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Why Everyone Should Use a Travel Advisor in 2019

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As 2019 rapidly approach, we think travelers should never travel without an Advisor behind them heading into the New Year. With that  said, we’d like to list the top 10 reasons for relying on a travel advisor:

1. Storms and natural disasters are making travel more difficult.
2018 year has been a particularly tough one for travel, with natural disasters and system failures overwhelming some suppliers. But travel advisors have the access and the knowledge to help speed your re-accommodation, and act as your advocate when there are problems. When you book with an advisor you can reach out to an actual person with whom you have built a trust relationship. Travel advisors can help change travel dates due to weather, or change the destination completely. They can hold cruise and air options for you and confirm your hotel before booking a non-refundable reservation. And in these weather-affected times, no client wants to sit on hold with the airlines or a tour operator for hours—so let a travel advisor do the work for you.

2. Life is busier and more demanding than ever, and vacation time is more valuable.
There is no do-over for a vacation gone wrong. Travel advisors can help you achieve the vacation you desire because they listen, suggest, adjust, understand and become a friend… not just a search engine or an anonymous voice. “They do the work, you pack and go!”

3. Travel Advisors add a human element.
A travel advisor ensures that you are a person, not a number. They are invested in their clients’ happiness and satisfaction and want to make sure each and every trip is packed full of positive lifelong memories. They are with you before, during and after your trip—kind of like “for better or for worse.” Travel advisors answer their phones and respond to their email no matter where you are on the planet.

4. Trips are more complicated than ever, as the number of multi-generational vacations and destination weddings continues to grow.
Multi-generational vacations are still very much in demand. Baby Boomers are taking their children and grand children on high-end vacations. Because planning travel with a multitude of people is a challenge, a travel advisor is a perfect choice to be the “middleman” and provide assistance to plan a perfect family vacation.

5. The world is constantly changing, and travel advisors are on the ground experiencing it.
Has the Caribbean recovered from the latest hurricane? Can Americans travel to Cuba these days? Has the smoke cleared in Napa? Travel advisors don’t just sell a destination—they discover, research and experience the places they offer over and over, sharing the actual and current status quo with their customers. Just like in everyday life, it takes a village to understand the dynamics of every destination. Why do it alone if you don’t have to?

6. They save you so much time and stress.
Sure, reading about places to go is fun and enticing—but planning a trip is stressful. There is so much data available online, in magazines and books, and even on TV. Travel advisors travel for work, looking at everything from the size of the rooms at hotels and cruise ships to the dining options that are available, onsite and nearby. And if they haven’t personally been where you want to go, a colleague has or their preferred tour operators have. They know the hidden gems in a given destination because they’ve either seen it, or because they listened to the previous client who came home and raved about something they found by chance. They also tend to specialize in destinations or niches like LGBT or Special Needs travel. Every time they travel they are focusing on these details—so customers can just dream about their destination and not have to worry.

7. They often save you money—and if not, they deliver more value.
Even if your travel advisor charges a fee, the value you receive will be bigger than what you paid. Some clients assume that using a travel advisor would cost extra when in fact using an advisor can save you money and get you extras and insider access.

8. They can reassure anxious travelers because they know where you should go and where you shouldn’t.
During the past several months, we have seen several hurricanes, 3 earthquakes, 5 strikes against travel suppliers, 2 mass-shootings, 4 airline accidents and bankruptcies, major wildfires, 2 volcano eruptions, flight cancellations, 1 visa suspension (Turkey) and several State Department travel warning.  Anyone care to navigate that on their own? People are nervous, anxious and unsure. Travel advisors feel a huge responsibility to explain, re-assure and assist their clients in making the best possible choices. And now, with all the devastation and destruction from Mother Nature, they can be instrumental in helping to decipher what destinations are accessible.

9. They offer unique services for discerning clients.
Travel advisors are there to help each and every clients regardless of budget. In addition, travel advisors are fully capable of providing special services and requests for discerning clientele.

10. Like any professional advisor, they know more than you do.
Should you book that Rhine River cruise heading north or heading south? Travel advisors know which hotel rooms have the best view room; they know you should renew your passport six months before it expires; they know you should bring your own road maps in Europe because rental car companies don’t provide them. They can recommend a private guide instead of a ship excursion, an interesting destination along the way, a chance to get off the beaten track and see something uniquely important to you.

