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Being a Travel Agent, Expat Life in Dubai

Stressed or Fed Up?

April 7, 2014
I’ve mentioned on my previous blogs that I’ve been very stressed at work lately. For some, this may only be a figure of speech to describe that they’re busy at work. It’s not really the case for me though as I’ve had some serious symptoms of stress. Take what happened to me last week for example, I received an email from someone which clearly shows that my previous email was not thoroughly read – as soo

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Being a Travel Agent

Sh*t Travel Agents Hear

February 8, 2014
Shit Travel Agents Hear
I’ve been working in the travel industry for 9 years now (holy crap! I’m that old???) and I must say that as much as I love my job, there are times when I just want to hit my head with a keyboard and walk away from some of the passengers that I have dealt with. They might have asked for a really impossible request or probably maybe just plainly stupid, I don’t know. In the course of those 9 years,

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Expat Life in Dubai

The longest airport transfer, ever.

March 13, 2013
So a passenger of mine earlier was being stingy and would like to take a flight going to New York even if his destination is Los Angeles, because the flights are cheaper to New York during the time of his travel. He then asked me if I can arrange an airport transfer for him from JFK airport to his hotel in Los Angeles. I looked at him for about 5 seconds without saying a word and when I realized that he was not kid

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Expat Life in Dubai

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Inspection

March 8, 2013
As a part of our job, we usually get invited by any travel-related companies to showcase what they have to offer. My very first site inspection was in Maldives, visiting 10 resorts in a span of 5 days. Now that one was really tiring and we were unable to enjoy the beauty of the place at all. Next was by Trafalgar to join their Italian tour, which was great as we were treated like real passengers and basically we ju

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Being a Travel Agent

D’akujem.

March 3, 2013
It’s been really busy for the past few days and it’s not even the peak season yet. The Easter Holiday and the school break is on April which is what we’ve been busy during these days (Note: if you’re planning to go to Phuket on April, forget about it. You’re too late now!). My colleagues were telling me that during the summer months of May to July, the shop gets really full – lik

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Expat Life in Dubai

The high rollers.

February 17, 2013
The other day, I was dealing with a royal family of one of the Emirates in the UAE. The Shaikha (an honorary title for women belonging to the leader’s family) was the one who personally went to our office with no bodyguards whatsoever to book their holiday. I didn’t even know that she belongs to a royal family until she gave me a diplomat passport and the words “ruling family of [insert Emirate he

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