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Natascha Columbus

New York, New York Travel Agent

My Travel Agent Life

I’ve fulfilled an unbelievable range of special requests and pride myself on how often I can make the impossible happen. Among the most exciting professional challenges was when I single-handedly planned and executed the travel for over 200 contestants originating from 20 different Latin American countries to one destination.

Getting a call at 11pm while a client is on the runway taxiing to the gate as he is returning from vacation asking me to find a private helicopter or air charter in Europe so he can make a meeting on time with less than a 24 hour notice: done and done.

My life in travel began as a child living in Germany and New York while my dad worked for Pan Am. After college, I got a job at Lufthansa and discovered I excelled at finding creative solutions to the most challenging requests. After my supervisor recommended I switch over to the agency side, I decided to make the leap! At the time, the only opening was in entertainment production and I accepted. Lucky me! I found a niche I adore and feel like I just keep getting better at it.  

I am based on the West Coast, but my clients know I am available whenever I am needed, based on their time zones and schedules, no matter where they are in the world. It’s a 24/7 job so I am never without my iPad. I am happiest and most energized when I am really slammed. Actually, the busier I am, the better I perform!

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