The Woman Behind TravelBug.Biz
A passionate Entrepreneur and World Traveler, focused on helping and encouraging others to see the world, Pauline almost gave it all up because of the economic collapse of 2007–2008 and the onslaught of online booking engines…
Read Her Story Below
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Hi! My name is Pauline Allen and I want to welcome you to the TravelBug.Biz website.
Ever since the day I was born, travel has been a part of my life in one way or another.
For the first six years of my life, my dad was the Captain’s Chef on many types of ships but mostly oil tankers. He worked 30 days on, 30 days off. Since we lived in Kansas going to the airport every month was a way of life for us. We were either taking my dad to catch a plane to his next port of call or picking my dad up from whatever exotic place in the world he had been sent.
These were the days long before TSA when you could wait with your family at the gate until it was time for them to walk out on the tarmac, up the rolling staircase, and onto the plane, while you had your nose pressed against the glass window watching them disappear into the great silver bird. And you didn’t dare leave the window until you watched the plane taxi down the runway, lift up from the ground, and disappear into the distance.
I have wonderful memories of that time. Even though I wasn’t going to be on that plane, going to the airport was an exciting adventure back then. It opened the door of imagination to what the world outside of the “land of ah’s” was like.
Even after my dad stopped going to sea, travel was still there. The flight path to the airport was directly over our house. We would lay under the maple tree in the backyard on warm sunny days and wonder about amazing places the planes were coming from or going to.
With a starry gleam in his eye, my dad always talked about how amazing and beautiful it was out in the middle of the sea but I never truly understood until my husband and I took our first cruise and I got it! I had my own “Titantic” moment. I finally understood what my dad, and now myself, could not put into words about the beauty of the world from the bow of a ship.
That very moment was a huge turning point in my life and what I wanted to do when “I grew up.” As soon as our cruise ended I immediately enrolled at Bryan Travel College and studied to become a travel agent.
While being a travel agent was exciting and rewarding, I found that I spent more time helping families book their dream vacations and experiences than getting to experience my own. Wanderlust had begun to set in.
Along with the backlash from the economic downfall during 2007-2008 and shortly thereafter, the onslaught of online booking engines proclaiming they had the lowest and best prices, and advertising budgets that were far superior to the traditional “mom and pop” travel agencies, I began to see my dreams start to crumble beneath my feet as thousands of travel agencies began to close their doors. Reluctantly and broken-hearted I walked away from the travel industry in 2014.
But all that has changed! Shortly after making my decision to leave the travel industry, I discovered a company that would rekindle my passion and desire to travel and help others have the vacations of their dreams! While I occasionally do still help close friends and family book their get-aways, now I’m booking my own, seeing a world I once only dreamed of, and creating amazing lifetime memories with my family and friends.
In the last 4 years, I’ve got to surprise my grandson with a week-long trip to Washington DC, see all the grandeur of the Vegas lights on a nighttime helicopter flight with my husband and some of our closest friends, have an amazing weekend with my sister wine tasting in Sonoma and San Francisco, celebrate Halloween and my birthday, in a castle, in Romania, (yes, the land of Dracula!) and so much more!
It’s an amazing and beautiful world out there and that’s what I’m hoping to share with this website and the
TravelBug.Biz Facebook page. It’s my hope that through things posted here you will go out and create those experiences for yourself and your loved ones.
Life is about experiences. Experiences are what make us grow. Experiences are what create the lasting memories that can never be lost, broken, taken or thrown away. Use this site to help you create your experiences of a lifetime, and please like it and share it with others.
Thank you and Welcome!