Don’t go at it alone the next time adventure calls. Travel advisors are the best in the travel planning and booking biz and they’re eager to help you plan the vacation of a lifetime or a quick weekend getaway. Plus, with benefits like insider knowledge, travel protection and secret perks, you’d be missing out if you didn’t at least consider working with an agent when dreaming of a new destination.
1. They do the research for you
Between searching for authentic experiences, finding the best neighborhoods to explore, deciding where to eat, figuring out the currency and understanding local customs, researching a new destination can be time consuming. Luckily, this is the kind of homework that travel advisors love to do. Plus, agents often have insider information on destinations you’re unfamiliar with, thanks to firsthand experience, product knowledge, in-depth education and client feedback.
2. They’re up to date
The world of travel is always evolving and this means that the rules might have changed since your last international, or even domestic, venture. Stay in the loop, especially with a destination you’ve never visited, by working with an agent who is up to date with the latest travel documents, rules and regulations ensuring that you don’t run into any surprises while in line at the airport.
3. They’re ready for the unexpected
There’s no one better to have by your side than a travel agent who can cancel or rebook your trip when personal conflicts or weather events arise. No one likes getting the run-around in a frustrating situation when abroad, but agents are equipped with the right personal and professional connections to help get you out of a pinch relatively stress-free.
Speaking of weather, agents are in the know when it comes to weather patterns in popular vacation spots like Mexico and the Caribbean, so they can make sure you get more sunny days and avoid rainy seasons.
4. They make the best choice for your wallet
Basic Economy, Economy and Business class, fare options are abundant and can get confusing. Throw in extra services like seat reservations and checked baggage and the fees can begin to pile up. And this trend isn’t unique to travel by air, booking a cruise is equally complex, with different rate codes and room categories to choose from. Travel advisors can see past the overwhelming number of choices and will help you decide which combination is right for you without breaking the bank. Plus, thanks to their own experience, agents are transportation pros so they might have a few tricks up their sleeve to help make your time in transit run more smoothly.
5. They offer perks
Thanks to their hookups around the industry, many agents have access to special rates and perks that are available to their clients. Whether you’re exploring a new domestic city or a destination abroad, agents will do their best to connect you with a few extra frills along the way (Think room upgrades, free cocktails, spa treatments and more).
What type of traveler can benefit from using a Travel Advisor?
Travel advisors are a secret weapon in leisure travel. In an age when you have too many options (Which website should you use? Where should you go? Where should you stay? How should you get there? And so on…), a travel advisor is your best resource to cut through the noise and help you get what you really want. The problem though, is that you may not know what a travel advisor even is. Or why you should use one.
It all comes down to the fact that traveling is exciting, but the planning for traveling can be time-consuming, complicated and sometimes beyond stressful. So, why wouldn’t you phone a friend, aka your travel advisor, in order to have the best experience possible?
What is a Travel Advisor?
A travel advisor, travel agent or travel professional uses their knowledge, expertise and resources to craft vacations for their clients, who are travelers just like you. They’re a go-to person when a traveler wants to immerse themselves in unfamiliar places (and familiar ones), connect with the world and do so with offers and pricing that are sometimes only available through travel advisors. Travel advisors are experts in hospitality around the world, with many focusing on specific niches like destination weddings, group travel and multi-generational/family travel.
Why would you use a Travel aDvisor?
There is a plethora of reasons you could use a travel advisor. If you’re booking a vacation somewhere for the first time or going on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, a travel advisor is going to be by your side from beginning to the end. They’re passionate about sharing as much of the world as possible with you, plus they know the ins and outs of undiscovered and exclusive destinations, dining experiences and excursions on land and sea. Additionally, they’re there to manage everything during the booking process while finding the best options and offers out there with your preferences in mind. Whether that’s special assistance from the airline, a particular room amenity, a resort than can accommodate a large group, a budget hotel that’s close to the beach or ensuring that the resort can handle a certain dietary restriction, a travel advisor is able to take care of these things for you.
Travel advisors are available to answer questions, concerns and issues that may arise before, during or after you travel. If something unfortunately goes wrong with the airline, hotel or activity, they can turn your experience around. They’ve got connections to professional travel tools, people and businesses all over the world for that reason that you as a traveler may not have.
Who Can benefit the most from using a travel advisor?
Honestly, all travelers could benefit from using an advisor. As a traveler, all you need to do is tell them where you want to go, when you want to go, what you want to do, your travel style and your budget. Seriously – that’s it. Here are some specific types of travelers who would especially benefit from using an advisor:
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Walt Disney World now has a waitlist for certain dining options in the parks and select resorts. It is pretty easy to use. You do need to be close to the restaurant to proceed with being added to the list. Here is the step-by-step process.
Open your My Disney Experience App. Click on the plus (+) on the bottom.
