Meet the Owner
Shane Mahoney is a true individual with many tastes. He’d say he got the bug to travel from a very early age after nearly being born in Iran. His father worked for an oil company, his mother a concierge for The Breakers hotel chain. And thus, the adventure began … moving country to country while following the general path of an exploratory ship for drilling oil. One year in Borneo, before three years in Perth, Australia peppered with quick jaunts between moves to Palm Beach, Florida. Eventually ending up for the longest in Lakeland, Florida during his formative years. Not quite ready to stop exploring, Shane also spent 6 months in Barcelona, Spain as an exchange student in High School.
Shane Mahoney then went to the University of Alabama, and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in International Marketing. Upon graduation Shane spent the next 11 years in sales and management positions before rethinking about the life he wanted to lead. He says, “I am much more happy to help others find a better way to enjoy the world around them.” Shane pursues passions now and having had a lifelong affinity for travel he has been able to unearth interesting places, and experiences to be had in far corners of the world. Above having lived in the aforementioned spots, Shane has also visited Russia, France, the UK, Netherlands, Tahiti, and much of the Caribbean.
Lugos Travel is a passion, but not his only one. In 2011 Shane also started a charity called ItsJustCharity.org. As an event based charitable organization ItsJustCharity.org specializes in having four events yearly whereby each event individually sponsors a local youth-based education or mentoring program. He feels it is important to give back to the community you live in and that education is the measure by which we will improve the lives of us all.
Shane, through his multi-cultured upbringing and knowledge of customs, culinary specialties, and adventurous diversions is sure to show even a seasoned traveler new ideas to truly experience something fresh.
”My goal, through Lugos, is to provide the unexpected, in a way that adds that ‘je ne se quoi’ quality. An all around, unmatched, lifelong memory” – Shane Mahoney
Meet Symone Hawkins, our Student Travel Coordinator
Symone Hawkins is the Student Travel Coordinator here at Lugos Travel. She is a sophomore at the University of Florida where she studies Health Science. Symone’s love for medicine and children drive her to pursue a career in Pediatric medicine. She enjoys exploring new places and ideas, which makes working for Lugos Travel a natural fit. Giving time back to the community is important to Symone because she believes that one should never forget where one has come from and those who have helped along the way. Also, Symone donates her time with ItsJustCharity.org and Made Men Made Women mentoring program, where she gets to talk to young people about building a stable and bright future. She lives by Robert Collier’s quote: “Start where you are. Distant fields always look greener, but opportunity lies right where you are. Take advantage of every opportunity of service.” Symone enjoys helping ease the stress of students who are in search of vacations fit for them.
If you need any help with student travels, please contact Symone via email or by phone 863-738-9382 (cell).