Travel with a difference!
My friend Doné owns her own travel agency called DID TRAVEL AND TOURS in South Africa. I’ve asked her to write a guest post for Living Through Lenses, telling us more about herself as well as what DID Travel and Tours has to offer:
From a very young age I started travelling within South Africa with my parents, who were both teachers and had 4 holidays a year. We had a caravan and we were fortunate enough to travel on vacation every holiday. Our exciting camping trips included T.O Strand in Kwazulu Natal, Umhlanga, Jeffreys Bay, Cape Town, Badplaas, Pilanesberg, Drakensberg and many more. I didn’t grow up dreaming about being in the travel industry, but its something that just happened. Loving travelling, it seemed to be a good study choice. I also didn’t know what to study and ended up studying for a diploma in retail travel. 9 years after graduating, I never regretting my decision.
I love to travel! And I love the travel industry…or at least most of the time. I worked at numerous retail agencies, including Flight Specials and Harvey World in Moreleta Park, Pretoria. Thereafter I went into wholesale and worked as a team leader in the Europe department for Top Holidays. After a few months I was moved to establish the Direct Client department. Company liquidated after a year and I had to look for something else. I then became a sales rep for luxurious villas in Parys in the Freestate; 6 months later they liquidated. I then become a team leader at Travel at Leisure wholesalers for about 9 months; and then they liquidated… what a tough year!!
I realised that God is showing me in another direction and it was time for me to start my own thing. I had no clue how to run a business , but I knew WHAT NOT TO DO, as I learned valuable lessons from all the previous companies I worked for. So, in March 2010 I started “Do it Differently Travel and Tours”. A wholesale business, dealing with agents and packaging worldwide deals. I am very passionate about travel, client service, value for money and honesty. I love to be part of holiday / business arrangements as I am playing part in building memories for people.
As the time went on I realised that 98% of my business is direct clients, so I am acting as a normal travel agent, although I operate as a wholesaler, building most of my packages directly with suppliers / hotels. I need to be competitive so use wholesalers for certain destinations as I cannot compete on a wholesale scale. Being in the travel industry, I need to travel to build my product knowledge, and to gain experience in my products. Its impossible to visit every country and hotel, but I am slowly building my list!!
Here are my trips up until now:
7. Paris, France
8. St Petersburg, Russia
12. Msc Sinfonia Cruise (Local Cruise Liner)
13. Istanbul, Turkey
15. Most Of South Africa including the Transkei
And lots more to come……
I specialise in travel packages worldwide, offering excellent rates, honest advice and great service. I really strive to go that extra mile for my clients. I have excellent resources to be able to assist in amazing value accommodation in destinations I haven’t travelled to myself (yet). Client satisfaction is my number one priority.
I have been in business for 4 years now, and in the industry for almost 10 years. As it’s a constant price war out there, I really do try to keep my prices competitive, but still offering recommendable options, and not just the cheapest option. Visit our website for current specials and packages. Can’t find what you are looking for, please send us an email and we will gladly tailor make a very good deal for you. Just because your deal isn’t loaded on the website doesn’t mean there isn’t a current special.