Travel Pulse recently published an article entitled "Four Ways Agents Offer More Than You'll Find Online" and it got me thinking. With the ease of opening your computer or smart phone and searching for the next travel deal, many people have never worked with a travel agent or even know what the benefits may be.
If you've planned a trip before, you know the time involved in searching and researching fares, hotels, tours, where to go and what to do, and trying to fit it all in your budget. There is nothing relaxing about checking into your "great deal" hotel and realizing you booked yourself a room an unsafe area of town. Or thinking you got a fantastic rate on your cruise when the people at your dinner table received a free balcony upgrade, paid $200 less and received a bottle of wine in their stateroom courtesy of their travel agent. Like having a good butcher that will sell you their best cuts of meat, the same can be said for having a great relationship with your travel agent. We have access to a multitude of suppliers--many not available to the public--that enable us to create that perfect itinerary along with the ability to build your personal preferences into your vacation.
Maybe you're thinking, "But I'm the type that likes to do my vacation planning so I know exactly what my best options are." That is great! You can still do all your planning, but give me a call. I may be able to get you a reduced deposit, a free upgrade, a resort or onboard credit, or even a cheaper airfare--all of these things will add more value and luxury to your vacation.
Don't forget the benefit of having someone "on the ground" when, heaven forbid, your flights are cancelled or you arrive at your destination and decide you want to do that wine tour after all. I've got your back the whole way through your vacation. I can work with the airline to rebook your flight or book and send you the tickets to that tour so that you can relax and enjoy your vacation instead of worrying about the details. Isn't it time you gave a professional the reins to your vacation? I personally think so. To read the Travel Pulse article, click here:
Well it is official, Venice will start limiting the number and size of ships allowed into the port beginning as early as January 2014. This order was enacted to preserve the fragile foundations of this UNESCO city. If you are booked on a cruise, and Venice is one of your ports of call, how will this impact your vacation? Here is what you can expect. Ships over 40,000 tons will be reduce in number by 20 percent of 2012's levels beginning January 2014. Ships over 96,000 tons will no longer be allowed in the port by November 2014. Beginning in January 2014, the government will impose a limit of only five large vessels per any given day. With the port currently being one of the busiest in the region, it was not unusual to see as many as nine ships calling on the port per day. Some ships even begin or end their itineraries by remaining in port overnight adding to the congestion. How they decide which ships to allow into port has yet to be determined. If you are on a ship under 40,000 tons, like several of the luxury brands, you won't be impacted. However, if you are booked on one of the larger ships, and it isn't allowed dockage on the day of your visit, you may be bussed into the city from a nearby port. As it stands right now, none of the cruise lines have cancelled their plans to visit the port throughout 2013 and 2014, but will be reviewing the long term changes and making sure they comply with the regulation changes. Hopes are to have a new area dredged and ready for larger ships to come in from a different direction sometime in 2015.
I know. Hard to believe, but now is the time to start planning that Spring Break vacation! The best travel prices are easily found in the fall before the holidays. Travel in the spring is considered one of the busier times of the year to travel. Spring Break means getting out of town for college kids and families alike. Some destinations on sale for spring travel right now are the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida and even Europe and don't forget to snag those Disney and cruise deals before they're gone! Contact me today to discuss your Spring Break getaway!