Former Teacher and Mom Next Door Sends Clients Around the World in Search of Luxury and Adventure
As a teacher, Jaime Edlow engaged her students in the wonders of the world by sharing books she collected from exotic travels. Now she engages clients in the wonders of the world as an independent travel adviser specializing in luxury vacations.
“I bought a kids’ book from each trip and incorporated it into my lesson plans,” Jaime says.
Jaime first discovered her love of travel when she visited eight countries with a tour group at age 21. While teaching, she visited many more.
In 2015, while planning her honeymoon, Jaime brought her own itinerary to a travel agent who said that the effort Jaime put into that itinerary was similar to the work of professional travel agents. That compliment led Jaime to believe she could make a career in the travel industry. And so she did.
Now a work-from-home mom, Jaime puts together clients’ dream vacations and business trips and presents them in turn-key packages with every detail arranged.
Jaime’s clients find her through WorldTravelService.com and Virtuoso.com, a website known for connecting travelers to the world’s best travel advisers.
Although Jaime was already a seasoned traveler when she joined World Travel Service, she still had a lot to learn about her new job. Her acute attention to detail serves her well, and her teaching background laid a solid foundation for her career as a travel agent.
“The communications skills and the methods I’ve used to present information to students can be easily applied to my work as a travel agent. I try to be as clear as possible when identifying my client’s interests and when providing them with potential itineraries,” she says. “I also try to anticipate questions that may come up during the process and answer those at the outset—all skills that I used while teaching.”
Through World Travel Service, Virtuoso and other travel partners, Jaime studied online, in meetings with a mentor and with textbooks. Plus, tour groups and cruise lines keep her informed about the ever-changing travel world.
Some of Jaime’s clients are local, but others come from across the country.
“Clients can come to my home or contact me by phone and email. I am a working mom, and I love what I do and I want to share that,” she says.
Some clients start with a clear idea of what they want in a trip. Others are less focused.
“I take them on at any stage,” Jaime says. “I work with Classic Vacations and other companies. They help put a package together for clients. Clients get their itinerary from me, and that’s all they need on the trip.
Jaime says she does miss teaching but is content with her choice of a second career. She keeps in touch with many of her former teaching colleagues and even plans trips for them. As for those travel books she read to her students, they are sure to have inspired the next generation of world travelers.
Some of Jaime’s Favorite Trips:
This eastern Caribbean island nation is known as the Hawaii of the Caribbean. Its breathtaking landscapes are dotted with fantastic resorts and magical attractions.
Icelandair makes it easy to see this Nordic island nation en route to other European destinations. Visitors love its dramatic landscapes, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields.
One of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is simply gorgeous. Explore the small towns of Fira and Oia, watch sunsets and sail for the perfect romantic getaway.