The Lounge with Travefy Academy

The Lounge with Travefy Academy

Join Travefy as we speak with industry leaders, experts and veterans to hear their story on how they built their business and their perspectives on where the industry is going. Welcome to The Lounge.

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April 30, 2021 20 min

In this episode, we chat about the future of travel and how to make sure your business is ready for the industry's comeback! We talk with industry veteran, business coach, and author, Geraldine Ree on how advisors can take advantage of this time before the world gets back to traveling.

Recorded on April 29, 2021

Visit Geraldine Ree’s Website: https://www.geraldineree.com/

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In this episode, we talk to Erica Graham, owner, and operator of Paper Planes and Passports, and learn how she got started in the industry and how her business thrives today! She shares a glimpse into how she started Paper Planes and Passports but also how she's helping agents build their dream travel businesses too.

Visit Paper Planes and Passports' Website: https://www.paperplanesandpassports.com/
Instagram: instagram.com/...

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Traveling until no one is foreign is Global CommUnity’s outlook and they do this by inspiring once-in-a-lifetime family travel. During this podcast episode, we learn more about Global CommUnity and how other travel agencies can incorporate community-driven memories into every trip.

Visit Global CommUnity Travel’s Website: https://globalcommunitytravel.com/
Facebook: Facebook.com/GlobalCommUnityTravel
Instagram: instagram.com/nooneisfo...

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Accelerate your marketing with a podcast! During this episode, we chat with A. Lynn Blanco, Host of The Travel Agent Podcast who shares her tips on creating an engaging podcast. We discuss ways that any travel advisor can start a podcast and why it can be an easy way to market and promote your business!

Visit Travel Agent Podcasts' Website: thetravelagentpodcast.com
Instagram: @thetravelagentpodcast
Clubhouse: chthefutureoftr...

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During this episode, we talk to Courtnie Nichols, a luxury travel designer and CEO of The Compass Collective. The Compass Collective is a travel consultant company that helps to create diversity for a more successful business. Courtnie addresses the current problems in the travel industry and how we all can help to change it and make it more inclusive for everyone. 

Visit The Compass Collective Website

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During this episode, we talk to Dana Zificsak, certified travel agent and owner/business coach of Guts Grits Goals. Dana shares tips on how she stays motivated amidst a difficult time in the travel industry. She also shares multiple actionable ideas and ways that travel advisors can maximize their marketing and sales with clients right now!

Access the link Dana mentions in the episode here: https://www.gutsgritgoals.com/idealist

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During this episode, Cyndi Williams shares her insight into this year’s unique wave season. We discuss her thoughts on what this year might look like and how you can make the most out of marketing yourself and travel.

Visit Careers on Vacation at https://wanderlustceo.com.
Find Cyndi on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram


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In this episode, we talk with Stephanie Goldberg-Glazer, owner of Live Well Travel Often about how she ended up in the travel industry and how she keeps her business thriving. We discuss different marketing tactics like the power of networking to growing your clientele and other tips for new or old Travel Advisors to implement into their business.

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2020 has been an impactful year for the entire travel industry, but we’re hopeful for 2021’s big travel comeback! We hosted a Facebook Live event on December 7, 2020 and chatted with travel industry experts—from travel advisors to travel media—as we unpack what this year has taught us and where the industry is headed in 2021.

Expert Panelists include:

- Ian Elliott, TravelOnly
- Jamie Biesiada, Travel Weekly
- Margie Jordan, Jordan Exe...

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Have you ever wondered how Travefy became an all-in-one software for travel advisors? The story might be different than you think! The Lounge chats with two of the founding team members, David Chait and Scott Rutz as we hear how Travefy got its start in the travel industry. We also discuss some of the many business lessons they learned along the way to grow Travefy and pivot into the software that it is today.

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Danielle Dybiec is a travel industry veteran. She started out building travel itineraries for tour suppliers and then founded her own travel agency, Nine Muses Travel. Danielle began sharing a weekly newsletter to market and keep in touch with her clientele but once the pandemic disrupted the travel industry in early 2020, her weekly newsletter became a connecting bridge to her clients. Danielle shares what makes her newsletter mar...

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In this episode of The Lounge, we talk with Jeff Pawid who has worked on both sides of the industry, as the advisor and also as the supplier. Jeff has worked with numerous travel suppliers and shares his favorite parts of working with advisors directly and what challenges suppliers can face and how to overcome those. We also learn more about Jeff and how he found himself in the travel industry in the first place!

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In this episode, we chat with Debi Mitchell, agency owner and founder of Wish Upon a Star With Us Travel. She shares insight on how she grew her business to $9 million in sales annually and the lessons that she has learned along the way. Debi is always finding ways to better her leadership skills and talks about the importance and value of always growing so that your business continues to excel with you.

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In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Black Travel Alliance was formed in the travel industry bringing awareness to build a more inclusive and diverse industry. During this podcast, we chat with Kelley Woods, a founding member of the Black Travel Alliance and learn how travel companies and travel advisors can help bridge the gap between the current divide. Kelley also shares what it’s like running her travel business...

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There's never been a more important time to support the travel and tourism industry through advocacy organizations like the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA). Join us on this episode of the lounge as we speak with Erika Richter , the Senior Director of Communications of ASTA to hear her outlook on the industry.


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In this episode of The Lounge we talk with Evie Strange of Wonderland Adventure Company about how she's handling pivoting her business, going virtual and staying positive during COVID-19.

Learn more at: http://wonderlandadventureco.com/

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Finding creative and fun ways to stay engaged with clients is key to creating loyal, repeat clients for years to come. On this episode of The Lounge we chat with Brandon Foster of Magic Lamp Vacations on ways he stays in touch with his clients and how he sees the industry starting to emerge post COVID-19.

Learn more at: https://www.magiclampvacations.com/brandonfoster

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During difficult times like COVID-19 it's easy as a business to want to retreat or hibernate, Thomas Carpenter speaks into why it's important and how travel businesses can continue to engage with their local communities during difficult times.

Learn more at: https://www.huckleberrytravel.com/

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