An Interview with Rubinsohn Travel Specialist, Shelley

Hello everyone, my name is Shelley and I have been working for Rubinsohn Travel for 21 wonderful years! Recently, I was interviewed about my experience as a travel agent and wanted to share.

To start, can you give me just a brief background, tell me a little bit about yourself, your position at Rubinsohn Travel and why you got involved in the travel business?

I caught the travel bug as a child when my family took a holiday vacation to Freeport, Bahamas. This vacation was a long time ago, in November 1963! As a child, seeing the blue ocean and sandy beaches, I knew that I wanted a career in the travel business. I grew up on Long Island and I eventually met my husband in Boston, Massachusetts. During this time, we were both attending college.

Have you always traveled, even when you were young or was it something that became more prominent as you were an adult?

I started in the travel business 28 years ago with Travel Etc. in Lafayette Hill, P.A. During my time at this company, they merged with United Travel in Jenkintown, P.A. After the merge, I worked there until 1998. This was a wonderful position but, my journey truly began when United Travel merged with Rubinsohn Travel. Currently, I have been with this company for 21 years. In the spring of 2018, I was promoted to Manager of Rubinsohn Travel!

What are your top two or three favorite trips you’ve gone on and what was the highlight part of each?

My favorite vacation was a recent River Cruise on The Mekong to Cambodia and Vietnam. Having the opportunity to experience the culture and lifestyle was something that I will always remember. Among some of my favorite memories were visiting the temples, feeding the Monks and seeing the lifestyle in both countries was fascinating.

Another memorable trip was flying into Zurich, Switzerland and seeing the beautiful countryside. While in Switzerland, we took a must see train ride through the Swiss Alps. During this excursion, we felt like we were on set of a James Bond movie.

What is your biggest travel goal you have yet to reach? Where is your next travel destination?   

I have had a lot of wonderful travel experiences in my lifetime but there are still many sites to see around the world. If I had to choose two top places on my bucket list I would say an African Safari, and a Galapagos Island cruise.

Do you have any travel tips for new travelers looking for a new adventure. If so, what are they and how have you avoided “bad” travel experiences?

My number one travel trip is to be sure to take out travel insurance. The insurance will cover medical emergencies, any lost or delayed luggage, trip delays and missed connections. It is important to be prepared for the unexpected, especially when traveling to a foreign country.

Also, you should pack at least one day of clothing in your carry on. There is always a chance that your bags are lost or even delayed. So, it is essential to be prepared and have extra clothing.

Below are a collection of some of my pictures from a sailing trip through NYC and some sights from Cambodia and Vietnam: