As owner of Incredible Journey, and a licensed CPA, I
know that it takes a tremendous amount of time and
energy to plan vacations. Some vacationers know
exactly what they want, they return year after year to the
same spot and couldn't be happier - these vacations
are pretty simple and straight forward to plan. But the
majority of vacations include multiple destinations or
coordinating family members traveling from different
regions of the world, and when you start mixing these
types of scenarios together travel planning becomes a
more daunting task.
I recently read a report that stated the majority of
travelers believed they found the best vacation value
on their own. What the survey did not state is how
many hours they spent planning and researching their
vacation and at what cost. It makes sense that if you
spend several hours doing the research yourself you
would assume to get compensated for the work? And
according to many polls the majority of vacation
planning takes place at work.
I wonder if the self planners ever asked for a price
comparison? And if not, how would they know they are
getting the best value? As many of you know when
traveling it is important to match exact flights, type of
accommodations, travel dates etc. in order to get a
true comparison. And what if your dates are flexible,
how many times has a travel planner asked you this
question, and for good reason - we all know that the
price of an airline ticket can vary dramatically from one
day to the next. Not to mention high and low season
rates, or special deals that are offered during a limited
amount of time. Travel professionals are constantly
getting bombarded with marketing from vendors for
limited time only sales.
What about the relationships the travel company has
with the various hoteliers, resorts and cruise lines. I
know that our company sends many clients to Hawaii
and Tahiti and for ALL our VIP clients we bend over
backwards to get complimentary upgrades, free
meals, or activities included. This alone can be
thousands of dollars saved.
I have to conclude that working with a travel
professional makes the most sense. For those who
want to do the research (remember CPA, I concur and
can relate to these travelers) go for it, but by all means
take your findings to a professional and ask his/her
opinion. I know at Incredible Journey we always can
price match, so you won't be spending more - you will
be gaining an ally along the way, a confidant who will
provide you unbiased information, and by all means
use a specialist - someone who has been there, done
Once you find a professional travel planner you trust,
you can build a working relationship with this person.
They will get to know your likes/dislikes, which will
make your life so much easier each time you plan
your next Incredible Journey!
|Welcome to Maui
If you are dreaming of a tropical getaway
where you can relax in the warm sun, play in
the sand, frolic in the sparkling Pacific
Ocean and let your cares melt away, Maui
should be at the top of your list of island
choices. Blessed with many wonderful white
sand beaches, Maui basks in warm blue waters,
incredible sunsets, and has an endless array
of water activities.
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- With the economy all over the board this
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I really don’t understand the travel
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|Cruise Lines Have Personalities
Have you ever thought of taking a cruise
but were confused by all the options
available to you? Well, a brief synopsis of
Cruise Line Personalities will help you
narrow your choices.
An exotic destination off the beaten track
and away from maddening crowds. A place where
you can slip into a different world, a
Experience luxury at its finest in the
magical, lush, tropical surroundings, tucked
away in a small bay on the island of Huahine,
in Tahiti's Leeward islands.
Jamaica - When You Go, You Know
As the Caribbean Specialist for Incredible
Journey, I have taken numerous cruises and
familiarization trips to all parts of the
Caribbean. Jamaica is a favorite location of
mine, both for the natural beauty of the
environment and the friendliness of the
people. Jamaica's high season is December 15
- April 15.