Are you a Do it Yourself Person?

When it comes to travel, that may not be the best of ideas. I usually say if you use an accountant for your taxes, you may also want to use a travel advisor. We both give you the best plan, figure out the rules and advantages. It is not just the final numbers that are best for you, but the how we arrange the total package.

As a travel advisor I arrange your best option with the information you give me. Research the destination, find tour operators for the best rates and I am there for you throughout the entire trip. Those who booked travel for 2020 clearly know the value of a travel advisor. I saved my clients hours and hours of time and frustration with the airlines and tour operators. Just this week I rebooked British Airways tickets from two years ago. It took me a long time to do. I cannot imagine the client doing so without sitting on hold for hours!

Yes, a do it yourself person may find lower prices with discounts on the internet. But will you be sure you are comparing apples to apples? Do you clearly understand all the cancellation penalties? Do you have any clout to get that upgrade? Mainly, what is your time worth? I always encourage research on your part so you know what you want to see and do. But the details on how to accomplish it all is what is best left to me. I have so many stories of do it yourself almost disasters. “Have you ever in your life seen a domestic flight so crazy?” one woman posted on Facebook. “Look at this! It stops five times between Boise, Idaho and Birmingham, Alabama!” In her simple search for a flight home, the user had stumbled upon a complex itinerary marketed as a direct flight. How could this be correct? Direct means non-stop, right? Wrong. Direct means it lands along the way. And non-stop is non-stop.

But it is up to you! Just do not ask me to do all the planning and then you book it yourself. That is not nice.

The next six months look like it will be a great and healthy time to travel. So do let me know how I may assist you.    

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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