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Karen Pearson


Biography

Who is Karen:
Karen often refers to herself as the Accidental Travel Agent. While in University studying education she was at a crossroads in her life, questioning what she really wanted to pursue. It reminded her of how some clients look to us to suggest what kind of trip they should plan or where they should go. So she has always been able to relate. She decided that pursuing Travel and Tourism was the route for her and, as they say, the rest is history. She has worked in the travel industry now for over 15 years and has been at the Great Canadian Travel Company since 2014. Karen’s favourite part of her job is experiencing trips through the excitement of her clients. Being a part of their experience and their holiday is so rewarding.

Top 5 Travel Experiences:

  • The most recent of Karen’s trips and now her most favorite as well, Quebec City
  • Seeing the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  • The Canadian Rockies, the scenery through Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper stunning
  • Escaping the Winnipeg winter to scuba dive in Cuba
  • The happiest place on earth – Disney World, in Orlando, Florida

What is Karen’s closing comment:
Our team here at Great Canadian Travel Company has been to so many places and have experienced so many adventures and challenges, you will truly be in good hands with us. Not every trip is about the adventure of a lifetime, sometimes you just want to get away and need someone to help you book your hotel and airfare. We take the time to give you the personal hands-on service you need to make it easy for you. After all, isn’t that what a trip should be about? I look forward to talking to you!


Blog

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Why Buy Travel Insurance

“If you can’t afford travel insurance, then you can’t afford to travel”.

Let’s face it, you don’t hesitate on purchasing car insurance when you buy or rent a car, or house and contents insurance when you buy a home. So why not travel insurance?

Honestly, buying travel insurance can be so inexpensive that it’s a no-brainer. Peace of mind is priceless!

Wouldn’t you rather spend an extra $100 or so for your trip and most likely never use the insurance than wipe out your bank account if something did happen?

Call it what you like – vacation insurance, trip insurance or holiday insurance, going without  insurance is not worth the risk. Anything can, will, and sometimes goes wrong. If it does and you are not insured, you can be up for a lot of money AND inconvenience.

Why you should buy travel insurance?

Imagine this.

The excitement of your travel departure date is just around the corner, you’ve saved up all your hard earned money, paid for your flights and accommodation, tours are booked, clothes are packed, and your spending money is just waiting to be spent.

What happens if:

  • You need to cancel your trip unexpectedly
  • You get sick or injured on your trip
  • Your luggage is lost or stolen
  • You lose your passport
  • A hurricane damages your destination

Anything can happen, so why take the risk?

If you are a traveling American, or someone visiting the US, you should definitely NOT skimp on travel medical insurance. Health care costs in the U.S. are ridiculous. So large that people go bankrupt. Better to be safe than sorry, as they say!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Antigua Winter Getaway

In March of this year, I went to Antigua for the first time and I absolutely loved it.

I first spent three nights at Verandah Resort and Spa. It was a wonderful resort with many activities that are all part of the all-inclusive package. I was able to try many activities I normally would not have the opportunity to try here in the prairies, such as wind-surfing, stand-up paddle boards, and sailing a catamaran. I was terrible at all of these but that was certainly not the fault of Andrew, the extremely patient and capable instructor. The service from the rest of the staff was excellent, and the food was very good. I loved that the accommodations are mainly duplexes, because it feels more like private residences or cabins than a hotel complex. Read More >

Thursday, June 2, 2016

First Aid Kit for Hiking Tours

A first aid kit is a travel essential, especially when you are going on a multi-day hiking tour with limited (or no) access to stores for supplies.  Each traveller will have specific needs such as medical conditions, but some items are commonly used by nearly everyone.

             

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