Elevating Travel Advisors: Insights from Meredith Calloway

Elevating Travel Advisors: Insights from Meredith Calloway

04 Mar, 2024

Key Questions

(02:05) Can you share with us your journey on how you got to where you are today?

(08:05) Can you define luxury travel for us?

(09:52) Who is your ideal avatar?

(11:25) How do you get in front of them?

(13:46) Is there a common thing—I don't really want to say a mistake—that new clients that are working with you are doing?

(16:28) What are some goals that you're looking to achieve in the next one to two years?

(19:14) What do you feel is a big roadblock that's stopping you from reaching your goal?

(22:03) What's the best advice that you have ever received?

(23:32) What's the best advice you've ever given?

(26:40) What are some key ingredients to achieving success in business without having to resort to long hours and the hustle culture?

(29:58) Is there anything that we haven't touched on that you would like to talk about?

(31:08) You guys have a free download for our listeners, don't you?



In this enlightening episode of Entrepreneur Conundrum with Virginia Purnell, Meredith Calloway shares her remarkable journey from a successful but unfulfilled career on Wall Street to becoming a trailblazer in the travel industry. Drawing on over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, Meredith recounts her decision to leave Wall Street and establish her own boutique travel agency, Heels of Africa Travel, in pursuit of her passion for travel.

Despite facing initial challenges, including financial struggles, Meredith's unwavering commitment and resilience led her to transform her agency into a profitable venture within a few years. Recognizing the common obstacles encountered by travel professionals, she founded the Global Institute for Travel Entrepreneurs (GIFT) in 2011, offering education and support to aspiring travel advisors.

Meredith's entrepreneurial journey didn't stop there. In 2013, she co-founded GIFTED Travel Network (GTN) to address gaps in the host agency landscape, providing comprehensive resources and education for luxury travel advisors. Throughout the interview, Meredith emphasizes the importance of emotional fitness and building a supportive community in achieving entrepreneurial success.

Listeners are encouraged to explore more about Meredith's work through the GTN website and take advantage of a free download on overcoming mindset blocks. With her inspiring story and invaluable insights, Meredith inspires aspiring entrepreneurs to dare to dream, challenge the status quo, and pursue their passions with determination and resilience.

**Key Points:**

- Meredith's transition from Wall Street to entrepreneurship

- Challenges and triumphs in building a successful travel agency

- The founding of GIFT and GTN to support travel advisors

- Emphasizing the importance of emotional fitness and community support

- Encouragement for aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue their passions with resilience and determination.

Meredith Calloway



Virginia Purnell

Funnel & Visibility Specialist

Distinct Digital Marketing

(833) 762-5336




Virginia Purnell

Virginia lives in Northern Alberta on a small farm with her husband and three children. Virginia is a master funnel builder having been certified as an FG Society Master Marketer, Funnelytics, and ClickFunnels Certified Partner. She uses that knowledge to help businesses with their online presence, visibility, and sales.