Monday, July 30, 2018

Meet Stacie

Today's blog post is a Q&A session with Stacie Palma,  Owner of Dreams Come True Travel LLC

Stacie at Sandals Royal Barbados

Where do you call home? Barbados (although I live in the US!)

Tell us about your family:
  I am married with two children who will be 21 and 26 this year

Where have you traveled?
Hawaii, Florida, CA, NYC, NJ, MA, PA, MD, CT, NC, SC, Las Vegas Nevada, New Hampshire, Canada, Maine, Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC, Bermuda, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Antigua, Saint Lucia, Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados 

Favorite vacation destination?
Barbados - and my heart's true home!

How long have you been an agent?
10 Years

How did you first become a travel agent
? I helped plan Walt Disney Vacations for friends and family.  

What is your favorite Walt Disney World Resort? Grand Floridian
What is your favorite Walt Disney World attraction? 
Winnie The Pooh Ride
Favorite Disney restaurant? 
What is your favorite vacation memory? My Destination Wedding which was held at Beaches Turks & Caicos

What is your travel specialty? Honeymoon & Destination Weddings & Family Vacations

Your specialty is honeymoon and destination weddings, at which Sandals Resorts excel.  What is your favorite Sandals Resorts property?
Sandals  Barbados & Sandals Royal Barbados
Favorite activity while there?
Hobie Cat
Favorite restaurant?

What makes you passionate about being a travel agent?
I strive to ensure each and every client is taken care of with the same standard of excellence and to make sure they are aware of all options for making an experience they will always remember

What is your most memorable client experience?
I had booked a Connecticut family of 4 who were traveling to Miami to take a cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines.  I received a call at 4am in the morning saying they were at the airport and the flight had oversold,  and there were no seats available.   I advised them which actions to take and was able to communicate with the Cruise Line on their behalf to ensure they made their cruise. My clients  arrived at Miami International and a Manager from Norwegian was waiting for them with a limo and took them directly to the Cruise Terminal where they were able to board.  This experience is a classic example of why having a Travel Agent is so Important to be available 24/7 and known to always be their for you pre, during and post travel!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Meet Paula

This weeks blog is an interview with another agent with Dreams Come True Travel LLC - 


Where do you call Home?

Tell us a little about your family:
We are a retired military family.  My husband and I are both veterans.  I have 5 daughters and 2 grandchildren.

Tell us a little about where you have traveled:
I have traveled all over the USA, Sicily, Italy, The Caribbean and Germany. I have been to Disneyland and California Adventure with my children many times.

When did you become a Travel Agent and what led you to that decision?  
I have been an active agent for 2 years.   I became an agent because Stacie introduced me to Sandals and Beaches Resorts, and I fell in love.
What do you consider your travel speciality?
My travel specialty is Sandals/Beaches...Sandals Ochi in Jamaica is hands down my favorite. I fell in love with Paddle Boarding while visiting.  My favorite restaurants there are Le Gourmand, Valentino's, Kelly's Dockside and Soy!

What is your favorite European country to visit?
My favorite European country is Italy, and Sicily in particular. Very romantic. My husband and I met and got engaged there.  Fantastic food, friendly people, amazing culture and ruins! And I love all Italian food. Limoncello is something everyone should try.

What is the best part of being a Travel Agent?
Being able to give clients an amazing experience makes me passionate. I love seeing their photos and hearing about their adventures!

What is your favorite vacation memory?
 Getting engaged in Taormina, Sicily  and spending the night in a beach side hotel with the balcony doors open and the full moon shining in. It was stunning. (Sadly, no pictures...I don't even think I owned a camera at the time!)

And finally, do you have a personal travel goal?
My personal travel goal is to visit each of the 50 states, and see the "important stuff" within that state. I am about halfway there!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Meet Jana!

Our blog is happy to announce we are adding agents!!  Jana has already written a few posts for the blog, but has not been properly introduced so today we will remedy that....

I was a “military brat” and am now a military wife.  My dad was active military, and my husband (my high school sweetheart) is also military and while I was raised in Central Florida, we are currently in North Carolina.  I have three girls between the ages of 8 and 12, all princesses all drama all the time LOL. I have two daughters with specials needs one who is on the autism spectrum, and I have tons of experience traveling with children with special needs in addition to being an IBCCES Certified Autism Travel Professional.  
I have had the opportunity to travel to Jamaica, Barbados, ALL over the United States, including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Alaska.  Sandals South Coast is my favorite couple’s destination.  While I love all the Sandals resorts I have visited,  there’s just something extra special to me about South Coast Jamaica.  The neo classical inspired architecture of the resort surrounded by misty mountains on one side and the ocean on the other is so lush and tranquil.   The extremely friendly service of everyone there just adds to the ambience to make it my favorite place. 

My favorite family vacation destination is Walt Disney World.  My must sees (and eats!) there are Animal Kingdom, Space Mountain and Coral Reef.

My favorite vacation memory was when my immediate family moved from Maryland to Florida when I was 14 because my Dad accepted a job position in the Bay Area. The transition was hard and stressful so at the end of the school year we took 3 long weeks and explored just about anything and everything we could in Florida: Disney World, Universal, Cape Canaveral, museums and multiple beaches - you name it and we probably saw it in those 3 weeks!

I feel travel opens your eyes to different cultures, new cuisines, different ways of life and magnificent creations. Everyone should travel and experience other cultures and discover more of the beauty you never knew existed.  Moreover, I also feel it is so important for people to get out of their daily grind and experience something fresh, new, and relaxing at least once a year in order to destress and reprioritize and refocus on what is really important in life.  

I love to travel, and I want to invest my time taking my family on adventures, and helping my friends, family, and clients experience some of the same adventures with their loved ones.  I became an agent about a year ago, however, I have worked in the travel industry since 1998 when I started working as a Cast Member for the Disney Reservation Center when living in Florida.    My favorite travel agent success happened just recently.  A military couple was forced to cancel their traditional home town wedding due to an unexpected and quickly approaching deployment.  I was able to help them rescue their wedding by booking a last minute Wedding Moon to Barbados for them.   Its opportunities like this that make this job so rewarding!

I specialize in The Caribbean, Walt Disney, Sandals Resorts, Cruises

Monday, July 2, 2018

Happy 4th of July!!!

When one thinks of the 4th of July, one can't help but think of ....


Walt Disney World


Utah Beach Memorial, France

London Olympics 2012!
Ready to cheer on USA Womens Olympic Soccer Team against Canada in the semi-finals!  

Flag at the American cemetery in Normandy, France

Flag flying over the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, HI

And American Pride!
USAF Thunderbirds

Patriotic clothes (French and American) made out of parachutes to celebrate the first anniversary of the liberation of France - Utah Beach Museum

Display at Duxford Imperial War Museum in England honoring Jimmy Stewart's military service.