If I could get a million dollars for the amount of time I’ve been asked this question… I’d have a billion dollars! I’ll be answering this question in today’s blog post!
1. Personalized Service
As a travel advisor, it is my job to advise you on your travel plans. I will ask you several questions about how you like to travel, if you have been to the destination before and what you are hoping to get out of this next trip. This is how I get to know you as a person. I may not ever meet you in person, but I want to make sure that I understand you! Some clients like to stay at the Ritz Carlton and others prefer a Holiday Inn. Understanding these differences will allow me to serve you better. Online retailers like Expedia, Travelocity, etc will not care how you like to travel. They will give you a list of hotels with their paid sponsors at the top. You may think you are getting one thing, but in reality not a good fit for you. My job is to find a hotel or destination that fits you like a glove! I want you to find that perfect spot that you will want to go back again and again.
2. Saves you $$$$
I know there is a rumor going around that travel advisors cost a ton of money to use. In reality, this is just not true. While I do charge a service fee, it is minimal. The discounts I can get will generally balance this out. I have suppliers that will offer discounts just for me! How awesome is that? Sometimes I can even get resort credits that you won’t be able to get if you book yourself. Also, when I price out a package (air/hotel or air/car) I can generally get a better price than if I just do one or the other. This serves you well when you are searching for the best deals.
3. Saves you time
Have you ever Googled your destination to try to find a resort? How many results came up? Did that overwhelm you? I know…I’ve been there! The internet is great, but there is some terribly misleading things out there. When it comes to travel, you can’t decide willy-nilly! When you work with me, you don’t have to wade thru all those choices. I will do that for you. I can save you hours of research! When I ask you all those crazy questions, those answers will help me narrow down resorts for you. I’m always on the hunt for the best deal for you, so you don’t have to watch the prices yourself.
4. We've been there, so you don't have to worry!
As a travel advisor, I make it a point to travel as often as I can. Which is fun, but I’m also working the entire time! I’m checking on everything that a client would ask me about. “How are the restaurants?” “Were the pools clean?” “How was the beach?” “Did the room have an oceanview?” I have my eagle eyes out looking for those things constantly. I’m making notes and taking pictures to bring back to my clients. Obviously I haven’t been EVERYWHERE, but I probably know someone who has! I will utilize my network of travel gurus to find the answer for you if I don’t know it. That’s the best part of working in the business! Collectively, we know someone who has most definitely been there!
5. We can be your hero baby!
Obviously we never want anything to go wrong when we travel, but reality is harsh. Weather happens, baggage gets lost and you can get hurt. One of the greatest parts of having a travel advisor is that they will have your back! If something goes wrong on your trip, your advisor will do everything in their power to make it right or at least better. I cannot control bugs in your room or the weather, but I will work around it for you. I will stay on the phone for hours if that’s what it takes. I will email everyone I know. I’m your advocate, no matter what! Also, just a little PSA… GET TRAVEL INSURANCE! This will save a lot of headache and $$ if you do get into trouble.
I hope this article helps you understand my job a little bit better! If you ever have any questions for me, please feel free to email me, Facebook me or call me! I’m an open book 🙂