The Experts: Katherine Murphy

Updated: May 25, 2020

I call her K-Murph, and she's one of the best things that's happened to me! Shortly before departing for Italy, I was given the names of my assigned roommates. Naturally, I immediately Facebook-stalked them all, and my anxiety soared as I saw that two of them, including the one that I would share a room with, were sorority sisters from Ole Miss. I automatically assumed it would be rough as I was no girly-girl, partier, or whatever other stereotypes I managed to come up with about them. Katherine and Olivia ended up being absolutely amazing roommates. They were so genuine and made nearly every day fun and joyful, especially during my initial weeks of living there being overcome by culture shock and homesickness. Katherine and I quickly grew close and spent nearly every moment together outside of class exploring (getting lost), drinking wine (getting lost), and traveling (getting lost). We share a lot of unforgettable memories together, and I am also so happy that I also got to meet most of the rest of the Murphy family, what great group! If you're ever in Atlanta, check out Murphy's restaurant... but make sure you invite me too. Katherine continues to be an expert traveler as she works for a travel agency in Atlanta. Hear what she has to say below!


Q: Tell me about your background in travel and what you are currently doing. A: My background in customer service and passion for culture lead me to my current role as a Client Services Specialist at KK Travels Worldwide, a Virtuoso Travel Agency in Atlanta, Georgia.


As an Atlanta native with a family in the restaurant business, I traveled internationally at an early age exploring the culinary verities of the world and gained a deep understanding of the importance of culture and local immersion. In high school, I took advantage of multiple opportunities to participate in a foreign exchange program in Marbella, Spain. These cultural experiences led me to the University of Mississippi, where I studied Hospitality Business Management with a focus on hotels and tourism. I then studied abroad at the Florence University of Arts: Apicius International School of Hospitality and traveled throughout Europe, further developing my knowledge of European art, culture, food, and wine. Prior to joining KK Travels Worldwide, I worked in real estate and event planning where I gained valuable experiences before ultimately deciding to follow my passion for travel planning. I have been working in the luxury travel industry for 3 years now, but it really seems like my whole life. My enthusiasm, meticulous nature, and extensive background in customer service shines through each itinerary I create for my clients.

Q: What are the most common questions you get asked?

A: There are quite a few questions I get asked. For first time clients, they typically ask me the following:

  1. How do your services work and why should I use you?

  2. Can you assist with flights (private or commercial), transfers (cars, helicopters, trains, etc.), hotel and villa reservations, activities and dining reservations, etc.?

  3. Is it safe?

  4. What is the most bizarre or eccentric trip you have ever planned? 


Q: How many countries have you been to?  A:

  1. Iceland

  2. Ireland

  3. United Kingdom

  4. Spain

  5. France

  6. Germany

  7. Italy

  8. Greece

  9. Croatia

  10. Switzerland

  11. Morocco

  12. Mexico

  13. The Bahamas

  14. Jamaica

  15. Turks & Caicos

  16. The British Virgin Islands

  17. The Virgin Islands

4. What are your top 5 favorite places you have been to? A:

  1. Italy (Florence and the Amalfi Coast)

  2. Spain (Marbella)

  3. Croatia (Split)

  4. United Kingdom (London)

  5. Turks & Caicos

5. What are your top pieces of advice for traveling?  A:

  1. Use a Travel Advisor – they have access to complimentary amenities and rates that the public does not. Also, they make life less stressful.

  2. Do not use a third party such as Expedia. You might not always get what they advertise. Also, if anything goes wrong, Expedia and other 3rd parties might not be able to fix the issue in a timely manner.

  3. Do your research! Make sure you know if you need a visa or certain types of shots prior to traveling - also check luggage restrictions. Certain places in Africa only allow x amount of pounds on the smaller planes.

  4. Travel Insurance comes in handy – protect your investment.

6. What are your travel essentials?

A:

  1. My Away bag! It is lightweight and durable.

  2. Good headphones, eye mask, blanket, and a travel pillow if it is a long flight.

  3. Hydrating face mask for after the flight – helps with swelling and hydrating after a long flight.

  4. A good book and music playlist.

  5. Medicine, you never know what might happen.

7. Worst travel experience? 

A:

  1. Food poisoning

  2. Sun poisoning

  3. Getting phone/wallet stolen


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