Travel Knowledge is Vital

Travel Knowledge-Why It’s So Vital

TravelKnowledge-CruiseAndTourPlanners1st Question: What’s the big deal about using a travel agent…a real live person at the other end of the phone?

2nd Question: How important is it to you to use a travel agent who has travel knowledge, experienced the good, the bad, and has been some place other than their own city?

I hear all the time about people who book their travel online. In our area, Costco gets a lot of travel bookings. Their head office is in a suburb of Seattle, and I meet their “travel agents” at functions a lot. They are minimum-wage order takers who, for the most part, have never traveled. What kind of information and tips can they give you about where and how you want to travel? They are simply order takers…It reminds me of a conversation I overheard at a serve yourself shoe store once:

Customer to store clerk: “My daughter loves this pair of shoes, but I’m not sure if they fit her correctly, could you come and check them for me?

Clerk:I just ring up your purchases, I’m not here to fit shoes”

3rd Question: Is this the type of travel service you want?

Travel with confidence…

As an example, if I was buying a car at a Ford dealership and I saw the salesman go out to lunch in his Chevy, would that give me confidence in buying a Ford from him?

When you work at Nordstrom you are required to wear clothes you buy from Nordstrom. Check out the salesmen in the shoe department. They are dressed in suits and ties, from Nordstrom. After buying your shoes you will want to have that tie that the salesman is wearing.

So, why would you buy a trip to Europe from Costco when the “order taker” has never been further than 30 miles from home, and is not there to help “fit” your vacation?

This may be the trip of your lifetime and you want it to be the best you can buy. Maybe it is a honeymoon and you want all the details done to perfection.

HawaiianTravel-CruiseandTourPlannersI am working with a wedding party going to Hawaii. The bride has chosen the condo for the whole family. She is looking at Costco online to book it.

Does she know that the property she is choosing does not have a restaurant? So, every time all those people want a meal, they have to get in their cars and drive through traffic and maybe not even get to sit together and may have to wait for a table.

Would she think of that when she checks pricing online at Costco?

Your travel agent is your personal guide

Here I am. A world traveler, and full time in the business for over 20 years. I have had experience! Have I been “everywhere”?  No, but I have probably been close to where you are wanting to go and have resources to answer any questions or concerns you may have. I also know the best way to get you there.

Contact Me for all your travel needs, I’ll be the warm hands you’ll hold from the beginning to the end of your trip. Together we’ll plan a trip that “fits” you just right!

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