I have always had a fascination for exotic places and fell in love with ships when I was young which is probably why I took the saying, "Join the Navy, See the World" so literally.
I think back to when I younger and would have a few days off in a row from work . . . I would look at a map, pick a point, not really caring where I ended up. I would stop and sight-see whenever it felt right.
I considered studying travel after high school but ended up going the direction that my family wanted me to go, nursing. I should have done it my way.
I spent some time in the Navy but my tour of duty didn't lead to much travel. However, the first two years were on a sub-tender and in the short time that I spent at sea, I loved it and I was hooked.
I am a Certified Travel Associate (CTA), having earned my designation from The Travel Institute, the oldest and most respected non-profit certification organization in the travel industry.
These credentials require that I have at least 18 months of travel industry work experience, completed rigorous certification and testing, and continue to fulfill stringent education credit requirements each year. Much like an accountant or doctor with their respective credentials, my CTA designation means that I am committed to upholding the highest standards of my profession while providing expert advice to my customers.