I am not a travel agent. I am a travel advisor. Travel advisors are quite a bit different in that we work for our clients in the travel planning process. In order to maximize my time and expertise, I follow a process with my clients to ensure that your travel needs, and expectations are met.
How I work
COMPLIMENTARY INITIAL PRIVATE CONSULTATION
I get to know You and Your Travel Style. Our initial conversation is about exploring your expectations, likes, dislikes, and you are looking for in your vacation. Questions will include, things like what is the primary experience you are looking for… romantic, adventurous, relaxing, family bonding, exciting, celebratory, educational…? I am compensated for my time, expertise and the resources we deploy on your behalf through professional fees. This chart highlights just some of the services we will provide. Fees are based on the intricacy of the itinerary, length of travel and number of passengers.
Fees range from $25 for simple hotel bookings, to upwards of $250 per person per week based on the intricacy of the itinerary, length of travel and number of passengers. Very often, clients find that they more than make up the planning fee in the discounts, food and beverage credits, extra amenities and value-adds that our travel advisors are able to offer.
CUSTOM TRAVEL MANAGEMENT INCLUDES:
Expertly planned vacation itineraries on your specific destination including personalized immersive authentic experiences and excursions
Access to our vetted and insured travel partners and their experiences
Monitoring and tracking your flights, cruises, hotels leading for changes in price, amenities, itinerary or schedule changes and resolving any challenges or issues
Inside tips and recommendations for each of your vacation destinations
A customized app with your day-by-day travel itinerary, destination guides, and e-documents.
Review of trip documents and confirmations. Eco-friendly electronic documents.
Support from Start to Finish: from the start of your request, you will collaborate with a dedicated Travel Central advisor to ensure a flawless experience for you.
DESIGN, PLAN, IMPLEMENTATION
Cruise Comparisons: I review their strengths and weaknesses, their ports, the inclusions, amenities and pricing.
Securing reservations using our special rates and booking amenities such as onboard credit or complimentary
upgrades. Designing customized pre and post- cruise land journeys.
Unique Accommodations including hotels, apartments, villas, home stays, ranches, houseboats, wilderness lodges,
and luxury tented camps.
Customizing airline reservations including seat assignments, frequent flyer point use, air credits, tracking schedule
changes, utilizing consolidators to often find savings up to 40% on business class.
We offer the full range of stylish transportation options from luxury sedans and exotic cars, to private jets and
luxury yachts, to rail tickets or Luxury Rail Journeys
Personalizing authentic immersive private or group experiences and excursions including helicopter rides, hiking,
sightseeing tickets, after hour experiences, culinary experiences including gourmet dining reservations to enjoying
dinner with locals in their homes.
Concierge Services including restaurant reservations or suggestions, golf tee times, spa appointments, babysitting
and nannies, private chefs, photographers, and special event tickets.
Access to special rates or additional amenities.
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Access to our comprehensive digital travel guides
Access to our local in-country Destination Specialists
Reservations for Guided Group Excursions
Pro-rated monthly trip payment plan from Uplift
Eco-friendly electronic documents
Reservations for transfers, rail tickets, shows & events
Dining reservations (as available)
Cruise online pre-travel registration
Land vacation pre-travel registration
PROTECTION OF YOUR INVESTMENT
Recommending and evaluating Travel Insurance multiple options and finding the best value based on your vacation price, destination and covered reason. We highly recommend the purchase of Cancel/Trip Insurance
Monitor changes that may impact your vacation
Review terms and conditions and cancellation penalties
PEACE OF MIND
Priority access by phone or email access to your travel advisor
Contact before, during and after your vacation
Emergency assistance during your vacation
Our Pocket Travel smart phone App with your complete daily itinerary
Complimentary Breakfast at Travel Central’s preferred Hotels & Resorts worldwide
Food & Beverage Credit at Travel Central’s preferred Hotels & Resorts worldwide
Early check-in and late check out privileges by advance confirmation or subject to availability
Private Car & Driver Excursion at select ports on select cruise lines
Travel Sweepstakes (3 times each year)
Travel Magazine Subscription featuring inspiring and exclusive travel offers
5 Reasons to Contact Me
Here are just a few ways I can ease the process of planning your next vacation:
Firsthand Expertise and Knowledge
My colleagues and I have traveled the world, and we have the firsthand experiences and insider connections to prove it.
Thanks to my worldwide partnerships, I can create that one-of-a-kind travel experience just for you.
I can give you access to exclusive perks only available through us.
I Know You
Unlike the average travel booking website, we will take the time to get to know your preferences, making sure your vacation is perfectly tailored to your needs.
You Can Rest Assured
Let us expect the unexpected. As your advocate, we not only know your preferences before you go, but have the know-how to anticipate your needs, solve problems while you’re traveling and be here for you on your return.
Do you have to have a big budget to work with a travel advisor?
The short answer is… No! If you consider travel an investment in life and you value the experiences and memories that travel brings, then you will find great value in working with a travel advisor. This investment gains you access to potential upgrades, credits, amenities and a richer experience. I save you time by saving you from fruitless and frustrating Internet searches; and make sure your travel dollars are handled with the very best of care by well-vetted, financially secure travel partners.
How much does it cost to work with a travel advisor?
Do travel advisors charge? Yes, travel advisors are compensated for their time, expertise and the resources they deploy on your behalf. Average travel advisor commissions are nominal, and fees allow travel advisors the freedom to invest time and great care in your departure. Fees range from $25 for simple hotel bookings, to upwards of $250 per week based on the intricacy of the itinerary, length of travel, and number of passengers. Very often, clients find that they more than make up the planning fee in the discounts, food and beverage credits, extra amenities and value-adds that our travel advisors are able to offer.
A few weeks prior to departure, I will present you with your final documents, including all reservations and arrangements that have been made. I offer Pocket Travel, a mobile APP that includes a detailed itinerary, city guides, real time flight updates, instant access to crucial documents, and messaging with your me during your trip. Upon your return I will follow up with you to get your feedback and to discuss any future travel needs you may have.
Transportation from airports, rail stations, ports and city to city, private transfers and group transfer options.
Customized airline reservations including seat assignments, frequent flyer point use and more.
Accommodations based on your style of travel and location that best fits your trip.
Personalized activities arranged so you, including pre booked sightseeing tickets, private and group excursions and after hour experiences.
Custom experiences ranging from dinning reservations and recommendations, arranging adventure guides, ski rental or clothes delivery to room, dinning with locals in their homes, cooking classes and more.