Sylvia Betesh Lebovitch
Sylvia found her passion for travel during her study abroad program in Florence. “Iloved immersing myself in a new culture, cuisine and landscape that was so different from the big city of New York” she says. While travel was always a hobby, Sylvia was pursuing employment in the Health and Nutrition field after obtaining a Registered Dietitian certification from New York Presbyterian Hospital. She decided to take one big trip with some friends before committing to a full-time job at a large New York hospital. Sylvia called an advisor at Ovation Vacations to ask for some advice, managing to score an interview in the process! Sylvia explains, “A job in travel was something I never would never have thought of on my own, but it has changed my life in indescribable ways; I walked into the Ovation Headquarters a couple of days later and haven’t looked back since!” In 2012, less than three years in, Sylvia was named one of the top 35 travel agents under 30. She has also been recognized in Ritz Carlton's Constellation Club for top producers.
Sylvia explains, her biggest reward is always the positive feedback she gets from clients, especially young honeymooners who are just beginning their lives together and possibly using a large portion of their well-earned savings for their most special trip. She is drawn to destinations that promote an active lifestyle, adventure, and wellness, as well as those with a sizzling nightlife and fresh and local cuisine. “I love to travel and the reason I come to work every day is to share all the incredible adventures I am so fortunate to have.”
“The one thing I have learned on the job is that every client wants to feel important and memorable to the staff. At the end of a trip, you never remember the thread count of your sheets or the pillow menu, but you will always remember the friends you have met abroad”.
What's in my bag? My carry-on plane essentials:
I must have my eye mask, hand lotion and lip moisturizer and a big bottle of water to stay hydrated (the air on the plane is so drying). An engaging but easy read to pass the time on the flight.
I love Delta’s Tumi travel cases with Malin + Goetz Amenities and of course Singapore Airline’s Givenchy Pajamas because anything Givenchy is a treat.
At the moment...
Favorite destination: Mediterranean in the Summer and St. Barth in the Winter. The perfect balance of gorgeous scenery, great food and buzzing nightlife.
Favorite trip I have taken: South Africa. From shark diving to tracking rhinos; it was the thrill of a lifetime and an indescribable spiritual experience.
Favorite food while abroad: Watermelon and feta salad in Santorini, fresh caught fish of the day from Sea Satin in Mykonos. Truffle pizza from the Sand Bar at Eden Rock in St. Barth.
On my bucket list: Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast . Uruguay and Argentina.
Favorite thing to do while traveling: Yoga- anytime, anywhere.