Benefits of Working with a Travel Advisor


The beautiful streets of Lisbon, Portugal

In early 2020 when the world started shutting down, many travelers were left scrambling. If you had a vacation planned and worked with a Travel Advisor you most certainly know the value of someone advocating for you and taking care of every detail. But for those who are not familiar with the benefits of working with a travel expert, read on…


How Travel Advisors Advocated for Clients in 2020…

We worked endless hours cancelling clients’ dream trips. Our jobs became advocating for our clients, ensuring they were receiving refunds or full credits for future travel. We spent endless hours making phone calls and sending emails to our local travel suppliers and airlines.


What is the Difference Between a Travel Agent and Travel Advisor?

There really is no difference. Our role has evolved over the years and so has our title. We are no longer order takers and only processing transactions. Travel advisors now consult, offer expert opinion, and usually specialize in a certain type of travel experience. At Distinct Vacations we specialize in designing custom and highly personalized international trips. There are advisors who are Disney experts or specialize in ocean cruising, etc..


Why Should I Work with a Travel Advisor to Plan my Vacations?

In today’s world, advisors help you navigate the confusing and evolving state of travel restrictions, border closings, and COVID testing requirements. For example, do you know that if you have a layover in a country that is not open for tourism (or has different entry requirements from your final destination), you may not be able to hop on your connecting flight?


Travel Advisors elevate your vacation experience. We have worldwide partners and contacts with travel suppliers and hotels who will offer you complimentary breakfast, spa credits, and even room upgrades. Plus, the local drivers and guides who will be taking care of you throughout your journey have been vetted to ensure they offer premium service and they will add special touches to make your trip unforgettable.


How Does One Work with a Travel Advisor?

Most advisors will offer a complimentary 30-minute consultation. This is the time to get to know each other and see if you’re a good match. The advisor should be asking many in-depth questions to understand your travel style, preferences, needs, and you should be doing the same to learn about the services they offer. If you are a good match, the advisor will handle all steps of planning your vacation, from designing the trip, to confirming all the reservations and delivering your detailed travel documents.


I hope this information is helpful in understanding how a Travel Advisor can help you. Our goal, at Distinct Vacations, is to save you a ton of time planning, to customize each trip to make it fun, and to elevate the experience while ensuring your family shares moments that will forever remain in your hearts.


Working with Distinct Vacations in reserving at any of our preferred properties, you may have access to flexible cancellation policies and special amenities (such as a spa credit, complimentary breakfast, and room upgrades).


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