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I have to say Thank You to Linda Murfin and Above The Crowds Travel for making my trip to Jamaica one of my best all time trips with my wife. She was able work get us an d incredible value for our money. We were planning our own vacation and she was able to show us how much more we could get for the same money and in a better destination. It really pays to work with a professional! Thank you for giving us a great 10 year anniversary memory!—Ted (Akron, OH client)
Linda did such a wonderful job with our cruise to Central America. We had the best time, great cabins, and great service. We will definitely use her again! —Mary (Tega Cay, SC client)
Thanks to Linda for arriving in the middle of our trip confusion. We were going to Europe but couldn’t decide exactly where in Europe. Linda listened to us, made suggestions, researched and helped us settle on a Danube River cruise. Along the way she arranged excellent hotels, helped with our flight plans, even using our air miles and cheerfully and quickly answered all of our many questions. Linda took the stress out of stressful traveling and we had a wonderful time! Thank you Above the Crowds and Linda. —Harriet (Fort Mill, SC client)
“When my 19 year old daughter was expected to show up in Salvador, Brazil, for a term of college, I immediately called Linda to make the travel plans; I could not trust these arrangements to anyone else.” —Norma J. Rist, Norma J. Rist CEO Consulting, Inc
“I’d like to click all of the attributes as they can all be said about Linda and the service she provides. I woke up one morning and decided I needed to take a trip. I had no destination in mind. I emailed her and said I want to go somewhere warm, here’s how much I have to spend – where can I go? She responded that morning with three alternatives, each one within my budget ,and each one she had personal knowledge of and could provide valuable secret insights to. It only took me moments to decide after hearing her describe the different vacations and all they had to offer. It didn’t stop there. She delivered all my paperwork in person and offered extra services (like a hotel near the airport which included parking fees) and explained all the details. When it came time for my questions, I had none as she had anticipated all my needs and came prepared with the answers. The trip was sensational, and the continued communication from Linda and her personal touch were much appreciated. From now on all my trips will be planned with Linda’s guidance and expertise! I highly recommend Above the Crowds for all your travel needs. Terrific!” —Deborah Chaddock Brown
“Linda planned our spring break vacation to Costa Rica. Throughout the planning process, she was articulate and professional, courteous and very tuned in to our preferences and likes/dislikes. Our vacation was WONDERFUL and lovely in its diversity, and I thank Linda for her suggestions and going “above and beyond” our expectations. Also, I would endorse her expertise for families with teenagers planning vacations, especially to the rain forests. Our sixteen-year old “youngest child” also enjoyed the variety of locations and activities that were planned. Thank you, Linda.” —E.J. in Fort Mill, S.C
“We have used Linda’s travel planning services for over 20 years. We have always been pleased, but especially during those trips where we have flown “open jaws” — into one city and out of another — which eliminates back tracking. She has given us additional travel tips which have saved us a lot of time and money.” —Dianne O. in Akron, OH
“I’ve worked with Linda over the past five years helping her plan and execute catered events both social and corporate. My favorite event was a challenge; pairing her magnificent vintage red wines with equally interesting food choices. She is dedicated to making her guests feel completely comfortable and pampered, so I can only imagine that she brings these qualities to her travel clients. Hopefully, in the near future I can use her travel expertise, but for now I look forward to our next catered event!”
—Susan Parish Schwab, Owner, Splendid Fare Catering, Inc.
Susan was a consultant/contractor to Linda at Above The Crowds Travel & Meeting Planning
“Linda Murfin has arranged numerous trips for my husband and me. We have never had a recommendation we didn’t like, cancelled flight, lost bag, or other complication. She is very knowledgeable, helpful and thorough. We recommend her.”—Sandy Auburn, Akron Ohio
“Linda has been our friend and travel agent for 15 years. Leaving no detail unturned Linda takes all the stress away from planning a vacation. From answering questions you may not know to ask, showing you how to pack a suitcase, providing checklists, documents and itineraries needed for your destination, Linda provides you with all the necessities needed to make your trip worry free. She helps your trip to not feel “planned” so much as giving you options and ideas for a wonderful time. She’ll even tell you the best spots to eat and shop. Linda works closely with your budget so that no matter how much or how little you have to spend; she will make it a first class adventure that meets you and your family’s needs. A consummate and friendly professional, I would recommend Linda without hesitation for all of your travel needs.” —Sandee and John Wilkerson, Lake Wylie, SC
“Some time back, I told Linda that I had a new tagline suggestion for her travel agency… “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page!” We started using Linda’s expert services in 2010 when we toured Rome and cruised the Greek Isles. We thought that was a ‘trip of as lifetime’ and it was!!! Then in 2012 we went to Israel and it was another ‘trip of a lifetime’! But wait, in 2014 we did a Viking River Cruise for our 50th Anniversary. You guessed it, another ‘trip of a life time’! We had never visited South America so in 2016 Linda arranged a trip into Buenos Aires and we set sail on another ‘trip of a lifetime’ around the Horn and ended our tour in Santiago, Chile! We just got home a few weeks ago from a 15-Day Trafalgar National Parks tour…another ‘trip of a lifetime’!
These are all trips that we will never probably repeat so we wanted them to be special for us! From what I have seen, Linda never stops learning and she possesses an unquenchable desire to share what she has learned and to grow. Before our trip in 2012 to Israel Linda even got several of us who were traveling together and taught a seminar on what clothes to bring and then did a packing demonstration to show the best way to pack.
What we were looking for was the practical knowledge for traveling to our destination and that made a huge difference for us. It wasn’t enough that an agent knew which airport we should fly to in Rome. We needed to know the best way to get from the airport to our hotel in Rome. Linda needed to know how long it would take to get there and at what times of the day, and how much it would cost. Linda arranged a special trip to the Vatican that was super!! Like the song says, “Little Things Mean A Lot!”
A sense of adventure is key to doing a good job! Linda goes ‘above the crowds’ and even gets so excited about our trips that she often comes along with us. She and her husband Don have gone on trips with us to Israel in 2012 and around the Horn of South America in 2016. I look for an agent with personal experience, an agent who appreciates the service they have personally received and then turns their passion for travel into a profession to help others get the same wonderful experience.
Communication is always key and an amazing agent has amazing people skills and a natural ability to inspire. It is all about asking the right questions, listening and of course setting the right expectations. All of that boils down to great communication.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in getting the best value for the money I was spending for a trip. Linda loves to explore the world, both physically and online. She is very talented in researching the Internet to stay on top of what’s happening so that she stays abreast of current deals, travel options and networking.” —Ben, Lake Wylie, SC