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KEEP CALM, You Have a Travel Agent 

Reason #14 to have a Travel Agent 
If something goes wrong, even before your trip, I can help. 

I often get asked if people still use travel agents. My simple answer is YES! My services are free and I offer you a tremendous value by saving you time and money. Here it’s just one example of why a travel agent can benefit you. 


I have a client (she is traveling with a group of eight passengers to celebrate a big birthday) whose reservation was canceled unexpectedly just weeks before their departure due to a fire at the resort. If my client had made this reservation on her own, she may have panicked or spent precious time dealing with the situation. But, since she used My Traveling Panda, my client did not have to stress about their new travel plans. I took care of everything for her and her group, from brainstorming alternative solutions to best meet their needs, to finding a new resort, to negotiating a better compensation package than was originally offered and taking care of expediting refunds and extending dates for new deposits. 

This is just one example of how a Travel Agent can save you time and money. 

It’s easy to KEEP CALM if you have a TRAVEL AGENT!

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Getting Organized with Simply Organized

One of my dear friends, Heather Rogers, is a small business owner. She is a personal organizer meaning she can help you organize your home, office, garage, etc. She can help you eliminate clutter, downsize, and free up time and space in your life. 

Not only is Heather a successful small business owner, but  she is also a cherished friend. She help me when I was downsizing for a big move. Thanks to her expertise and skills I was able to “lose a lot of weight” and not have as much “stuff” weighing me down during my relocation. 

Heather recently published a book outlining many of her organization technique, “A Simplified Life”. 

Recently, I was lucky enough to have Heather and her husband travel with me. We went on a little book tour around Tuscany (see below). 


For more information on where to purchase the book or how to get organized, visit the Simply Organized website. http://simplyorganizedyou.com/

From what information on how to plan a trip anywhere, including Italy, contact me 🙂 melissa@mytravelingpanda.com 

Ciao!

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Honeymooning in Mexican Paradise

I can’t believe I have not published this yet- I guess I’m a bit of a blog slacker…!

This article is from the Fall/Winter issue of Beautiful Bride; it features one of the most popular destinations for my honeymooners, destination weddings and family vacations- MEXICO!

Over the summer I had the good fortune of spending nearly two weeks in the Riviera Maya region (I know, tough job, but someone has to do it!). I truly love this region of Mexico.  The resorts are top notch, the food is to die for and the people are so friendly.

I am based in the ATL, so many of my clients are based in the Southeast.  Traveling to Mexico is not only a short and easy flight, it is also an affordable getaway. This article features some of my favorite resorts and activities in this region of Mexico.

Thank you for reading and HAPPY TRAVELS!

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Not a Bad Start to My Two Week Business Trip

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!!

  
  

   
       

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I ❤️ Travel

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!

  

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Jamaica: One Love Honeymoon Destination

My friend Heather, who is a small business owner and personal organizer (Simply Organized) inspired me to start writing more blogs. So here I am, finally posting my article published in the Fall/Winter 2014 Beautiful Bride magazine. As the article states (and as you may note from some of my earlier posts), I spent a couple of weeks in Jamaica this summer. While there I visited 15 resorts! I really like seeing and experiencing the resorts where I send my clients. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and wisdom with my brides, grooms, families, etc.

Here is a nice write-up recapping some of my insight from my summer.

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Support MS & look cute during your next vacation!

Want to look stylish on your next vacation and support a good cause at the same time? My nieces and nephew are making these adorable handmade bracelets to raise money to Fight MS. My sister bravely battles MS each and every day if her life. Her amazing kids do their best to raise money in support if the cause!

The bracelets are $10. Here is the link. Please message me with any questions. THANK YOU!

http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/GAAWalkEvents?px=10455323&pg=personal&fr_id=25189

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Jamaica, here I come!

I am sitting at the airport waiting to board my flight to Jamaica. During my two weeks, I will stay at 4 different resorts and tour a total of 15! I am so excited to learn more about these properties so I can share my knowledge with my clients.

So far, everyone is really excited for me (well, my Mom is a little nervous). The one thing that is throwing people off is the fact that I am traveling by myself. That’s right- I’m tripping it solo!

I am sure there will be a few awkward moments, but I will soldier through and have a fabulous and educational trip!

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Ciao Bella! Honeymoons & Romantic Holidays in Italy!

Thinking or a honeymoon or a romantic getaway to Italy? Here are some highlights from Melissa at My Traveling Panda. Whether you visit this amazing country by land or sea, this article talks about some must visit destinations.

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This is Melissa’s most recent article, which can be found in the Winter 2013 issue of Beautiful Bride magazine. You can find your copy at bridal shops and news stands in Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Southern California. Here is the link for the PDF of the story! Honeymoons in Italy

Ciao!

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My Traveling Panda wins 2013 Bride’s Choice Award from WeddingWire.

brideschoice 2013 Atlanta, GA, January 23, 2013 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, is thrilled to announce that Melissa Dutton and My Traveling Panda have been selected as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® 2013 for Travel and Honeymoon Planning in Atlanta and Northeast Georgia. This is the second year in a row My Traveling Panda has won this prestigious award.

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. My Traveling Panda’s selection as a Bride’s Choice Award 2013 winner was selected based on the positive experiences expressed by past clients on WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews. While many industry awards are given by the host organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with My Traveling Panda.

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® 2013 are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on professional achievements from the previous year. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients. As a Bride’s Choice Awards winner, My Traveling Panda is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.
“Each year, WeddingWire looks forward to celebrating the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Now in its fifth year, the Bride’s Choice Awards® program continues to recognize the elite wedding professionals who exemplify a commitment to quality, service and professionalism. These businesses were chosen by our bridal community for their responsiveness and dedication to their clients over the past year. We are honored to recognize My Traveling Panda for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

My Traveling Panda is thrilled to be one of the top Honeymoon Travel Agencies in Atlanta and Northeast Georgia in the WeddingWire Network of sites, which include leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® for 2013.
For more information about My Traveling Panda please visit http://www.MyTravelingPanda.com. To learn more about the Bride’s Choice Awards®, please visit http://www.WeddingWire.com/brides-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire®, the nation’s leading marketplace serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 reviewed wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers. WeddingWire also offers a comprehensive suite of online planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire is the only all-in-one marketing platform for businesses online and on-the-go. WeddingWire offers one simple solution to build a professional network, improve search visibility, manage social media and reach mobile consumers. Businesses that advertise with WeddingWire appear on WeddingWire.com, ProjectWedding.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com, Brides.com and Weddingbee.com.

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