Regardless of the circumstances, travel advisors are always there for you!

This article is made possible by Cheryl Rosen.

Let Our Group Handle Your Group Travel Needs

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Whether you are planning a corporate meeting or incentive trip, a destination wedding, family reunion, bachelor party or girls’ getaway weekend, our Group Specialists can customize a deluxe itinerary including flights from multiple departure cities, transfers, tours and activities. Add our deluxe hotels and tours to a pre- or post-cruise itinerary in many port cities.

We offer a variety of hotels, condos, all-inclusive resorts, villas and homes at some of the world’s finest destinations. We can also book tours for groups who are doing a pre- or post-cruise in one of our destinations, or in conjunction with one of our specialty products, like Paul Gauguin, Blue Lagoon, and Mooring Yachts in the Caribbean and Mexico, Endless Blue Yachts in the Mediterranean, and Orion Adventures Down Under. The options are endless.

 

Our Group Packages Offers These Important Advantages:

  • Customized group packages that deliver the best values and itineraries designed to meet your exact needs.
  • Expert recommendations for hotels and resorts that cater especially to group travel.
  • Travel insurance for cancellation protection.
  • Customer Service assistance throughout your entire trip.
  • A dedicated team of Group Specialists to ensure a seamless process, from the initial quote through post-trip.
  • Beautiful documents for each party (electronic documents are also available)
  • Rooming lists and accounting spreadsheets

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Amazing Thailand Romance Travel Guide

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Just because you didn’t steal Sean Lowe’s heart on this season of The Bachelor doesn’t mean you can’t plan an adventurous and refreshing Thai vacation!

Whether you’re a fan of ABC’s The Bachelor or just a fan of Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Travel Guide Northern Edition makes it easy for you to plan the vacation of a lifetime.

This season on The Bachelor, Sean Lowe took the final-three ladies to Thailand’s Trang province, then made his final decision in picturesque Chiang Rai. While looking for love, the women and Sean experienced many facets of Thai culture and enjoyed Thailand’s beautiful scenery. Our first travel guide for southern Thailand takes you through the Trang province and nearby areas, ensuring you have enough recommendations for a fun-filled vacation.

“Chiang Rai is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It’s really an amazing place and I really built a lifetime of memories in those few days.”
– Sean Lowe, The Bachelor

In the second guide of the two-part series, our northern Thailand journey recommendations take you through Chiang Rai, the first capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom, highlighting must-see activities, as well as some exciting hidden treasures not featured on The Bachelor.
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Sean’s first date of the episode with Lindsay started with a relaxing ride down the sacred Mekong River, bubbly in hand. But, a river float isn’t the only way to explore the Golden Triangle, kayaking and mountain biking tours will help you explore the beautiful terrain as well.

Nestled throughout the region you’ll find settlements of Thailand’s ancient hill tribes living much the way they have for hundreds of years.
If you want to learn more about Chiang Rai’s fascinating hill tribes, the best way to do it is to immerse yourself in their culture.

These Thai hill tribes migrated to the thick forests and mountains of Chiang Rai centuries ago. Typical trek itineraries visit Akha, Karen, Lisu and Lahu tribe villages. The Akha Hill House is a particular favorite trekking group, beloved for its affordability and friendly staff.

As their date drew to a close, Sean and Lindsay released paper lanterns into the sky with wishes for “love, happiness and family” written on them. Casting off paper lanterns is a famous Thai tradition, meant to bring good luck.

If you’re the kind of traveler who enjoys planning visits around festivals and events, Thailand’s Loi Krathong festival should be on your bucket list! Known by many as the festival of lights, this festival symbolizes good fortune for the year to come. In 2013, it’s scheduled for early November.

On the season’s final date, Sean and Catherine enjoyed an Elephant trek at Anantara’s Elephant Camp.

The Anantara Golden Triangle offers many options for those looking to learn more about these majestic animals, while supporting the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation’s mission to create an abuse free world for all elephants.

If you prefer the view from the ground, the Anantara Golden Triangle elephant camp has other activities for you, including a ‘forest living skills’ trek that teaches participants about edible plants and natural remedies.

