‘Journeys with Jayne’ tells the stories of a travel agent | Local News

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ASHTABULA — Ashtabula native Jayne Colin-Currie shares the journeys and tribulations of her 50-year career as a travel agent in a new book.

“Journeys with Jayne” is a humorous and heartwarming collection of memories of Colin-Currie’s escapades around the world. She draws on her experiences while fulfilling a lifelong dream.

“I had tears in my eyes when I got the book in my hands,” she said. “It’s more than I ever dreamed of.”

The 126-page book takes the reader from his childhood in Ashtabula to his adventures (and misadventures) of his travels around the world.

Colin-Currie laughs when she recalls her childhood – “All my childhood I walked maybe three blocks between home, school and church; that was it,” she said. “I didn’t know I would travel the world as an adult.”

She started her career in 1971 at AAA, and it wasn’t long before her boss asked if she’d like to be a travel agent.

“I thought, ‘I’ve been to the airport twice, how hard can that be?’ “, she said.

Eventually, Colin-Currie opened her own travel agency, Jayne Colin’s Travel Centre. Over the years she has taken groups of people to the American West, Alaska, Las Vegas, Italy, Belgium, Africa, Taiwan and many more.

She and her husband, Bob Currie, retired in 2014 and moved to Leesburg, Florida. But she missed her hometown and they returned to Ashtabula last June.

She continues to accompany five or six groups a year, even though she is retired.

“It was a joy to take people all over the world,” she said.

This is his first book, and he tells his story so far.

“The book is my tribute to all the wonderful people of Ashtabula,” she said. “They always tell me to get groups together and they will go.”

Colin-Currie will sign his book from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11 at Fat Sally’s Warehouse, 1569 Laird Drive, Ashtabula.

The official book launch will be from 8-10pm on June 16 at Crow’s Nest, 1257 Harmon Road, Ashtabula.

The book is on sale for $20 at Fat Sally’s Warehouse, Dr. Thomas DiSalvatore’s office, 1956 West Prospect Road, Ashtabula and Best Little Hair House Salon, 1249 West Prospect Road, Ashtabula.

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