Author Archives: Vince Yeck

There are 8 articles by Vince Yeck published on this site.


Just like the last five weeks of the Travel Agent Diaries in which each agent has summed up their year, reflected on their successes and regressions; it is now my turn to conclude this year’s series of articles and elaborate about how my business has grown and what I have learned about my agency and myself

In my world, the year is considered to have two halves and each one is vastly different, both in terms of anticipation and expectation.  The first half– January to June is a long trudging busy time for me in which I find a good portion of my business is centered around spring break and summer vacations.  This past year though, Read the rest of this entry »

This is my favorite time of year.  October brings my birthday along with the change of colors, cooler temperatures and Halloween.  There is just something in the air; and after a long hot summer in south Florida, it is a welcome relief. Additionally football on all levels ramps up in October–and being a head coach for a team of 13-15 year olds, my season is reaching its climax.  Read the rest of this entry »

Who says being a travel agent means that one only sells travel?  Although that is what most of us do for the majority of the time; there are other aspects of the job that go without much herald.  Of course, at times we may become bean counters, office managers, paper shufflers and even janitors in some way or another while we operate our business; it can still be a grind on a daily level. Read the rest of this entry »

The dog days of summer are upon us and here in south Florida, the syrupy humidity and always expectant afternoon thunderstorms prevail on a daily basis with no end in sight.  Finding the strength to work outside, or complete necessary household projects reaches the pinnacle of difficulty this time of year when the need to remain inside trumps all others.

A cold beverage and my windowless office provide me shelter and relief from the overbearing heat and moisture and offers me a quiet place to conduct my travel business.  While the air conditioner constantly runs and the electrical meter spins wildly off its axis, I chuckle as I see ads for sun drenched Caribbean resorts and destinations; people on pristine beaches without a cloud in the sky or cruise ships plying through waveless oceans, and recognize the irony of the opposite experiences many of my clients endure this time of year.  Read the rest of this entry »

Details are huge and one can not invest enough time in them.  In this business, not enough attention to this trait will result in unfortunate events for your clients and yourself as well as to your respective pocketbooks.  What could start as a simple oversight may set a domino effect in motion leading to one dilemma after another ending who knows where. Read the rest of this entry »

A third of the year has flown by and here I am writing my third article for TRO.  For those of you who don’t remember, my first article was more or less an introduction, while my last article covered some personal perspectives concerning the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan and the fallout, literally, that is still ongoing.  But this article brings me back to the topic at hand–the Travel Agent Diaries. Read the rest of this entry »

The news lately has me a bit distracted as a travel professional. Japan in particular is a huge concern for me, so I an going to deviate a bit from the diary topics, I hope you don’t mind. The power of the ocean; in its magnificent immenseness, mesmerizing allure and the tranquil consoling that is unmistakable by one of mother nature’s most necessary and precious gifts; but as we have seen lately in Japan and previously in Indonesia, the ocean is not always the calm paradise depicted on the lively and exotic travel posters posted at your neighborhood agency.  As travel agents, we are almost all guilty of selling the dream of a wonderfully sun splashed holiday or a weather perfect beach, but why not? Read the rest of this entry »

While chatting with my 14 year old son on the way home from football practice recently, we were discussing how he has lived his entire life in one bedroom and one house; and I mentioned that I could not relate to his comments about how small his room had become as he has grown older.  I explained to him that I had come from a completely different experience during my youth that included shared bedrooms in mobile homes, housing on military bases, from temporary apartments, to condo living in foreign countries.  Read the rest of this entry »