Kina Palmer has been a travel agent for over 12 years. Three years ago, she decided to open her own travel company.  At the time, Palmer was showing the couples’ champion Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, so Palmer decided to name her company Travel Hound.  She now works out of her Berthoud home and travels to her clients — either their homes or a local coffee shop — to help them plan their vacation.

Although many of us feel we are getting the best price when booking on the Internet, this is not always the case.

My job is to find the best deal

Kina’s expertise not only saves her clients money, but also time.  People can spend hours putting a vacation together, while Palmer can do it quickly and efficiently.  Peace of mind is another important feature offered by a travel agent. When booking on the Internet, travelers often know very little about the trip they have purchased.  Palmer has traveled to many places and has been on numerous cruises, and her experiences and input are invaluable to her clients.

Some of her own most unforgettable travels have included Tahiti, Fiji, Egypt, Europe and cruising in Alaska. One of her favorite trips was to Fiji.  “Fijian people are probably the friendliest people we have met in our travels.  It’s a genuine friendliness too,” said Palmer.

Where should you start with planning your honeymoon or destination wedding? There are many steps to be taken. First of all, consider your budget and the budgets of anyone who may be expected to make the trip with you. Be sure to get your passport; it is now mandatory to have one to do any traveling outside of the United States.

Don’t be afraid to use the Internet and study. Depending on your locale of choice and budget, you may need to con- tact a professional. The ideal situation is to use the Internet to do some re- search, decide on a destination, and then consult a professional travel planner to learn of any pitfalls to your decision.

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