When I have clients traveling I provide them with their final itineraries. I do my best to make sure I have included all the details and cover things on what to expect, even if things do not go exactly as planned.
I have had a few different situations happen since I started my career in the travel industry. I know not everything will always go as planned like we would hope they would. It is life, things happen.
One incident was where the client had to cancel the complete trip. Part of it was due to a hurricane and the other was due to a medical condition that kept them from traveling. They had travel protection as recommended. I was my clients advocate to help make sure all the documents were submitted in order to request a refund. Their trip was fully refunded.
The second incident was a destination wedding. The wedding had to be relocated from one part of Mexico to a different location in Mexico due to a hurricane. Some guests of the wedding party had travel protection and some didn't. I was the advocate for the wedding group to get the wedding relocated where there was availability for their wedding date, new flights, rooms and transfers so the wedding could go on as planned. Everyone was lucky and fortunate that we were able to make the necessary changes without any additional cost due to the situation. The wedding was still a success for the couple.
When you cancel a trip and you don't have travel insurance, more often than not you will either lose your funds or receive a credit(with change fees), even with medical issues and weather issues. Refunds after certain dates are rare especially with airlines.
I do my best to get the best resolution possible. I can't guarantee this type of success when things happen, but the moral of the story is that I am your advocate, fighting on your behalf when things go wrong that were not your fault.
(PS--Get travel protection insurance.)
I hope you are having a great day! I have always enjoyed working in positions that allow me to be able to assist people whether it be helping with fundraisers, office work, helping sports teams, helping students, helping the elderly simply with basic things or just being there for someone to talk to. I love being in the people business and helping those that allow me to help them. A smile says it all.
Being in the travel industry provides me that same satisfaction while building friendships with you, your family, friends and co-workers. Collaborating with you on your ideal trip is what I enjoy doing. I get to learn more about you, what you want to experience and so much more. Many don't know where to start or where they want to go. As a travel advisor I will ask many questions so I know what I have to work with in order to meet your needs.
First, figure out what you (or your group) want to experience based on the things you (or your group) like to do. Based on this we can help narrow down a destination.
Second, Plan your trip at least 6 to 8 months in advance if not more for better pricing and selection.
Third, Be realistic with what you would like. You can't have champagne taste on a beer budget.
Fourth, If you have a group (destination wedding, family reunion, club, etc.) planning 15 months in advance is best.
Fifth, For cruises schedules are out 15 months in advance and that is when you get the best pricing.
Sixth, Travel does involve some planning but don't let it stress you out. That is why you work with a travel advisor so you don't have to spend hours researching.
When you are ready to start planning your next trip think about what you would like to experience.Here are pictures of me when I was with learning how to make homemade pasta from a Italian grandmother "Nonna" in Umbria, Italy. I found this much simpler to do than the way my German grandmother made them. The Italian Nonna grated black truffle for our pasta that we got to enjoy. Being able to learn and experience this was fabulous because I like to cook and be able to come back home and duplicate what I learned. I have since made some and they turned out great. If you like to get emmersed in the destination you travel to let me know and I will be gald to help you. One example is learning how wines are made in Italy and seeing them stored in historic cellars at cool temperatures. You could also learn how olive oil is processed. This process is really fascinating. The process in Italy is different then the way it is processed here in Texas. You could learn how cheese and many meats are processed in the destination. There are many cathedrals to learn about as well. Traveling is about exploring, experimenting, and having fun. It is great to connect with the locals. There are so many different things you can do. If you like this type of travel let me know. I am here to help you with your next travel adventure.
As you know the travel experience isn’t always perfect. With the right attitude and these tips you can simplify your trip and avoid any hang-ups at the airport.
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I love to travel and explore the world. My goal is to help others actually experience their desired destination(s) whether they are traveling solo or as a group. The world has so much to offer.