The Value of Using ADT
There is a saying that’s been around for a long time:
“To function well in today’s world, you need a good doctor, a good lawyer, and a great travel agent.”
The first helps keep you healthy, the second helps you navigate the law, and the third helps make your dreams come true.
In today’s world of instant online access to unlimited information on travel options, you might be wondering why it makes sense to plan your vacation with a travel professional like me. The fact is that the amount of information available is overwhelming and the offers are difficult to evaluate, especially for a layman. The current trend is that more travelers are doing their preliminary research online, and then turning to a travel professional for assistance in putting their trips together. Vacation travel can be one of your most complex and costly purchases; protect your investment by working with a travel professional.
I take the time to get to know you, understanding your approach to travel, what you like to see and do and in what style. Then I will match these factors with your budget, schedule and my insider knowledge and connections with the best travel providers. I am always here for you to talk to, to answer your questions and I will design a vacation just for you. When you return from your trip, I will talk with you about your experiences and build on this knowledge when planning your next vacation. No website or cell phone “app” can offer you my personalized service.
You Can Rely On Me:
To Always put Your Interests first and be your advocate
As my client, I will work on your behalf until you are completely happy with all the components of your vacation, follow up on all the arrangements and make sure you know everything you need to know to prepare for your trip.
For Expert Insights – I am skilled at finding the best travel solutions
It’s my job and passion to know the world’s greatest destinations and to maintain close working relationships with the cruise lines, resorts and tour operators. Travel is my full time business; I plan vacations and work with suppliers all day, every week, all year. I know about unpublished tours and work with travel operators that do not deal with the public directly. I can decipher the jargon, spot the hidden drawbacks, discover opportunities and be incredibly resourceful.
To Personalize your Vacation
Through my global network of trusted travel providers, I can custom-tailor your vacation to match your individual needs and desires.
To Save you Time, Trouble and Stress
My extensive knowledge of the cruise lines, resorts, tour operators and destinations means I can cut through the clutter and zero in on the vacation you really want. Do you know if that hotel room you booked direct online will honor your reservation when you get there? My suppliers will honor your reservations. I follow up with the hotels before you arrive to make sure everything is ready for you. Like any other project you can hire a professional to do, you can try to do it yourself, but do you have the time, knowledge and skill to do it as well?
I can Save you Money and evaluate “Value”
I have access to discounted rates, limited-time offers and exclusive benefits impossible for you to obtain on your own. I know how to determine the “Value” of travel options. I evaluate and compare supplier offerings all day, every day. When I see an exceptional promotion, I know it when I see it and if it fits your needs, I can let you know immediately, before the offer expires or sells out. I know the relative value between what might seem to be similar products with hugely differing price points, and can explain to you the value propositions being offered. I am affiliated with organizations and consortia which use collective buying power to negotiate special pricing and incentives from suppliers for our clients.
I Know the Suppliers
I attend at least three or four travel trade shows each year. I attend classes, seminars and meetings on industry trends, specific supplier products, listen to the Presidents, CEO’s and Sales Managers of the Cruise Lines and Tour Operators differentiate their offerings and describe the type of client their product is designed for. I have personally been on board and toured over 40 cruise ships representing all of the most popular and many of the exclusive brands. I have developed close working relationships with my supplier sales teams and know who to go to for extra help and advice. When I travel I personally experience the cruises, resorts, hotels, tours, transfers so I understand how things work on the ground.
I Know the Destinations
Every year, I travel to several new destinations, or experience a favorite destination in a new way, spending as much time as possible in one city or area. I visit as many sites as possible, take some tours and learn the transportation options, the distances and the geographic layout of an area. This is very helpful in advising clients as to how much territory can be covered and at what depth, in a given time period. To learn about destinations I have not yet had the opportunity to visit, I attend workshops given by Tourist Boards, read volumes of written material, talk at length to others who have been there and work with the suppliers’ destination specialists.
To Be Here When you Need Me
I know you will have many questions and concerns about a wide variety of issues as we plan your trip. You can call or email me with questions any time, and I will get back with you in a timely manner with the answers.
Sometimes a perfectly planned vacation hits some snags. It could be you left your tickets or vouchers at home, have a medical emergency or a mix-up somewhere along the way. As we all know, stuff happens. When you book with me, all you have to do is make one call or email, and I will do everything in my power to solve your problem and get your vacation back on track.
