Today we’d like to introduce you to Daisha Dowdy.
Hi Daisha, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My career in travel started from my love of putting together Girl’s Trips for my family. I was always the go-to person responsible for finding the location of our next adventure to collecting everyone’s money to make it happen. As much as I loved doing this my mind is always working and I thought how could I do this on a regular basis for other people? I wondered if there was a possibility to make this another stream of income for me.
At the time I’d never even heard of a travel agent but I knew that my cousin did something in the travel industry so I reached out. She put me in contact with people from my very first host agency and from there Daisha D. – Travel Agent was born. I sold travel as an Independent Agent form 2016-2018 under a host agency and then my mind started wandering AGAIN.
How could I become the host agency? How could I create an agency that touched on the parts that I felt were missing from agent development with my current host agency? So I started researching. I structured my business so that I could receive accreditation and be able to host other agents. I officially founded 3D Travel Xscursions – on September 11, 2018.
Since then I have seen steady growth within my business. I am constantly working to shape my company into a travel brand that is geared towards women and making sure that they explore the world. I also want to continue to be a safe space for aspiring travel agents to gain knowledge, and mentorship and most of all learn how to make money doing something they already do or love, TRAVEL!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Not at all! From my experience of entering the travel industry under a major MLM company, I felt like I didn’t have the support that I needed since I wasn’t focused on creating a team. I simply wanted to sell travel. That’s it! I didn’t feel comfortable bringing other people on and I didn’t even have a clue as to what I was doing myself. It took many hours of watching webinars, scouring the internet, etc., trying to teach myself how to properly run a travel business.
I wasted a lot of time and money before I got it fully figured out. Most of the leaders in the travel industry don’t look like me and those that did were tight-lipped with the mentorship and resources. I’ve only found a handful of melanated travel leaders that are willing to pour into and mentor other travel agents. I want to change that.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I never thought that as a teenage mom I would travel the world, let alone become a business owner. 3D Travel Xscursions has been a huge part of becoming the professional woman, mother of four, daughter, friend, and mentor that I am today. Forming my business has empowered me to truly believe that I can literally do ANYTHING I set my mind to. I know now more than ever that with God anything is possible.
I believe my heart sets me apart from other travel agents. Not only do I love what God has allowed me to do but even more so I love the way traveling makes my clients feel. Assisting my clients by curating their next memorable vacation or getaway brings me so much joy. I truly want each of my clients to feel like a VIP when traveling. The smallest of touches can change a trip into an EXPERIENCE!
3D Travel Xscursions specializes in All Inclusive Caribbean, Honeymoon, Anniversary, Cruise, and Group Travel. My clients love to have fun, experience luxury (on a budget), and live life to the fullest. The majority of my current client base is melanated I absolutely LOVE that for us. I love seeing people of color sprinkle their melanin in lands near and far. Yaaaaassss!!
I recently started a women’s travel group – Luxury Activated! Travel Group. This group is for women who want to travel but don’t have anyone to travel with, who want to meet like-minded women from all over the country while exploring new locations and for women who want to get out, live life, and experience the many beautiful wonders this world has to offer. To learn more visit – www.3dxscursions.com/luxuryactivated or @luxuryactivated on Facebook and Instagram.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for 3D Travel Xscursions are vast! I’d also like to form a team of melanated travel agents that want to grow their business and brands. I aspire to be one of the top African-American-owned travel agencies in the United States. I know that is going to take time, blood, sweat, tears, and most of all GOD, but I am up for the challenge. Y’all haven’t seen anything yet! The best is surely yet to come.
- Website: www.3dxscursions.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/3dxscursionsllc
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/3dxscursionsllc
- Other: www.instagram.com/iamdaishad.me & www.facebook.com/iamdaishad1