TRO Signal

TRO Signal

TRO Signal explores the more elusive, emotional and psychological aspects of being a travel advisor. 

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Recent Podcasts from TRO Signal

Tomas Garza - A Course in Miracles
February 26th, 2021 | Length 00:41:16

In this episode, Lynda speaks with Tomas Garza,  a writer, podcaster, and lifelong traveler whose journeys have led him to a path of writing, podcasting, and teaching spiritual truths.   Tomas started his own podcast in 2019 as a way to market a book he published, and now podcasting is the…

Richard D'Ambrosio Storytelling
February 18th, 2021 | Length 00:48:58

In this episode of TRO Signal, Lynda interviews RICHARD D’AMBROSIO. Richard is a master storyteller who has helped hundreds of travel advisors, entrepreneurs and leading brands —including American Express, Flight Centre USA, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Thomas Cook Travel —grow their brands and sales through marketing and sales coaching. Richard…

Mike Pulham Good Vibes
February 12th, 2021 | Length 00:36:52

Listen as a budding tour operator discusses his impeccable timing, branching into international travel on the eve of a global pandemic. Experienced outdoor guide Mike Pulham has led groups in the Pacific Northwest for twenty years—hiking, rafting, river floats, snowshoeing, camping.  Then he decided to branch out into the wider world.…

Fab5 - Combining effort and strategies during Covid
February 6th, 2021 | Length 00:42:41

Through the magic of social media, a Brit doing sightseeing tours in Switzerland (Typically Swiss Tours' Chris Wilson) joined forces with travel advisors in Toronto, California, and Oregon to create a business/social group called the Fab 5. Here, four of them discuss the travel business in the time of Covid,…

Relationships, Family, Profession, Clients and Covid
January 29th, 2021 | Length 00:28:40

In today's episode, Lynda speaks with travel professionals Anneke Marchese and Shelly Pawson about the adjustments in personal relationships that have resulted from the travel standstill, homeschooling and Covid. Anneke is the owner of AM/FM Leisure & Adventure Travel, a full service travel group physically based in the volcanic recreational paradise…

Dr. Sherri Rosenthal Transformation in Tranformative Times
January 22nd, 2021 | Length 00:37:10

In this episode, Lynda speaks with Dr. Sheri Rosenthal, the director at Wanderlust Entrepreneur and the creator of The Retreat Blueprint Program. In addition to being a medical doctor, Sheri is a travel entrepreneur and the author over several books. She studied with don Miguel Ruiz for 8 years and…

Learning Journeys-Dr. Carol Dimopoulos
January 15th, 2021 | Length 00:39:24

This week Lynda speaks with Dr. Carol Dimopoulos of Learning Journeys. Carol has a unique background which bridges the tourism sector and academia. In her professional role she serves as CEO and founder of Learning Journeys, a company focused on global learning programs through a concept known as "The Traveling Classroom".…

Project Expedition's founders and their company culture
December 24th, 2020 | Length 00:41:27

Our current theme is Resiliency, and in this episode Lynda speaks with Project Expedition’s co-founders and we discuss the way they’ve been able to stop, drop, and regroup very quickly during this most unusual year. In addition to refunding client money within days at the beginning of the shutdown,…

In Search of the Wandering Puffin
November 15th, 2020 | Length 00:29:05

In this episode of TRO Signal, Lynda Phillippi interviews Jamie Bachrach of the Wandering Puffin. Jamie is an FIT specialist with a love for puffins, a love of Scandinavia and a passion for his clients. Jamie talks about passion and navigating the ups and downs of being a…

Melissa Mackey- Travel Entrepreneur
November 9th, 2020 | Length 00:36:36

Melissa Mackey is a woman on a mission. In 2006, Melissa Mackey began her career in travel and quickly climbed the corporate ladder and became manager within months of starting. Her store was 6th most profitable store in all of Canada. As she grew these stores, her dreams and vision…

Get To Work
November 2nd, 2020 | Length 00:04:05

I hope nobody told you the travel business was easy. It's not It never has been. And for the next year or more, we're all going to be pulling out of a slump, the magnitude of which we still cannot truly comprehend. By any measure, the challenges we face are…

Christina Ernst - From Travel Professional to Tour Operator VIP Southern Tours
October 28th, 2020 | Length 00:33:59

