Extraordinary Journeys, Inc.
New York City
“Low budget or high, creativity makes the difference.” That’s a mantra of Jenny Salentine, who has just hit the 10-year mark as a travel advisor. The million-dollar agent is an Africa specialist; she’s also quite adept at crafting weddings and honeymoons, family travel, private plane travel and “bucket list/trip-of-a-lifetime” experiences.
“Jenny loves the outdoors and wildlife and Africa,” says her manager at Extraordinary Journeys in New York, Marcia Gordon. “She sells with extraordinary enthusiasm; her clients love her winning personality and many have referred friends to her.” Gordon says Salentine has an “exceptional closing rate.”
That’s likely because Salentine is all ears when working with clients. “Listening will get you everywhere,” she tells us. “Try to engage the client and find out what they really want, whether it’s an experience, a specific place to stay, or an unforgettable meal.”
As for selling Africa, Salentine once hired a seasoned pilot who was also a professional guide to accompany a family on safari. His flying them around privately saved them an abundance of time and his insider knowledge added to the overall experience. In Cape Town, Salentine set up an all-day scavenger hunt; Sossusvlei, Namibia, was all about hot-air ballooning and quad biking. Other stops included Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust for a sunset cruise and a private camp stay in the Timbavati.
Salentine says she’s seeing an increase in destination wedding trips to Africa. “It’s quite easy and the lodges are only too happy to make it special,” she says. “And you can’t beat the backdrop.” As part of her own travels, she visited Desert Rhino Camp this year where she got to see adopted lions and rhinos. “It has the perfect setting, a superb staff and stellar conservation and learning opportunities,” says Salentine. “It also has the most ethereal landscape and wildlife viewing.”