5 reasons why you need a travel advisor
Whether you’re a cruise lover, an on-the-go solo traveler, a parent with little ones to entertain or a sun seeker, we are here to listen to your needs and wishes, answer all of your questions, ensure your hard-earned money takes you exactly where you want to go – and help bring you back home again if anything goes wrong. During these times of uncertainty and world turbulence, it is so important to have someone by your side to help you every step of the way.
Here are 5 reasons why you need a travel advisor by your side when you book your next vacation.
1. First and foremost, when you are ready to travel, we are here to make YOUR travel dreams come true.
A travel advisor listens to your wishes to plan the vacation you’ve always dreamed of. No matter how big or small your budget is, or how long or short you want your itinerary to be, we’ll make your once-in-a-lifetime getaway come true. Plus, we’ll take into consideration any special needs – dietary, mobility, accessibility – so you stay safe and can enjoy your time away. And if you want to incorporate your passions, interests and lifestyles into your travels – whether it’s food, art, biking, yoga or more – we can do that too!
2. We are here to save you money
Contrary to many beliefs, the best deals are often not accessible on the Internet! Because we have relationships with many top travel suppliers and a strong network of trusted on location contacts, travel advisors have access to exclusive offers and deals you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, we’ll often be able to include free perks to elevate your experience.
3. Our only job is to plan travel… literally
Think about what you know about your job that no one else does. Then, think about how you’d like to have similar, insider knowledge when it comes to planning your next trip! A travel advisor can not only save you money, but also a lot of time and effort. If you’ve ever booked travel by yourself, you know how many hours, and often days or weeks, you can spend digging through the avalanche of options and (mis)information available on the Internet. Our travel advisors are master planners who can efficiently coordinate everything from flights and hotels to tours and transfers to create a seamless and worry-free journey. We can also advise on questions you might not have considered, like visa requirements, vaccinations, current travel advisories and others to help prevent any troubles while you’re in destination.
4 We can take you to places where you couldn’t get to by yourself
By asking the right questions, your travel advisor can suggest countries, cities, tours, excursions and such that you wouldn’t have thought of yourself. Because we have contacts all around the world, we’re the first to know about up-and-coming and exciting destinations, so you can experience them before everyone else flocks there. And we can make sure someone of trust waits for you and guides you to the best places to see from a local’s perspective. This is the type of unique, personalized experience you can’t find on the Internet. Plus, we might have been there ourselves and be able to offer insider tips and suggestions on what to pack before your departure.
5. And most importantly, we offer you peace of mind
From the very beginning of the planning process to the moment you come back home head full of memories, our travel advisor is with you to ensure you can focus on one thing: having the time of your life. But despite perfect planning, some misfortune can still occur. And if anything goes wrong while you’re traveling, know that you have someone by your side who’s just an email or a phone call away; one person to go to rather than having to call the travel supplier and be one in a thousand others.
Dear Valued Customer,
As we’re sure you are aware, COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is significantly impacting the travel industry, and many of our clients have questions about both existing and future travel plans.
First and foremost, the fact that you are working with one of our professional travel advisors means you are in the best possible position. Our number one priority is to ensure you are taken care of before, during and after your travels. We are your advocates, and we are here to help you make travel decisions best suited to your personal needs, both now and in the future.
As you’ve most likely seen, there is an endless amount of coronavirus news circulating, making it easy for misperceptions and rumors to surface. We rely on a number of reliable sources for accurate information, and we’d like to share them with you:
As mentioned above, our number one priority is making sure you, our clients, are fully supported in your travel decisions. Our partnership with Ensemble Travel Group provides significant value in helping us do so. With thousands of partnerships throughout the world, Ensemble is in constant communication with industry leaders and receives regular updates from a local perspective. This helps our travel advisors help you to make educated and informed decisions regarding your travel plans.
At the end of the day, we’re confident the travel industry will be back to normal in due time. But for the time being, we recommend seeking out the facts, washing your hands and face, wear a mask, social distance and turning to us, your travel advisors, for guidance.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our team. We are constantly monitoring the situation, and we have your absolute best interest in mind.
Arrow Discovery Travel
Contact Arrow Discovery Travel to help you find the experience best suited for your party.
Janet Beazley Scraper, ECC, CTP
Member of Ensemble Travel Group
Seller of Travel Numbers