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Do you love travel? Are you always searching for the absolute best experiences? Join us each week for an insightful chat with some of luxury travel’s most iconic people. We’ll interview travel experts like Robert Bowe who has been part of the guest experience at Ashford Castle for 33 years; Jamie Gaymer, the lead conservation manager at an ultra-luxe safari lodge; or the Owners and General Managers of some of the world’s top hotels like Amangiri, Canaves Oia, and Zannier Hotels. You’ll leave ...
 
A Travel Agents Journey, On The Travel Agent Podcast, we explore the trials and triumphs of the travel agent's journey, and our guests share the lessons they've learned along the way. We look to inspire and encourage the travel community to learn, share, and build together. Join our Travel Agent/Advisor Community on Facebook www.TTAPGroup.com Be sure to join us every Thursday as travel professionals share their stories and see how their knowledge can improve your travel business! Learn more ...
 
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I know it's just started, but 2022 already feels HARD! If you feel that way, too, I have some suggestions to help you get through this month, and come out the other side feeling a little more hopefully, and ready for all the GOOD that 2022 is sure to bring... Want to get on the waitlist for Insiders? Learn more here: https://www.travelgeniuses.com/…
 
Here’s the inside scoop on this episode. In late 2021 I traveled to the Galapagos and thought it would be fun to try something new on the pod. My goal was to capture the stories of locals, guides, and even some of the wildlife through sounds and live experiences. So what you’re about to hear is a compilation of interviews, live sounds from our expl…
 
Robert Bowe is one of the top guest experience managers at Ashford Castle in Western Ireland. Ashford may be an 800 year old castle, but it’s also a modern day icon in the world of luxury travel. Driving up to the castle, you’ll feel like you’re in Camelot - you’ll first see the lush green grounds set next to the ocean. Then you’ll discover the his…
 
This is my favorite week of the year - Christmas is over (including all the shopping, and wrapping, and baking, and parties) but things are still slow. Many people are still off work, and just not back into real life yet. It's the perfect time to think about and get excited for the new year. But first... I have 3 questions you should answer before …
 
Today we’re headed into the heart of Burgundy for an education on French cuisine and hospitality. We’ll start by meeting an infinitely interesting cast of characters - first, my guest Bérangère Loiseau. Then we’ll learn about her mother, Dominique (a biochemist turned top hotelier) and finally, Bérangère’s world-famous chef of a father, Bernard Loi…
 
Today we’re discussing the historical destination of Malta. This small chain of islands in the Mediterranean Sea has been smack dab in the middle of African, Arab, and European conquests for over 7,000 years. If the word Malta conjures up cute white puppies and James Bond like movie scenes, I think you’ll find that’s not quite the truth. Our guest …
 
Today’s show is about the evolution of travel - from the golden age of plane travel starting in the late 40s, to the excesses of the 80s, to the rapid changes brought about by the internet, 9/11, and the Covid-19 Pandemic. My guest today is one of the most influential people in the luxury travel world, Matthew Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso Travel. Matt…
 
This time of year can be really stressful for a lot of people. There just seems to be so much we have to do, and not anywhere near enough time to do it all. Except... how much of that stuff do you really HAVE to do? Could you adjust your expectations (personal and business) and get rid of some stuff on your list? That's what we're discussing in thi…
 
Imagine yourself standing in a huge square… light glinting off gilded gates adorned with sun shaped medallions. The scent of lemon trees and orange blossoms fills the air. You’re surrounded by the spirit of some of the most important historical figures who have ever lived. When you realize you’re not in a dream, you’ll see that you’re standing at t…
 
This week we’re exploring the most remote corners of the world. In Antarctica - heading deep into the continent to uncover the South Pole. In the Pacific - diving the depths of the Mariana Trench, and in the tropics - visiting uninhabited islands that few people have ever stepped foot on. All this and more can be had with the advent of Expedition Y…
 
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. Thanksgiving is more than the turkey, it gives us time to ponder upon what lessons we learned and how we can spread kindness around. It's also a time to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives. We appreciate you so much. Happy Thanksgiving Day! This Thanksgiving, send a mes…
 
Today… we’re going skiing! And not just in Colorado, or Utah, or California - but all over the world from Chile, to Japan, to Italy and France. Our guests today are the brother and sister team, Rick Reichsfeld and Richelle Blanken. The duo grew up skiing competitively, both raced in college, and then Richelle even raced professionally. When Richell…
 
I've been noticing a shift in my use of social media, and I think a big change in the way people use social media is heading our way. I want you to be ahead of it! So I'm letting you in on my predictions. I'm also preparing for 2022, and would love to know how I can best help you. I've set up a quick survey at www.travelgeniuses.com/survey to make …
 
Today on The TAP (Travel Agent Podcast), we interviewed Tammy Fink. This was such a fun episode. We discussed last-minute ideas for Black Friday and how to WOW your clients with meaningful and memorable physical products. Check out our FAM to South Africa 2022 TheTravelAgentPodcast.com/famtrips Join our Amazing Travel Agent Community: https://www.t…
 
