A year ago I never would have imagined I'd be here...during a pandemic, starting a business, in travel no less. It involved taking a huge leap of faith...and encouragement from my boyfriend, who saw how much I loved travel and missed it.
I never realized how much I talked about it, or how I lit up when I heard snippets of people’s travel conversations. I’d find myself joining their conversation, whether they wanted me to or not. It was obvious to anyone chatting with me that I loved all things travel. And would talk for hours about it.
It was time….to get back into it. I didn’t know how to be honest. I had closed down my old travel agency business a few years ago, dissolved it, closed all my accounts and gave up my domain. Oh how it hurt, 10+ years of my life gone; I just had no desire to be that go-to booking agent for a good while. I only knew how to be that travel agent with my late husband by my side. And now, my old travel business name was no longer available. I had to start fresh, brand spanking new, from scratch. New business name, new website, new host agency, new everything. To say it was daunting would be an understatement.
For months, I’ve been talking to everyone about restarting, and working hard to make it happen. It’s been a painfully slow process. Choosing the right host agency, business name, registering with the state, having a logo designed, the details were mind boggling some days.
And then…Coronavirus happened. I wasn’t sure what that meant for me, as we all know, travel has been hard hit. It reminds me of my daughter entering college for travel and tourism in September 2011. She forged ahead and stayed in school. And now I am doing the same.
This is a rare opportunity for me, I now have the time I need to finally finish putting my business together. And to make the choice to, once again, be the travel entrepreneur and advisor I’ve always been. To be the voice of reason in a very confusing and difficult time.
I am here and ready to help in any way I can to answer travel-related questions, offer hope, and encourage you to reach out when the world opens up and book your travel with a travel professional who has your best interest at heart.
Here’s to my giant leap of faith!
With much gratitude
Patti Maxwell, CTA
Travel-Themed Movies I Recommend
“Stay home and hunker down” are not words that I, as a travel professional AND world traveler myself, ever thought I would give as advice. However, with the current COVID-19 situation and the need to be responsible, I totally understand that we all must socially distance ourselves and our family right now to help reduce the impact of this nasty new virus.
But, while I am willingly advising people to NOT travel under the current circumstances, I feel very strongly that we will all get through this together and the world will once again open its arms to receive curious visitors. So, while we may not be actively traveling, it is vitally important to keep on DREAMING about your next vacation or adventure.
Since we are staying home, and most schools are closed as well, I thought it might be a help to recommend some of my favorite travel-themed movies that can easily be found with the many streaming services that are out there. What better way to spend a couple of hours with your family than watching together, dreaming together and getting inspiration for your next trip?
And especially for the kids (but parents will like these too!):
So, pop some popcorn and cozy up on the couch together and start dreaming! This social distancing thing is looking better already!
When the world calms down and you are ready to turn your new travel dreams into reality, I am here to make it effortless for you ….Keep on Traveling!!!
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