The Travel Advisor Renaissance
According to panelists on a virtual forum organized by the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) and featuring representatives from global trade associations from the US, U.K., Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean, travelers around the world have sought out the guidance of a Travel Advisor or plan to. Here are five reasons using a travel advisor has become so valued post-pandemic – also known as the travel advisor renaissance.
Health and Safety
Travel has changed dramatically and continues to adapt in response to the latest science. A travel professional will be familiar with your destination’s latest rules, including if a COVID test is required for arrival—and which type. But that is not to say health is the only area where you can lean on your Travel Advisor. They will also be knowledgeable about the customs and entry requirements for your trip. Some nations still require proof of vaccinations, while others simply accept an up-to-date passport for entry. Other countries may expect you to show a Visa, even for short stays. Your Travel advisor will know precisely what you need to do.
After the pandemic airfare and hotel rates increased dramatically. One of the most extraordinary things about booking with a travel advisor is that you will never need to feel unsure about whether you are getting the best value for your money. 1000 Mile Travel Vacations is part of the Virtuoso consortium, a global luxury network of leisure travel advisors and carefully curated travel providers. When you work with a Virtuoso travel advisor from the 1000 Mile Travel Vacations network, they can offer VIP benefits and preferable pricing, allowing you to stay within your vacation budget. Additionally, all 1000 Mile Travel Vacation Advisors are associated with special membership clubs like Ritz Carlton’s STARS & LUMINOUS program or the Belmond Bellini Club, to name just a couple. This allows all 1000 Mile Travel Vacation clients perks, from hotel room upgrades to complimentary breakfasts, dinners and spa treatments, exclusive cruise excursions, and VIP global access to special events or experiences.
Furthermore, if the trip of your dreams seems out of reach, ask about options. You might be surprised by possibilities like Uplift, a program that 1000 Mile Travel Vacation Advisors can offer that allows you to spread the cost of your purchase over fixed monthly payments even once your trip ends.
Peace of Mind
In the post-pandemic era, it is pretty standard for flights to get canceled, planes to get delayed, and connections to be missed. Even with the best-laid plans, things do not always go without a hitch. When it comes to cancellations or unexpected travel disruptions, your advisor can explain pre-arranged terms and conditions from their trusted travel suppliers so that if any issues arise, it is clearly understood. Travelers can count on their advisors for support. They will also go one step further to offer various insurance options to cover you in an emergency during the planning process.
Knowledge and Experience
Travel Advisors make it their business to travel to the destinations and hotels/resorts/cruises they recommend daily or attend endless webinars, exhibits, supplier classes, and presentations annually. Plus, if they have not been to a destination or region themselves, it is likely that one of their colleagues or peers has been. Taking their insider intelligence into account and long-term relationships developed through Virtuoso, they will be able to best guide you to the best options for your next vacation. It is not in the advisor’s best interest to recommend a destination or property they are unfamiliar with or that their host agency has not endorsed. This assures you that your planning is in the hands of an expert who will make your experience the best possible. And then, upon arrival at your destination, by understanding your interests, they can provide planning assistance and reserve travel plans for you from the first to the last day.
1000 Mile Travel Vacations specializes in designing tailored vacation and travel experiences to make your travel dreams a reality. As a group of Virtuoso Travel Advisors, you can feel confident that you are working with some of the world’s top Travel Advisors. They offer only the most reputable and quality brands and the perks and peace of mind you will not find anywhere else. Our network of advisors is your resource for the insight you need to plan safe and unforgettable close-to-home escapes or faraway exotic vacations.
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