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Who Is Tomtravel2?
I have taken a less traveled path to arrive where I am now. The past few years I have been a part time “manny” while helping watch my three granddaughters. I continued to study the trends in the travel industry, SEO, social media, and content marketing. When I started the previous version of this blog I was luxury travel advisor (travel agent) or consultant in a partnership with Judi Walker at Alliance Travel Partners.
During my time with Judi I set up a website using SEO and pay per click to advance our mutual business interests. I also learned much about the business from one of the pioneers of home based luxury travel sales. I completed numerous industry trainings including Princess Cruise Line, Royal Carribean Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises, Marriott, Starwood Hotels, Amresorts, Fairmont Hotels, and Magic of Mexico. I had the opportunity to audit (or listen in on) dozens of courses and trainings that she took as well. I attended Virtuoso Travel Mart twice and completed the VAST training as well.
I found my way to the travel industry after spending most of my adult life working in the stock market. I traded stocks, bonds and commodities for my own account. I learned a great deal about the world of business by reading dozens of books, daily study of the Wall Street Journal, brokerage reports, corporate earning filings, IPOs, and everything that could effect the economy coming from governments and companies. After some success I decided to pursue a career path that would better suit my interests and passions. Suggestions from family and friends led me to travel, blogging, and social media.
As a young man I helped put myself through college as an owner of a landscape maintenance business. I graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Education with a major in communication arts, and minors in english, drama, and social studies. I participated in competitive forensics, or public speaking, at two schools I attended before ASU. I did well in Speech tourneys including winning the California Forensics Association Fall Championships in the expository category one year. With that degree I entered public education as a high school teacher. I taught English, Speech, and Drama at several high schools in the Phoenix area. I also worked as a substitute at many others.
I am a second generation native of Arizona. I grew up in a family that loved to take road trips, camp and fish. We traveled throughout the Grand Canyon State, and most of it’s neighbors. We frequently crossed the southern border to explore various parts of Mexico as well. By the time I was 20 I had driven to Mexico City from Phoenix twice. I also had visited most of the west coast of Mexico by car and train on dozens of trips. Those experiences started my life long wander lust.
Thanks for visiting my site,
Tom Lewis “@tomtravel2”