What does it take to move from being a travel professional to a tour operator? Today, Linda and I interview Christina Ernst of VIP Southern Tours. Christina gathered up her courage, bought a fleet of vans, and started a business doing wine tours in the Northern Georgia Mountains. She explains…

Lauren Goldenberg - Travel Professional - World Championship Weightlifter
October 28th, 2020 | Length 00:37:12

Lauren Goldenberg is a 4'10" travel professional, but she stands tall in the world of competitive weightlifting where Lauren is a U.S. National Masters record holder in the  55-59 age bracket! But there's more: she is also a world record holder. TRO Signal's Lynda Phillippi interviews Lauren about her passion…

Color My World Humanitarian Angela Hughes
October 28th, 2020 | Length 00:35:42

This week, my co-host, Lynda Phillippi and I speak with Angela Hughes, the founder of Color My World, a non-profit 501c3 organization leading a global effort to relieve human suffering, by providing emergency response relief items and humanitarian services including sustainability projects internationally to those in need. Established in…

Goodbye to Social Media Nolan Burris
October 28th, 2020 | Length 00:48:15

Nolan Burris is the founder and Chief Visioneer of Future Proof Travel Solutions, based in Vancouver, Canada. Nolan just shocked many of his friends by signing off of social media, and, in this episode, provides a heartfelt reason for his decision.…

A Talent for Practice
September 28th, 2020 | Length 00:45:01

Talent.  You have it or you don’t… Right? Isn’t talent the reason Bobby Fischer was a grand master chess player at 19?  Isn’t talent why Bill Gates was a boy genius and is now the world’s richest man, or why Tiger Woods was a child golf prodigy? Talent is largely…

Never Let a Crisis Go To Waste
September 20th, 2020 | Length 00:52:09

Today’s episode is a re-cap of a webinar TRO did this week entitled “Don’t Let a Crisis go to Waste”. The webinar had its origin in an article in TRO by Richard D’Ambrosio. Like many good articles, I think Richard’s was a starting point. What are real action items we can employ…

September 13th, 2020 | Length 00:44:31

Many of us dream of the expat lifestyle. What would it be like to pick up and leave our homes and just move to a new country? What would it be like? Today, we're joined by four travel professionals who have decided to move abroad and to continue their travel…

Nomad Kids - Raising children in the travel industry
September 9th, 2020 | Length 00:33:09

What is the experience of raising children in the travel industry like? Do the children of travel professionals experience life and travel differently? How does it affect their worldview and perspective on humanity? Our guests this week explore their lives as both parents and travel advisors raising Nomad Kids. Our guests…

Hunkering Down
September 3rd, 2020 | Length 00:05:13

“…to prepare to stay in a place or position for a long time, usually in order to achieve something … (Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press) Another fine mess we’ve found ourselves in. But we are not without power and a…

How I spent my Covid Vacation
August 31st, 2020 | Length 00:44:20

Our four guests this week on TRO Signal discuss how they have taken advantage of the Covid-19 travel standstill by working ON their businesses instead of IN their business. Compare notes and see how the standstill is a perfect time for a gentle approach to re-shaping your travel practice Our Guests…

Covid Confessionals
August 31st, 2020 | Length 00:51:26

What is it like to be a travel professional in the time of Covid-19? We know all too well the negatives, but is there anything positive we can take away from the experience? I ask five travel consultants to open up to me, to be honest and candid in their…

Richard Earls: Meet The Podcasters | Travmarket Media Network
August 24th, 2020 | Length 00:01:43

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Lynda Phillippi

Lynda Phillippi

Lynda Phillippi has been in travel for 16 years, as an advisor and host agency owner. Renaissance Travel and Events specializes in small group travel, cruises, and Europe.

She is a part chapter president of ASTA in Portland, Oregon, and the current Regional Director for ASTA in the Pacific Northwest. She’s…

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Richard Bryan Earls

Richard Bryan Earls

Richard Earls has spent the last 30 years in the travel industry as an agency owner, a technologist, a publisher and a writer. A serial entrepreneur, Richard has sold two of his start-up companies prior to his current projects, Travel Research Online, Voyager Websites and Travmarket Media

The publishing credits to…

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