Travel Deals Too Good To Be True

These days it’s pretty easy to find cheap travel deals online. A search of “caribbean cruises” or “all inclusive Mexico vacations” will turn up thousands and thousands of results. Do you have the time to sort through and verify all of those results? With so much information on the web, tread lightly if you don’t know the source.

 

Be aware of online travel scams and resort walk policies; the property booked can move you to another hotel. A professional travel advisor will help you avoid your dream vacation being turned into a nightmare.

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Online travel sites are a good resource when you are first starting to plan your next trip to get an idea of what type of resort or destination you might be looking for. Take that information and contact a travel advisor who will help you sort through it and select the best options for you. Dedicated travel professionals spend several weeks every year traveling and obsessively testing the travel products that they sell. They make the travel mistakes so you don’t have to.

 

There are numerous consumer complaints that have been filed regarding travel booked online. Here is just one example that caught our attention; “Booked thru Expedia for the Flamingo resort in St Martin. The pictures look great, the rooms clean and neat. Upon arrival we noticed an odor, had mosquitoes swarming us and the room was less than clean and far from the pictures we saw.”

We would not have recommended this property to our clients. Buyer beware because the travel deals you find online are not always what they seem.

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If you value your time and want a better travel experience, contact us today.

Why You Need A Travel Agent

If you are like many others that we have worked with, you may think of trip planning as DIY. There are too many websites to count that allow you to book flights, make hotel reservations, book sightseeing activities, etc. So why do you need a travel agent in the digital age? We offer an invaluable service that the online sites don’t and can’t offer; personal guidance and expert recommendations.

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According to the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), the top three reasons people work with a travel expert are to save time planning, avoid mistakes and improve their overall travel experience. ASTA conducted studies that showed on average people saved 3.5 hours in planning and more than $300 per trip by working with a travel advisor. That’s $300 you have to plan some fun destination activities or add some special amenities.

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Additional benefits of working with a travel advisor & specialist

Speak with a real live person, personalized vacations, access to tour operators who do not sell to the public, services you can’t find online, and professional recommendations based on inside knowledge.

Need a travel agent? Give us a call

 

 

Is It Safe To Travel To Mexico?

There has been a lot of discussion about is it safe to travel to Mexico recently due to multiple reports (which appears to be a witch hunt) by one journalist in Milwaukee, WI. Do bad things happen to tourists in Mexico? Unfortunately they do, and in every city around the globe bad things can happen. Google crime statistics for any major city near you.

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I am a frequent visitor to Mexico, and it remains one of my favorite places to travel. The number of incidents that have been cited are small in comparison to the number of visitors to Mexico yearly. 170 incidents were reported dating back to 2009; in 2016 a total number of 35 million people visited Mexico. Do the math, these numbers do not support the media frenzy that has occurred recently.

My clients who have traveled to Mexico and recently returned had nothing but good things to say about their trip. A recent client who was honeymooning in Riviera Maya had this to say; “thanks so much for checking in. Everything is so amazing.” Many people in Mexico rely on tourism to support themselves and provide for their families; so the resorts and staff are focused on providing the best possible experience for their guests.

When travelling to Mexico, you should take precautions just as you would anywhere else.

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Don’t go off alone late at night
  • Avoid unpopulated areas
  • Don’t over indulge on alcohol
  • Avoid recreational drugs (they are illegal in Mexico)

I always recommend purchasing travel insurance, and find an experienced travel agent that you trust to work with.

For travel warnings, you can visit the U.S. Department of State 

If you have any questions about this article, travel to Mexico, or are ready to book your next vacation