February 28th, 2014
You want to go to travel and tourism college? Once you obtain the necessary travel and tourism degree, then what? Tracy Snelling, an account manager at Atlas Travel International, a travel agency in Milford, MA, never went the traditional route of going to travel and tourism college, but she can tell you a lot about the career in store for you. The award-winning innovative company in products and services, not only prides itself in their excellent company culture, but her ability to help her clients. So what does it take to be a travel and tourism pro?
How Snelling’s Travel and Tourism Career Began
When Snelling was in college, she was drawn to work at a small agency in North Carolina part time. “I thought it would be nice to travel,” she recalls. “Little did I know it really wasn’t that much about traveling.” But the job did have its benefits. In fact, Snelling’s experience at Atlas Travel International landed her an accounting job. Sure, she was in the back of the Atlas office doing the books, but she soon realized her true calling on the job.
“When I realized that accounting would drive me crazy, I used my customer service skills and moved to the front office as a travel consultant,” explains Snelling who also worked on leisure trips and corporate reservations. “As a travel agent, I loved working with people to provide them what they were truly looking for in travel,” she says. Within a few years, Snelling found herself managing the travel and tourism agency, training agents, and more. Snelling’s largest account hired her to start their client services department. She then moved to Massachusetts where her travel and tourism career flourished. Read more »
February 24th, 2014
Fire – one of the most elemental, fascinating and potent phenomena in the history of mankind. Important for cooking, warmth, creating ceramics, glass; repelling wild animals, clearing fields for agriculture, fire has shaped mankind. However, it can be destructive and terrifying, destroying forests, homes and people.
In today’s green-conscious world, safe use of fire in outdoor leisure and travel settings has merited a lot of attention. Misuse of camping fires have caused tragic losses in wildlife, forests, homes and human lives. In some areas, use of open fires is banned completely in recreational areas for fear of wildfires. The use of fire pits can help to make safer use of fire possible. There are two basic types of fire pits – ones that are permanent and sunken into the ground and those that are portable.
The permanent types are great for back yards and patios as property-enhancing features. A pit is dug and lined with heat-retaining stones or bricks which protect the ground below the pit and keep the fire from spreading above ground. The in-place fire pit makes a wonderful focal point for back-yard marshmallow roasts, story-telling, and parties and barbecues. A permanent fire pit can also be piped for natural gas, which gives flexibility in areas where wood burning is prohibited during part of the year. Read more »
February 18th, 2014
Constant travelers who want to score the best deals in every continent that they step into should never do without a copy of travel and leisure magazine. This magazine which is well known as travel + leisure magazine provides the A lists of the best hotels, restaurants, wellness clubs, cruise ships, events and festivals, resorts and beaches, food and drinks, and other significant facts that are essential to the well-being of one’s travel itinerary. The travel and leisure magazine is a top rated, professional travel companion that would make sure you do not lose your way in every travel decision that you make.
The travel and leisure magazine used to be a compiled journal of travel photographs which placed emphasis on leisure travel and often features contributions from novelists, poets, travel columnists, artists, and avid travelers who are eager to share their acquired wisdom and serve as a helpful guide especially for those who are still neophyte in the realm of travel. The magazine publishes in a monthly basis and has several international editions such as China, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, and South East Asia though most of them were already defunct. Read more »