As the final episode of The Bachelor drew to a close, Sean had an important decision to make. He couldn’t have picked a better place to propose to his future wife than picturesque Pa Sak Tong. This lush, tropical hotel defines Thai luxury.

Leading up to the big night, The Bachelor’s finalists stayed at the Anantara Golden Triangle’s lavish suites. If you want to recreate their experience for yourself, check out the travel packages on Book Thailand Now.

Sean, Catherine and Lindsay saw many of Chiang Rai’s beautiful sights, but missed the chance to visit the city’s gorgeous temples. If you can’t get enough of ancient Thai history and appreciate amazing architecture, these locations are a must-visit:

White TempleWhile most Chiang Rai temples are rich in history, the stunning and popular Wat Rong Khun was recently built in 2008. This temple’s gleaming white architecture earned it the nickname, The White Temple.

Find your center at Chiang Rai’s most revered Buddhist temple, Wat Phra Kaew, originally called Wat Pa Yia. Legend is that lighting struck this temple’s octagonal chedi in 1434, causing it to split open and reveal the Emerald Buddha. Now this religious artifact is housed in a Bangkok temple bearing the same name.
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Many people journey to Chiang Rai to visit the White Temple, but they forget to visit its brother, the Black Temple. Created by Thai artist, Thawan Duchanee this temple is quite an architectural feat. The temple is made of 40 small black houses constructed from different materials, from concrete to glass.

Looking for a more adventurous Chiang Rai trip than The Bachelor finalists had? Head to Boomerang National Park where couples and friends can rock climb, zip line and explore caves together.

Phu Chi Fa SunriseOn the hunt for a more scenic view? Phu Chi Fa is known for its cool climate, sea of fog and variety of wildlife species. The Bachelor’s Sean even photographed this breathtaking view for his blog. It’s the perfect place to take in a sunrise with your love.

After an event-filled day of trekking in Chiang Rai’s jungle or mountains, relax at one of the “best spas in the world.” We recommend indulging in one of the great natural treatments offered.

And, if you’re more of a beach bum than an adventurer, don’t worry. Chiang Rai isn’t known for its beaches, but the park bordering the Mekong River comes close. Bring a picnic, kick back and enjoy the breathtaking views.

Whether you spend the day trekking through the jungle, relaxing in a park or floating down the Mekong, Chiang Rai’s night bazaar, located off of Phaholyothin Road, is the perfect place to take an evening stroll. Shop for souvenirs while feasting on Thai delicacies or take in one of their notorious free dance shows.

If our travel recommendations have you inspired to visit Thailand and you need help planning your trip, tourismthailand.org/us has all the information you need to plan a dream vacation, and our southern Thailand travel guide makes it easy to pinpoint activities to make your vacation throughout Thailand worth remembering.

On a budget? Don’t worry, our partner deals on Book Thailand Now can get you to Thailand without breaking the bank.

If you’re returning from a trip to Thailand, we want to hear about your experience! Find us on Facebook or Twitter and tell us about your Thai adventures.

For more information or to book your Thailand vacation with one of our elite specialists please call 757-240-6645.

Love is an adventure on our Romantic Routes

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Cupid has drawn back her bow and it’s heading straight to you with lots of Romantic Routes from Island Routes Adventures. 14th February is around the corner and while chocolates and champagne is always appreciated; adding adventure to the Valentine’s Day agenda creates an unforgettable experience of love.

Island Routes Northern Site Buggy Adventure

Let yourself explore the extent of your love on a two hour guided tour of St. Lucia’s rugged but picturesque Northern coastline in the Island Buggies Northern Adventure or on a six-hour guided tour that takes you from the North of the Island all the way to the Western Town of Soufriere to see its fascinating and famous features up close on the Island Buggies Soufriere Safari in St. Lucia.  You can take the wheel and take charge of your adventure while being ensconced in the unparalleled beauty of St. Lucia.

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Dune Buggy Safari

Or you can choose to get down and dirty with the Dune Buggy Safari adventure in Jamaica or on the Couples ATV Ride in Antigua. Both adventures offer you a trip to the islands’ lush and natural hinterlands where you can enjoy the dirt tracks, animal trails, scenic vistas and each other with very little distraction.  In Antigua these trails take you through old cane roads, rural lands and the historical Monks Hill. In Jamaica, this journey gives you glimpses of the verdant countryside and amazing coastline.

