I haven’t been outside of the country yet, but when I do go, I want to have Ruth Stirling, the owner of Bucket List Travel, planning my trip. She specializes in destination weddings and honeymoons, so we know our brides will be in good hands traveling with her!
Go Bucket List Travel is a home-based agency with very experienced agents specializing in different areas of the travel industry. I have thirty-plus years in the industry with the last twenty dedicated to honeymoon and destination weddings.
How did you get started in this business?
I was a stay-at-home mom about to become a single parent and wanted to find a “fun” job. I attended college and graduated at the top of my class with an Associates Degree in Travel and Tourism. As the saying goes, the rest is history.
Because I am home-based, I am free to meet clients when it suits them unlike storefront agencies with set hours. I am very customer service oriented, and my goal is to take a client’s dream and their budget and give them a trip with memories to last a lifetime.
Why do you like working with weddings?
I love the challenge each couple gives me. Everyone is different with expectations, ideas and needs regarding travel time and budgets. I particularly like working with destination weddings – whether it’s just the couple or the couple traveling with friends and family.
I ALWAYS make sure a couple knows what documents are needed for an off-shore wedding. I got a call from the resort saying the groom had lost his birth certificate en route. I was able to convince the West Virginia Bureau of Vital Statistics to send it to the groom in Jamaica. Since that time, I get documents ahead of time and send them to the resort via Certified Mail.
From a vendor’s perspective, what is the best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
I actually have two pieces of advice. If they intend to travel out of the US, get passports immediately. Since the bride will be traveling under her maiden name, she can get her passport changed when she returns by producing her marriage license.
The second idea is to visit your travel agent before you set your wedding date. Check the location you are interested in to see what the rates are like at different times of year and what the weather may be like – you don’t want to spend your honeymoon looking out at the rain!
I’m motivated by my clients. Each couple is very different, and I need to keep constantly updating and training regarding destinations so that I am able to give the best advice. Your honeymoon is a once in a lifetime trip!
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
I enjoy time spent with family and friends, travel and reading – and I’m always making plans for Christmas!
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I love my kitchen and am a “scratch cook” – nothing out of cans or boxes!
I also love paper crafts. I make greeting cards, party favors, etc.
Thank you for chatting with us, Ruth! If you’d like to discuss your travel plans with Ruth, call (804) 746-1838 or email email@example.com.
*Note from Richmond Weddings: If you need to apply for a passport, start here!