Olga L

Travel Agent

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Where Your Travel Style Comes First Who I am and why I’m here Travels with Olga It is never easy answering questions about oneself and why they do what they do. I am a registered travel counselor in Ontario, Canada, for those that are not aware all travel agents in Ontario must be registered with TICO in order to sell travel. In short, TICO (Travel Industry Council of Ontario) is a self-managed, not-for-profit corporation, responsible for administration and enforcement of the Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002 and Ontario Regulation 26/05 on behalf of the Ontario government. For more information about TICO click the link above. Most of my life I was either involved in event management or some sort of retail management. I guess I am a take charge type of person, I see what needs to be done and I get it done, so I am told. Although much my life I dreamed of far off places and what it would be like to visit, know the cultures and experience life in those regions. I have always had a passion for travel and what it has to offer to those who are seeking to travel and learn new things I enjoy planning alongside my clients. Your unique travel experience should always come first. For me, travel makes a storyteller out of all of us, from taking that first flight to your desired destination, experiencing new cultures, seeing the wonders of the world and much more. Forming the relationship with my clients goes way beyond what one can receive from online booking engines, and reviews on the internet. They are wonderful starting points to plan your next adventure but having a travel agent on your side means you are not going it alone, I am only a phone call or message away to help and assist where I can while you are on destination after all your vacation is an investment in you and your relaxing time away from your everyday lifestyle. As an agent I work closely with destination coordinators within the industry from resorts to Tourism Boards, forming relationships with suppliers, I have become knowledgeable on what destinations, resorts, excursions and so on would best suit you based on your specific needs. We do familiarization trips (Fam Trips) to destinations and inspect resorts are out there for my clients so that I have the right knowledge to pass onto my clients. Many people think Fam trips are a cheap way for travel agents to get a vacation, well I am here to tell you that is not the case. Travel agents attending these Fam Trips are working at all times, sure there is some downtime so that we can enjoy the resort or areas as a tourist would otherwise how else are we to tell our clients about a great resort or destination out there for them. It is amusing to hear how many people think travel agents no longer exist but at the same time it is troubling to think that people do not know the value of having a good travel agent. I look at it this way, I go to a professional advisor for my financial needs such as mortgages, loans, banking, and investments. When you break it down, a vacation is an investment it costs you, your hard-earned money and your downtime from everyday life. You want it to be enjoyable and carefree as possible while still remaining spontaneous. My belief is that travel should be enjoyable to every member of a family or group, choosing the right destination for everyone can be somewhat challenging along with knowing all the changes in the travel industry for an amateur traveler. I think I covered the ‘Who I am’ part pretty much. So back to ‘why I am here?’ To enlighten you on the benefits of having a good travel agent in your corner. To give you travel tips, destination news, travel talks, organizing group travels, travel deals, and sometimes even funny travel jokes. Happy travels to everyone and hope to be able to assist you with your travel needs. Let’s chat about your next adventure, contact me at olga@northstartravel.ca or 519-774-2670

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