Navigating travel in the future is going to take more than online research and a few clicks of the mouse. Just like you would not want to take on a court battle without an experienced attorney, or try to diagnose yourself when you are suffering from an illness (an online symptom search can be cause for anxiety!), you shouldn’t plan travel without the assistance of an experienced and professional travel advisor. But, what can you expect, how do they work, and where do you find a good one?
Travel advisors, often independent contractors or business owners, work for you, their client. They receive commissions from suppliers, including hotels and airlines, and may charge professional planning fees. These fees protect their time investment and ensure compensation at the time of booking.
Travel advisors save you money and enhance your trip by leveraging their relationships with suppliers. They can secure exclusive perks, such as room upgrades or complimentary breakfasts, and assist with travel insurance. Even if you enjoy planning your own trip, using a travel advisor can alleviate stress, save money, and provide invaluable assistance in emergencies.
Being upfront about your budget and expectations allows travel advisors to tailor your experience. They excel at finding unique excursions, like cooking classes or cultural dinners, that you may not discover on your own.
Travel advisors are all about relationships. The relationships they have with their suppliers are for your benefit. Advisors want to build relationships with you, their clients for the long term. They are there for the engagements, honeymoons, babymoons, births & bereavements, changes of residence and job, and each time they work with you they get to know a little more about you and create a spectacular trip for your enjoyment.