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Why Planning Travel Now is Critical to Your Destination Wedding and Family Travel Needs

As a travel consultancy that has always been focused on family travel and destination wedding and romance travel, our passion through the years has always been on helping you travel well and to help you maximize your travel experiences.  

Although we are only halfway through it, the challenges of 2020 have given all of us more than enough reasons not to travel. However, we know from multiple past articles that have been published on both family travel and destination wedding and honeymoon travel, that travel is always beneficial to both families and relationships.  

This year, with the stresses we have all faced both individually and collectively, planning a future escape from home could well be critical to both your marriage and your family.  

While there are many imperative reasons to be traveling in 2020 and beyond here are just a few of the key reasons why planning family travel and destination wedding and romance travel now is critical. 

Travel helps your mental health 

Have you perhaps noticed recently that your patience is a little bit shorter and your temper perhaps a little bit hotter? Numerous pre-COVID studies have shown that family travel and destination wedding, honeymoon, and romance travel is critical to your health. Months of lockdowns at home have been beyond stressful for all of us and your brain needs a break from the day to day pattern it’s been stuck in! 

Travel Frees You from the News 

Let’s face it, the mainstream media thrives on presenting the most negative news stories it can. Everywhere we look there is hate speech and stories that divide us and make us anything but a “United” people. The last 7 months have been exhausting. When you’re in the middle of a great family vacation or a destination wedding, honeymoon or romance trip it’s hard to keep up with the news. In a year that has been overloaded with negative press, getting away from the news for a period is critical to your family and relationship. 

Travel Restores the Soul 

While looking out of our windows for months may be fun after we have fully cleaned the house for the hundredth time, let’s confess that there are new horizons that we all likely wish to explore. After being surrounded by bad negativity, escaping to new places helps ground us and remind us that positive experiences and places do still exist in this world. This discovery can refresh us and allow our family travel and destination wedding and honeymoon travel to connect us with our loved ones in deeper ways.  

Travel Makes Positive Memories 

If nothing else, 2020 has, for all of us, created a sea of memories that we will live with for our lifetimes. Unfortunately, most of our 2020 memories will be bad ones. Travelling on a family vacation or destination wedding, honeymoon or romance trip can allow us to start gaining new positive memories that can replace the negative memories of 2020.  

Travel Fosters Relationships 

Over the last several months all of us have become masters of MS Teams, Messenger and Zoom. Unfortunately, these platforms are not the best in building true relationships. On the other hand, when you enjoy a high-quality family trip, or a love filled destination wedding, honeymoon or romance travel trip relationships can both bud and grow. The shared memories that a quality trip can provide offer the opportunity to develop new deeper levels of relationships that will benefit all travelers. Through travel we can become better connected to those we love.  

Yet most of all…. 

Travel is Worth the Potential Hazards 

One of the only known elements in life is that real safety does not exist outside of our homes, and even there unexpected surprises can occur. One of the cornerstones that Travel N Relax has built our family travel and destination wedding, honeymoon and romance travel business upon is keeping you safe and secure and assuring that you have no surprises during your trip. These elements of safety and security will always remain vital to us long after the challenges of our current world have passed.  With that understanding, even though travel to certain places at this moment in time may not be wise now is the ideal time to start planning that future family travel, destination wedding, honeymoon or romance trip you dream of! Every day we are surrounded by potential hazards like driving so we recognize that the best things in life always comes with some level of danger involved. Yet, we have seen just from this limited list of the benefits of travel that the rich rewards that travel can provide far outweigh the potential dangers travel may have.  

At Travel N Relax we recognize that each of us will feel safe venturing out at different times and that’s perfectly understandable and fine. We only present here some of the reasons travel why remains critical for you. With that understanding, you can be assured that whenever you feel safe and ready to travel again the family travel and destination wedding, honeymoon, and romance travel specialists at Travel N Relax will be standing by ready to serve you! We look forward to your contact and helping you plan your next escape to experience for yourself the many benefits that travel can provide you! 

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3 Amazing Places You Need to Visit in 2020

2020! Somehow that number brings an extra amount of renewed excitement this year, not just for the New Year that it marks, but also for the new decade that it is ushering in for us!

