In today’s world of instant online access to unlimited information on travel options you might be wondering why it makes sense to plan your vacation with a travel professional like me.
I take the time to get to know you, understanding your approach to travel what you like to see and do and in what style. Then I will match these factors with your budget, schedule and my insider connections with the best travel providers. I’m always here for you to talk to, answer your questions and design a vacation perfect just for you. No web site or cell phone “app” can do it my personalized way.
For Expert Insights
It’s my job and passion to know the world’s greatest destinations inside and out. My expertise and resources give you an insider’s view when planning your next vacation.
To Save You Time
The average person spends 10+ hours and visits over 20 websites to plan and book their vacation (eek!). My extensive knowledge of cruise lines, resorts, airlines and tour operators means I can cut through the clutter and zero in on the vacation you really want.
To Save You Money
I have access to discounted, limited-time offers and exclusive benefits you cannot obtain on your own. You’ll find I don’t post a ton of deals my website or offer an online booking engine. Deals change frequently and many are unpublished offers. If you do find a lower package rate from an OTA (online travel agency like Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity etc.) I can usually match it and often times beat it!
To Personalize Your Vacation
Through a global network of trusted travel partners, I can custom-tailor your vacation to perfectly match your individual needs & desires
To Be There When You need Us
Sometimes the perfectly planned dream vacation hits snags, like a missed plane connection, a front desk clerk who can’t find your hotel reservation or a medical emergency. When you book with me, all you have to do is make one simple phone call or send me a quick email and I will handle the rest
Why go it alone by using the Internet when you can work with an experienced travel professional, trained to save you time and money?
So how does this process work?
Prior to our communication, you will want to already have the answers to these questions:
- Determine your travel dates
- Who is going with you? Are you bringing the kids?
- What budget do you have to work with? Is it a realistic budget?
- Does everyone have a passport?
- What type of vacation are you looking for? Cruise, resort, villa rental or a tailor-made itinerary to fit your specific needs?
- Are there any special requests or needs that should be taken into account? e.g. a room with a view, someone with mobility or health issues etc.
- Are you celebrating a special occasion? e.g. honeymoon, babymoon, anniversary, graduation or retirement trip etc.
- Do you have any destinations in mind?
- Are there any specific activities you’re looking to experience? e.g. scuba, surfing, golf, sailing, hiking etc.
Then once you’ve gotten a good idea of what you’re looking for, contact me either via the website, phone or email. We’ll chat a bit more about your travel needs and then I’ll put together a few recommendations for you and send them via email for your review. Once you have a proposal, review it carefully. If you have questions, ask. If you want to make any tweaks to the itinerary or look at alternate options, not a problem! Once we’ve found the perfect vacation experience for you, you’ll complete the online booking form with your credit card details and your trip will be reserved for you! It’s as easy as that.
What about service fees?
I do not charge service fees for Resort, Cruise or Tour vacations of 7 nights or longer.
Because I work from the comfort of my home office and don’t have to pay rent or any of the other costs associated with maintaining a physical office location, I don’t have to charge a plethora of fees. In fact the only time I may ask for an upfront planning fee is for destination weddings & groups of 10 or more travelers, tailor-made itineraries (as a considerable amount of time goes into planning custom itineraries) or for airline tickets. Any other fees that may be involved will be disclosed upfront in our initial conversation.
That said, I only get paid if you actually book your vacation with me. You wouldn’t (I hope), go to your local CPA and expect free tax advice only to then go do your own taxes online would you? If you happen to find a lower rate for the exact same package elsewhere, let me know! In most cases we’re not looking at the exact same trip (such as different flight schedules, room types or varying amenities). I am happy to make adjustments where needed so that we can ensure you have the perfect vacation to fit your specific needs and you can still benefit from personalized service.
While not all trips need a travel agent, there are certain trips you really shouldn’t leave to chance. If you’re looking for an upscale, memorable vacation experience – like planning your honeymoon, family vacation or journey through Europe, Australia & beyond – we just might be the perfect match! My job is not to find you the cheapest price. My job is find you the absolute best value for your vacation dollar. A vacation that perfectly matches your personal interests and budget. I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to do that. Contact me today to get started.
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