Today, anyone with an internet connection can book a flight and piece together an itinerary. So, why work with a Travel Designer?
Modern day travel planners are pioneers in new ways, seeking out under-the-radar places and experiences that match clients’ unique wants and needs. Most importantly, we offer first-hand knowledge of airlines, destinations and travel logistics on a personalized level unmatched by any web algorithm.
Working with a travel designer doesn’t only mean having someone contact hotels and make reservations for you – anyone can do that. Instead, I become the client’s best advocate and plan their trip as if I were in their shoes. This covers everything from creating a personalized schedule of activities, ensuring they are expedited through customs upon arrival as well as sourcing the best tours, restaurants and cocktail bars.
Getting to Know YOU
The “getting to know you” process is a lifelong journey on both sides. This is why it’s important to find someone you connect with viscerally, a dynamic where all parties are free to express themselves, articulate pet peeves, avoid walking on eggshells and operate with complete transparency. Of course, traveling to emerging destinations, experiencing exciting new products, reinforcing trust and establishing informed contacts are all essential to the effectiveness of any travel designer; however what remains our priority, is creating a safe and understanding environment where our clients’ needs, desires, quirks, annoyances, frustrations, and happiness can be freely communicated, understood, and executed. Keeping in mind that life changes, people change, family dynamics change, environments change…we want to be the person with whom they are willing to work through these changes without hesitation or concern.
Always UP TO DATE
It’s important to work with an travel designer who actively scouts destinations and understands not only travel trends, but market trends as well. You may have had a wonderful stay at a hotel years ago, but many factors can influence the outcome of a trip, so it’s up to us to stay on top of these nuances. These changes can range in hotel ownership or management to changes in the destination itself – even fluctuations in currency can affect your experience. To dig into that even further, no matter how knowledgeable your advisor is, the nature of travel is that the status quo is forever changing. From flight delays to cancellations to changes due to unexpected weather and even potential health threats, there’s no crystal ball that can predict what will happen during travel. We understand this and make themselves readily available to offer alternatives for those times when a trip hits a snag.
How to work with us
Every agent-client relationship will be different, but in almost every case, communication is key. Here’s what to expect at the beginning:
Specify your goals for the relationship
Describe how you and your travel partner(s) like to travel
Share the things that interest you, (ie. culinary attractions, cultural experiences, sports, etc.)
Tell your travel designer which past trips and hotel stays were your favorite and why – this will give an agent a better idea on your preferences
Remember that we aren’t mind-readers, so be sure to tell your personal travel designer what you love (and don’t!) about your itinerary. The sooner you catch a flaw, the quicker she or he can learn your preferences and adjust accordingly
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