Couple start travel company to make Stokies vacation dreams come true

ByRochelle W. Stone

Mar 4, 2022

A married couple with a passion for travel makes vacation dreams come true for families.

Marieta and Tom Poole started their own travel agency after taking on a Not Just Travel franchise late last year.

The couple, who live in Hanley, offer everything from flight and hotel-only deals and vacation packages to cruises, luxury yachts, train trips and vacations.

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They can also create bespoke packages for any budget and organize trips for special occasions such as weddings and honeymoons.

Marieta said: “I’m originally from Bulgaria but had the opportunity to travel when I moved to Saudi Arabia at the age of 27 and that’s where my passion for travel really started. .”

The mother-of-two – who previously worked in customer service – added: “I’ve been looking to get into the industry for a while now and because of covid, and the fact that we had some money saved , we decided it was time to go in. I spent a few weeks training in December and got off to a flying start.

Marieta Poole started Not Just Travel with her husband Tom

Marieta and Tom are off to a record start after processing £40,000 in bookings in January alone, for popular destinations including Croatia, Turkey, USA, Spain and Dubai.

Marieta, 38, said: “We are part of the Hays Travel group which means we have access to over 400 holiday providers and can find some great deals.

“But what sets us apart is the fact that we research our clients’ vacations as if it were our vacations, and look after them throughout the process – before, during and after.

“We don’t just book you a vacation and then forget about you. We are always available on our mobiles and make sure we stay up to date with travel regulations for each country, whether it’s visas or restrictions Covid.

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“We’re here to make vacation planning as easy and stress-free as possible.”

Marieta runs the business on a day-to-day basis and Tom helps out part-time while juggling a full-time job.

Marieta said: “I love this job. Eventually our goal is to bring Tom into the business to work alongside me full time as we both share the same love for travel.”

She added: “People tend to travel to the same destination every year and my advice to everyone would be to get out of your comfort zone and go and visit different places because there’s a big world out there. .”

For more information, visit the website or the Facebook page. You can also contact Marieta on 07746 598772 or email [email protected]

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