Reason #1 to use a Travel Agent Save Time & Stress!
Sometimes I get questions from people I meet expressing curiosity about why people use a travel agent. Well, I have a perfect example of something that just happened to explain one reason.
I have honeymoon clients getting married on Friday. Yesterday we received notification that the flights changed dramatically- as in multiple connections and they would arrive to their destination a day late!
Since we are so close to their departure date the number of available flights from their departure city to their destination were slim to none. I was on the phone literally the entire day with the airline, the tour operator, and my resort contacts to figure out the best options to get them to their destination as planned.
Imagine if your wedding or your big departure date was only days away and you had to spend one whole day stressing about a change in your itinerary and how to resolve it. This is where my role as Travel Agent comes into play. I use my experience and contacts within the industry to find the best solution for my clients so they don’t waste time, don’t have additional stress and can enjoy their celebration.
Keep Calm and use a Travel Agent! #callatravelagent
Categories: Bahamas, Beaches, Best travel agent, caribbean, Exumas, Golf, honeymoon, romantic, vacation
Tags: exuma, island routes, ocean safari, sandals emerald bay, sandals resorts, swim with pigs, swimming pigs, swimming with the pigs
So, are you or your partner an avid golfer? Even if you’re not a golfer do you enjoy scenic views?
Imagine this – you travel to paradise with some of your closest friends, the guys go off golfing in the morning while the ladies go to the spa. You love to golf too? Then enjoy a foursome on a gorgeous Greg Norman course with views on the back nine that are second to none. Then, after your complimentary round of golf, enjoy afternoon cocktails with a few of the sea!
I can make this happen! Contact me at Melissa@MyTravelingPanda.com I can help you book your (golf) trip to paradise!
Categories: Bahamas, Best travel agent, caribbean, Exumas, Golf, honeymoon, romantic, travel, vacation
Tags: back nine, bahamas, exuma, golf, greens fees, greg norman, my traveling panda, par, sandals emerald bay
Business trips for a travel agent are a little bit different than your average business trip. I have the privilege of visiting beautiful destinations and staying at magnificent resorts. And often, the red carpet is rolled out. These trips can be exhausting too- visiting countless resorts in a couple of days. But, I find them informative and I love seeing resorts firsthand, so I can speak intelligently about a property with my client.
Today, I embarked on a two week long business trip. First stop, Sandals Emerald Bay in the greater Exumas of the Bahamas. I’m so excited to spend a few days enjoying this glorious resort!!
My sister knows me so well- she always find the cutest travel themed gifts for me, this is the latest one.
I love these notecards! I may have to save one and put it in a frame :-)
My sister said, “I bet you’ve visited all the places on the notecard” and well, she’s right, I have. If there’s a place you see on this notecard you want to go, let me know and I can help make your travel dreams come true!
In just a few short days I embark upon a two week journey to the Caribbean… I know tough work, but somebody has to do it!
My travel starts in the outer islands of the Bahamas at Sandals Emerald Bay in the Exumas.
From there I’ll travel to Turks and Caicos where I’ll spend a few days at my friend’s seaside villa.
Finally, I’ll spend just over a week in Mexico. For part of my trip I’ll join a group of travel agents where we will tour and visit several resorts in Riviera Maya and Cancun. Finally, end my trip with a few days and Playa Mujeres.
I love my job as a travel agent and I am beyond excited to lay my eyes on these glorious locations and share my knowledge and experience with you.
Contact me for complimentary travel planning :)
Categories: Beaches, caribbean, Exumas, Family vacation, honeymoon, romantic, travel, Turks and Caicos, vacation
Tags: bahamas, emerald bay, exumas, Honeymoon, mexico, my traveling panda, summer cacation, travel agent, turks, turks snd caicis, vacation
When Beautiful Bride asks me to write an article for their publication, I tend to focus on some of my honeymoon hotspots such as Mexico, Jamaica, Europe, Hawaii, etc. This time, they asked if I could focus on a new destination that didn’t require a passport. The US Virgin Islands is the perfect fit! Here is the article I wrote for the Winter/Spring 2015 issue. Enjoy :) and be sure to let me know how I can help you with your next vacation! Here is the link :) Pages from BB Winter Spring 2014-15
As you may know, my younger sister Jessica fights a daily battle against Multiple Scerlosis (MS). On the outside, you would never know the struggles she faces each day – she endures the pain and challenges with both courage and strength.
Each year, she forms a team, The LeClaire Lions, to raise money for the MS Society. This year, My Traveling Panda is a proud sponsor of the team shirts! My adorable nephew Benjamin models the 2015 shirts :)
If you would like to learn more about MS, or to make a donation, here is the team link.
I wasn’t sure to expect upon visiting Athens. I’ve had friends who visited here with mixed reviews and many of my clients who want to visit Greece say they don’t really consider Athens as a priority. So I wanted to answer the question I get asked by my clients, “is it worth a visit?”
I arrived Athens after I’d been to Santorini and Mykonos, which are absolute gems of the Greek Isles. I’m very pleased that I spent a few days discovering this Ancient city so I can share with my clients what they can expect WHEN they decide to visit, because YES, it’s worth it!
I took an Athens free guided walking tour, I visited the Parthenon, did some shopping and of course ate delicious Greek food!
Categories: Athens, Family vacation, Greece, honeymoon, travel, vacation
Tags: ancient, athens, europe, greece, greek, mediterranean, my traveling panda, parthenon
This summer I took a guided tour through the Italian Lakes which also stopped in Lugano, Switzerland.
The day we there was Swiss National Day. It was also a cold rainy summer day. So, what does one do on a national holiday where all the stores and restaurants are closed and the weather is not very corporative? Get creative!
here’s a photographic journal of what I did that day.
Took part in a parade
Went paddle boating on the lake
Enjoyed a McCafe Espresso, with a view
Listened to traditional music
Admired the view