Good question – sometimes booking online yourself is the logical answer. However, if you’re looking to take a more complex trip or planning a trip to celebrate something special, hiring a travel professional can save you a lot of headache and heartache.
I spend a massive amount of time reviewing and vetting travel components – hotels, tour operators, restaurants, shops … my goal is to plan the optimal travel experience for you.
Additionally, I have relationships with luxury suppliers that can translate into upgrades and special experiences for you, as well as priority assistance should you encounter a problem.
02. This all sounds great, but how much does it cost?
My preferred method of working with clients is on a long-term basis, beginning with a twelve-month term. Together, we decide how many days you realistically think you’ll be traveling over the next year, and arrive at a planning fee based on the number of days. Planning starts at $150 per day for a minimum of 10 travel days.
A la carte planning fees for completely independent, personalized trips start at $150 per day, for up to four travelers. Additional travelers and exceptionally complex trips may result in a higher fee.
If you’re interested in a resort, cruise, or retreat, the planning fee is a flat hourly fee of $100/hour. Generally, this type of trip requires 2-3 hours of research.
03. What do I get for that fee?
We’ll start with a consultation – in person or over the phone, so I can get to know what makes you tick and what you’re going to love. If you don’t have a set destination in mind, we’ll explore some options together. From there, I’ll research and prepare a draft itinerary; you can edit as much as you need to.
Your final itinerary will be sent to you via an app, so you can access it electronically throughout your trip … all the details for every component of the experience will be at your fingertips. If you prefer hard copy documents, no problem – we’ll print everything and deliver to you.
You’ll also receive a google map customized with restaurants, shops, and activities hand-picked just for you.
04. why do you prefer long-term travel planning?
It’s simple: long-term travel planning means developing a relationship with my clients. I get to know them extremely well, enabling me to anticipate their needs and design experiences truly tailored to their preferences.
From the client’s perspective, this means a smoother communication process, less hassle, and often more choice and better rates…booking last minute is generally a recipe for not getting exactly what you want or need.
Still have questions? Please feel free to reach out anytime!