“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

A Long, Strange Trip

As I prepare to burst into the next chapter of my life—total retirement—I’ve been thinking about my years as a travel consultant. I never dreamed my life would lead me there.

When my husband passed in 2004, I found myself somewhat adrift. I was doing a little bit of event coordination and some work on political campaigns, but I needed adventure. Enter my good friend and at that time my travel consultant, Chuck Ogg, who, with his wife Sandy owns TraveLink Services. Chuck asked me if I had ever thought about selling travel. I hadn’t, but it sounded interesting. So, under Chuck’s tutelage, I learned to be a travel consultant and Travel Haven was born.

I wasn’t your typical travel agent. I wanted to keep my client list small so that I could concentrate on the personalized service I wanted to provide. I always think of myself as a boutique travel consultant. I wanted to help my clients plan every aspect of their trips, researching everything about every destination: the weather, how to get there, where to stay, special events happening, and things to do and see. I learned a lot from that research and thoroughly enjoyed it. 

My clients tended to become friends and I liked that. Sometimes we traveled together on group trips which was always fun. I relished the time I spent with my clients, planning their trips and traveling with them. That’s what I’ll miss the most—my contact with them. But I hope that I will see them all throughout the years.

My time as a travel consultant has mostly been rewarding and fun. I’ve met many wonderful, interesting people around the world. I’ve traveled extensively to places I never thought I’d see—Africa, Japan, Australia, Russia, and my dream trip, three weeks in Italy.

There were times I wanted to tear my hair out when planning a complicated trip, but I enjoyed my final career and will be forever grateful to my friend, Chuck Ogg, for taking a chance on a complete rookie and teaching me the ropes. If you are looking for a new travel consultant, give Chuck a call at 407-896-8587 or email him at chuck@travelink-services.com.

Thanks for your friendship and support these last 15 years. Safe and happy travels!