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Interview With A Croatia Travel Agent – Meet The Team

interview with a croatia travel agent
13 Feb

Interview With A Croatia Travel Agent – Meet The Team

Here at Adventures Croatia, we pride ourselves on our friendly, approachable team who always seeks the best for our clients. To give you a little more insight into who we are behind the scenes, we recently sat down with our specialist Croatia travel agent, Sandra Radovic. 

Sandra was born and raised in Croatia and moved to the USA just a few years back. She joined our team with a wealth of experience in the travel industry and valuable local knowledge that helps us craft the perfect tours for our clients.

Keep reading to learn more about Sandra’s experience as a Croatia travel agent working with Adventures Croatia, as well as some of her favorite things about Croatia that are sure to inspire your future vacation plans. 

Interview with Sandra Radovic, Adventures Croatia travel agent. 

croatia travel agent Sandra Radovic

How long have you worked in the travel industry?

I have worked in the tourism and hospitality industry for over 10 years now. I did everything from waitressing (which was my first summer job while I was still in school) to working in high-end hotels and being a part of the hotel entertainment team in sea resorts. Later on, I worked as one of the coordinators of entertainment and social events for cruise ships. I particularly loved this job as it combined two of my passions – working closely with people and traveling.

How many times have you visited Croatia in total?

I was born and raised there, so I guess the first 25 years of my life count as one long trip. After I moved to the United States, I have come back to visit at least once a year, both to spend time with family and friends and to refresh my knowledge as a Croatian travel agent.

interview with a croatia travel agent

What is your favorite place to visit in Croatia?

This one is a bit hard for me to answer, because home is home, so I would probably say Istria where my family and friends are. It’s a special place to me as it is where I grew up and where my home is. But, if you were to ask me from a tourist viewpoint, I would probably say the island of Korčula (I found it to be very special, charming and filled with history when I visited as a tourist myself).

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?

Baking, being creative such as painting and playing music and visiting the dog park with my dog. When it’s time for a vacation, I like going back to Croatia to see my family and friends.

How do you plan the perfect itinerary?

As a Croatia travel agent, the first thing I do when planning a Croatian holiday itinerary is to listen to what the client has to say because one person’s perfect itinerary might not be perfect for another. When listening to the person, I usually get a “feeling” aside from what they are saying; I can learn if they are fast-paced and constantly on the go, or if they like to take some time for themselves and take their traveling at a more leisurely pace. Are they avid travelers, or is this their first trip outside of the US? Is this a family multigenerational trip, or a couple planning their honeymoon? 

The most important thing to do is to always include what the client wants in their tour itinerary, but what makes the trip extra special is when I figure out what the person’s taste is and I cater to it. So often clients are not even sure what they want, so it’s on me to take the initiative and present them with options and ideas based on what they say. That usually creates extra excitement, because clients are unaware of the possibilities there are and I can present them with something they did not even think of. 

That’s when I know I have done a good job!

What is your favorite Croatian dish?

Street food and gelato! I do adore good Croatian seafood dishes, meats and desserts, but for me – bakery goods are where it’s at. Croatians surely know how to make good bread and pastries in general. I can never get enough of “burek”, and also, cured meats and cheese – especially pancetta. I would highly recommend booking a Croatian food tour if you want to enjoy some of these incredible Croatian delicacies and have an authentic Croatian experience. 

interview with a croatia travel agent

What inspired you to work for Adventures Croatia?

Working for Adventures Croatia feels like home in a way. I like that we don’t just offer cookie-cutter trips, but that I get challenged on a daily basis. As we established, each client is different and has different needs; the versatility of the questions, opinions and requests really puts my expertise to the test, and I often have to be very creative in order to accommodate for clients and create custom tours around Croatia.

How would you describe the perfect stay in Croatia?

Hmmm, another tough one, simply because we’re all different, and what might work for one person may not work for another. But that might be the key – Croatia can offer so much (pretty much everything except the tropical jungle), so I would definitely suggest anyone who’s going to Croatia to try a little bit of everything. 

For most people, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I don’t want them to miss out on anything. I would suggest a day on the beach, trying the fresh local foods, having a hiking day in one of the beautiful national parks and learning about the fascinating history… You should also visit as many of the Croatian islands along the Dalmatian coastline as possible. 

interview with a croatia travel agent

For transportation, I would definitely recommend either private transportation such as private charters or renting a car, aside from ferries. When thinking of accommodation, it would definitely depend on the preferences of the individual for what I would recommend. However, you can never go wrong when renting one of our luxurious Croatian villas

What makes Adventures Croatia different to anybody else?

I would say our approach to the clients, and the value that we offer. We do not settle for anything less than beautiful and aim to create a completely customized vacation for every single one of our clients. It’s not just about offering high-end things, whatever those may be, but making sure that the trip is perfect for each individual client.

Book a tour with a Croatia travel agent today

With her expertise and love for the country, our local Croatia travel agent Sandra is always on hand to ensure that her clients feel the same as she does when visiting her home country! So, if you’re looking for travel agents specializing in Croatia vacation packages – then you’ve come to the right place. 

Contact a specialist Croatia travel agent to book your own customizable tour that is catered to your individual needs, or have a look at our pre-planned tours around Croatia to get an idea of what trips we currently offer. Create the vacation of your dreams with a Croatia travel agent today! 

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