Remember the song “Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostbusters?” These are the guys you want to call when you’re dealing with unusual phenomena, like ghosts or things that go bump in the night. But when you are planning a trip — perhaps a Mediterranean cruise, a visit to see Bangkok’s amazing temples, or a trip with two other couples to Rio during Mardi Gras — you need the services of a travel expert, aka a travel planner or travel advisor.
One of the primary reasons to use the services of a travel planner like Voyage Blue Travel is to eliminate the hassle of sorting through an enormous amount of travel information, saving you time and money.
You’ll certainly come away with a better trip. (For example, Googling “Rio accommodations during Mardi Gras,” delivers a whopping 3.2 million results!)
Your travel advisor — who is a travel expert working for you — has the knowledge and the contacts to find the best deals for you and your budget. Because they understand your needs, they use that information to craft the perfect vacation for you.
Travel planners give you an edge.
They are your easy access, one-stop personal connection to the travel industry. Most travel planners have been in the business for years and have developed relationships with hotels, cruise lines, tours and airlines. Because of those connections and their insider knowledge of destinations, they know which accommodations will be most suitable for you, know all the best place to dine and shop, can sort out the attractions you’d like to visit, and arrange for both air and ground transportation.
Travel advisors provide a safety net.
You can call, text or email them if you have questions during your trip or have an emergency — a flight that has been cancelled, a weather event that disrupts your plans, or a medical emergency.
Travel advisors are passionate about travel and want you to have a successful trip so they are exceptionally responsive to your needs. It’s a good feeling when you are far from home and encounter a problem to know that someone is on your side and looking out for your best interests and has the resources to solve your problem.
You’ll have the most successful trip when you use the services of a travel planner if you keep these points in mind:
First and foremost, have a frank and open-ended conversation with your travel planner, providing them with information about why you are travelling, expected dates of travel, number of people in your party, and your budget.
You should let them know if you’ve already done some research about your trip, as this helps them eliminate destinations/activities you’re not interested in and helps them factor in those things you’d like to see and do as they create your itinerary.
Along with that basic information, let your travel planner know your likes and dislikes. For instance, where did you vacation the last time? What did you like about that vacation, and even more importantly, what didn’t you like about it?
It’s useful to let your travel advisor know about any hobbies or special interests you have. Maybe you are a library fiend or love donuts. Your travel advisor might be able to arrange a tour of an unusual book collection at a library at your destination or scope out the best donut shops in the city you will be visiting! Chocolate sprinkle bacon donuts, anyone???
It just makes sense to use the services of a expert travel planners like Ilja and Brad at Voyage Blue Travel. Because this is our full time job, we have the connections, the time and the expertise to create an amazing itinerary for your trip. And once we have your information on file, it will take you even less time on the phone with us next time you want to book a vacation!