Travel By Lisa
I was bitten by the travel bug at a young age! I completed travel school in October 1988. Afterward, I immediately started working at Kingdom Tours in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Kingdom Tours was a wholesale company specializing in vacations to Disney, Florida Beaches, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Nassau, the Bahamas. It was a great experience learning about this end of the travel business. It would serve me well later in my travel years.
In 1994, I decided to try retail travel. I worked at a fantastic agency called Absolute Travel. While there, I really learned how to be a travel agent. I had some outstanding teachers who taught me well. In 1995, I started working at AAA North Penn in the Scranton office. I worked in the Scranton office for a couple of years. After having my son in 1997, I transferred to the Honesdale branch. Working at AAA North Penn for over 22 years.
In February 2018, I decided to venture out and open "Travel by Lisa." Since, I have been so fortunate to travel to some fantastic places like England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Liechtenstein, Turkey, Greece, Monte Carlo, Mexico, Iceland, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, Vietnam and several islands throughout the Caribbean. I have been to many places here in the United States too. Hawaii, Alaska, California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, and Florida just to name a few. My career has allowed me to sail on over 56 cruises and river cruises in Europe and Asia. I have done Ocean cruises in Europe, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean. With having traveled to all these places I found that I can share my experiences with clients of Travel by Lisa.
Covid has had such a devastating impact on travel. Life in the travel business changed in March 2020. It was hours of hold time trying to get through to cruise lines, tour companies, airlines, and railways. Once you got through, you would have multiple bookings that you had to cancel, change or get a refund. Everyone assumed that by the fall of 2020, things would be back to normal and that did not happen. There was round after round of cancellations, changes, and refunds. This happened on some of my bookings up to 4 or 5 times.
In November of 2021, having grown tired of Covid problems and protocols, I decided to start working at Viking Cruise Lines remotely from home. Viking provides excellent river, ocean, and expedition cruises. I knew an immense amount about Viking and loved dealing with their clientele.
The Creation of Travel By Lisa's Better Together Tours.
In April 2022, I had to have an unplanned surgery, forcing me to go on leave from Viking for six weeks. During this time, I decided that I wanted to return to my business. The main reason was that I missed my clients and the friends I made along the way. Group travel has always been a favorite of mine. Past group travelers have often told me how much they loved traveling in groups, especially with me as their escort—they say that they don't have to think about anything. They can sit back, relax, and enjoy the vacation. So, when I returned to my agency, I decided to dedicate most of my time to group travel. A friend suggested the name "Better Together" since traveling is always better together. I took the idea and ran with it, creating Travel by Lisa's Better Together Tours!
Travel By Lisa will still be booking travel ventures for individuals, couples, and families by doing cruises and tours. I will be booking the air with these cruises and tours if needed, but I will no longer be handling just air-only bookings. If there are any questions, please feel free to reach out.