Paula Kay

Paula Kay

 Paula Kay   I’ve secretly wanted to travel the world ever since I studied geography in grade school. And I get almost as much pleasure out of planning other people’s trips as I get out of taking my own.

One of the top certifications you can have in the travel industry is CTC, Certified Travel Counselor. This can be achieved only through the Travel Institute, which has been providing certification for owner/managers as well as top-level producers nationwide since 1964. After burning a lot of midnight oil and passing a grueling, three-hour test, I achieved my goal.

The CTC designation provides clients with the assurance that they are dealing with a professional who is knowledgeable about the industry, the kind of advisor you want as an advocate.

Early in my career I began to gravitate more toward Australia than any other country. I have since been designated by Tourism Australia as a Premier Australia Specialist. I have made 10 trips to that wonderful country to maintain that status. Additional certifications include:

  • A Tahiti Tiare—Tahiti Specialist
  • A Fiji Matai—Fiji Specialist
  • KATS—Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist
  • Small Ship Specialist
  • Accredited Cruise Counselor

My husband says I would rather live out of a suitcase than stay home. He’s not too far from wrong. Here are a few of my favorite travel experiences:

  • Riding The Ghan Railroad through the Outback of Australia
  • Seeing the closely-guarded 16,000-year-old cave art with an expert guide at Font de Gaume in France
  • Seeing a duck-billed platypus in the wild on a moonlit night in Tasmania
  • Visiting the Gold Room at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Snorkeling in the warm, crystal-clear waters of Tahiti
  • Watching a late-night tango show from a front-row seat in an intimate lounge in Buenos Aires
  • Getting up close to some of the roaring cascades of Iguazú Falls in Argentina and Brazil

“Life is a book, and those who do not travel have read only one page.” –St. Augustine (354-430).

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