Betty OBrien has been helping people travel since March 1996! Betty earned her travel certificate from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1996, and her CTA certification from the Travel Institute in 1998. She moved to Kailua-Kona in March 1999 and worked at Travel Professionals in downtown Kona. In 2002, her passion for helping travelers, combined with her connections and expertise, inspired her to start A.S.K. About Travel.
Betty says, “You take a vacation to relax, not so you can stress out while planning it. That’s where we come in. We make vacation planning as effortless as possible. From extensive, custom-crafted expeditions to family vacations, we do it all! Additionally, we have special expertise in cruising, and all things Australia.”
This year Betty was awarded the title of Premier Aussie Specialist, from the Australian Tourism Board and will continue to educate herself and staff about Australia and travel in the South Pacific.
Betty and her staff do not believe in “one size fits all” vacations. They pride themselves on making their clients feel individually cared for, and being able to design custom itineraries that take care of them from the moment they leave home until the moment they come back.
Betty mentions that when the media runs a negative news story, it impacts the way people think. It can give areas of the world unfair reputations, and cause travelers to panic. She says, “It’s important to remember that travel agents research destinations extensively, and no agent, or their suppliers, will ever try to send you somewhere they think is dangerous. Wherever you go, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience while you’re there.”
Betty and her staff continue to travel and educate themselves on an ongoing basis. She says, “It’s easier to sell what you’ve experienced firsthand, and to make informed decisions about which program, destination or service would fit a client best.”
A.S.K. about Travel continues to revamp itself and grow. The newest addition to their staff is Kyra Boyle, a millennial who was raised in Kona and now lives in Portland OR. She serves as the staff travel writer and a new consultant.
If you yearn for a serene escape—or maybe you hunger for a whirlwind adventure—whatever your destination, A.S.K About Travel knows the way!