I’m so excited today to be speaking with travel lover and true renaissance man - Bill Bensley. If you haven’t heard of Bill, you’ve CERTAINLY heard of some of the hotels he’s designed. World renowned projects like Capella Ubud, Four Seasons Tented Camp, Shinta Mani and more. Before any of these were notable on the world’s stage, before any of them …
 
We’re taking you on a journey today to the inspirational country of Rwanda. While not often first on the list of most travelers, those who make it here are absolutely captivated by the people, who have rebuilt their lives and their country so authentically. After a warm welcome, visitors to this nook of Africa will then be further blown away by lik…
 
Today on The TAP (Travel Agent Podcast), we interviewed Ja’Vonne Harley. We talked about how her career has evolved over the last 20+ years and that staying true to her vision and plan is the driving force of her success. Join our Amazing Travel Agent Community: http://www.ttapgroup.com/ Does your Travel Business specialize in a specific type of tr…
 
Today we find ourselves strolling along the coastlines of Taormina, the historical walkways of Palermo, and in the shadow of the gorgeous Mt. Etna. I’m so excited to be chatting with my friend, Barbara Iaccarino to dive into the fascinating island of Sicily. Any mention of Sicily conjures up mafiosos eating cannoli and stunning coastal vistas - but…
 
In today’s episode of TAP, meet Lori Hepp, owner of Playa Bella Weddings, and Travel. Starting her career as an airport employee to managing a multi-million dollar leisure travel agency, and is now a successful Destination and Group Travel Specialist. Lori has merged her passion, experiences, and expertise to create a remarkable wedding experience …
 
I’m so excited today to be chatting with the CEO of a place that is near and dear to my heart, Canyon Ranch. Canyon Ranch is a pioneer in the wellness industry, a place where you can get away from the stress of everyday life and focus on what is most important. That focus is different for everyone who visits the ranch - whether you need a mental br…
 
I'm just going to come out and say it - I think a lot of these "websites for travel agents" not only don't HELP you grow your travel business, but do a lot to HARM your business. In this episode, I'm sharing why I think that, and offering some (fairly) simple things you can do to change that.By Christy Camren
 
Today on The TAP (Travel Agent Podcast), we interviewed Anita Powell. We discussed her long career in travel and how she decided to create the Africa Hub, a learning resource for agents. The Travel Agent Podcast is going on tour, go to TheTravelAgentPodcast.com/famtrips for all the details. Join our Amazing Travel Agent Community: https://www.ttapg…
 
Today we’re soaking up some island vibes in the British Virgin Islands. So, imagine yourself on the island of Virgin Gorda, with swaying palm trees in the background, a pain killer drink in hand, and some of the most stunning views in the Caribbean. Now open your eyes and you’ll find yourself at the Rosewood Little Dix Bay. Dig a little deeper and …
 
Today on The TAP (Travel Agent Podcast), we interviewed Stephanie Cannon. She is the owner of SC Travel Design, a travel advisor for over 15 years. Prior to becoming a travel advisor, she worked in the corporate world as Certified Public Accountant, financial and budget analyst. Tune in as she shared her story on how she shifted her career from the…
 
I’m so thrilled today to be speaking with travel Guru, Wendy Perrin. When I first met Wendy, I was totally fan-girling, and was even more surprised when I asked her to come on the show and she enthusiastically and quickly said.. Yes! I’ve since found that this enthusiasm defines Wendy. From her desire to help promote travel, to excitement about lea…
 
Today on The TAP (Travel Agent Podcast), we interviewed Jason Hunt. The co-founder of Merged Media, a digital marketing agency, your one-stop digital shop that takes care of all your digital marketing needs. His expertise helps business owners and entrepreneurs established a strong social media presence. Tune in as we discussed how social media can…
 
Today we’re visiting the most bio geographically diverse country in the European Union to explore dazzling waterfalls, UNESCO protected medieval villages, snow capped mountains, and sandy black sea beaches. But you may have never heard of these treasures as they are all hidden in plain sight, behind the large as life myth of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. …
 
Today on The TAP (Travel Agent Podcast), we interviewed Haley Whitelaw. We discussed her passion for travel and how sustainable tourism and the Truth and Reconciliation in Canada go hand in hand. The Travel Agent Podcast is going on tour, go to TheTravelAgentPodcast.com/famtrips for all the details. Join our Amazing Travel Agent Community: https://…
 
Today you’ll come face to face with a polar bear, see a herd of twenty elephants passing by your picnic setup, and hear the wings flap of 500,000 monarch butterflies. The topic of today’s show is nature travel, and my guest is Ben Bressler, Founder and CEO of Natural Habitat Adventures - a company that achieves their mission of conservation through…
 
I LOVE books, and I'm kindof famous for recommending the BEST books to help in certain situations. In this episode, I'm sharing some of my favorites - around mindset, money, business, and life. You can find links to all of the books and other resources mentioned in this episode at www.travelgeniuses.com/episode59.…
 
