From being named the 2017 OPAL Award winner for her Outstanding Performance and Leadership in the community and within Cruises Inc., to being recognized as the 2017 Cruises Inc. Agent of the Year, former Earth Science teacher Lori Foster earns an A+ in her skills as a travel agent.
Name: Lori Foster
Year Joined Cruise Inc.: 2009
Prior Occupation: High School Earth Science Teacher
How did you transition from your prior occupation to starting a travel business…and what did that transition look like? Did any of your previous skills carry over?
The transition was easy because I took a few years off from teaching when I had my two boys. I didn’t want to leave the kids and go back to a job away from home, so I started thinking about what I could do from home and getting back into the travel industry was what I wanted to do. My former career has helped me run my own travel business in how I present options to clients. As a teacher I would present science topics in a fun and creative way to garner the interest of my students. Now I present vacations to clients in informative and visual ways and experiences rather than just an email with prices.
What do you like best about being part of Cruises Inc.?
I love the staff and support, they are really like family. Even though I work from home we have opportunities for so much interaction during the year with regional trainings, a national conference and many other events. I also love that I am a small part of a big company that is well known and well respected.
Advice for somebody thinking of joining the Cruises Inc. business opportunity:
Do your research so you feel comfortable in your decision, but I can tell you that Cruises Inc. is the right choice. I researched a few of the top host agencies, but Cruises Inc. was the only one that had everything I wanted, the others lacked in many departments. Plus, you have the opportunity to learn about the business and grow it then you can move to the franchise model as your business succeeds.
What is the best part about the support you get from Cruises Inc.?
The support is amazing, I can’t speak highly enough about them, you are not alone. I also love the websites they provide for each agent, they are gorgeous, up-to-date and a huge resource for the agent and the client! There are marketing programs that are top notch and constantly updated for us, we have a Learning Center with ongoing training programs. One of my favorite things are the regional trainings throughout the year and the annual national conference where we meet and interact with all the suppliers, the leadership team and other agents. And a great asset is being part of World Travel Holdings which gives us access to exclusive offers and status with the cruise lines.
What’s on your bucket list?
My bucket list is very long! I have been trying to do one big trip with my family every year, we have spent a month traveling through all the countries in Southeast Asia, a few weeks in the Middle East and we are exploring China next month. After that, either the Galapagos or an African Safari, I’ve been to almost 50 countries and there are still many more to see!