Travel agency in Somerset is trained to work with autism clients

SOMERSET — The phoenix is a mythological bird that is often associated with the idea of rebirth or resurrection. This idea springs from the fact that only one phoenix can exist at a time, and as the bird approaches its end, it sets itself aflame and from the ashes would rise a new phoenix to take flight.

Somerset Tours and Travels, owned by Kathleen Scallon, utilizes the image of the phoenix as its logo, an appropriate symbol for how Scallon has also risen from the ashes, both literally and figuratively.

Scallon has been selling travel for over 10 years, but in 2017, the storefront of Somerset Tours and Travels was destroyed in a fire. This did not stop Scallon, though, who is a retired letter carrier, and neither did COVID, as she is back in business, ready to help people take flight like the mythological bird.

Back up and running after the fire 

While Scallon acknowledged that taking on travel during the pandemic was a risk, being a travel agent is something that she takes seriously.