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Hidden Gems: Meet Dr. Terika L. Haynes of Dynamite Travel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Terika L. Haynes. 

Hi Dr. Haynes, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
Fourteen years ago, I decided to follow a long-time passion of travel and start a business. I started the business working part-time but over the years things became so busy that I had to make a critical decision. Would I continue living safely with a stable and dependable income? Or would I step out on faith to pursue my passion full-time? I decided to step out on faith and work as a full-time entrepreneur with my travel planning business. Today I have survived a recession, and a pandemic, and I have appeared in over 70 notable press outlets. I have continued to secure my position as a luxury travel expert and I have inspired the masses to travel and see the world. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There have certainly been ups and down. One major struggle was the pandemic. During that time no one was able to travel and I lost nearly 90% of my income. I did make attempts to pivot and they helped me to somewhat sustain, but the struggle with not being able to work and not being able to fulfill my passion was a challenge both mentally and emotionally. The demand for travel has returned but I am observing many new challenges due to the demand for travel and the shortage of staff. As I navigate through these new travel trends, I am still being challenged but I am at least happy to be able to work and do what I love again. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Dynamite Travel?
Dynamite Travel is a five-star rated, nationally certified luxury travel planning consultancy. I provide luxury travel planning services, media and content creation services, and sales for electric bikes and mobility scooters. I have been in business for 14 years. I work with clients both at the local and national levels. Dynamite Travel provides services for corporate events, group travel, destination weddings, honeymoons, and individual travel. Dynamite Travel is known for providing customized white-glove travel planning services that give clients the opportunity to create their luxury vacation to their own desires and needs. Dynamite Travel is especially recognized for its stellar customer service which features timely responses and the personal touch that makes every client feel like they are a VIP! Over the years exceptional customer service has become known as the “Dynamite Difference”. I founded Dynamite Travel in 2008 and sought out to create a company that would not only assist customers with purchasing travel services and products but would also assist customers with creating unique travel experiences. As such, Dynamite Travel is a company dedicated to creating unforgettable vacation experiences and making sure that each client’s experience with Dynamite Travel is So Dynamite! 

Over the years, I found myself most comfortable within the luxury travel realm as I experienced one destination after another. As such, I have dedicated my focus to providing luxury vacation experiences for my clients. This means for those of you who consider yourselves to be “luxury travelers” or even “travel snobs” you have a safe space here as a client of Dynamite Travel where I have a judgment-free zone for those who only want the best luxury vacation rentals during their vacations. Through my work and experiences, I am proud to say that I have positioned myself as a travel expert and personality that has appeared in magazines including but not limited to: The Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, TripAdvisor, CNN, Buzzfeed, and Reader’s Digest. Dynamite Travel’s Mission is to provide high-quality luxury travel planning services to each client and ensure that they have an unforgettable vacation experience. Dynamite Travel’s Vision is to become leading luxury travel and media consultancy for clients around the world emphasizing representation for diverse communities.

What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to continue growing my new media division where we collaborate with brands to improve awareness and representation of diverse populations in the luxury hospitality space through quality content creation. I would love to be part of the change that I want to see which is more representation of people of color in luxury travel and hospitality spaces. I am looking forward to celebrating my 15-year anniversary in 2023! 

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