#SandalsGameChanger ~Our Girl Is On A Winning Streak!

Life’s A Trip Travel recently attended the Chicago #SandalsGameChanger 2015 Unveilings. An event where Sandals & Beaches resorts invites a select number of travel agencies and their agents to come meet with their executive team. We learned all about the future of the brand and how they are gearing up to “Change The Game” in the all-inclusive industry!

There was also an awards ceremony held during the #SandalsGameChanger to acknowledge a select number of their top travel agents. Of course at no surprise to us, our girl was at it again… 1st winning the #LEGENDSOFLOVE contest for writing about how she first fell in love with Sandals Resorts and then being awarded the “Chairman’s Outstanding Sales Achievement Award”! Keep up the amazing job you are doing and Congratulations to Jennifer, our little Sandals Queen!

*Pictured- Jennifer & Stuart Levy -Business Development Manager for Sandals & Beaches Resorts/ Jennifer & Mr. Gary Sadler -Sr. Vice President Sales for Sandals & Beaches resorts.

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Jennifer received an personal invitation to attend Sandals Resorts Rising Stars Event hosted at Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa located in beautiful Castries, St. Lucia. An awards ceremony was held towards the end of her stay to acknowledge the top 5 “Best of the Best” Rising Stars. 

Unbeknownst to Jennifer, she was called on stage and awarded “TOP WEDDING PRODUCER” out of all of her peers! Jennifer has also retained the title of “Preferred Sandals/Beaches Specialist” for the 3rd consecutive year in a row! Bringing our agency from “Certified Sandals/Beaches Specialist” to the higher more coveted preferred status!

We are so proud of all that Jennifer has accomplished in such a short time and happy to have her as part of the Life’s Trip Travel Family!

*Pictured above- Jennifer & Andre Wade- Director of Industry Relations for Sandals & Beaches Resorts

3 Things To Know About Your Travel Professional

#TravelAgentAwareness Week!

Romance Travel By Shannon

Back in the day (not that I am that old wink wink)  travel agents were basically the only way people were able to book airline tickets, hotels, rental cars, and vacations.  Storefront agencies were all over.  People would walk in, sit at the desk and tell the “agent” they want to go to (fill in the blank with your favorite destination).  Then the travel agent would get up and go to the “brochure rack” and  hand them to the client to look at. They would book airline tickets and PRINT them , call up Disney world or a Cruise line to book the reservations.  This was kind of like going to a “record” store and buying a new album.  Wow, have times changed.
Fast forward 25 years, the internet is here, there is an APP for everything.  There are people out there that have never heard of a travel agent!  There…

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Beaches Resorts -Beaches Negril

The aftermath of hurricane Joaquin followed me to Jamaica starting things out a little rough! My 3 hr 50 min direct flight turned into almost a 5 hr direct flight so we could fly around it! Having an amazing flight crew helped! We made a giant Southwest Birthday cake, all the brides & grooms to be got veils and crowns made out of peanut bags & napkins, extra snacks for all, did air exercises that really turned into cleaning out back seat pockets for garbage but was a good laugh! And our pilot, WOW, I didn’t feel the wheels touch the ground when we landed ‪#‎HeGotAHighFive‬

Customs/Immigration was a breeze in part due to our late arrival and with the new kiosks I cleared that bad boy in less then 30 minutes (woohoo)!! Something tells me this will not be the case when I return in December (wink wink Club Mobay)! My transfer to property was immediately ready, thanks to Perry our awesome tour guide/driver, we had a beautiful smooth ride with 2 awesome honeymooning couples (1 of the couples from Australia, over 20 hrs in flights to get to MBJ made my flight look not so bad)!

Upon arrival at the resort, I was greeted by the GM and Sales Managers smile emoticonEveryone in Club Sandals was like who is that girl and I’ll tell ya, this trip I was a photographer, nurse, school teacher, hehehe!!! Then off to see my gorgeous and gigantic room which could have easily slept 8 comfortably! Then I headed to the beach and I have to say in all of my travels to Jamaica I have never experienced weather like this, strong winds (to the point I was actually a little chilly), the beautiful calm caribbean sea was no where to be seen, wish I had a surf board (or could surf for that matter) because those waves were no joke! And then there on the sand, the demon haunting the caribbean in abundance had finally showed its ugly, smelly face in Jamaica- SEAWEED!

But it did not stay for long due to the top notch GM at Beaches! He was right out there with his staff clearing the beach for guests to enjoy. The next morning I woke up at 5 am (not sure why but I can’t sleep in the caribbean, afraid I will miss something, lol), so I head straight to the beach and there the GM is again, helping clean that beach! In between all of that he was hosting myself and 2 other agents! And he is the social media king, Facebook, twitter, instagram but I gave him a run for his money 🙂 I truly am not sure when this guy sleeps but by the end of day 3 his efforts had paid off, the weather calmed and the beach was back to its beautiful self!

Sorry for the long post! So grateful to Mr. Whitehead and his team for their hospitality! I swear Jamaica gets more beautiful with each visit! More to come and tons of beautiful pictures to go through! And a BIG thank you to my clients for their patience and understanding when I travel! Also, my mom for helping with my babies and doggies!!!