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We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us.”
Ashley was compelled to launch her career in the travel industry in response to the magic that happens when people get to experience a way of life different from their own. As a lover of people, she’s endlessly fascinated by far-flung cultures and the harmony that is created when you get to experience a new place through a thoughtfully-created itinerary. From her very first job in resort housekeeping to food and beverage to “front desk,” Ashley’s well-rounded background in hospitality has given her an extensive understanding of the importance of quality service (in every sense of the word!).
Over five years at SmartFlyer has helped her further shape her understanding of how service makes all the difference, not only for clients, but for our internal HQ team, independent contractors, and partners. Ashley loves being able to support her team by developing thoughtful and strategic programming that empowers travel advisors to build on their industry knowledge while simultaneously allowing partners to enhance their relationships with agents. As the go-to person in her role as Director, Affiliates Program, she looks forward to bringing on more talent to this dedicated team of advisors!
Visiting Asia – specifically, Vietnam – for the first time! The food, the laughs, the adventure, and of course, the culture. It was all incredible and I consumed every single moment of it. The standout moment of the trip? It’s a toss-up between a stand-off with some very curious monkeys, eating fried lizards (and liking it!) and being able to zoom through the lush greens of Hue on the back of a motor-bike.
I ask all my travel agent and industry friends for their advice on what to see and where to eat, because well, that’s what they do best!
It might be cliché but, eat as the locals do! The local markets, street carts and dives almost always end up being my favorite meals of the trip.