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Mimi Lichtenstein: Adventures in Luxury Travel

  A connector at her core, Mimi Lichtenstein, owner of Truvay Travel, loves to share information about travel, authentic cultural experiences, and the chicest hot spots in distant locales. When Covid-19 brought travel to a screeching halt globally, she felt the need to help her partners continue to inspire people about future travels. Initially, this… Read More >

The Anatomy of a No

One of the most positive, freeing, and considerate words in the English language is “no.” And yes, you read that correctly! Learning to say no is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your business. Saying “yes” to the wrong clients takes an emotional and financial toll, while saying “no” frees your… Read More >

I Think We Need To Break-Up: When to Say Goodbye to Your Host Agency

You’ve been feeling it for a while. The nagging thought that you are not appreciated by your host agency. The sense that you are by yourself on an island. The resentment from doing all of the work with none of the recognition. The lingering feeling that there is something better out there, something “MORE.” Break-ups… Read More >

How to Prepare for the Return of Travel Post COVID

You have “un-booked” virtually every trip on your departure list. You have reviewed and revised your Terms & Conditions until your eyes have crossed. You could write a best seller on travel insurance. And if you have to answer “do you know when I am going to get my refund?” one more time you may… Read More >

How to Stay Organized as a Travel Advisor

As any seasoned Travel Advisor can tell you, knowing how to stay organized is crucial to remaining calm, cool, and collected when your departure list is a (Sky)mile long. With a little help from Brownell’s Independent Advisors, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite tips and tools to help you survive those days that feel… Read More >

Thankful

Working in the travel industry may have ups and downs, but it is truly one of the most rewarding and exciting careers around. What other job allows you to meet incredible people around the world and experience the best of travel? As we kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving, we’re sharing a few things… Read More >

How to Change Your Career to Something You Love

Brownell Vice President of Talent Development Kerry Dyer shares tips on how to change your career.  Let’s face it: our job is a significant part of our lives. Whether you live to work or work to live, spending 40+ hours a week at your job means it takes up a big chunk of your waking… Read More >

Travel Advisor Certifications

You have to pass the CPA Exam to become an accountant, the Bar Exam to become a lawyer, but what certification do you need to become a travel advisor? The short answer: none. There is no global examination or course that people must take to be travel advisors. However there are several travel advisor certification… Read More >

New Year, New Career

Are you starting the New Year in a job you love or a job that’s just meh? Don’t settle for mediocre when you can do something exciting and rewarding. If you like to travel and want to start your own business, become a luxury travel advisor – yes, this job does exist and some even say… Read More >

7 Shocking Things You Don’t Know About Travel Advisors

Do you hear the job title “travel advisor” and think of an elderly woman sitting in a dusty office touting ancient tour brochures that were published before the age of the Internet? You’re not alone. But the truth is, travel advisors are smart, savvy individuals with a passion for travel and drive for success. They… Read More >

Why You Should Become a Luxury Travel Advisor

If you think a career as a travel agent is a thing of the past, you’re not alone. But despite speculation that it has gone the way of the dinosaurs, the travel industry is booming. Now more than ever is the time to start your career as a luxury travel agent (ahem – advisor). Need… Read More >

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Beyond Helpful

“Wow – seriously yall, this is amazing! We are all so lucky to have such a proactive and innovating hosting team. Thanks so much for continually evolving and assisting us to the best of your ability. Seriously, what yall think of and how organized you are is beyond helpful! Yall are awesome!”

Blaire Kochar, Houston, TX

The support and education is amazing

“I love the hosting program because the support and education is amazing! The support team is so enthusiastic and passionate, it is a continuing inspiration. Makes me want to work harder and better!”

Catherine Whitworth, Athens, GA
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I don't know how you do it

“I really don’t know how you do it, but the common denominator in all Brownell Advisors is that they are all the BEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!!!!!!”

Susan Teeple, Amarillo, TX

Constant support, encouragement and super-fast response times

“The best things about the Brownell Hosting are the constant support, encouragement and super-fast response times. And, of course, the hosting team. LOVE.THEM.ALL!!! Brownell is so special and the support IC’s receive is unbelievable!! I feel so immensely blessed to be a part of the Brownell family!!!”

Martha King, Signal Mountain,TN

Brownell is the best in the industry

“Brownell is the best in the industry. The staff, back end support, superlative processes and response times are tops.”

Jennifer Royster, Clemmons, NC

I am loving every minute of my new career

“The Mentorship program is amazing! I am loving every minute of my new career.”

Kristen Nix, Whitefish, MT

I have reached goals beyond my expectations

“I wanted to convert my love for travel, marketing skills, client service skills, and technology background into a career. Fortunately, Brownell’s mentoring program allowed me to do just that and allowed me to reach goals that were beyond my expectations. An unexpected bonus of joining Brownell has been becoming part of an organization where each part of the team is truly supportive of my efforts and is interested in my ongoing success. Brownell’s methods and techniques serve as a daily inspiration.”

Linda Terrill, Atlanta, GA

The support when I travel gives me great peace of mind

” Brownell Hosting offers support to IC’s that are traveling and need assistance with coverage. This gives me great peace of mind!”

Stephanie Miller Murphy, Mandeville, LA

The best support an IC could ask for. Bar NONE.

“Brownell Hosting offers the best support an IC could ask for. Bar NONE. They make me feel like there is no stupid question and help me feel like i’m actually working in the office instead of from my home. They actually listen to suggestions and implement changes.”

Louisa Gehring, Cincinnati, OH

Brownell ICs are the Best

Your Brownell IC’s are the very best I have ever met. Congratulations on your excellent Brownell program.

Evelyn Weber, Manager, Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

The mentoring program was critical

“The Brownell mentoring program was critical to the successful launch of my travel business. It was a year well-spent learning the ins and outs of the industry and the Virtuoso network. When I graduated from the program, I felt fully integrated into the company and was ready to take my business to the next level.”

Katherine Gould, Richmond, VA

I count my lucky stars that I work with Brownell

“There is no agency better than Brownell! Our Hosting Team is there to hold our hands through the good and the bad. What a huge support group we have! I count my lucky stars every day that I am fortunate to be working for Brownell. The hosting staff is such a comforting and hands on team. They are positive reinforcements of acknowledging when we excel and encourage us to grow our business by having the opportunities to travel and experience the wonderful hotels and resorts we sell worldwide.”

Caroline Wallace, Richmond, VA

We could not do this without you!

“The Mentoring Program gave us the chance and the training to start a business AND the continued support to grow that businesss. We could not do this without you!”

King & Whitson, Chattanooga, TN & Washington, VA Washington, VA

An incredible opportunity to join the industry as a newbie

“The mentoring program was an incredible opportunity to join one of the premier travel agencies in the world as a complete newbie. Brownell’s staff was always available and willing to help with the countless questions I had during my first year. Being mentored by the top travel professionals in the industry contributed immensely to the success that I am now enjoying.”

David Ourisman, Berkeley, CA

The sky is the limit here!

“Brownell Hosting is the gold standard in host agency programs. From the onboard training to the day-to-day support, the hosting team offers best practice strategies and industry insight to ensure I stand apart in the marketplace. Even as a home-based advisor, I feel incredibly connected with not just the hosting team but the entire Brownell Family. There is a collaborative and supportive environment among the advisors which truly gives me an advantage in designing client travel experiences. I am so proud to be affiliated with such a prestigious agency. The sky is the limit here!”

Irene Quisenberry, Tampa, FL