My Top Tips
DO NOT RUSH your vacation experiences!
There is so much to inhale and take in while at a destination and we tend to have the mindset that we will never be back there again or that we have to make every dollar count and to be honest this was ME. With all of the training and travel I have done I fully 100% am of this belief system now - SLOW IT UP ! Considering your age demographic and traveling partners and all other criteria, truly engaging with the culture, people, terrain and lifestyle as well as historical sites and monuments will bring you the most joy and the best memories and less exhaustion. Using a travel advisor and taking advantage of their knowledge and connections can facilitate these goals in ways many don't realize by pointing and clicking. Think about every little thing that you know about yourself and your travel desires and "share" it with me, unlike the internet, I really want to KNOW and will take it into account when planning.
This is key and can result in the best pricing. It is so important when a special occasion is part of the mix and/or dining that must happen in a world of traveling foodies, specific hotels or destinations that have some type of limitations or are seasonal.
I don't think we need to elaborate any longer.
1-WHY WORK WITH A TRAVEL ADVISOR?
Hours go into researching options based on your criteria, let me do that...
Contacting, building and sustaining career long relationships with suppliers and destination tourism organizations...
Customer Service - of course !
Providing you with proposals and making adjustments, performing what I call the "Travel Dance"...
2-HOW ARE WE PAID?
Planning Fee: This depends on the type of booking. After that is established I will advise if there is a complimentary one time streamlined quote and then moving forward what that fee would be. The fee is taken before the work is performed and non refundable.
Look at it this way, if the trip was to not happen, I would have still performed the work and you would have still received my expertise. Trust me, it is nominal for the time and effort that goes into planning the perfect trip, but I love it so watching the clock is NOT a problem, leaving my desk IS.
Commission: This is paid to us by the properties and suppliers and this is their compensation to us for sending our clients to them. These relationships across the globe have no dollar figure on them - they are PRICELESS and they take years to nurture and investment attending trade shows, visits, etc. You think you have access to true reviews, but in all honesty - Travel Advisors have the only "reliable" reviews, not purchased and not solicited. Tap into that and use one :o) These rates are based on the Host and Consortia that an advisor is a member of, for myself it is Ensemble, one of the top leaders in the industry. This is part of the business plan of a legit advisor.
We are NOT in competition with the almighty internet and OTA "Online Travel Agencies" - it is truly Apples to Apples and I don't want to eat their Apples ever !
The best way to say THANK YOU = REFERRALS ! There is also a perk in it for you when they book ! Also Active and Retired Military with a DOD Card have waived Planning Fees and Thank You for your service !
4-THE "TRAVEL DANCE"
Email / Scheduled Call
...I start working with supplier and destination experts and share your criteria and we begin, usually going back and forth often and sometimes very often depending on the trip
...You are off and I am still "on" and available throughout your journey big or small
...You dream, you share your next travel thought and I start watching for seasons / promotions / options - and we keep in touch
What can and often does happen by using an advisor with a Host and Consortia, but never a guarantee is upgrades / meals / celebration extras / early and late check in and out / wifi, etc.