All About Ann of The Trip Chicks® 

“Don’t put your next vacation on life’s back burner!”

Ann Lombardi, a "born-again" athlete, English as a Second Language Trainer, and self-professed queen of travel (mis)adventure, is a trained travel industry professional and tour manager with over 25 years of industry experience.  With more than 100 countries under her globetrotting belt, Ann specializes in arranging all aspects of international leisure travel.  Her passion is designing her own customized tours to mostly “under-the-tourist-radar” places and leading those small-group adventures in Europe and beyond. 

Quoted for her travel expertise in national media, Ann has written for Travelers’ Tales,, and other major traditional and online publications.  In addition, she has been heard on broadcast media outlets including NPR, the nationally-syndicated “Friday Flyer” radio show, and CNN Travel.  Although she hails from Atlanta Georgia, Ann Lombardi has long, flexible roots.  She now hangs her backpack in Hessen, Germany, where she is writing her first book. Check out one of Ann's articles written for CNN on traveling Europe by rail .

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All About Alpha of The Trip Chicks®

“If you travel with a smile, a good heart, and patience, everyone will accept you for who you are. Go explore our planet!”

Alpha Bennett, Sales and Marketing Representative at The Trip Chicks®, is a seasoned globetrotter, as well as a nationally-ranked marathoner, triathlete, and “Century” cyclist (biking at least 100 miles or 161 kilometers within 12-hours).  A former career customer service and sales rep at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, Alpha’s passions are international travel, sports, and her family.  She was acknowledged as a superior senior sportswoman by motivational speaker Tony Robbins, and has been featured in a number of publications, including the Women’s Adventure Magazine article “Three Female Explorers You Should Know.”

As Alpha so aptly put it, “Travel is one of our most wonderful freedoms, and sports keep our minds and bodies youthful. Step outside your comfort zone and see our world. Enjoy life to the fullest! Age is only a state of mind, and the world is waiting to meet you.”  Originally from Bermuda, Alpha Bennett hangs her backpack in Atlanta, Georgia U.S.A.
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   ​​​​​​​​All About Margie of The Trip Chicks®

​"Keep moving, keep playing, keep learning and loving!"

Born and raised in Georgia, long-time Atlanta resident and family gal Margie Wills-Bowen has led a very active lifestyle. 
As a career Health and Physical Education high school teacher, she coached a variety of high school sports teams, including gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, soccer, diving, and cross-country.  Her mantra has always been “play hard and give everything your best effort.”

Margie herself has done just that. She is currently the Assistant Director of Rec Sports and Wellness at Atlanta’s Mercer University. As an enthusiastic hiker, Bowen is​ well known on metro Atlanta hiking trails. During 2016 alone, she climbed Georgia’s Stone Mountain 300 times. By the end of 2018, Margie will have reached her personal goal of 1,000 climbs!  

Margie’s favorite country on the planet is Switzerland, where in her youth she was a summer exchange student near Lake Constance. Over the years she has kept in touch with her Swiss host family, and was thrilled to visit them again in summer 2017.  Hiking in the glorious Swiss Alps once more was her dream come true.  In her technical support, sales representative, and assistant tour manager roles with The Trip Chicks®,  Margie is excited about taking more time to travel the globe, especially Europe.  Married to her high school sweetheart Dale, she feels especially proud of the couple’s two adult daughters and four lively grandchildren. 
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