Author Archives: Patti Maxwell

There are 9 articles by Patti Maxwell published on this site.


I love to shop online and have purchased gifts and bobbles, having them delivered to my front door. It saves me time, gas and dealing with crowds. Don’t get me wrong, I love an afternoon of retail therapy every now and then but, for the most part, the click of the mouse and order buttons are my friends.

I had occasion to recently make a birthday gift purchase for my husband through L.L. Bean. I purchased a nice, monogrammed chamois bathrobe for him as his was missing. I placed my order with a click, and on its way it went. I wanted to have it sent to his workplace, as he was having fun receiving all the Christmas gifts being sent to his coworkers to avoid detection. I wanted one of those gifts to be for him.  But, it was not to be.
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Galavant Travel – It’s the journey…

As I reflect on the past year of writing the TRO Diary series, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s really not a finish line where myself and business is concerned; it’s not about the destination, but the journey.  And what a wonderful and wild journey it’s been!

Writing a regular diary has forced me to take a hard look at where I’ve been, and how I got there.  It’s been quite a ride, and I feel I’ve learned a lot in the process.  I learned that I can specialize, and not be everything to everyone.  I struggled for a few years trying to figure out what my specialties are, never really knowing. I can say without a doubt now that I love selling cruises and escorted vacations.   Read the rest of this entry »

Galavant Travel–Re-energized

It’s a busy time of year for me.  September through December are full of training, seminars and travel, but it’s crucial for me, as I usually run out of steam by September and need to be re-energized!  There’s nothing like a conference or seminar to get the creative juices flowing again.

I’m really excited about the last quarter of 2011 for my travel business.  I am working with a local Life Coach to set up retreats all over the world.  We’re also networking with other select local businesses.  We don’t have a Chamber of Commerce here in our small town, so se set up our own to promote each other.  It’s helped me to zero in on my targeted clients–something I’ve not done in the past.  Read the rest of this entry »

While the summer seems to go by too quickly, the past month has been rather enjoyable. I’ve had time to rest, relax and rejuvenate.  As a bonus, work has picked up, and it is steady work. I’ve spent quality time with my children and family, and have given myself time off without feeling guilty.   Read the rest of this entry »

As I sit in my local Borders bookstore sipping coffee, working and enjoying the scenery, I find myself pondering this month’s topic. I first would like to say, I’m so in love with being able to take my office with me wherever I go.  It helps fight the loneliness and isolation of working at home in a small town. Read the rest of this entry »

Business this year has been great. I have many repeat clients and referrals through my host agency, which keeps me very busy. Group business is fantastic. I’ve set monthly sales goals that I’ve met and exceeded, which I’m very pleased with. All this has enabled me to continue as a full-time, one-job travel consultant. I’ve built a solid foundation for my business. I could very easily continue on this same path, and do very well. It’s like slipping on a pair of comfortable shoes. Read the rest of this entry »

Galavant Travel — Runaway agency

My agency is running away with me! But I am pretty sure it is a good thing. When I came into this industry, I didn’t plan on specializing in group cruises; but it seems to be where my business is leading me.    The more groups I book, the more groups I get, with larger numbers. All in all, this is not a bad problem to have. I’ve had lots of families traveling together, at first booking 2-3 cabins, then 4 or 5 cabins for family reunion groups, holiday cruises or girlfriend getaways. My largest group yet is an AARP group with 28 cabins, which I know is small potatoes to many, but when my only experience has been 3 or 4 cabins, it’s large! Read the rest of this entry »

Galavant Travel – Getting social

Over the past month I’ve been very busy building my social media presence. I love anything that has to do with web pages, facebook, twitter, blogging and newsletters–I am a techno-geek at heart.  I recently participated in a 3-month course called Geek School, with Chelle Yarbrough, and loved every minute of it.  I then joined The Travel Blog Project. I’m also enjoying that, but it’s more nuts and bolts than I expected, and my head swims with information overload. Read the rest of this entry »

I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I was younger.  I had a career as a medical transcriptionist for 27 years because I was told I was good with words, could spell, and could type like a banshee–so I gave it a shot.  It worked well for me, as I was able to raise my family, earn a good wage, and work from home.  And considering this was the early 80s, it was practically unheard of! Read the rest of this entry »