Staff Profile - Christina Barcelos | Craig Travel

Staff Profile - Christina Barcelos

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Christina, what destination(s) do you consider your areas of expertise?
I feel there is always something new to discover and learn of any destination, regardless of how many times you visit so I don't really have one particular destination in mind. 

Tell us what your favourite two destinations are and why?
There are a few destinations I consider some of my favourite places for various reasons. One that comes to mind is Jamaica. I appreciate the relaxed atmosphere something I can learn from. I enjoy exploring and seeing new sights and experiences. The people are warm and welcoming, the country exudes charm and there’s always something new to learn and see.  My other favourite destination is Brazil.  The country is very special to me, not only for its charm and beautiful beaches, but also because it is part of my roots and I learned much of who I am through finding out where the people who matter to me most come from.  Brazil will always have a special place in my heart.

Craig Travel’s mission is to provide all-inclusive, first class, group travel to the mature market. What is it that attracted you to this type of agency, as opposed to a travel agency which does not specialize?
I’ve spent much of my career working with sun destinations with the large resort beach vacations. While that was a wonderful and rewarding experience in its own right. I think it’s something special to provide specialized trips with a specific clientele in mind. I enjoy seeing familiar names when preparing documents or making travel arrangements, as I start to wonder what exciting adventure they’re off to next, it makes it more personal.

What are some of the destinations on your bucket list?
There are so many to mention! There’s so much I’d like to see of this great big world. top three choices are (in no chronological order), Morocco. There is something about the ancient cities, the landscapes, the colours, the desert and the architecture that calls to me. I enjoy taking landscape photos and I feel this would definitely bring out my creativity to the max. Greece…ah glorious Greece. I have always had a love of Greek mythology and the Greek culture and I love to be near water and what better place than Greece?  Canada! I’d love to see this beautiful from coast to coast.

What is the most rewarding part of your job to date?
When I’m able to help someone with an inquiry or special request. When a client is happy with their trip and all went smoothly, I feel rewarded because I helped them achieve that experience.

Any other comments you would like to make?
I am really enjoying Craig Travel. I’ve met some great people and I’m learning quite a bit. This has been a great environment so far. I’ve pictured myself in all of these wonderful tours, I don’t know which one I’d want to do first!!