Travel Advisor Courtney Regan has a love for South America, a passion for giving back, and a flourishing travel business, Courtney Regan Travel. Though her love of travel and philanthropy has always been engrained in her, it wasn’t initially her career. She began as a marketing professional and even worked on the marketing team for one of the world’s top clothing companies.
After a fantastic trip to South America, she started rethinking her profession and began researching careers in the travel industry. One conversation led to another, and she soon met a seasoned travel professional who told her about Brownell Travel. Shortly after that, she entered Class 7 of Brownell’s Mentoring Program. Learn more about Courtney’s career journey below!
What steps did you take to change careers?
While the transition was fast, I definitely did my homework. I talked to several people in the business, evaluated the financial risk, tried my best to understand the landscape, gained the support of those closest to me and took a leap of faith!
How did you find and end up choosing Brownell?
A family friend introduced me to Clark Kotula who represents luxury boutique hotels in South America. He has been in the business for several years and knows the best, and he recommended Brownell. I chose Brownell because of the strength of their mentoring program. No other agency offers anything like this, and I wanted the support while I learned. I felt they offered the greatest opportunity for success. Plus everyone at Brownell is incredibly kind, generous and supportive – their hosting team is beyond reliable and amazing.
What aspect of the Brownell Mentoring Program is most important to helping your business succeed?
The connections and credibility within the industry. There is no way in the world my business would exist without Brownell. From having an insider connection to handling the back-end details, I’m always grateful to Brownell.
1. The people
2. The reliability and confidence that I have an entire team supporting the work I am doing on the front line
3. The connections they offer, they have such great relationships that I can always get the help I need when I need it
4. The back-end support on invoicing and commissions etc. I never ever could do this on my own.
5. The access to so many other seasoned, amazing Travel Advisors that I rely on every single day.
Courtney’s Travel Favorites + Tips
What’s your favorite…
Pictures, they’re the most personal to share and they keep it light
Granola bars and nuts
Top 3 destinations on your bucket list?
What are your packing secrets?
Keep it light and easy, you won’t need as much as you think. Never pack your car/house keys in case your luggage is lost on the way home.
To learn more about Courtney, visit her website: Courtney Regan Travel.