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?
Planning fees for completely independent, personalized trips start at $100 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 or retreat, the planning fee is a flat fee based on the amount of research involved to fit the perfect fit for you.
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.
I have room for a limited number of priority clients who pay a set fee for a year’s worth of travel planning; if you take at least two long vacations and two short vacations annually, this may be a better option for you.
04. Hmmm … I like the idea of being a priority client – tell me more?
In addition to going to the head of the queue for planning services, priority clients also receive:
- complete concierge service – restaurant reservations, event tickets – the works;
- a detailed custom guide for each trip;
- date night/staycation planning; and
- a photo book at the year’s end memorializing their travel experiences.
Still have questions? Please feel free to reach out anytime!