A question I've heard often since launching Curated Travel as an independent travel consultant is, "How much does it cost?". I understand that travelers are leery of spending extra cash on the travel planning process. The good news is that using a travel consultant or travel agency is generally a free service. Travel professionals are usuallly paid a commission by the brand - hotels, resorts, cruise lines, vacation package brands - so there is typically no additional cost to you. Using the services of a travel consultant is a becoming more popular again for some very specific reasons, especially in this day and age where we are used to push-button services.
5 Reasons to Book Your Next Vacation Through a Travel Consultant
1 - Travel consultants have access to special discounts and rates that you cannot obtain through typical travel websites.
2 - Travel consultants can often obtain upgrades, free meals, resort credits, amenities and special perks for having the brand connections that you don't have with generic online travel websites.
3 - Travel consultants have expertise in planning, making connections, and determining the preferred locations that can make a world of difference in your quality vacation.
4 - If an emergency arises during your travels, you have support stateside to assist you in solving the problem.
5 - Using a travel consultant is generally a low-cost or even complimentary service for which most brands pay the commission*. You share your desired destinations, specific details, and the travel consultant does the rest. You can have as much, or as little, input as you want, yet the end result is a fabulous vacation designed for you.
*In some situations, when desiring a highly personalized itinerary of tours and bookings with small independent lodgings and vendors, a fee may be charged to create the personalized tour and bookings. Small brands and vendors don't pay commissions so the fee is for the time and expertise of the travel consultant. A travel consultant should discuss whether there are any fees for additional services upfront with you before the booking process is started.
As a well-seasoned traveler, I can attest that I've already seen these types of benefits in trips that I've booked for my travel clients and it is exciting. Whether you are looking to travel the alluring views of Italy, the romantic streets of Paris, a sun-splashed beach in the Caribbean or any dream destination, I've got some fantastic resources for your next getaway.
These are a few of our favorite getaways for some inspiration:
Now is the perfect time to book an unforgettable getaway.
If you are considering some upcoming travel I would love to help!
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