How to Work with a Travel Advisor – A First Timer’s Guide

You’ve found the perfect travel advisor, and now’s the time to put them to work on your dream trip! If you’re new to working with a travel advisor, here are a few things that you can do to help make the process run smoothly.

Having been described as the travel industry’s ‘matchmakers’, a great client-travel advisor relationship is worth its weight in gold. From personalized attention everywhere you go. Perks and upgrades that only come with being the client of an esteemed advisor. The benefits of using a travel advisor are significant, but how do you go about building that valued relationship?

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Be Honest About Budget

Of course, you want your dream trip, with all of the bells and whistles. However, it does both you and your travel advisor an enormous disservice to not be upfront about your actual budget.

Going one step further, once you establish your budget, identify what’s high on your priority list. Perhaps you aren’t as focused on your accommodations. You would prefer to have mind-blowing travel experiences in every destination you’re visiting. This helps your travel advisor not only build your dream trip but decide how and where to allocate your budget.

Trust Their Expertise

A travel advisor’s job is just that – travel. While the photos on a hotel website may have you ready to book, your advisor may know that it’s on a congested motorway or next to noisy construction. Trust them.

Great travel advisors go out of their way to familiarize themselves with destinations. Know the properties, and various tourism suppliers the world over. It’s our job to get to know you and match you with suitable experiences that just fit.

Collaborate

As a travel advisor, I am here to save you time. If you have a dream destination, experience, or property in mind – tell me! A great trip is a collaboration between enthusiastic clients and a knowledgeable travel advisor.

In the vein of saving time and collaborating, don’t be afraid to ask that I look into a particular property. Research specific activities for your family, or even work on restaurant reservations. At the end of the day, I am working for you!

Accept Advocacy

For those of us with can-do self-sufficient attitudes, this can often be a hard pill to swallow. As your travel advisor, I am your advocate, especially when you’re traveling on the journey that I built for you.

If something goes wrong, accept help and grant me the opportunity to fix it. This may mean biting your tongue at the hotel manager if something goes wrong, and waiting on your trusted travel advisor to work some magic. It will be worth it in the end. Try to remember, travel advisors have valued relationships with hotels and tourism suppliers.

Build Your Relationship

Let your travel advisor get to know you. The more that you and your advisor connect on a personal level the better your trip can be tailored precisely to you.

Unique, personalized trips are where travel advisors shine. By opening yourself up and sharing parts of you (and your family) with your travel advisor, you’re only improving the chances for a beautiful, custom-made journey. Remember, the best relationships only get better with age. A long-term travel advisor is someone you will want in your corner for years to come.

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Venice Is For Lovers

Venice is for lovers; long known for romance, gliding along the canals in a gondola, and sipping prosecco. This unique city with its magical spectacular scenery is not just beautiful, it is a miracle of creative genius. Venice is a city of beauty, charm and history. It is also unique, and not like any other city you can visit in Italy.

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Venice has hundreds of canals that connect the various islands that make up the city – the largest of which is the Grande Canal .The Rialto Bridge is the most famous bridge that crosses the Grand Canal. Walk along the canal, admire the buildings, and watch the water traffic of Venice.

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The Basilica of San Marco overlooks one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Next to both the Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, all the most important religious and civil ceremonies have always been held here and now the Piazza San Marco is considered the city’s main symbol and tourist attraction. Located on the grand canal, this square is of great importance in Venice, and is a spectacular place to visit.

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Venice is not only a city for lovers. It is also a city for those who want to experience history, amazing food, and enjoy the marvels of this magical place.

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Top Romantic Resorts – Week 5

This is the final installment in my 5 week series on the world’s top romantic resorts. I have covered Hawaii, Italy, Santorini Greece, Bora Bora, and other tropical destinations. This week I finish up with my top pick in Mexico, and another hidden gem in St. Lucia. Read last weeks post.

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You will be swept away by the pristine coastline of the famed Riviera Maya. The wonderful natural attractions such as the majestic mangroves, the lush jungle, and the magical cenotes are waiting for you to enjoy countless adventures. Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a luxury resort in Riviera Maya that blends Asian hospitality with the passion of Mexico. Nestled in a private gated community of Mayakoba, you can explore lagoons and mangroves, natural dunes, and the intricate coral reefs. Be swept away by the pristine beaches of the Riviera Maya.

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Saint Lucia captivates and inspires you. The island is known for adventure and inspiration. Be welcomed by soothing waves, warm beaches, and the island’s friendly people. Set high above the glittering Caribbean sea, is a romantic boutique hideaway. If you’re a couple looking for an escape, you will find peace and quiet in this island paradise at Rabot Hotel. It is a place where the sounds of nature will replace the noise of every day life. Nature will inspire you with the hotel’s open air architecture. Experience relaxation like no other place on earth.

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