Rose Loggi is certainly thriving in her “second career.” The travel industry veteran of 18 years wasn’t always crafting dream vacations for others.
“I worked for many years in the insurance industry as a claims adjuster and planned countless personal trips, including my honeymoon to Egypt and an African Safari for me and my husband. I realized that my love of travel and planning travel would be a great second career and I made the switch.”
Loggi began her travel career at Abercrombie & Kent in 2000, working various positions in sales and as product manager for Africa and the Middle East. In 2011, Loggi moved to Travel Beyond and still specializes in Africa and the Middle East, with safaris being her top focus.
“You name it, I have planned it (and have often done it myself), from gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda to multigenerational family travel to lots and lots of honeymoons,” she says.
With an annual revenue of around $1.6 million, Loggi attributes her success to the vital industry relationships she has developed throughout her career and her ability to understand her customers.
“I think that my greatest skill is listening,” says Loggi. “I take the time to get to know each client so that I can create a trip that is the perfect match for their personality and travel style. I am always listening for the clues, which will help me to suggest something unique and memorable that they have not thought about before.”
Loggi says she also makes sure to add something extra that makes the trip that much more special.
“I also love adding some special activities to each trip, such as viewing wildlife from horseback, boat or canoe; quad biking; hot air ballooning and authentic cultural interactions to make a safari even more memorable for my clients.”
As for increasing business, Loggi’s eyes are set on promoting travel to Egypt.
“Travel Beyond only plans travel to a select number of destinations where we have expert, tip-of-tongue knowledge. Based on my expertise in planning travel to Egypt, we have recently re-launched Egypt as one of these ‘core destinations.’ I am both thrilled and flattered to be leading the effort to increase our number of travelers to Egypt.”
Loggi says when she’s not selling travel to others she is traveling herself.
“My love for travel began at a very early age, and I thank my dad for my travel career! My dad was a great planner, and each year he would choose a new and exciting place to visit for our family vacation. I have been hooked on exploring ever since,” she notes.
Earlier this year, Loggi explored two new areas in South Africa that she had not previously visited, Tswalu Kalahari and Phinda; and she more recently returned from a mobile camping expedition in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, followed by an exploration of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.
“Next up, I am planning on a return visit to East Africa to head somewhere off the beaten path, perhaps the Mathews Range in Kenya or the Mahale Mountains in Tanzania,” she says.