I started working in the travel industry in 1993 (yes, I am getting old, but that not’s the point of this blog!). Over the years, I have seen and been a part of the transformation within the travel industry. “Back in the day”, travel planners were a vital asset to the travel industry and bridged the gap between travelers, suppliers and destinations. Well, guess what? …today, this is still true! The purpose of this blog is to explain why you should use a travel planner, what a travel planner can do for you, how to work with a travel planner and how a travel planner can save you valuable time and money.
I can’t tell you how many times I am asked, “Why should I use a travel planner when I can go on-line and book it myself?”. My reply question is, “You could install your own carpet, but would you?”. If you answered “no”, it is likely because carpet installation, with lack of experience, will have a very bad result. Plus, carpeting costs a lot of money and can last for years, so you want it done right. With that said, that awesome vacation you’ve been dreaming of may cost about as much as carpeting your room, yet if it isn’t planned by an expert, it may turn out as badly as do-it-yourself carpeting! My point is, there are many things we can do ourselves, but there are circumstances that validate our need to consult an expert. By working directly with a travel planner, you have decided that you value your investment and your time, and you are not willing to take a chance on your vacation and priceless memories.
Travel planners are experts in all things travel, which will save you time, while delivering an excellent product. We are not order takers, like an on-line booking engine or a call center. We are dedicated to helping our clients customize their dream vacation through guidance and research. We work one-on-one with our clients to make sure their much-needed vacation is everything they want it to be! Why leave this up to chance?
You are probably asking yourself, “How much money is this expert service going to cost me”? My response, “Nothing, our services are FREE! When you work with Explore Travel Planners, you get the guidance of a 16 years plus travel industry veteran at absolutely no additional cost to you. How can this be you ask? Well, the suppliers (i.e. hotels, cruise lines, tour companies, etc.) pay us to help you plan your travel experiences with their company. Therefore, you pay the same amount when you book a trip with us as if you went directly to the cruise line or tour company to book. It works the same as if you were buying a home using a real estate agent. When you are buying a home, in this case that would be travel, the seller, which is the cruise line or tour company, pays the agent, which is Explore Travel Planners for finding them a client, that’s you!
Below are a few of the many advantages to booking with Explore Travel Planners versus the do-it-yourself approach:
For those that have never worked with a travel planner and/or have no idea where to start, we have put together a list of questions, that will help us guide you when planning your next travel experience. By understanding what you are looking for, we can help you customize a trip that will fit your needs and wants. Click here to view our Vacation Planning Checklist.
At Explore Travel Planners, we works directly with our clients to maximize their budget. We know that maximizing your budget is most always near the top of the list, when you are thinking of your next vacation. Below are a few money saving tips for you to consider, if you are looking for ways to cut costs on your next trip:
I hope this blog posting has given you a better understanding of the value of working with a travel planner, how our expertise, knowledge and connections can benefit you and why Explore Travel Planners is your best choice when it comes to planning your next travel experience! We look forward to working with you to customizing your next vacation, so contact us today at (864) 688-9886.
Stay tuned for more travel tip and tricks with Explore Travel Planners!
Angie Conger Hinds
I have a true passion for travel and I want to share my travel knowledge with you. I hope this blog gives you inspiration to EXPLORE the world!
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