Skip to main content

The Best Travel Agent

Our Hawaiian Honeymoon - June, 2007
How many times have you clicked on an internet travel deal only to find that the final price is way more than initially advertised or the dates you need aren't available. Maybe you got a great deal, but missed a few fine print details and your trip was ruined, and you had no one to call to help fix the problem. I have a solution... and her name is Lisa Olson from Simmon's Travel, Inc. I was first introduced to Lisa when she booked a Carnival Cruise trip to Nassau, Bahamas for me and three of my girlfriends. It was on the last night of this cruise that I met my husband Scott. I have been relying on Lisa ever since to book all of our travel needs. She is a well-seasoned travel agent that has the knowledge to customize the perfect vacation based on the criteria you give her. Her customer service and attention to detail are impeccable.

Miami Sunrise Carnival Cruise 04
Beantown Bunch Terminal 3 MIA

She is the person you want on the phone when you find yourself in a jam, and we have tested that out a few times. Like the time we arrived at the airport for our two-week honeymoon in the Hawaiian islands only to find we left our itinerary (with all of our rentals, reservations and inter-island flights) on the plane. One call to Lisa and a new itinerary arrived at our hotel before we did.

Practicing my new signature on the flight to Oahu, HI
Or the time we arrived at the terminal to find that Scott's briefcase full of student final exams (that needed to be graded by midnight) had been left behind in our car and we ended up missing our flight to Miami for an extended Christmas vacation and a family wedding. We were supposed to pick up a rental car and then grab my parents in Fort Lauderdale and then meet up with my mother-in-law. Well everyone was in Miami but us and the car rental agency (who will remain nameless) was lacking any Christmas spirit... even though we were wiling to just pay for the full week and arrive a day late they wanted to charge us over $2,000 for a whole new reservation... bahumbug! Needless to say I was in tears when I called Lisa this time but her voice, level head, and willingness to help were all it took to put me at ease. While Scott and I worked with AirTran (who were awesome) to get on the next flight out, the following day, Lisa called both of our moms to work out logistics so that they could meet up, grab the rental, and pick us up at the Miami airport the following day. To say she goes above and beyond is an understatement, and because of this I recommend her to all of my friends and family and everyone has loved working with her.

New Year's Eve fireworks at The Biltmore Hotel Miami/ Coral Gables, FL
Red Fish Grille Miami/ Coral Gables, FL
You should know that the only thing Lisa charges for is booking airfare, which is $20 per person. Any other trip planning or booking with cruises or hotels is free of charge. Although she gets a commission from those companies, you never have to worry that she is going base her recommendations on those commissions.

FYI - The other thing I would highly recommend is travel insurance. We use Travel Guard, it is relatively cheap and is a lifesaver if you have to use it... which we have. Scott's professional Sony Alpha camera was stolen in Cancun and the insurance company helped cover it. When DC was shut down for a week due to the epic snow storm in 2010 our "babymoon" (a Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas) was cancelled because but we were able to rebook for March because we had bought the insurance.

Babymoon Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas 2010
On stage playing the Newlywed Game

Whether you are booking as an individual, family, or large group give Lisa a call 1-800-762-4116 or e-mail her at Let her do all the work so you can simply kick your heels up and enjoy your trip.
On our oceanfront lanai at Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, Kailua-Kona, HI


  1. The Cheap Airfare Bharat flights square measure the low price airlines just like the coraciiform bird airlines, Jetlite, GoAir, SpiceJet et al.. These airlines give low airfares to the fliers. additionally, the supply of the airlines tickets has really modified the means we glance towards the luxurious of air. Bharat are conferred to you at her best in an exceedingly golden triangle tours. it's like flipping through a history text book in one hand and 'chai' (tea) in another.

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. beautiful pictures. very interesting post for the best travel agents . Thank you so much..


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Moe's Famous Queso (Copycat Recipe)

After my dad retired from over 40 years of paper mill management, he did a short stint working at Moe's Southwest Grill before he and my mom moved down here to Maryland. After working a shift, he would often bring home Moe's famous queso and heat up their fresh tortilla chips in the microwave. I started craving Moe's queso, this unique white cheese dip packed an addicting heat that I had never had at any other Mexican restaurant. I started searching the web looking for the best copycat recipe and found the closest replica at Seeded at the Table. I think it's right on the money!

Download the Printer-Friendly Recipe Card Moe's Famous Queso (Copycat Recipe)

Here are my go-to recipes for guacamole and restaurant style salsa.

Whole Foods Cracklin' Cauliflower

Whole Foods opened up across the street from our neighborhood. Like, literally, across the street. It has been a long time coming and highly anticipated, so when they finally opened their doors, I went THREE times on the first day! The ever-changing salad bar is our bank account's downfall. Every day at noon it keeps calling my name, taunting me with quick, easy, and healthy options for lunch when I'm hangry.  

I always get a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a bigger receipt than I had hoped for. So, I decided that I would start making batches of these sides in my own kitchen so that I could enjoy them all week long without the guilt. You can purchase the Whole Foods Market Cookbook on Amazon!

First up, one of my absolute favorites, the Indian inspired Cracklin' Cauliflower! It's so good that I recommend making at least a double batch!

Download the Printer-Friendly
Cracklin' Cauliflower Recipe Card

Lemon Rosemary Marinated Grilled Halibut

Bobby Flay's Lemon Rosemary Marinated Grilled Halibut recipe came highly recommended from my soccer friend Little Lisa. She has very good taste in EVERYTHING so I knew I had to try it after she raved one night before stepping out on the field. Easy to make and bursting with flavor, this fresh fish dish is a keeper!