As a child, I spent my school years in Philadelphia and summers on the Jersey coast. Each summer I would spend time looking over the breaking waves and wonder what was on the other side. This became my dream – to see the world. After collage, I became a teacher in New Jersey, where I met my husband. The first part of our marriage was spent in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and California – we moved a lot. My husband’s job required that he travel, and I got to go with him quite often loving every destination. We traveled to various places in Europe, the Caribbean and to Hawaii.
After a number of years, and with an early retirement, we moved to Florida. I am thankful for this move as he passed away at the age of 59. My travel days seemed to be over. My married, adult children were in three different states starting families of their own. It was much easier for me to hop a plane instead of them coming to me. That seemed to be the extent of my travel – so far…
Soon after, I was introduced to the Travel Industry, became a Certified Travel Advisor and was able to keep my dream of traveling the world alive. I met Kathryn; we eventually decided to team up and created TravelKatz. The rest of that story is now history! Being hearing impaired has never slowed me down since I have a special phone which helps me talk with our clients and take care of all their needs, without ever missing a beat.
Because I am Professional Travel Advisor, I am required to attend ongoing training, and am proud to do business under the umbrella of a leading Travel Industry Host Agency. I belong to the following Associations: CLIA, ARC and IATAN; and a Seller of Travel in required states. I am fully insured and bonded through that Host Agency.
My training resulted in Certificates from Langham Hospitality Group, American Queen Voyages, Holland America Cruises, Mayflower, Chile, Brazil, and Ireland, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, and Travel Guard Insurance, as well as being certified for several destinations in the United States. With our suppliers, we have great relationships. They help us customize vacations for you, our clients.
Being an Advisor trained in Special Events on Land and Sea, I am a member of a Master Mind Group and am a Certified Group Event Travel Specialist with other like-minded event coordinators, allowing me to stay current with industry information.
Locally, I am a member of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce and the Christian Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay (C3TB), a member of the Fort Cooper Chapter of the DAR, a member of the Garden Club of Crystal River, an avid golfer and duplicate bridge player. I am a proud mother to three wonderful, grown children and grandmother to five fabulous grandchildren. I feel very blessed with the amazing spouses my children have chosen.
TravelKatz has been a part of Salem Tampa for more than seven years. I believe that as a Christian lady, the Lord has been instrumental in having us be a part of FaithTalk Radio. I feel blessed by our association with WTBN and their sister stations. I want to thank Salem Tampa for the many opportunities they have given us in our community. We have helped them with the Pastors Appreciation Luncheon, the Ladies Event, and the famous Pastors Masters golf event among others. All resulting in travel experiences for each of the winners.
Tune in on Saturdays at 7am & 3pm to VacationNationRadio. From way above Ocala to Venice and all the way over to Lakeland and sometimes beyond that you can listen to our show on WTBN AM 570, 910, and 760 – Salem Tampa and the recorded podcast on our website, www.travelkatz.com . All Kathryn and I talk about is Travel…International Destinations, Travel Tips, Travel in the USA, and Cruises is our format.
If you are planning a Group Event coupled with a Vacation Experience, we are more than ready to help you plan your next Special Event on Land or at Sea!
Remember – A Group Is Two Or More!
~~Bon Voyage! Sandra