1.) Do you charge a service fee?
At this time, I don’t charge you an extra fee on top of your travel packages. There may be a small fee if you are looking for airfare not packaged with other travel components.
2.) Do you have an online booking engine?
I offer personalized travel packages for YOU. I may advertise hot destinations but your itineraries are tailored based on our consultation time and follow up conversations.
3.) What services do you offer?
- Consult to determine your vacation wants/needs
- Extensive research to curate a travel itinerary just for you
- Proposal prepared with two itinerary choices
- Secure booking with reputable suppliers
- Recommendations and reservations for tours, dining, shows, and other activities
- Tips provided for destinations and travel partners
- Tracking of deadlines and changes to trip
- Preparation of necessary travel documents
- Contacting travel partners to confirm reservations prior to travel
- Digital copy of your itinerary
- Assistance with questions and concerns before and during travel
4.) What is the general process for booking travel?
During our consultation, if you are ready for a proposal, along with your destination and experience wishes, I will collect some information from you to prepare two itineraries. Once the proposal is ready, we can arrange to meet to discuss both options or I can send you a digital copy for you to review on your own. We will refine any areas you feel need adjusting and when you are ready, we'll submit a booking deposit. From there on, I do any additional reservations, provide you destination tips, and set up some of those little extras that make a trip more enjoyable. I will have your travel documents prepared a couple weeks before you travel, including an electronic copy you can access on the go.
5.) Do I need a Passport?
You don’t need the Passport to book your travel, but will need it in hand, prior to your travel dates. If you are doing any travel outside the United States, you MUST HAVE a Passport Book. Some areas accept the passport card, if you are traveling by land. However, it’s not a guarantee that it will be accepted, especially if you end up needing to fly during your travels.
For many countries, your Passport must be valid for up to SIX MONTHS from your travel RETURN date. While we will guide you in the process, it is the responsibility of the traveler to have the proper documentation for travel. For further information, check the US State Department's Traveler's Checklist.
There are some cruises that allow you sail with only a birth certificate but should something happen along the way and you need to fly home, you will have trouble with Customs, without proper travel documents.
6.) Can I book with you if I live in another city/state?
Thanks to the power of the internet, yes you can! Email can be used for sending documents back and forth, asking questions, etc. Payments can be arranged, either on the phone or a secure website. However, you must be a US citizen.
7.) Why do you encourage travel insurance?
We have always highly recommended travel insurance to protect your vacation investment, but even more so in our post - mid pandemic world. Many companies offer cancel-for-any-reason policy options, if purchased at the time of booking, that cover a large portion of your expenses. We include insurance options in all of our proposals and if you decide it's not for you, we do require a signed waiver acknowledging the risk of traveling without insurance.
8.) What if I have special travel needs?
If you or any of your traveling companions have special needs, I will work with our travel suppliers to accommodate, as much as possible. Many of our travel partners work with us on things such as physical disabilities, dietary restrictions, even special programs that cater to those with autism. Let us know your situation and we will work to connect you with the best supplier for your needs.