Travel has been a high priority for my family for generations. My grandparents used to regale us with stories about their various trips to exotic places, so it seems only fitting that I ended up as the owner of Now Voyager Travel. After more than 15 years as a travel consultant, my slogan is “Any Vacation, Every Detail," and I take that philosophy to heart.
I look after my clients from the minute they leave the front door until the moment they return from their trip. During our planning meetings, I ask open-ended questions about their preferences, and I carefully listen to their answers. While I’m happy to share my experiences with them, I always remember that this is my client’s trip -- not mine -- and the end goal is to match the itinerary perfectly with the individual.
I arm my clients with knowledge ahead of time so that they’re not afraid of the unknown. I tell them exactly how to handle the challenges of travel, from using the self-service check-in kiosk at the airport to knowing which bus to take where. When they return from their vacation, it’s important for me to hear about the trip so that I can broaden my knowledge and refine my skills.
Passionate about Mexico, I’m proud to have been named Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Mexico Expert for six years running. I’m particularly fascinated by Colonial Mexico, and on each trip I meet with local folk artists and collect their works. When clients ask me about Mexico, I try to help them understand the full picture; the cuisine is so much more diverse than just tacos, for instance, and the accommodations go far beyond beach resorts. I’m equally enamored of Paris, knowing it well enough to provide important tips for getting around, whether it’s ordering coffee the right way or picking the best times to visit key attractions.
Traveling has been my passion for as long as I can remember. My childhood was spent travelling the US with my family and by 1995 I had been to all 50 states. As much as I loved travelling throughout the US, my desire to travel expanded to include more exotic locales. After completing a 9 month travel course, I began working as a travel agent. After 15 years as an agent, my love for new places continues to grow. I continue to expand my knowledge by travelling as much as possible and completing destination specialist courses. I enjoy dreaming up the most amazing trips for my clients, especially Europe, Asia, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. Whether I'm relaxing on a beach, or exploring an historical city, my love for travel reaches around the globe.
After high school, I attended CSULB, and worked at a water park as a lifeguard. After a few years I was ready for a change. A friend was spending her summer at a travel agency as a receptionist and suggested I take her place. I applied for the job, was offered a travel agent position, and was immediately hooked on the travel industry. I love recommending that perfect destination for my clients, and having them return with as much love for it as I do. I have gained travel knowledge by visiting Hawaii, Mexico, Tahiti, and the Caribbean, and completing over 55 destination specialist programs. My favorite destinations to sell are the Caribbean Islands and Mexico. The warm tropical breezes, lush exotic surroundings, clear warm blue water, and laid-back island style are the ingredients for my perfect vacation. I sell all sorts of travel, but planning honeymoons is my passion. Travel is so exciting and ever-changing, I can't imagine doing anything else.
My love of travel began when I was in high school when I traveled to Europe on a 6 week adventure. Upon returning from Europe I decided being involved in travel was my destiny. After graduating from travel school I went to work for a local travel agency and have now been in the business for over 30 years. I have traveled to Europe, Mexico and Hawaii multiple times and am always seeking new destinations to visit.
The poem that H. C. Andersen wrote is so true and so beautiful: "To move, to breath, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote. To travel is to live." – H. C. Andersen This has been my inspiration to make travel my career and to create life experiences and lasting memories for our clients. I believe that the best way to serve my customers is to provide personalized, first-hand knowledge.
Kathy Funderburk CTC, a Certified Travel Consultant has been with Now Voyager Travel for 16 years. Kathy has travel marketing, computer skills and traveled most of the world. She managed We Travel in San Clemente from 1975 to 1981, established and managed El Portal Travel from 1981 to 1985, established and managed Tri Community Travel from 1985 to 1990 and was a real estate agent from 1990 to 1996. Her next trip is a cruise to Southeast Asia from Sydney, Australia.
I have loved traveling since I was a young girl growing up in Erie, Pa. A 1997 graduate of Coastline Community College Certificate in Travel. I became a Travel Consultant because it has allowed me the opportunity to guide clients so that they can enjoy their time away. I have loved being able to explore new places, tour the wonderful sights, also constantly meeting new people and learning about their cultures has been so rewarding. I’ve traveled to Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, Hawaii and Mexico many times.
Mary Alice Moyer
A former educator, I had the opportunity to reinvent sixteen years ago when my husband’s work brought us to Southern California. Through personal and professional travel and training, I have been able to experience what a wonderfully varied world we live in. My enthusiasm for travel carries over in the planning for my clients, and I enjoy creating their individualized “dream” vacations. My expertise includes not only the Caribbean, Mexico, South Pacific, and Hawaii (certified Big Island Specialist), but also European destinations, particularly Mediterranean countries where I plan itineraries for large and small groups. If you want to know the best trattoria in San Gimignano, Italy or the most interesting jewelry shop in Santorini, Greece, I am your gal.
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