TONI ROLAND Michigan & Ohio
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Partner Services Coordinator
ADAM GARCIA, 800-626-6604
Trafalgar & Costsaver Groups Specialist
COLETTE MORALES, 800-626-6603 ext. 1110
Brendan Groups Specialist
BRIAN SPANEL, 800-626-6603 ext. 1306
"Keep calm and travel. Don’t dream your life, live your dream."
My career path started with my intrigue in practicing law, but after a couple of years in school I realized law was not my passion. So I decided to take a semester off from college, and went to travel school. That was all I needed! I discovered that travel was my true passion. For me, travel has been my true love. Travel has provided me the opportunity to gain infinite knowledge from around the world about different cultures, people, places and food, while realizing that travel is an amazing way to learn about yourself and others. My burning desire to explore the world changed me as a person, and opened my mind to a new way of living and being. It has been said that everyone you meet influences you, and I find this is particularly true when traveling. You will meet people from all over the world with different backgrounds and cultures, and they will share their experiences with you.
Experiencing different cultures is one of the most beautiful things we can do, and I like to challenge everyone to think outside of the box, and get out of their comfort zone to experience something new. I have done just that several times. Most recent for me was last year when I visited Morocco--the culinary star of North Africa. This doorway between Europe and Africa is a land ablaze with vivid hues of maroon, tangerine, and gold. Morocco always has been on my bucket list since I was a teenager, so I when the opportunity came along I jumped on it!
One afternoon we explored the Sahara desert, which is like nowhere else on earth. To truly experience the Sahara we hopped in 4x4s for off the road adventure. It was a caravan of about 8 jeeps that veered off the main road and were drove over sand dunes. It was absolutely exhilarating! Our first stop in the middle of the Sahara was to visit a Nomad Family living in tents--a way of life that has barely changed in thousands of years. The family had two tents: one for sleeping and another for preparing meals and socializing. While everyone else decided to visit the tent that the family used for socializing, I decided to wander over to see where the family sleeps. The tent was rather large, and there were wool carpets on the ground with large pillows throughout for lounging.
We were able to spend some time with Mayza, whose name means discerning. Mayza was the wife and mother of the family. Even though we didn't speak the same language, it was incredible that we were able to communicate with one another. She immediately grabbed my hand, and began to gently tap the top of my left hand. I got chills because this was something my grandmother used to do before she passed away three years ago. When it was time to go she kissed me on the cheek and blew kisses as I left. I was very emotional because it was like there was a connection. She touched my heart and I was not ready to leave. This is a moment I will always treasure.
My "bucket list" destinations