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About Us

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable. - Clifton Fadiman

Be The Tourist is a full-service travel agency. We are committed to our clients, whether they are traveling domestically or internationally, for one day or 60 days.  We combine our energy and enthusiasm of travel, with our own experiences in travel. Our greatest satisfaction comes in serving our clients who have experienced the joys and inspiration of travel and become our repeat clients.

Our agency is a member of Nexion Host Agency which enables us to provide our customers with group discounts on an individual level. We have experience with a wide array of clients, all with very different vacation goals.  Whether you are a seasoned traveler or a novice traveler we can assist you in finding the best itineraries and prices. Contact us today to start planning that next get-away!



Kelley Hardesty, ACC, Vacation Specialist, Toll Free at (888) 391-5201 ext. 2 or mobile at (813) 220-0790   

Kelley takes great pride that Be The Tourist is a part of Nexion. The ability to offer amazing pricing and opportunities to her clients creates an unstoppable enthusiasm for travel. Kelley holds a degree from University of Maryland and has continued her training and certifcations within the travel industry. She is known to work around the clock to make it happen. No travel dream is out of reach! Her clients think the world of her and her dedication shows off the most amazing vacations! Some of her favorite trips have included Italy, France, Germany, cruising all around the Caribbean, wandering around the USA and of course Walt Disney World. Kelley is a member of NACTA, the National Association of Career Travel Agents.



Vicki Iglesias, Vacation Specialist, Toll Free at (888)391-5201 ext. 1 or (813) 438-7031 

Vicki joins Be The Tourist with over two decades of experience! Vicki started her travel career with Dillards department stores and later was a top seller of cruises at a travel agency in Tampa. It was there that Vicki and Kelley met and decided to combine their knowledge and enthusiasm to bring Be The Tourist clients the quality and expertise they deserve. Vicki can't sleep at night if she doesn't know her clients are getting the best deal and the best service she can offer. She is an expert with cruises and the cruise lines, groups at sea like: weddings at sea; incentive groups at sea; family reunions at sea; and girls getaways. She is also a frequent visitor regarding Atlantis in the Bahamas!

Give Vicki a call or email and let her years of knowledge work for you!

Liz Scalchunes, Vacation Specialist, Toll Free at (888)391-5201 ext. 4 or (516) 448-2577

Liz began her career in travel over 20 years ago while still attending college, then continued on in the industry after graduation. She eventually left the travel business and spent a decade working in advertising and marketing. Liz brings a passion for travel, and for making her clients' travel dreams come true.  Contact Liz today for personal attention to your next trip!

Louise Fussell, Vacation Specialist, , Toll Free at (888)391-5201 ext. 5 or at (904) 466-0229

Louise has recently retired from her career as a hopice nurse to pursue her first love of travel. Louise is an active traveler and always on the go herself. Her favorite way to travel is on a cruise ship because of the pampering and service. She has a cabin in the Smoky Mountains and also an RV that she and her husband Mark have traveled all around the USA with. Louise has been married 27 years, has 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

Susan Nye McDonald, Marketing Director, Toll Free at (888)391-5201 ext. 3 

Susan brings Be The Tourist her marketing experience and savvy. She has worked in marketing and advertising for nearly a decade for a variety of industries from healthcare to IT. Susan's passion for traveling has been a great fit for Be The Tourist because she gets to daydream as she creates! Susan has a degree from Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) and enjoys traveling to the Caribbean with her husband. When she can't be in the Caribbean she enjoys the relaxed attitudes and cuisine from her husband and his family's Jamaican heritage.