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Our Seattle based travel agency has always focused on the importance of truly knowing a destination, rather than simply looking for the cheapest deal. We’ve heard horror stories from travelers who bought “5 Star Hotel” packages only to arrive in the city’s outskirts, found excellent deals on tours in areas with more mosquitoes than culture and shown up in their destination only to be swept away by hurricane winds. Just a few days ago, recognized our agency for its dedication to planning with a mention in its popular travel section. The article highlighted the importance of climate in planning a trip and our owner, Linda, was quoted saying “September is a delightful month to be in Fiji but it’s the monsoon season in Thailand.”

Weather is important, and I’m in the process of adding more weather information to our site such as our new Australia Weather Information page, but really there are so many more variables that come into play when planning a trip. The problem for travelers is that not all of them are identifiable through research alone and if you don’t know the right questions to ask, not even the best search engine will provide the answers.

Having planned nearly all of my trips with Totem Travel before coming to work here, I can attest to the service that they provided. Through my travels, I’ve come to realize that the true value of working with an experienced travel agent is not the simplification of the planning process, but the wealth of knowledge and wisdom that they bring to the table. Someone who has been there before you knows so much more than can be found through diligent research alone. They know the best places for food, the best tour guides to follow, the activities to avoid, and the ones that will be truly memorable. While every hotel, tour company and restaurant will tell you why you should travel with them, a good travel agent will work with you to find what best fits your needs and personality. Whether you’re going to Europe, Tahiti, Fiji, the Caribbean, Hawaii or elsewhere, chances are that we’ve been there too!

In short, check out our website, get excited about all the possibilities there are for your next trip, and when you are ready to plan it, consider talking to a Destination Specialist at Totem Travel. We’ll make sure that you get personalized help from a travel expert at no extra cost!

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European Tour Special

Here is one of the hottest specials at the moment!

Tis the season of fairytale holiday markets, grand carnivals and blossoming meadows. It’s the time of storybook scenery and magical celebration. There are many reasons to visit Europe with Trafalgar in Autumn, Winter and Spring, but here are three of the best!

1.       Save up to 30% off peak summer airfare and land prices, up to $600 off per couple!*

2.       Enjoy Europe’s famous sights and attractions, but with fewer crowds.

3.       Discover Trafalgar’s authentic local experiences and special festive seasonal events.

Offers end June 24, 2011 – call today!  Buon Viaggio!

*Book your 2011/2012 Autumn, Winter & Spring Europe vacation by June 24, 2011 and save:
–          $600 per couple ($300 per person) on air-inclusive vacations or
–          $400 per couple ($200 per person) on land-only vacations

Fiji vacation deals at Matangi Island Resort and Mana Island Resort

Hot off the press, Matangi Island Resort in Fiji has extended their stay 7 pay 5 special for high season travel dates including summer of 2011.  So you can enjoy a luxurious honeymoon or romantic getaway for two (no kids allowed at adult only Matangi Island Resort) including airfare from Los Angeles, seven nights in a lovely oceanview bure, three meals daily, non motorized watersports and more from under $7K total for two. Beachfront and treehouse bures also available.

And for an affordable Fiji vacation for adults or a family, you can’t beat Mana Island Resort from about $3K total for two with airfare, 6 nights in a newly renovated island bure and complimentary non motorized watersports. On Mana Island you’ll find 3 beautiful beaches, amazing snorkeling right off shore, two restaraunts with expanded menus, evening entertainment and theme nights.

So if you’re dreaming of a vacation or honeymoon in Fiji, contact Linda or Patty at Totem Travel and get personalized service from a Fiji travel expert and a fantastic deal on a fabulous Fiji island vacation package.

Fiji, Tahiti, Sandals all inclusive resorts & Australia travel events

With the wedding and honeymoon planning season upon us Totem Travel is hosting free honeymoon and vacation planning events focusing on our travel agent specialities – Fiji, Tahiti, Sandals all inclusive resorts and Australia.

Jan 8 & 9            Seattle Wedding Show Fji honeymoons

Jan 27                Sandals all inclusive resorts
6p at Totem Travel in Kirkland

Jan 29                Tahiti and Fiji the South Pacfic islands
1p at Savvy Traveler in Edmonds

Feb 12               Australia the Land Down Under
1p at Savvy Traveler in Edmonds

Mar 3                 Sandals all inclusive resorts
6p at Totem Travel in Kirkland

Please call or email for details or to RSVP for an event.  Our honeymoon and travel specialists look forward to meeting you soon!

Hilton on the Big Island of Hawaii welcomes a baby dolphin!

Hilton Waikoloa Village on The Big Island of Hawaii has welcomed a new dolphin calf.   This brings to 11 the total number of Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphins residing at Hilton Waikoloa Village . Of course this little guy isn’t allowed to participate in the Swim with Dolphins program, yet, but there are lots of his friends to help you enjoy Swimming with the Dolphins!

