When in doubt, the customer is always right? Yes, but travel consultants may know better!

Thanks to many popular booking sites, we all have access to a great deal of 
travel information.  Almost everything you need is on the internet… except
 guidance!  Knowledge of the airlines and hotels, cruises, and tour companies can make a big difference.

  

All the websites are advertising what they want you to buy.  There is so much 
information it can easily confuse and frustrate you.  Remember, websites are selling 
their information, not necessarily what is best for you.  This is where I come in…..



If I ran my travel business at the whim of my clients, I would never have been in business for 26 years.  It is very important that I listen to you and take care of things from your
prospective.  At the end of the day, a successful experience depends on my ability to 
manage your expectations from start to finish.  



I usually only write about happy stories, but let me tell you I hear all of the others too!  The first big mistake clients make is booking the wrong flights, with the wrong times, and wrong cities.  Then they call me to put together an itinerary that does not go with the airline ticket schedule.  This can be very frustrating.

  

One of the most common requests I hear is, “I want to see it all! Then I can go back for a more unique experience.” Trying to see all of Italy or France in two weeks is almost
like ‘Tuesday it must be Belgium’ kind of travel.  I often wonder what people remember.
  What do they really experience except the check in and check out of hotels.  I want my
 clients to see, feel, smell, taste, touch, and digest where they are.  This takes time and 
knowledge.

  Once riding in a train in France I met some women and I asked where they were
 staying in Paris.  They found their hotel online and it was near the famous windmill in 
the red light district.  For women from Indiana, that was going to be an experience!  Paris
 has hundreds of great three star hotels; I have a favorite just behind the Louvre.  Do you 
know your city that you are going to travel to?  Do you know the neighborhoods you would rather not have a hotel reservation near?  All cities have one.  It is my job to know where and where not to stay.  



I never promise the least expensive… but I do promise unsurpassed service and a great
holiday experience!

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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