I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating: I’m not the best advisor for every traveler.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could always travel with someone who thought just like us when it came to crafting an ideal travel experience?
Flying is the necessary evil part of vacationing for most of us.
The trips I plan often involve multiple stops and destinations.
If you are anything like me, your smartphone might as well be an appendage. We live in a day and age where no matter what the question is, the response is… There’s an app for that. And it’s true! There probably is an app for just about everything you may need or want. I have found so many useful travel apps that make traveling abroad easy and stress free, and I wanted to share my favorites with you. So, make your way to the app store — It’s time to get downloading.
I consider myself a minor league foodie. By this I mean that there is nothing very sophisticated or educated about my food obsession, other than the fact that I simply love good food. And because I wouldn’t say that I really love to cook, I’m a person who loves good food someone else cooks. It doesn’t have to be fancy, or complicated, or even hard to pronounce… it simply has to be delicious.
For this reason, I am a firm believer that every amazing vacation should include great food. There are very few destinations on my list of places I have immensely enjoyed visiting that didn’t offer this component. (Besides maybe the Czech Republic. I loved Prague...hated the food!) As such, I like to make it a point to discuss this topic with clients when creating custom itineraries.
Is there anything worse than getting off of an international flight tired, cranky, and hangry, only to be met with a ridiculously long custom’s line, that inches forward at the slowest pace known to man?! Of course, the person right ahead of you will have forgotten to sign their paperwork and the agent will probably have about 17 extra questions for them. These are all first world problems, I know. But coming home from international travel and dealing with customs is by far my least favorite part of traveling. Unless you have Global Entry, you’re stuck- until now.
Enter Mobile Passport. Music to my globe-trotting ears.
Over the past week, continued tragedy has hit our world. There hardly seem enough hashtags to keep up with all of the horrific events taking place around the globe and in our own backyards.
It’s pretty frightening, isn’t it?
I happened to catch the story of what occurred in Nice, France right as it was unfolding. I know people who live there. I recall my own vacation in Nice, walking the same streets that were now making dark history. I have clients who vacationed there only weeks ago. It hit close to home.
While events such as this one can very easily make us feel like it’s not safe to go anywhere these days, I don’t believe we should give them the power to prevent us from carrying on with our lives.
I will never forget the first time I packed for a 3 week trip to Europe. I exited the airport with 2 full sized roller bags, a carryon roller bag, and a backpack. Included in those suitcases were various outfit options for whatever might come up during my time abroad, about 10 pairs of shoes, and at least 6 pairs of jeans. I wanted to be prepared.
I then remember the moment when I needed to take the train from one city to the next. I looked around anxiously for the elevator or escalator that would take me from street level to where the platforms were and saw nothing. So I made 3 trips up and down the stairs with two 50 pound bags, as frenchmen whisked past me with no offers of help.
I don’t call myself a Travel Agent. But for all intents and purposes I am, in the sense that I have the proper setup and credentials in order to book and sell travel. But looking at it from that frame of mind would not encompass all that I do, nor highlight what I believe to be the valuable service I bring to my clients.
Working with a Travel Professional such as myself has it’s advantages because my business is set up to not just provide travel agency services, but also act as your advisor, consultant, and concierge. In that regard, you end up with a service that makes the planning and booking of travel through a Travel Agent a better, faster, and certainly more valuable way to go.