Dear Travel Agents/Advisors,
I have been posting blogs about how to succeed as a travel agent since 2017. Once in a while, I post other types of blogs that are not specific to travel agents, but more about kindness, empathy and caring for others. For those who know me, I really believe in being kind, and that if you don’t have anything nice to say, avoid making a fool of yourself and don’t say anything at all.
I’m not sure how long you have been reading my posts and blogs, but in case you don’t know much about me or my reasons for writing and wanting to help travel agents/advisors, here is a very short version of the story of my life. I call it The American Dream.
I was born in Brazil, and in January of 1988, my husband, my 1-year-old son and I came to Los Angeles. All we had with us was $2,000 and 3 suitcases. We lived in a 1 bedroom, where we slept on the floor. It was a very hard beginning.
All of the ups and downs of almost 35 years belong in a good book with lots of laughter and tears. The point I want to get to here is that I started to work as a travel agent, and soon after that I decided to start a tour company that specialized in Latin America. The company became very successful. When Travelzoo started, we had a weekly Top20.
Eventually, I sold that company, and years later I started another one with a partner.
It came to a point in 2016 that I felt that I had worked enough, I had conquered enough. My husband and I live in a beautiful home, we travel extensively throughout the world, and we have more than enough material things. We are also blessed with successful and happy kids.
These are my beliefs:
– If I do something I love, I don’t ever need to work a day in my life.
– I can’t take material things with me when I die – only my good deeds and my legacy.
– I truly enjoy seeing people succeed, life is not a competition.
– I have so many blessings to count, and am especially grateful to this country. I love to pay it forward.
So, if you are reading this blog for the first time, or have read my other blogs, please know my true intentions. I am truly cheering for you!