Today’s Travel Mantra: Using Dollars Wisely And Top Reasons To Use A Travel Agent

“Good going.” Two words that acknowledge significant achievement as well as tasks well done. For those of us in the travel industry where daily pursuits are aimed at getting you and others from “Point A” to “Point B,” the words have yet another connotation — one especially meaningful in light of today’s global economy. As you budget for well-deserved vacation time or business reasons in 2009, it becomes more imperative than ever that those who are your travel counselors find every possible way to help shave costs…ways that reflect “good going” and exceptional value Though global economic conditions may not have impacted on the travel intentions of Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte (a Quebec billionaire who could spend an estimated $35-million to rocket into space aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft in September), there’s the rest of us. My challenge at R.W.T. which I accept gladly, is to make absolutely certain that whatever your travel intentions, in trips long and short, the returns not only leave you with a sense of gratification but a back-at-home realization that they were dollars well spent with expenditures that mirror great savings. I’ve been providing that service for over 25 years. Give me a call, and also check out my links and previous posts of cruise specials.  And don’t forget about my online booking tool for Travel Impressions.

Top Reasons For Using A Travel Agent

1. You’ve Googled “Mexico vacation“, and come up with 17.8 million responses. Need a little help editing those choices?

2. Remember when you used that obscure website to book your hotel, and when you got there you spent your beach vacation overlooking a parking lot?

3. How many hours were you on hold with the airline when your flight was canceled because of a snowstorm?

4. Did you really mean to spend your honeymoon at that resort whose one tiny pool was filled all day with 12 screaming children?

5. Who knew that when you booked that “villa” in Tuscany, it would be a small room with a kitchenette and no air conditioning? Funny, it looked much better on your computer screen.

6. No one explained to you that in July, it’s winter time in Rio, and so you showed up there with nothing but five Hawaiian shirts and three pairs of swimming trunks.

7. How about the time you really needed a restful vacation, and you ended up in New Orleans during  and someone threw up on your shoes?

8. Yes, I guess that hotel must have used a telephoto lens when they took a picture of those guest rooms that you saw on their website.

9. I suppose contacting the Attorney General to resolve the fact that that Internet site has billed your credit card three times instead of once is the only route to take at this point.

10. It was definitely odd that there were no cab drivers at the airport at 3 o’clock in the morning when you finally landed in Costa Rica, but booking a transfer to your very remote hotel would have been a good thing to remember when you purchased your airline ticket and hotel online.