How to build a successful home-based travel agency: Interview 1

Written by Laney Williams on April 5, 2016

Welcome to Andavo Travel’s new blog series, “How to build a successful home-based travel agency.” Each month, we will interview one of our Andavo-affiliated travel advisors, in hopes that sharing their success stories will prove useful to those travel advisors new to the industry.

Diane Guercio

For our first interview, we spoke to Diane Guercio of WorldWise Travel, an Andavo Travel affiliate, and member of the Andavo Travel President’s Club since its inception in 2012, which recognizes those with top sales

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Luxury Hotel Review: Kanana Camp in the Okavango Delta

Written by Donna Evans on March 31, 2016

Kanana Camp, a Ker & Downey luxury tented camp, is located in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. This well-run property offers incredible food, service, and spacious accommodations. Your wake-up call is accompanied by coffee or tea, and there are cookies in your room if you require or desire a quick bite before you reach the breakfast table.

A baby stork

As the river rises and the plains accept more water, the bird life increases and nature is enhanced. Many migrating water

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Luxury Hotel Review: Ngoma Lodge in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Written by Donna Evans on March 29, 2016

Chobe National Park in Botswana is known throughout the world as a premier viewing arena for elephants. This park has nearly 200,000 elephants and in our couple of days visiting I am sure we saw at least 50,000 of these entertaining and wonderful animals. They love the water and each other; we could have spent hours watching herd after herd head to the water’s edge for a swim, a drink, a mud bath or just the opportunity to play with

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United Airlines flies high in my book

Written by Donna Evans on March 24, 2016

While the airlines are constantly getting complaints for one reason or another, I have found that United Airlines continues to “up” their game when it comes to their international service.

I have long been a premium flyer with United and never really thought their service matched other international carriers. I flew them for the convenience of having their hub in Denver (where I am based) and flying everywhere from here. In the last couple of years I have seen a HUGE

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Japan Airlines’ First Class Cabin Review

Written by Hao Tang on January 31, 2016

Since Japan Airlines unveiled their new first class product not too long ago, I’ve been itching to test it for myself. My wife and I spent Christmas/New Years in China last month and this was the perfect opportunity to check this off of my “to review” list. I booked us to fly from Tokyo, NRT to Chicago, ORD on Japan Airline’s 777-300ER.

As I approached the front of the plane, the senior attendant greeted me (smiled and bowed at a 47

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Airport Review: Japan Airlines’ First Class Lounge

Written by Hao Tang on January 28, 2016

On our recent visit to Asia, we decided to route through Tokyo on the way home so we can test out Japan Airlines’ new first class. We arrived at NRT airport in plenty of time to try out Japan Airlines’ first class lounge as well.

One of the lounge’s seating areas.

We breezed through the first class check in and headed to the private security line. It was an awesome perk as there were hundreds of people waiting to get through

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Luxury Hotel Review: Viceroy Riviera Maya

Written by Rod Lundgren on January 21, 2016

The Viceroy Riviera Maya is a slice of luxurious, tranquil jungle paradise set right on the Caribbean Sea. Every step of the way — from the check-in process, to the endless pampering, to the most luxurious villa we have ever had the privilege to enjoy — the Viceroy is in a class of its own. After staying here, it’s no wonder it’s been ranked the second best resort in Mexico and top 100 in the world by Conde Nast.

The minute

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Hotel Review: The Westin Playa Bonita Panama

Written by Rod Lundgren on January 19, 2016

Located roughly 30-60 minutes away from the airport (depending on traffic), and a good 10-15 minutes from Panama City (again, depending on traffic), the Westin Playa Bonita is a slice of tropical paradise! Upon entering the hotel’s massive lobby, you’re greeted with drinks, ocean views and a warm hospitality only found in this type of property. The resort features 3 infinity-edge pools, 6 restaurants, the Sensory Spa by Clarins, and business travelers can take advantage of over 20 meeting spaces.

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Flying with Pets: A Travel Advisor’s Experience

Written by Rod Lundgren on January 17, 2016

The last thing someone who loves to travel wants to hear is that you have to cut back on how much you fly. This could be due to a variety of reasons: finances, work, new baby, or, in me and my partner’s case, new puppies!

Prepping for puppy’s first flight!

Puppies require a lot of work, just like babies, so every hour of every day has been spent training, walking, feeding, bathing, grooming, and playing with our two brand new adopted

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Destination Spotlight: Copenhagen, Denmark

Written by Rod Lundgren on January 14, 2016

Copenhagen, Denmark

On a blustery day wandering the streets of Copenhagen, there was only so much a jacket, gloves, hat and scarf could do to keep me warm. Wanting to have an authentic Copenhagenian experience, I remember reading about this indoor market with some delectable food offerings. And since my partner and I had been walking a better part of the day to take in the sights, coffee and pastries were sounding pretty good right about now.

As we made it

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