Seattle area wedding shows and honeymoon planning events

The ball has dropped and Totem Travel is ready as the wedding and honeymoon planning season begins in earnest.  January will find us at three wedding shows plus we’ll be hosting a number of free honeymoon planning events.   So come meet us in Seattle, Lynnwood, Edmonds or Kirkland.  Our honeymoon specialists will be everywhere!

On January 9-10 we’ll be representing Sandals Luxury Included Resorts at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall and you can get one free admission to the show online.  We’ll have an enter to win prize at our booth plus special incentives for couples attending our Sandals Night January 27.  RSVP to

On January 16-17 we’ll have a Fiji Honeymoon booth at the Seattle Convention Center. So come meet us, talk to Tourism Fiji’s top travel agent for 2009 and pick up a $50 gift card at the same time!  Show hours are 10a – 5:30 Saturday and 10:30a – 5p Sunday and coupons worth $2 off admission are available online.  We also have a limited supply of full color magazines showcasing many of the best wedding show vendors.  Just stop by Totem Travel at 12305 120th Ave NE in Kirkland between 9a – 6p Monday through Friday or Saturday 10a – 3p to pick up your free copy.

On January 30-31 we’ll again represent Sandals all inclusive resorts at the Lynnwood Convention Center.  Discounted admission can be found online and we’ll have another enter to win prize at the booth.

In February Totem Travel is partnering with WARM 106.9 for a very special month of romance.  We’ll conduct a travel seminar at Savvy Traveler in Edmonds on February 20 featuring Tahiti and Fiji, the exotic and beautiful South Pacific islands.  Plus we’ll have another complimentary Sandals Honeymoon Night on February 24 with special incentives for attendees.

So if you are planning a honeymoon or destination wedding you’ll have lots of opportunities to meet the Honeymoon Experts at Totem Travel.   Call, email, visit our site, stop by our store, read resort reviews and see what our customers have to say about the services we provide.

We love travel so you’ll get Personalized service from a travel expert at no extra cost!

We’ve been blogged!

Totem Travel’s blog has been reviewed and rated by Blogged, one of the largest blog directories around. The editors rating is based on frequency of posts, writing style and content and reviews are done on only a small portion of the milions of blogs published on the worldwide web. 

Totem Travel is priviledged to be selected for review and we’re proud of our rating in the hotly competitive travel market!  Check us out on blogged!

Travel agent job openings in the Seattle area

Totem Travel is seeking a travel agent trainee as well as an experienced vacation travel agent for its Kirkland location.  The right candidate will be sales and service oriented, have an exceptional work ethic and travel experience. 

The travel agent trainee position starts at minimum wage with paid vacation, holidays, medical, 401K and extensive travel benefits.  He or she would intern under the agency owner and assist with email and phone inquiries, research, price analysis, reservations, invoicing and ongoing customer service.  Additional duties would include preparation for consumer trade shows, CRM and general office support.

We are also seeking an experienced leisure travel agent with one or more destination specialties.  No GDS experience is required, but computer literacy is essential.  Inside agents are paid salary plus incentive based on individual sales, paid vacation, holidays, medical, 401K and extensive travel benefits.

Job applicants may send a resume to or mail a resume to

Totem Travel – attention Linda
12305 120th Ave NE Suite D
Kirkland WA 98034. 

All applicants will receive a reponse within 72 hours however no walk in or phone applications will be considered.  Your courtesy is appreciated!

Totem Travel in the news as honeymoon experts

In a recent interview I was asked my advice on planning a honeymoon.  You can read the article at but for those wanting a few highlights, here you go –

  • The weak economy has not changed the kind of honeymoon most couples are planning.  Weddings are once in a lifetime events and a honeymoon is a once in a lifetime experience.
  • Forget the 1st class flight!  Nobody takes pictures of their airline seat and you won’t be talking about your flight 10 years from now.  So unless your budget is generous, spend it on more time together and create lasting memories by doing something memorable whether that’s swimming with the dolphins, being pampered with an oceanfront couples massage or learning to scuba dive.
  • A local getaway is not always less expensive than somewhere more exotic.  There are quality all inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean with rates starting around $200 night and that’s hard to beat in the U.S..  The strengthening dollar has also provided values for otherwise expensive destinations. If you’ve wanted to plan a Fiji vacation, now is the time.
  • Honeymoon registries are a great way to finance a dream honeymoon.

As always, if you’d like help planning the perfect honeymoon please call or email The Honeymoon Experts at Totem Travel!

Celebrate your birthday in style in a free Las Vegas suite!

The Signature at the MGM Grand is 3 years old and they’re celebrating birthdays!  Rates are from $129 per night for a Jr. Suite and include a $100 beverage credit.  In addition, if you are celebrating your birthday, you will receive a complimentary upgrade to a one-bedroom suite.  Call (425 821-4100) or email to book your Las Vegas package.

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