We had a chinwag with Lynne Page, Travel PA, Travel Columnist and Ambassador for Lovebiz Networking Lincolnshire Group.
“As a child, I wanted to be an actress or comedian. I was always very average academically, so when I left school I got a job in a bank until I knew what I wanted to do. I ended up staying over 30 years!
Having worked in a bank for more than 30 years and working my way up, my job roles started ‘falling away’ and my confidence went with it. The atmosphere I worked in grew more and more toxic and it was having a detrimental effect on my mental health and wellbeing, causing me to take a significant amount of time off sick.
I have always been passionate about travel and passed advice and recommendations to family and friends. I looked into travel homeworking franchises and found that Travel-pa offered one. I had been booking my holidays with Travel-pa for several years and was unaware that they were a home working franchise. I contacted my travel agent and she put me in touch with the general manager and everything just fell into place. I resigned from the bank and left in October 2019, went down to Croydon to do my residential training for a week and then set up my business in January 2020.
So many people inspire me but it would really be my parents. They have loved and supported me through the lowest of lows and the highest of highs. I always want to make them proud, more so now that my dad has Alzheimer’s. I want him to realise my success while he still can.”
Advice and Looking to the Future
“My advice to women looking to break into the industry is that if you are passionate about travel then go for it. You are constantly learning.
I love making people happy and exceeding their expectations. The biggest one being that they expect to pay for my services but my services are free of charge because I get paid from the suppliers and tour operators that I use. I love talking about different destinations with people and getting excited about putting their holiday together for them and then hearing about it when they get back.
The biggest challenge of my career so far has to be starting in the travel industry at the beginning of a global pandemic – nobody could have predicted that!
You would think that COVID would have had a detrimental effect on me and my career journey, but actually, it’s the opposite. I was in the position that, because I was so new to travel, I didn’t have that many bookings to change or get refunds for, unlike my colleagues who had a very tough time. Instead, I took advantage of the extra time to go on as many training webinars as possible and learn about new places and hotels, I contacted our local newspaper and asked if they ever included a travel blog. I am now writing a regular monthly travel column for them. I have done loads of networking, something that I had never done before leaving the bank, and because of Zoom, I have been able to visit groups and connect with people I otherwise wouldn’t have met. My friends and colleagues that first met me and the beginning of last year
use the same 2 words to describe me now and those are ‘Resilience’ and ‘Transformation’
I think when it is safe to travel again then the industry is going to go crazy and people will realise how important it is to use a travel agent, so they have peace of mind when they travel.”
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