As much as I would love for everyone to become my client, the truth is there are travelers who would not benefit from hiring me to plan their trips. I don't work with everyone that contacts me. If I see that we are not a good match I am happy to refer you to an online booking service.
Below are 6 types of travelers who shouldn't work with a Travel Advisor to plan their trips.
You love to do your own research and have the time to do it – After getting to know your preferences I take care of all the research to create a completely customized itinerary that is perfect for your trip. My itineraries include flights, ground transportation, accommodations, day tours, and exclusive experiences. If you are the type of traveler who loves pulling all of this together and, more importantly, have the time to do it then you certainly don't need me. But keep reading because you might miss out on some really special experiences.
You don't want a specialist to get to know your preferences and make expert recommendations - I spend a lot of time talking to my clients about their preferences, hobbies, and interests. Only after getting to know you will I design a trip to include activities that you will love (a private truffle hunting experience, a bike tour in the vineyards, or a hike along a beautiful coastline). It's also important to know your style, do you prefer hotels with a modern feel or historic buildings with old world charm? All these details are what make your vacation unique, memorable, and feeling it was tailor made for you!
You don't want unique experiences – So anyone can search for the must do's in any city and quickly see many articles on the top 5 things to do in Rome, for example. But the difference is you will be doing them alongside thousands of people or waiting in line for hours to enter the Vatican. The experiences I include get you skip the line access to all major attractions with private guides that will explain the history and the magic of the sites you are visiting. In some cases you will be able to visit these attractions during hours when they are closed to the public so you can enjoy them without the crowds.
You don't like to receive personalized attention – My business model is to offer my clients personalized services, not an online booking tool or an 800 number to call where you will be on hold for hours and will be lucky to get a human on the phone. You can always contact me with any concerns or question (from the planning stages until you return home). During your trip you will always have a local number to call at your destination where you will be assisted with anything you need in local time. If you don't like this high level of service and attention to detail then you don't need a Travel Advisor.
You don't mind accommodations in a room overlooking the parking lot - Hotels know how you booked your room. If you see a really good deal on Expedia chances are you are getting a dark room overlooking a parking lot. Before a client travels I contact each hotel to request VIP treatment. Not only will you be given the nicest rooms but you will be catered to and, often times, receive special welcome amenities.
You are only interested in the cheapest price - Once I identify your preferences and interests the next step is finding the right accommodations and experiences along with the best pricing. However, if you are the type of traveler who does this the other way around (find the cheapest deals without evaluating if they are right for you), then you shouldn't work with me. I'm a firm believer that the cheapest deals may not be right for you. I only work with 4 and 5 star hotels because I know my clients won't be happy with anything less. And you will always remember me for sending you to that hotel with poor air conditioning or bad service, even if it was within your budget. So if a client's budget is unreasonable I am honest and refer to someone else or to an online booking engine.
I hope this article gives you a better sense for how I help my clients create lifelong vacation memories... it's about focusing on you, your preferences, your interests, and building a custom crafted itinerary along with personalized service.
Contact me to begin planning your next vacation, custom tailored to you!
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I work with my clients on creating personalized travel itineraries while consulting on everything from destinations to excursions and logistics of the trip. Through my personal travel I seek unique activities including private guides and tours for exceptional experiences. More on Belkys