Tammy Evans,co-founder of father-daughter owned Kai Breeze Travel, recently made her way into the travel industry. She started Kai Breeze Travel, a Cruise Planner franchise located in Powder Springs, Georgia, with her father in 2014. While her father works mostly on the sales side of things, Evans handles almost everything else. From processing sales to working with customers from the time they book until the time they leave for vacation, she takes on many roles for the company they started last year. Working in the travel industry has given her opportunities to explore the world and have geared her with unique travel knowledge. Read on to learn more about the travel agent and see what advice she has to offer fellow female travelers.
Question: Why did you decide to start Kai Breeze Travel?
Tammy Evans: I was a stay at home mom and my dad was retired and we were trying to find something to do to keep us busy and make some money. We purchased a Cruise Planners franchise as co-owners. We[at Kai Breeze Travel] do everything, not just cruises, though. It’s all travel- from destination weddings, to land and sea tours, river tours, and local travel.
Q: Why specialize in cruises?
TE: We don’t really have a specialty. We usually get good prices on our cruises, but we do land tours as well.
Q: What’s your favorite part of the job?
TE: Being able to travel and see the resorts and cruise lines that I’m sending my customers on.
Q: What kind of clientele do you get the most?
TE: It’s either younger families, who want things like Disney or big resort vacations, or senior citizens that want Alaskan vacations or cruises. We also get a lot of honeymooners.
Q: What are the benefits of using an agent?
TE: Well, what I do is, when I book a cruise/vacation, I stay up to date on information. As a travel agent, I get information on everything every day. When they go through us, we’re continually watching sales. If I have them already booked and there’s a price reduction or extra perk, I’ll cancel and then rebook it so they get the best deal.
Q: Are there options for women on a budget?
TE: There are different types of cruise lines, packages, resorts. Carnival is probably the cheapest cruise line while Celebrity and Princess would be more expensive. Interior rooms are always cheaper than one with a balcony and the same thing goes for resorts; you can have an ocean view or garden review. Grand Pineapple Beach Resort is cheaper than Sandals or Beaches. There are many options; there’s always a cheaper alternative.
Q: What should someone look into when planning a vacation?
TE: When planning a vacation, you should know your budget, destination, what short excursions you want to do, type of documentation needed, and if you need a vaccination before going. If you’re going to a different country, you need to know what area is safe to stay in, and to find excursion groups; make sure not to do things alone. Also, single parents(who do not have full-custody) traveling with their children need a notarized letter from the other parent that gives permission for the child to travel.
Q: Where are the safest places for women going alone or in small groups to travel?
TE: Probably the safest place for a woman to travel is the Cayman Islands. There’s very little crime and policemen don’t even carry guns. It’s probably the safest place for anybody to travel.
Q: What has been your favorite place to travel? Why?
TE: The Caribbean; I love the scenery, the atmosphere, warm weather, and beautiful turquoise water, and the serenity.
Tammy Never Travels Without Her:
Kai Breeze Travel
Powder Springs, GA 30127