We had the good fortune of connecting with Marissa Daniels and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marissa, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
Travel agents are still around. A lot of people think that travel agents are a dying breed, but that’s totally not the case. We work just as hard as any other business, especially since everyone travels!
A lot of people also think that we only book long, international trips. That’s not the case! Personally, a lot of the trips I book are domestic and Caribbean trips.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
For the past five years, I’ve worked in Emergency Preparedness for a Federal Government agency. I began in a fellowship after college in 2016, and it’s been history ever since.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mass Media and honestly had no interest in public health, but after seeing the lives I’ve impacted through my job, I absolutely love what I do and I love to help others. It’s been a great experience!
With this field, you have to be flexible and willing to serve at all times. Anything can happen at any minute. Also, you have to be able to withstand long hours when a natural disaster hits. It’s a lot of work, but definitely worth it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m originally from Atlanta, and there’s lots to do!
•Brunch – Milk & Honey, Breakfast at Barney’s, Sweet Melissa’s, Nouveau Bar and Grill
•Lunch/Dinner – Krab Queenz, Juicy Crab, Pappadeaux’s, Busy Bee’s Soul Food, Yard House, Mary Macs
•Things To Do – Ponce City Rooftop Market, Georgia Aquarium, Copper Cove, Top Golf, World of Coca Cola, Skyview Ferris Wheel
I can go on, but we’d have a great time!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mentor, Tanisha Brown, is the woman who introduced me to this amazing opportunity. She’s been very helpful throughout my journey and I’m so blessed to have crossed paths with her.