lots of fun and the wine was wonderful." ~ Donna, past guestSpecial Guest: Keith and Marth Powell.Links: WineMaker's Cruise Home — Home page for the October 6 -13, 2018 Fall Foliage Wine Maker's Cruise! Welcome to James Arthur Vineyards — “Crushing it for 20 years!” What started out as a hobby has turned into a popular Nebraska destination celebrating 20 years of business. James Arthur Vineyards in Raymond, NE opened its doors on September 13th, 1997. Since then, the winery has hosted thousands of guests, including visitors from every state and numerous countries from around the world. “When we first planted grapes as a hobby nearly 24 years ago, I never envisioned we would be where we’re at today,” said Jim Ballard, part-owner and winemaker at James Arthur Vineyards. “The last 20 years have been an incredible journey.” Owned by James Arthur and Neenie Jeffers and Jim and Barb Ballard, JAV is Nebraska’s largest winery and is located just north of Lincoln. Surrounded by nearly 20 acres of grapes, wine production is also supplemented by a number of Nebraska grape growers. Over the years James Arthur Vineyards has earned numerous accolades for their wine including Best of Show Awards for their Edelweiss and Vignoles wines as well as recognition for the business including the Lincoln Independent Business Association’s Gambler Award and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Tourism Development Award. “Our mission from the beginning was to create a product that Nebraska could be proud of and then to provide a great experience for all our visitors. I think we’ve been able to accomplish that, plus some in the past 20 years,” Ballard said. Itinerary for Wine Maker's Cruise Oct 6 -13, 2018 — This is the cruise ship and port itinerary for the Fall 2018 Wine Maker's Cruise as provided by Holland America Line. PLEASE NOTE: To book into the actual activities and Wine Maker's Cruise you need to book directly through Martha and Keith Powell. It is an exclusive event not available to general cruise passengers.

 Episode christmas2017: Christmas 2017 Podcast and 2018 Preview | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:39

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...

 Episode 32: TAI: Love Learning Languages with Kerstin Cable or Creative Language Learning Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:46

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!


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Meganchapa says:

This podcast is short, content driven and FUN! You won't wait around for the point - its all interesting and these bucket list worthy trips are worth the listen!