I became infatuated with cruising at the age of 19 after taking my first cruise with my best friend and my grandmother. I knew I had to make frequent travel a part of my life and bring the life changing experience of cruising to others. I completed my education to become a Certified Travel Consultant in 1996 while working at a store front travel agency in Moore, Oklahoma. Since then, I have completed countless destination expert programs and have most recently earned by Accredited Cruise Counselor certification with the Cruise Lines International Association. Cruising is my passion - I was even married to my wonderful husband while visiting St. Thomas on a cruise in 1997. Together, we have two amazing children and an awesome son-in-law. Over the years, with the rise of the internet and do-it-yourself travel planning (and a couple of pretty destructive tornados), our store front agency eventually closed and I decided to change my career path. I spent 17 rewarding years as an elementary school teacher while still cruising often and and providing vacation tips to friends and family. Over time, I realized how much I missed bringing the joy of travel to others, so I decided to take the leap and open my own business. Ten Palms Travel was born in 2015. We have grown exponentially over the years and I have recently resigned from my teaching position to focus on building Ten Palms Travel into a highly personalized agency that provides customized travel experiences for each and every one of our clients without charging any additional fees to them. Our passion, expertise, and attention to detail are evident in every trip that we create in partnership with our valued clients. I would love to help your plan your next vacation so that you too can experience the difference that personalized service can have over search engines when planning your trip! Call or email us anytime!
Karen Freeman - Associate Travel Advisor
I love traveling. The warm, sunny, and white sandy beach with emerald blue waters is my happy place. Can anyone guess where that might be? As a young teenager, my family and I traveled to Disneyland, SeaWorld, and the Grand Canyon not to mention the beach too. Now in my young adult years, I have an amazing husband and five awesome kids between us. We have been fortunate to travel together many times. My career started out in the medical field and in the last three years, I have been a stay at home mom. In 2018, I went on a cruise to Europe. Traci, the owner of Ten Palms Travel and my mentor planned the most perfect vacation ever!! Traci has inspired me to want to push for more and better myself. I want to share the excitement and joy that comes from the personal service of a travel advisor. With my last child about to hit adulthood in the near future, I thought now couldn’t be a better time to start building again. ”GREAT THINGS NEVER CAME FROM COMFORT ZONES.” ~ ANONYMOUS. This quote is so true! We can choose to stay in our comfort zone in our day to day routine, our work, or even our faith or we can choose to step out and live life to its fullest. Step out with Traci and our team and let us help you live your life to its fullest!