Travel Place, Inc. was established in 1976 by Marlin and Marilyn Perdue who grew Travel Place, Inc. into a thriving travel company that specialized in trips to Paris France. Each year, Marlin would gather his group of travelers and take them on a personally guided tour of Paris and the surrounding countryside. Anyone who knew Marlin knew of his affinity for the French. The Travel Place has always prided itself on client satisfaction, personal service, and fostering a vast knowledge base of travel, quality products and a diverse inventory of destinations and shared travel experiences.
Travel Consultant & Owner
In 1995 I decided the world of travel and tourism was a career I could easily slip into. After attending North American Travel School in Omaha Nebraska, I graduated with honors and quickly dipped my feet into the oceans of the world; at the age of 18, what more could a girl want. I began working at AAA Travel in Omaha, where I quickly learned the necessities of being a successful travel services agent - and that is a strict code of honesty, integrity, and a commitment to excellence. Over the years I have endeavored to surround myself and my company with people who have committed to this same philosophy. It is not something easy to come by. I am proud of my team, what we are capable of, and of what we have accomplished.
Throughout my travels in this world, I can honestly say that I am not the same having seen the moon glimmer on the Mediterranean, or watch as it slowly peaks out from behind Big Ben in London. But I must confess that I am a beach girl by heart; to walk along the sandy shores of the Dominican Republic, curl up with my Nook in a hammock on St. Thomas, or watch as my beautiful girls frolic in the waves of the Mexican Riviera; I could not be happier. My most vivid memory is watching the sun set over the Caribbean Sea from the shores of the Turk & Caicos Islands as my then, four year old daughter - Abbi, and I sat on the soft white sands. I can remember saying, “Honey, I don't know if it can get any better than this?” To which she said, "Let’s find out", and scurried off into the surf full of life and laughter. And off we went...
To travel and explore is to be human: so please, embrace your humanity and put yourself out there!
As sole owner and operator, I have continued the same level of quality service and dedication to having each agent further their knowledge of the ever-changing travel industry that I learned from Marilyn and Marlin Perdue. Each of my representatives is at the top of their game. So let us show you what we are truly capable of!
Outside Sales Consultant
My interest in travel began when I was a freshman at Simpson College. In January of 1979, a trip to England and Ireland was offered during interim. Our group spent 3 weeks based in England and 1 week in Ireland which sparked my appreciation for other countries and their rich histories, cultures, people, sights and sounds. We packed so many wonderful memories into those few weeks which included everything from visiting Stonehenge to enjoying the peaceful, lush, green Irish countryside.
Since that time, I have traveled internationally to Canada, the Bahamas, and Mexico and to Micronesia in the South Pacific. In the late 80’s, I was also afforded the opportunity to live in Neu Ulm, Germany for 3 years and visited the Black Forest, Garmisch, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Frankfurt during that time.
My interests also include travel within the United States. I have been to many U.S. points of interest but have the most experience in the San Francisco Bay, CA area, Orlando/Cocoa Beach/Ft. Lauderdale, FL areas and Seattle/Olympia/Tacoma, WA areas. I have also visited popular tourist sites like Mount Rushmore, Devil's Tower, the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam and the Royal Gorge to name a few.
I did live in Washington State for 2 years and during that time is when I graduated from the Travel Training Institute in Tacoma, WA and interned for a short time at a travel agency in Olympia, WA before moving back to Iowa. It took several years to find my way into the travel business but feels like the right time for me to do so.
There is always something new to experience. I really appreciate every opportunity to travel when I can and to share those experiences with others.
Journey to a place that speaks to your heart & soul!
Outside Sales Consultant
As an ROHS and Iowa State graduate, I'm an Iowa girl at heart living in Kansas. I transplanted to Wichita in 1999 when I married my husband Matt.
My first experience in the travel industry was working at a local aircraft management company. I was afforded the opportunity to work for a cooperative aircraft ownership company which meant that I provided travel service for the owners of private aircraft. Everything from scheduling their planes for requested private trips, to coordinating catering and ground transportation once they arrived at their destination, and also learning airport codes and much more about the air industry; this job really gave me the knowledge base for the travel world. Later on I took a position with the same company as a flight service coordinator and was able to work with some of America’s Forbes 100 clients while their own private aircraft were being serviced and they need private jet service. The biggest lesson I have learned to date is that in order to meet the needs of your clients, you have to be extremely good at clear and concise communication!
In 2004 my husband and I welcomed our first daughter to the world, and I couldn't bear to go back to working full time. The corporate world just lost all of the appeal when she arrived! I was blessed with the opportunity to try my hand at being a travel agent, working from home as an outside agent for a local company. It was such a great fit for our family and I've so enjoyed helping people plan their vacations!
I joined the Travel Place team as an outside agent in 2010. I'm a self proclaimed Disney expert, specializing in WDW and Disney Cruise Line. I can't think of a better job for me than helping people plan their Disney vacations! It's so fun to help them figure out the details, tell them some tips and tricks, and create touring plans for my clients. As the Kansas agent for TPI, I book vacation packages of all sorts, but Disney is definitely my thing.
I might be the Kansas agent...but I can tell you that I do not share Dorothy's philosophy of "there's no place like home"... rather, I would say
"There is no place like Disney"
"There's nothing like having sand between your toes!"
Outside Sales Consultant
My travel career began in 1993. I started working for Marlin & Marilyn in August and have loved it ever since. The industry has changed quite a bit since then, but still offers me the opportunity t help people fulfill a dream which is and always has been the best part.
I worked at the office for 15 years before I decided that I would like to stay at home and raise my second son. It's a fortunate opportunity that I am lucky to have been offered. Our third son will be born in April, so it doesn't look like I will be returning to the office any time soon. I miss the day to day with co-workers, but wouldn't change my position for anything. Fortunately, the office still calls on me for my expertise with our GDS system as well as my 19 years of industry experience.
Mary Lou Davis
Outside Sales Consultant
I started in travel in 1985, graduated from Worldspan Travel School in Atlanta Georgia and was associated with Central Travel Service in Shenandoah, until its closing in 2001.
I have traveled throughout the United States and Mexico, most recently returning from a tour of Scotland and Ireland. I have experience with large group travel sending the local 4-H club to Washington DC and coordinating all aspects for a trip of 73 people with great success. My most memorable group booking was for a family of 32 people on a 7-day Caribbean Cruise, Bands to Florida, and the Rose Bowl, Bowling group to National Conventions, golfers to Yuma Arizona, groups to Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada.
Having lost my husband in 2009, I decided it might be fun to return as an outside sales representative, since missing the contact of clients and other travel professionals.
I am looking forward to bringing my past experiences to help you plan your future dreams in any way possible.
Red Oak: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time and Saturdays by appointment Atlantic: By Appointment
Atlantic: By Appointment
Telephone: (800) 652-8572
207 E Coolbaugh St. 412 Chestnut St
Red Oak, IA 51566 Atlantic, IA 50022
* Travel Place Inc. is member of MAST.
Travel Place, Inc.
207 East Coolbaugh
412 Chestnut St