Diana Kreisle, owner of Let’s Go Today Travel, is the sole employee at her 14-year-old Crystal River business.
During the state stay-at-home order, Kreisle said she took care of her clients whose vacations were cancelled.
“I was making sure they were either receiving future travel vouchers or refunds, whichever they wanted,” Kreisle said. “I hope to never do as many cancellations as I've done in the past three months.”
Now that she’s allowed again to open, Kreisle said her biggest challenge is trying to find availability for her clients to travel in the fall of 2020 and into spring/summer 2021.
“With so many cancellations this year, many are booking up the ship's cabins and resort rooms for next year already,” she said.
Kreisle said she sees her travel business growing in the next two years “due to the desire of people to resume their love of traveling the world to experience different cultures and culinary delights or just to have fun on vacation.”
Destination weddings and honeymoons are two of her specialties. She expects multi-generational travel (cruise ships or resorts) to be on the rise coming out of the lockdown.
“Families were cooped up together and, hopefully, have found the beauty of spending quality time with (their) family,” she said.
Said Kreisle: “This down time should have been a wake-up call to those who didn't spend enough time with their loved ones just enjoying each other's company. I want to show them that no matter what the budget, there is a way to have a fabulous vacation together.