Small Business Profile: Dreams Come True With Journey Pacific

Beach at Aitutaki-Cook-Island. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Journey Pacific strives to fulfill people’s travel dreams. Owner Colette Levine explained she founded her travel agency nearly 13 years ago when she was pregnant with her first son in Boston. She, her business and family then moved to Las Vegas, Nev., and Knoxville, Tenn., before relocating to Los Alamos in 2011. Her husband works as a construction manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The greatest thing about Journey Pacific is listening to my clients’ travel dreams and then helping make them come true,” Levine said. “From a basic week-long vacation in Fiji to an extensive tour around Australia and New Zealand, I truly love helping people create the perfect vacation.”

Levine said she also loves hearing about their trip when they return, adding that more than 70 percent of her bookings are repeats and referrals at this point.

Levine emphasized that a vacation is more than just an excuse to get out of work; a great vacation is medicine for the soul.

“I am here to help (people) not only plan a great vacation but also get them the best deals possible,” she said. “I have personal relationships with every resort owner/manager in Fiji and many others throughout the South Pacific. I will work hard for every customer to ensure their vacation is perfect and suits their particular needs and budget.”

She also emphasizes that if people work hard, they should play harder and that great memories with family and friends should be made as often as possible.

“No one ever lies on their death bed saying, ‘I wish I had worked more’ but so many of us wish we had traveled more. I would encourage everyone to do so now while they can,” she said.

Levine has a team of seven employees who help people explore the world.

“We are all ladies and scattered around the country,” she said. “Leanne has been with me the longest at more than 12 years, she is from New Zealand and living in North Carolina, Dawn is in Pittsburgh, Jennifer is in Colorado, Bonnie is in California, Robin is in Maui and is our Hawaiian specialist and Dez is in Washington State and leads diving groups all over the world. We are all huge travel enthusiasts who travel alone and with our groups regularly.”

Journey Pacific is hosting a South Pacific Travel Information Night 5:30-7 p.m., Dec. 3 at Fuller Lodge. The community is welcome to attend to learn about this area of the world and travel specials.

For more information about Journey Pacific, visit http://journeypacific.com.

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