Choose “Check Dining Availability”.
Choose your party size then choose today’s date.
Choose “Now” and this will bring up the list of options that have walk up availability. You will be able to see how long the wait times are for the available options.
Once you have chosen a restaurant, choose “Join Walk-Up List”. It will ask you for the number of adults and children as well as mobility access needs, dietary requests and celebrations.
Once you have gone through all that you have the option to be texted when your table is ready. You can add your phone number if you would like to. (If you do not want a text, you will get a notification from the My Disney Experience app.)
Click submit and you are all done! Your table will be ready soon!
I love that Disney has made this option available through the app. Sometimes I just like to “wing it” and eat on the fly. I have found some really great restaurants this way.
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New Special Package Adds Theme Park Magic to Stays at Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels in 2021.
Walt Disney World Resort is offering a special “happy new year” gift to those planning 2021 vacations at The Most Magical Place on Earth. Available to book beginning Jan. 5, 2021, Guests buying non-discounted four-night/three-day room and ticket packages at select Disney Resort hotels for arrivals most nights Jan. 8, 2021, through Sept. 25, 2021, will receive an additional two days of theme park tickets.
From pleasant Central Florida temperatures to the return of the guest-favorite Park Hopper option (available as an add-on purchase), 2021 promises plenty of fun at Walt Disney World theme parks:
You can also check out other great offers for Walt Disney World visits, including savings of up to 35 percent off rooms at select Disney Resort hotels.
As a reminder, Walt Disney World continues to operate with enhanced health and safety policies so everyone can enjoy the magic responsibly. To manage attendance, guests are required to have valid theme park admission and make a park reservation for each day of their visit through the Disney Park Pass system.
My husband and I went to Mexico Sept 4-8 and had the BEST time! I wanted to share some things from our stay in regards to the resort and traveling to Mexico during covid.
Mexico/Resort Covid Precautions:
-No covid test required, the only thing you need to fill out is a health form questionnaire. Super easy and quick! You’ll need it when entering and when departing! If you don’t fill it out ahead of time online, they provide them at the airport.
-Masks were required at the airport and in the lobby of the resort but not required on the grounds.
-Before entering your shuttle to the hotel (we did Amstar) they will spray down all your luggage to sanitize, you will step on sanitizing pads for your shoes and they will make you sanitize your hands before entering the vehicle. All workers/drivers any person your contact with has a mask on at all times.
-Same steps when arriving to the resort (sanitize luggage, step on sanitizing pads, hand sanitize) they had each group waiting to check in, sit in different areas and then upon check in before you sat down at the desk with the employee they wiped everything down.
-In the resort room any “high touch” items (remote, phone, tablet, hair dryer) were wrapped in plastic with a sanitizing seal.
-In the buffet area, everything was served to you from an employee. There were a few stations where you could grab your own things but the food was in individual portions with its own plate
-In any of the restaurants, before you entered the hostess would make you sanitize your hands and step on sanitizing pads. All the menus were QR codes to access through your phone.
-Technically, the government has closed all the beaches. However, everyone is on the beaches and swimming in the water. The resorts are not allowed to provide any water activities for guests but they can’t stop you from “doing them at your own risk”.
We snorkeled off the shore and just brought our own snorkel gear.
**During our stay in Mexico, it was hands down the safest I have ever felt from a covid stand point! The precautions they were taking were extreme.
Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya:
-We stayed in the Preferred Level Jr King Suite Tropical View room. The preferred level is essentially like their club level rooms. We had access to a preferred level guests only lounge that had a bar, small buffet area for each meal of the day, and concierge service.
-The resort was beautiful and the grounds were so well kept and clean. They had 2 separate pool areas:
*The main “fun” pool is the infinity pool that lines up with the beach. It had a swim up bar and had various activities going on throughout the day (exercise classes, Spanish lessons, volleyball games, etc)
*The quiet pool, I probably saw maybe 10 people total our entire stay use that pool.
-Pool and beach wait service was amazing! We had people asking us every 20 min if they could get us anything (food or drinks)
-Fitness center was closed due to covid but they had multiple exercise classes per day you could do for no additional cost (CrossFit, cycling, yoga, etc)
-It had 6 restaurants (French, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Steakhouse, Seafood)
I think we are really spoiled with our food in Chicago, but I would say the food there was standard. I mean I wouldn’t say it was really good but I wouldn’t say it was bad. The portions were decent sized. We tried each restaurant besides the steakhouse and I would say I had 1 item at each that I would say was good. (I have pictures of some of our meals we had)
They are strict on the dress code for restaurants (men have to wear pants to dinner, I saw multiple guys turned away)
-It has a spa with aqua therapy pools, I did not get any treatments while I was there but I did a walk through and it was super nice!
-They are not lying when they say you can snorkel with turtles off shore! We did multiple times during our stay.
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