Some may think travel agents no longer exist. To the contrary! Maybe smaller in numbers than years ago, but travel professionals are here and making a huge difference for leisure travelers. And don’t think that using a travel professional will cost you more than if you booked your trip yourself directly with the travel supplier. This is a common misconception.
Here are just a few of the benefits a travel professional, like me, brings to you:
If time is money, think of me as your asset manager
For cruise or international travel, the average person checks well over 15 websites before narrowing their options. I take this arduous, stressful, time consuming task from you. It's what I do every day. I really enjoy researching the best possible options, and making sure that all the moving parts of the trip fit together perfectly for you. It's fun, like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle.
Personalized experiences - It's all about you
Travel plans are crafted specifically to your needs and interests. The more information provided about preferences and interests, the better. Nothing cookie cutter about it.
Providing expert guidance
Ongoing training, learning from colleagues and staying on top of industry trends allows me share the best knowledge and expert guidance with you - much more than one can garner from on-line searches. How many sites came up when you googled a topic? Totally confused with conflicting information? I help with that!
Unbiased recommendations and honest opinions
I work for you, not the travel supplier. Travel suppliers provide great information for their service only, which may or may not be a good/best fit for you. Based on research, training and personal experiences, I provide recommendations that best match your requirements and are the best overall value. And if not familiar with a specific component, I have access to resources who can provide first-hand feedback.
Your personal advocate
When putting together a plan, the advice provided always has your best interest in mind. Just because an airline says an hour is enough time for a connection, that may not always be the case. Sometimes things go wrong while traveling, and if that happens, I'm here to help. Not everything can be fixed, but being part of a group with buying power gives me a bigger voice on your behalf.
With you from start to finish
I assist you, before, during and after the trip. This is a long term relationship, not a one time transaction. Feedback is welcome when you return . Of course "all smiles" is the goal, but if something needs to be improved, that information is welcome too.
An overall better value
As stated before, don't assume that using a travel professional will cost more. In fact, being part of a consortia gives me access to special pricing, perks , benefits and expertise that may save you money and enhance the quality of your trip. In many cases these are complimentary to you as the traveler. This is especially true with cruising.
Are a busy professional or active retiree with little time to spare, don't like to research and plan (or not so much into details) , or looking at too many options that have you confused? Call me. I'm here to be of service!
Your time is your most precious asset - make the most of it!
Ready to get started on your next adventure?
Let us help you put together an extraordinary experience.
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Laurie Marschall - Owner and Founder