We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Hollander and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Becoming a Travel Advisor has been something I’ve thought about for years. The first time I used a Travel Advisor was for our month-long honeymoon in Bora Bora and Moorea. I loved the experience of working with a travel professional and thought it may be something I would not only excel at but really enjoy. At the time I was fully engrossed in my sales career and put the idea away.
Ten years later I had my first child and my priorities shifted. I wanted a career that would allow me the flexibility to be a full-time caregiver. There was also a realization of how precious time really is. The time I spend away from my family working needed to be something that was completely fulfilling to me so I re-visited the idea of becoming a Travel Advisor.
I also saw there was an opportunity to create a thriving travel business. Over the years I’ve seen my friends and family finish school, enter their careers and at least once a year venture on a luxury vacation. They spent copious amounts of time researching and booking their trips but often times found that their vacation did not meet their expectations. After a lot of research I found that this was a scenario that was playing out for many travelers.
I connected my passion with opportunity and jumped at the chance of becoming a Travel Advisor.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a Luxury Travel Advisor. As a travel advisor I design unique itineraries and plan all logistics including transportation, accommodations and activities. Simply put, I create incredible journeys.
Travel has always been an important part of my life. It deepens my appreciation for the world and the wonderful people in it. The experiences I have while traveling enhance my life in so many ways and I am excited to help others create their own incredible journeys.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
After I recently moved to Serenbe and believe it or not I have not ventured too far outside of this community.
My husband and I had a goal of living in a place where we felt like we were on vacation everyday, and we found that in Serenbe. We have been enjoying settling in to the community have fully embraced our new “vacation” life style.
If I was panning a visit for a friend this is what the day would look like:
We would start the morning off with a walk through the woods to Blue Eyed Daisy where we would enjoy breakfast. We would then walk to Studio 13, a pilates studio located in Serenbe, where we would participate in a private pilates session. From there we would head to Creek Retreat and enjoy one of their many services.
We would swing by Halsa for a quick lunch and then hit the trails again for an afternoon of hiking. Around 4pm we would head to the Inn at Serenbe for a Happy Hour cocktail.
We would then enjoy dinner at The Hill and end the night with an evening walk around the town.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
One of my best friends Elizabeth Marberry, owner of Wedding Dance Coach and host of the podcast Strut It. She is a successful entrepreneur and a true friend. Not only do we grind on business ideas and celebrate each others success but we also discuss how to balance work and family life. I can’t stress the importance of surrounding yourself with friends who believe in you and will be there for you through thick and thin.