Alumni Journeys - Travel Advisors

About Furman's Alumni Journeys Travel Advisors:

Direct Travel Vacations is among the top one percent of travel agencies in North America. With an average 20 years’ experience, our travel advisors possess an impressive repertoire of world knowledge and many are specialists for specific regions and countries around the world.

Lynn Hayes, CTC, DS, MCC
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During my 32 years in the travel industry I have both owned and managed travel agencies in Arkansas, Texas and South Carolina; earned the endorsement of Certified Travel Counselor; and have served as chairman of The Association of Retail Travel Agents for five years (I am currently serving as secretary). Travel Agent Magazine recognized me as one of the “most influential women in travel” for three years.

Being in the travel industry has given me with the wonderful opportunity to travel around the world. I’ve visited 117 countries, including exotic places such as the Amazon Rainforest, Easter Island, Malaysia,

China, Fiji, and exciting countries like Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. I have taken over 50 cruises including river cruises on the Amazon headwaters in Peru, the lower Amazon in Brazil and the Seine and Saone in France. I specialize in all aspects of independent luxury travel.

Carol Hammond
864-336-2145 /

I smile when I think of traveling the world! I have spent 28 years of my life arranging the trips my clients desire, in the fashion they desire and within the budget they have designated. The incredible experiences my guests share upon their return make my job rewarding beyond compare. I enjoy listening to visions of what you anticipate and will use my expertise to put that trip into motion so it becomes a reality. Whether it be a trip for relaxation, exploration, cultural exchange, family time or an indulgence - it is all possible!

My own travels around the world have gifted me with the knowledge to compliment your vision as I know the possibilities that lie ahead. As we all have experienced, each destination has its own challenges, which makes the value of a well-traveled agent even more important. A few of my favorites are Machu Picchu, Switzerland, China, River Cruising and some of the remote resorts of the Caribbean......I smile as a reminisce!