Part of what makes Tenon so great is our one-on-one mentality and desire to get to know our clients. We thought it was about time to return the favor and let you get to know us! Barbara, a Personal Travel Specialist, has been with us since 2012. Below she answered some questions about herself and her journey in the travel business.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Australia! It has been on my list for a very long time, probably since I was 13 years old. It’s just a very expensive vacation and the flight takes a full day. If I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right and spend a month traveling the country and jumping over to New Zealand.
Of all the unique foods you have had a chance to try in our destinations, what has been your favorite?
That’s easy! I had the opportunity to try haggis in Scotland. It actually wasn’t that bad! I would almost compare it to scrapple. (Haggis is a Scottish dish consisting of a sheep’s or calf’s offal mixed with suet, oatmeal, and seasoning and boiled in a bag, traditionally one made from the animal’s stomach.)
What are you complimented on most in your work?
Clients have been appreciative of the quick replies back. Traveling can be very expensive, so I take it very seriously in making sure every detail is accounted for in a timely manner.
If you had to choose one city that has been your favorite to visit, what would it be?
Hands down it would be Edinburgh. The building structures are so unique and majestic that it makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. There is so much to see and do, you can easily spend a week there. Would love to visit for the Military Tattoo!
What would be your #1 travel tip for a client who has never traveled abroad before?
If you are renting a car, get the additional insurance! In general, always have emergency cash on hand in case your card doesn’t work and pack clothes accordingly for the country you are visiting. On my first trip to Ireland, I packed 11 pairs of shorts and one pair of pants because I was going in August. Don’t do that!