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Travel With Guns.com is a travel agency started by Steve Turner. Steve was born in the United Kingdom, but lived there for only a few months before he and his parents moved to Zambia when his father took up a position working for the mines in what was then Broken Hill (now known as Kabwe). It was in this small mining town in Africa that Steve started his schooling.


A Brief History

In 1969 job opportunities moved Steve's family to the coal mines of Natal, South Africa. Here Steve was sent to a small school called Uelzen Primary School where he learned to speak, read, and write Afrikaans and German. He completed his schooling at Wartburg-Kirchdorf High School in the Natal Midlands, just outside Pietermaritzburg. By this time, the family had moved to Swakopmund, Namibia.

After completing his schooling, all Steve wanted to do was travel. He worked for a year at Rossing Uranium Mine outside of Swakopmund, and saved up enough for a two month vacation in Europe. It was here that his love for travel flourished. Prior to leaving for this trip to Europe, he applied to work as a travel agent at the local travel agency, Woker Freight Services. His manager and mentor, Elke Gruttemeyer, taught him all the basics. It was apparent that Steve had a natural flair for the industry.


After a two-year stint with Woker Freight Services, working in all three of their offices (Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and Windhoek), Steve moved on to Cape Town, South Africa, where he started a long, though interrupted, career with the local affiliate of American Express(tm) Travel. He worked for them for about a year and half before joining Safleisure, a division of Safmarine, with their latest venture into the world of cruising. For 18 months, he worked onboard the cruise ship Astor, starting as a waiter in the late night bar, but climbing to the third Purser in charge of the shore excursions office, front office, and onboard accounting system.

He returned to South Africa and resumed his career with American Express Travel, where he worked in both leisure and corporate travel in Johannesburg, running the in-house corporate travel offices for Gencor, one of the largest mining houses in South Africa. During his time in Cape Town, he was honored by winning the American Express Great Performers Award, a worldwide award honoring American Express employees who went above and beyond the call of duty to assist their clients.

He left American Express Travel to join a small agency, Travel Creations, where he assisted clients in both leisure and corporate travel. In 1996 he was offered a position as agent with Gracy Travel International, Inc., and in December of 1996, took the huge step of moving to the United States. He worked for Gracy Travel International, Inc. until March of 2009, helping to build Gracy Travel International, Inc. into one of the leading niche agencies specializing in travel for sporting hunters with firearms.

On April 1, 2009, Steve made another career move, opening Travel With Guns.com, a subsidiary of Total Travel Solutions, Inc., with the intent of offering professional travel arrangements with personalized service. During his years of working in the industry, Steve has traveled to many exciting places in the world, and with this knowledge and experience in the field, you are assured of excellent service.