We had the good fortune of connecting with Britta Ward and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Britta, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
The idea of work life balance was so much more important to me when I had a desk job. Sitting at a computer all day is not what I was made for. Now that I own my own business, I can travel as much or as little as I want. I am on call 24/7 but it never feels overwhelming because I’m not required to work all day. I make money when I work but going out and socializing or traveling and meeting people is what work looks like for me now. Any new person I meet could potentially benefit from my services. I now feel like I’m in a constant state of vacation because I love networking. I travel to see hotels so I know what the product looks like in real life, for you as a client. Helping someone get a last minute trip on the books gets me so excited.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am one of the youngest owners of a travel agency in the country. I was lucky enough to be employed by some of the highest volume agencies in Beverly Hills out of college. This gave me experience very few people get. I am well versed in air travel and learned how to always be available after assisting in production and comedian touring bookings. I am highly skilled with the system we use to book air, hotels, and car rentals and I’ve always been taught to respond quickly. I have been growing my network with four years of experience before starting my own agency. Most agencies in Dallas shy away from booking air and are selective with who they work with. I am available to help with all aspects of a trip. Building my own brand has not been easy over Covid. I have a range of people ready to get on the road again and others waiting on vaccinations before exploring again. My time has been spent hitting the road and seeing properties first hand to be ready for the influx of travel that will come. More people reach out to me for help when they see me traveling. I have that on the ground experience.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I try and give people the true taste of Texas when they come to town by showing them Dallas and Fort Worth. I would have them stay at the Crescent Hotel the first half of the trip. Deep Ellum is my favorite stomping ground for good shops, food and drinks. Adairs is a great spot for live music and to start a night out. Backyard and Bottled Blonde are some of my favorite bars to end a night. I always try and take people to local places like Emporium Pies (specifically the one in Bishop Arts). LDU is one of my favorite coffee shops and owned by a dear friend of mine. Rustic for brunch is a must. I love taking friends to White Rock Lake and specifically the Arboretum as the view of downtown is spectacular. Cowboys Red River would be a spot for one night as this is my true home bar for a little Dallas style country dancing.
On the second half of the trip, I would bring them to Fort Worth. Hotel Drover is the best hotel in town and opened March 22nd. It is walking distance to everything Fort Worth Stockyards has to offer. My favorite spots are Mule Alley for photos and The Biscuit Bar. I always end up dancing at PRs or Neon Moon. If a good concert is in town, Billy Bobs is the place to go. I also love that Fort Worth has a rodeo every weekend and the cattle drive right through the center of the Stockyards to help you imagine yourself in the olden days. I also love Fort Worth for their amazing zoo and museums. DFW has so much to offer and with such a variety of options. My all-time favorite thing to offer out of town friends is to introduce them to my world and local friends. There is nothing like being shown around by a local.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother has always been my number one fan to push me in the direction of uncertainty and wanderlust. She instilled the love of travel from an early age. My biggest success in the travel agency industry comes from the Strong family. 2 years ago I started as an air expert under the Strong Travel team. Jim Strong always saw the potential for my business to boom as an Independent Contractor and helped me jump right in at the end of 2020. He gives me advice and helps me grow with networking opportunities.