1. How do you compare to online travel companies like Expedia?
The services offered by online booking agencies are solely based on price, not on customer service or loyalty. Travelers booking trips on their sites are simply looking for the best deal. Thus hotels will provide the least desirable room locations to those customers and reserve the best rooms for customers booking through a travel agent. For hotels, travel agents mean repeat business. Clients returning from a vacation raving about a hotel will tell their agent and the hotel will have repeat business from that agent. In addition, once a trip is booked through an online booking engine it is nearly impossible to speak to a human should you have any questions or require assistance.
My focus is personalized service and creating customized experiences for my clients, because, in all reality today’s best deal may just not be the right match for you. Traveling is a huge investment and I place emphasis on matching my clients with the right destination, accommodations and overall experience. Plus my job doesn’t end when I book your trip. I help during the booking process and stay with you to make sure all goes right. And if there is a problem, I am here to help —whether it’s a supplier who doesn’t deliver or an emergency that makes you cancel the entire trip.
2. Are the trips you offer group tours?
No, all my trips are completely customized. However, if a client prefers to travel with an escorted tour I will match them with the right tour company. But if you prefer to travel on your own I will custom craft the entire itinerary to meet your needs and preferences.
3. How do we keep everyone happy on vacation?
Often times family members have different interests and the concern is they won’t all enjoy a particular destination. It is very simple to ensure the activities during a trip will keep everyone happy… if you’re a foodie perhaps a cooking class in Paris will thrill you, if another family member prefers visiting museums we’ll make sure time is set aside for those visits. For the sports enthusiast, a visit and tour of a soccer stadium will be the highlight of their trip. So, no matter what your interests are there are attractions to keep everyone happy on vacation!
So there you have it… these are the most common questions I hear from travelers. I hope this was helpful in understanding how I can help you plan your next vacation.
Recently I’ve been hearing from many potential clients – “We don’t know where we want to go yet so I’ll call you when we’re ready”. So, I wanted to share with you the services I provide as one of the most important pieces of what I do is qualifying my clients…
During our initial consultation I get to know your likes, preferences, your favorite vacation ever and why it was your favorite. I consult on all aspects of your trip and recommend an amazing destination that will match your ideal vacation experience. Traveling is expensive and the last thing you need after making this investment is arriving at a destination or hotel that really wasn’t what you had envisioned.
Below are the services I provide. I hope this gives you a good understanding of what I do for my clients. So next time you hear – “I don’t know where to go on vacation”… please think of me as I would love to help!
Services to my clients:
I get to know your preferences and interests to ensure the destination you choose will match your expectations. By building a completely customized and unique itinerary you can be sure the trip is perfect for your travel party.
I protect your precious vacation dollars and hours. I’ve been there, seen the hotels, and know the locations to ensure you are staying in the best areas and are getting the most for your investment. I also recommend unique experiences such as private tours and visiting main attractions after hours so you don’t spend your vacation fighting the crowds.
I am also able to design itineraries for groups that focus on specific interests you may have, such as culinary, wine, music, water sports, yoga, or whatever your interests are. All itineraries are completely customized and offer excellent sightseeing opportunities and unique experiences.
I save you a lot of time and hassle. There are so many components to coordinate when planning a vacation – air, accommodations, ground transportation, excursions, etc… and with all the information on the internet these days and it’s hard to know what’s accurate and what’s not. I know the options far better than most and I am able to zero in on the best options very quickly. In addition, I’m the one that sits on hold, checks fares, prices, etc. saving you hours and hours of time.
I can get you special treatment you can’t get on your own. Thanks to my relationships with travel suppliers, I can often get amenities, upgrades and other special VIP touches that my clients don’t have access to.
My job doesn’t stop when you book your travel. I go the extra mile by providing you a Destination Guide before your departure, which lists many sightseeing activities to do on your own as well as restaurant recommendations, packing advice and travel tips. I also confirm your hotel reservations and request complimentary upgrades!
Finally, you have peace of mind. If my clients need assistance during their travel like a missed connection, or the need to change an excursion, they have 24-hour support locally in each country and I'm only a phone call away.
My goal is to ensure your vacation is completely stress free, from the planning stages until you return home.
Contact me today to start planning your next vacation!
This upcoming week is Travel Agent Awareness Week. Why is this so important? It’s important because people don’t realize Travel Professionals exist and the tremendous benefits they receive working with an expert to plan their trips.
Below are just several of the benefits you receive when working with me...
I love my job… I help my clients create treasured vacation experiences with customized itineraries and without the stress of planning all the details.
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