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Heard on the Street: Guerra to help others travel

Andrea Guerrathinks she has the right ticket for Rochester travelers.

She likes to explore new places as often as possible. Last year she and her husband took more than four vacations with and without their three young children.

Now Guerra has found a sideline business in helping others hit the road, skies and seas.

She launched Vacations by Andreain September from her Rochester home. She works with a host travel agency based in New Mexico.

With all of the self-serve travel planning sites on online, why would anyone turn to Guerra to book a trip?

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"As a travel agent, I have access to deals and sites that the public doesn't," she says. "And I don't charge a fee to work out all of the details."

She is paid direct commissions from the hotels, airlines and cruise ships. So even if she doesn't find a better price than a client could themselves, she saves them the time and hassle of tracking the best travel deals.

"I specialize in family travel and cruises," Guerra says, "and I do a lot with travel to the Caribbean."

While the business is new, traveling the world is not.

She has degree in international studies and a past career as a French teacher. Her day job is as a translation coordinator in Mayo Clinic's language department.

 

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