Today on The TAP (Travel Agent Podcast), we interviewed Haley Whitelaw. We discussed her lasting love for the Travel Industry and the different paths travel has taken her. The Travel Agent Podcast is going on tour, go to TheTravelAgentPodcast.com/famtrips for all the details. Join our Amazing Travel Agent Community: https://www.ttapgroup.com/ TheTr…
 
Imagine yourself floating in crystal clear, turquoise waters with fringes of palm trees rustling in the breeze, and not a soul in sight. This may sound like a fantasy but it happens with regularity in the Maldives. This gorgeous chain of atolls sprawling across the Indian Ocean is one of the best places on the planet to disconnect and feel immersed…
 
Today on The TAP (Travel Agent Podcast), we interviewed Sarin Raj Founder of Traveluxepro. We discussed how she stayed connected to her clients through her newsletter allowing her to book once in a lifetime Bucket-list trips for 2022 The Travel Agent Podcast is going on tour, go to TheTravelAgentPodcast.com/famtrips for all the details. Join our Am…
 
I’m excited to take you to one of my favorite countries today, the Sultanate of Oman. Located on the edge of the Arabian Peninsula, this hidden gem boasts rugged mountain ranges bursting with roses, terraced orchards of pomegranates, vast sand dune deserts, and date palm fringed oases dotted with crystal clear limestone pools of water. One of the b…
 
Today on The TAP (Travel Agent Podcast), we interviewed David Eisen, the owner of LuxRally. We discussed his winning strategy during covid. David has earned himself record profits this year with no signs of slowing down. Join our Amazing Travel Agent Community: https://www.ttapgroup.com/ Don't forget to check out our Swag Shop:)…
 
We’re shaking it up today with a panel of experts on one of my favorite countries, Thailand! Together we’ll explore the bustling capital of Bangkok, stunning national parks, and the culture of this fascinating country. Our guests today are: James Beard Award Winning Chef, Andy Ricker, who lives in Chiang Mai and is an expert in Northern Thai cuisin…
 
Today we’re whisking you away on a captivating journey aboard the Venice Simplon Orient Express. With a history dating back to 1883, this train route has transported aristocrats and historic figures like Tolstoy, Trotsky, Marlene Dietrich, and Lawrence of Arabia. Many of the cars of the Venice Simplon are original cars from the 1920s and all are pa…
 
I know there are a lot of new agents joining the industry right now. And for a lot of experienced agents, you're restarting your business after this long... pause. And things might not be growing as quickly as you'd like... In this episode, I'll share why that might just be a good thing! Here are the links to the resources mentioned in this episode…
 
Today’s show is about Alaska and two of it’s top luxury lodges, Winterlake and Tutka Bay Lodge. But it’s also about so much more! Our guest is owner and chef, Kirsten Dixon and after our recording I was asking her to be my mentor! Alaska is a destination that captures the imaginations of people from all over the world. It’s pristine beauty and rugg…
 
Today we’re traveling the globe searching for unexpected experiences, off the grid lodges, and truly customized adventure activities. One of my favorite places to look for this unique combo is to my friends at Eleven Experience. With Eleven you don’t have to sacrifice the comforts of luxury to experience some of the world’s most breathtaking landsc…
 
Today on the TTAP (The Travel Agent Podcast) we look back at Minnie discussing how staying organized and having a passion for making clients' travel dreams come true are major keys to building a successful business. Join The Travel Agent Podcast on tour, click HERE for all the details. JOIN OUR NEW FACEBOOK COMMUNITY www.TTAPGroup.com…
 
Today we’re whisking you away to Scotland, the land of castles, whiskey, and tartan. But there’s more to experience here than just the typical stereotypes. Whether you’re coming for magnificent neolithic ruins, to cycle across the country, or to revel in some of the most authentic festivals you’ll find anywhere in the world - Scotland has something…
 
Instead of diving into a gorgeous hotel or fabulous destination, we’re jumping headlong into the nuance of family travel with my partner, and one of the world’s top experts, Magali Dechelette. So often our clients think that kids need to be in their teens to enjoy Europe, or that family travel is just too difficult. So we’re here today to dispel th…
 
Today on The TAP (Travel Agent Podcast), We interviewed Tiffany Layne and talked about her business model, fee structure, and exciting new travel technology. Join The Travel Agent Podcast on tour, click HERE for all the details. JOIN OUR NEW FACEBOOK COMMUNITY www.TTAPGroup.com Get your planner at www.TheTravelAgentPlanner.com…
 
Our guest today is Robin West, Vice President and GM of Seabourn Expeditions - one of the first ultra-luxury companies to dive into expedition cruising. Whether you find yourself in a state-of-the-art submarine, basking in the Northern Lights, enjoying a gourmet meal onboard, exploring the untouched coastlines of Greenland, or indulging in a world-…
 
With Canada re-opening its borders soon to tourism, I’m excited to welcome our first Canadian guest on the show. We’re headed into the countryside of Quebec today to chat with Jason Stafford of Manoir Hovey, one of the top hotels in all of Canada. Though it’s set in French Canada, Manoir Hovey was actually designed after George Washington’s estate …
 
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