Dream Vacations Franchise Reviews

Dream Vacations Franchise has been recognized by the International Franchise Association, Franchise Education and Research Foundation’s VetFran Program with a 5-Star designation. In addition to these recognitions and honors, our franchise owners have shared their own experiences and reviewed our opportunity themselves. Read on to see the many positive reviews we have received from current Dream Vacations Franchise owners along with the many CruiseOne Franchise reviews we receive on a daily basis.

Dadpreneur Uses Military Training to Sell Travel

After 26 years in the U.S. Army, Master Sergeant Mike Hanlon traded in his military gear for a suitcase and became a travel franchise owner in 2015. As a stay-at-home dad, Mike knew he wanted a franchise opportunity that would give him the ability to have a career, take care of his daughters and support his household. When deciding what type of franchise to own, Mike believes you have to make sure the choice is right for you, and not anybody else. Mike loves what he does

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Merging an Existing Business with a Travel Agency Franchise – An Event Planner’s Story

For the past 20 years, Eddie Diaz, CSEP, ACC has owned a corporate event planning firm. As a certified event planner, he travels extensively with clients so having a travel agency franchise as a secondary business made sense. Both businesses work hand-in-hand and complement each other.   Eddie found his transition from one business to another was seamless in some aspects. Having worked and still as a Destination Event Producer and Event Planner helped tremendously. Still even with the slight experience advantage, Eddie found that owning his own

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Liz Dominguez & Family

A Side Hustle Becomes a Full-Time, Work From Home Career

Thirty-something Liz Dominguez opened her travel agency franchise in Jacksonville as a side hustle to her full-time job working in Emergency Management and Homeland Security doing disaster capacity building for Midwestern states and some consulting on the side. She and her husband started the franchise to earn extra cash and travel the world, with the hopes of eventually going full-time so she could work from home as they grow their family. Liz notes that after a year of juggling a growing business and travelling for her then day

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Navy Veteran Enjoys Travel and Owning a Travel Agency Franchise During Retirement

Navy Veteran and 2012 Operation Vetrepreneur winner Isaac Ingram has been enjoying his retirement as a travel franchise owner. Name: Isaac Ingram  Year Joined Franchise:  2012 Years in Military:  29 Branch of Military: U.S. Navy Submarine Service Rank:  E-9 Master Chief What do you like best about owning a Dream Vacations travel agency franchise? The support, friendship with other agents, the opportunity to help first time travelers and enjoying my retirement with personal travel. Advice for somebody purchasing a franchise:  Have a plan and work it! Don’t expect

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A Lifelong Career in Travel

While prior travel industry experience is not a prerequisite of owning a travel agency franchise, many travel agents have worked in the industry, just in a different capacity. Peggy Rosenthal worked for many years in the travel technology space until she retired in 2012 and decided she wanted to own her own business.  Buying a travel agency franchise seemed a natural fit and she knew her travel industry experience, management, marketing and sales experience would come in handy. Peggy studied the market and determined that there was,

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Former Accountant Loves the Training Opportunities to Successfully Run Her Cruise Franchise

Darci Upham worked as an accountant for a car dealership before a move across state lines prompted her to find a new career. In 2006, Darci opened her CruiseOne franchise and found that many of her accounting skills translate into small business ownership – tracking finances, customer service and computer skills. Particularly in franchise ownership, the number one piece of advice is to “Do what you love.” Darci believes the key to success in the travel agency business is a passion for travel.  If you love travel and

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Sarah Garrett

Military Training Comes in Handy as Travel Franchise Owner

The Air Force-trained Dream Vacations franchise owner learned to think on her feet in any situation – a skill she uses daily when owning her own business. Name: Sarah Garrett   Year Joined Franchise:  2016 Years in Military:  4 Branch of Military: U.S. Air Force Rank:  E-3 What do you like best about owning a Dream Vacations travel agency franchise? I love working for myself and facing the challenge everyday of how to grow and maintain my business.  I’m always asking myself, “What can I do to

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Joy Teet

Joy Teet: Take it Slow and Steady When Becoming a Travel Agency Franchise Owner

Joy Teet previously was a retail manager before joining her husband Ray and becoming travel agency business partners in 2013. Joy took her time in transitioning to being a travel agent. In fact, her husband Ray who worked in travel for eight years took her under his wing at first and guided her through the process of speaking with guests and the steps to securing a reservation. For Joy, the best part about owning a Dream Vacations franchise is working with guests and having them come back

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Karen Quinn Panzer

From Retail To Vacation Franchise Owner: The Best Way to be in Business for Yourself

Karen Quinn-Panzer opened her Dream Vacations travel agency franchise in 2013 inside her upscale boutique consignment store. Many of Karen’s first vacation clients were actually boutique clientele. Karen and her husband Frank ran both businesses simultaneously for two years until they saw the growth potential if they operated their travel agency full-time. Karen says, “Since I have owned two businesses, I can truly attest that the franchise model that Dream Vacations provides is THE BEST way to be in business for yourself.  You can have all the

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Bill Schneider

Planting the Seeds for Success as a Travel Agency Franchise Owner

Bill Schneider became an independent vacation specialist with Cruises Inc. in 2011, to supplement his income as the owner of a land maintenance company. In 2015 he decided to own his second business with the purchase of a Dream Vacations franchise. Name: Bill Schneider Year Joined Franchise: 2015 Prior Occupation:  Currently own The Lawn Management Company, a lawn maintenance company in Tampa, Fla. How did you transition from your prior occupation to starting a travel business…and what did that transition look like? As I continue the transition,

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