Luxury Transfer Packages, Jamaica

Whether you are just beginning or just ending your journey; a luxury private car transfer adds that extra special touch of romance. After all, what more can a girl or guy ask for than to be given the royal treatment on Valentine’s Day? Imagine being fast tracked through immigration and customs so that your holiday can start without delay, being whisked away by your personal butler-trained chauffeur in a full catered Audi A6 that takes you right to the lobby of your hotel. On the other hand if your are heading home; You can seal your vacation memories with a stamp of love by departing in style via our Luxury VIP Transfers. Not only will you arrive at the airport relaxed and refreshed but you can also have the luxury of awaiting your flight in the VIP Lounge.  For a bit extra, you can also customize your experience to suit your needs. Should champagne, chocolates or roses be needed, Island Routes will be happy to oblige.

Private Castaway Getaway

One of the best things about being in the Bahamas is that there are so many islands on which to play.  If you are there on this special day, decide to be a castaway. Island Routes Private Castaway Getaway is the perfect opportunity for you to live that Robin Crusoe dream with the one you love.  On our Private Castaway Getaway being deserted bad at all as it comes with a packed gourmet picnic basket, beach chairs, beach umbrella and perfect company.

Catamaran Cruises

Island Routes is the number one stop for choice catamaran cruises of the Caribbean. Our custom built Catamarans in Jamaica offer a uniquely luxurious experience on the Caribbean Seas that comes complete with an all-inclusive bar, appetizers and a dedicated D.J. You will want to have the experience of rocking to the rhythm of love on the Island Routes Lover’s Rock Catamaran Cruise especially for Valentine’s and so we are offering a buy one get one free deal on the Lover’s Rock Catamaran Cruise.

Evening Party Cruises

Not in Jamaica?  You can still toast to and cherish magical catamaran memories on the Evening Party Cruise or the Lovers Rock Sunset cruise in Saint Lucia, the Twilight Sunset Catamaran Cruise in Turks & Caicos or the Sunset Cruise, Antigua.

Heritage Horseback Beach Ride

Fancy a Heritage Horseback Beach Ride with your honey? We thought that you would too.  This adventure takes your clients on a fascinating trip through the annals of Jamaica’s history and then back to the present with a splash and plunge onto the Caribbean Sea on horseback. Original and fun and makes for great Jamaican vacation memories.

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Introducing City Discovery

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What will you remember 10 years from now about your trip? The hotel where you stayed? The airline you used?
We believe that the best memories will be about having dinner at the Eiffel Tower, viewing the New York Skyline from a helicopter, learning how to dance Tango in Buenos Aires, or climbing Mount Fuji.
This is what City-Discovery.com is all about.
City Discovery is a leading provider of sightseeing tours, travel experiences and ground transportation worldwide.
With over 5,000 carefully selected travel activities in 300 destinations and user-friendly features such as traveler reviews, wish lists (called wishbox on the site), suggested itineraries and gift certificates, City Discovery can meet the varied interests of travelers. It sells directly to consumers through City-Discovery.com and a network of over 7,500 travel agencies and affiliates.
City Discovery is available in 16 languages and has offices in USA, France, Italy, Greece, and the Philippines.
Some great things about us:
  
Great Activities
Do you prefer to hop on and hop off in San Francisco or dive with sharks in Cape Town? Do you prefer to visit Paris by limousine or balloon? Name it, we have it!
We have one of the largest online inventories of tours and things to do. Every day, we add in tens of activities to our inventory.
To guarantee travelers? satisfaction, we select only leading tour operators from across the globe. Our network of tour suppliers must meet our standards of quality and customer service dedication.
City Discovery’s wide range of travel activities can meet the varied interests of travelers. Below are samples of the kinds of products we offer.
  • City Tours & Sightseeing
  • City Pass & Skip the Line Tickets
  • Hop On Hop Off Tours
  • Segway & Walking Tours
  • Day Trips & Excursions outside the city
  • Private Tours
  • Night Tours
  • Photo Tours
  • Shore Excursions
  • Cruises, Mini & Dinner Cruises
  • Shows, Cabarets & Concerts
  • Food, Wine & Gastronomy – and many more !!!
Please Visit City discovery’s website for more information and to book now.

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