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Travel Insider Spotlight – Get to Know Kelly Monroe

 

June 1, 2019 | View PDF

What excites you about being a travel advisor?

Every day is something different! It’s like travelling around the world in the course of a day when I’m helping my clients plan their trips to Hawaii, Bangkok, and beyond.

How long have you worked in travel?

I started in Miami in the ‘80s then joined Orange Park AAA in the ‘90s. In fact, I still have clients from there, like Gary, who calls me several times a year and we plan trips for he and his wife or their extended family.

Has technology changed how you connect with people?

Actually, I work more on a face-to-face basis now, than in my earlier years. I like to schedule appointments where I can sit with my clients and get to know them. I’ve also found people enjoy looking through the brochures, maps, and online information together. I like to suggest things they may not have thought of - to put a special twist on their trip!

What should people know about you?

I’m not here to tell you what to do. I’m here to guide you and provide detailed information, like the countries with currency where you can get the most bang-for-your-buck and how to understand ever-changing travel regulations. My firsthand experience allows me to provide helpful advice, like what new cruisers should expect so it’s not overwhelming. I really enjoy helping people! I’m honored to have been awarded the #1 Travel Agent of the Year for 2018, by the AAA Auto Club Group this year. It’s a wonderful acknowledgement.

Top 3 Insider Travel Tips:

1. Always attend the welcome dinner on tours. It’ll give you a chance to meet fellow travelers and see who you’d enjoy sitting near (or further away from).

2. When flying, select a bulkhead seat. This lets you avoid having a reclining seat in front of you and often has more flexibility when adjusting your TV distance and viewing angle.

3. Packing cubes are a lifesaver, especially if your journey entails unpacking multiple times. They let you sort and store similar items together like clothing, chargers, and toiletries for easy access. Oh, and compression bags are great for sealing and keeping dirty laundry away from your clean clothes!

Top 3 Insider Travel Destinations:

1. South Africa – start in Johannesburg with a visit to Soweto and the Apartheid Museum, Sun City, and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Don’t miss the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park where you may get to see African Penguins

and South Atlantic Right Whales along the coast. Cape Town and the Cape Winelands are picturesque with some of the country’s oldest and most beautiful estates. Enjoy bountiful vineyards and wine tastings.

2. Ireland – visit the island with two countries. You’ll find English speaking locals and pleasant, friendly. Visit Dublin, Galway, Cork, Killarney and its pristine National Park, or Kilkenny...one of my personal favorites! Round out your trip with stops in Belfast, Derry, and the Giant’s Causeway. It’s a fascinating site along the Northern coastline steeped in legend and lore.

3. Iceland – take a flight nonstop from Orlando to Reykjavik, the world’s most northern capital. It’s beautiful in winter and you’ll find it less crowded. Be sure to explore the Golden Circle’s picturesque landscape, geysers and waterfalls. The Northern Lights are

amazing! No visit would be complete without enjoying a relaxing soak in the geothermal hot springs, an Icelandic tradition and bucket-list experience.

NEED HELP DECIDING THE PERFECT CITY OR THE BEST TIME TO VISIT A DESTINATION?

With over 35 years of experience, I share my passion for travel and provide valuable insight to help you make the most of your vacation. You save time, money & stress. I do all the work! I’ll research and compare multiple offers, provide access to exclusive AAA pricing and value-ads for cruises, tours, hotels, rental cars and more.

• Online registrations, boarding passes and electronic documents printed for you

• Members and non-members welcome, Monday thru Friday 8:30AM-5:30PM

Ask me how to take advantage of exclusive AAA Travel benefits and AAA Vacations® amenities, such as:

• Onboard Credit, Excursion Vouchers & Priority Check-in

• Complimentary Inclusions & Specialty Dining Experiences

Contact me today!

Kelly Monroe (904) 825-0298 ext. 2225 or [email protected]

 
 

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