Take the trip!
While working in the entertainment department at Grand Lido Negril, Omar Josephs caught the travel bug.
“It was just a few years ago – okay, so maybe it was more than a few,” Josephs jokes. “Every five or six weeks, I’d always see the sales team leave Jamaica to go overseas to promote and sell the resort. This fascinated me and I knew right away this was something I wanted to do, so I set it as a goal for myself… and the rest is history.”
Today, Josephs is well known in the industry as the Senior National Manager – Groups & Events for Unique Vacations Canada Inc, an affiliate of Unique Travel Corp, worldwide representatives of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts.
“I love meeting people! I love experiencing new and different cultures, which makes me more appreciative and respectful of others,” he says. “It also makes me realize more and more that while we are all different, we really are all the same. I’m also a foodie so travelling definitely helps me with that, the chance to explore new restaurants and try new cuisines. Travel is an escape – in every sense of the word – a chance to reset, to recharge the mind, body and soul. Travelling is honestly one of the best experiences that I think anyone can have.”
One memorable travel experience that stands out for Josephs was visiting the House of the Virgin Mary while vacationing in Europe.
“This turned out to be quite the experience, just being inside the little stone house on the side of a hill on Mt. Koressos in Turkey,” he recalls. “I’ve seen a lot of cool places all over the world but this one did it for me — even gave me goosebumps.”
Throughout the pandemic, he says people have realized how much they were taking for granted before and not to postpone dream trips.
“I think the pandemic has really reminded a lot of people how much we take for granted, how short and precious life is, how we don’t truly miss or need someone until they’re gone — so plan and take that trip!” he says. “Stop delaying and stop saying ‘next year or next time.’ Now more than ever, the need to reconnect with friends and extended family is going to be so important. Small social group getaways are a great way for travel advisors to jump on this trend and it just so happens that I know some amazing all-inclusive resorts for both couples and families, where a group starts at only five rooms for a minimum of three nights.”