As always at this time of year when the calendar page turns, we tend to look ahead with renewed hope and excitement at the possibilities the New Year may bring. In this process we also set our New Year resolutions and plan our travel adventures for the year ahead.

With that understanding, now is the ideal time to pause and consider some of the travel destinations you may want to visit now before they get discovered by the masses and become packed with tourists.

Travel​ N Relax has done some extensive research on what the top destinations for 2020 will be and to discover those places where most travelers are hoping to go.

With that knowledge, the Travel N Relax team has then honed in further to find the 30 most remarkable travel destinations that are up and coming, but not yet on peoples radars to the extent that they have thus far become overcrowded and unpleasant to visit.

Here we present (in no particular order) 3 of those places that are perfect for you to visit now!

1. Discover the Perfect Uruguay Vacation

When planning a trip to South America many destinations pop into mind. Among these are Brazil, Peru, Chile, the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador and Argentina among others. While each of these well known spots do have their own particular charm, and are certainly worth seeing, Uruguay thus far remains a hidden spot in South America.

Known for its verdant interior and beach-lined coast, Uruguay is a hidden treasure that sits on the South Atlantic between Argentina and Brazil. It’s capital Montevideo is a fascinating city that offers art deco buildings, colonial homes and Mercado del Puerto, an old port market along with La Rambla, a waterfront promenade.

Whether you choose the excitement of the city, the relaxation of a beach town or the gaucho (cowboy) lifestyle of the countryside, Uruguay offers many delightful surprises without the crowds and rush of the other well known South American destinations. Our professional certified Travel N Relax travel advisers can help you discover the best Uruguay travel experiences perfect for you!

2. Enjoy a Nature filled Costa Rica Vacation

Probably the most well known out of the 30 travel destinations, Costa Rica thus far remains a Central America gem not yet overrun with tourism. However as the secrets of this destination become better known Costa Rica is sure to become a tourism hotbed in the not too distant future.

Known for its beaches, volcanoes, rain-forests and birds and wildlife, Costa Rica an incredibly diverse country in regard to the things there are see and do. The nations capital San Jose is home to many cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

When you combine the nations many sights to see, its diverse wildlife and the incredibly friendly population it is no surprise that once you have discovered the charms of Costa Rica it is very likely that you will go back! To most effectively discover all that Costa Rica has to see and do our Travel N Relax Costa Rica travel adviser experts can utilize their knowledge and inside connections to create an amazing Costa Rica vacation for you!

3. Discover History on Your San Marino Vacation

Every year thousands travel to Italy to discover all of the wonders that Italy has to offer. One surprise that many miss is San Marino – a scenic and mountainous microstate that is completely surrounded by north-central Italy.

Only 24 square miles in size, San Marino is one of only three countries in the world to be completely surrounded by another country. Founded in A.D. 301 San Marino is a nation with a very rich history and retains much of its historic architecture within its medieval walled old town with its narrow cobblestone streets.

Just 3 hours east of Florence or 3 hours south of Venice San Marino is definitely a must see destination on any real tour to Italy. Yet many don’t even know of this place and thus miss it completely.

Our Travel N Relax Italy travel adviser experts know all of the secrets of Italy and it’s surrounding regions so, like San Marino, you won’t return home only to learn that you have missed a highlight that was right there in front of you!

How to Attain your Perfect 2020 Travel Vacation

Whether you decide to travel to one of these 3 destinations in 2020 or not, Travel N Relax hopes you will find time in the year ahead to discover some new destinations to visit and make it your New Year’s resolution to do so.

The world is full of interesting places to visit, and these 3 destinations truly only skim the surface of the remarkable travel destinations that Travel N Relax can recommend to you based on your own unique interests. Let us utilize our many years of travel know how and knowledge, combined with the travel tools and inside resources we have available to us, to put together an amazing fully customized trip for you!

At Travel N Relax, we take pride in truly taking care of all the details so that you can simply Travel N Relax!

Give us a call today at 303.317.6945 or contact us by email at Info@TravelnRelax.com to discover the Travel N Relax difference! We look forward to serving you and making your vacation truly magical!

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Lessons From a Carnival Cruise Ship

For those who follow Travel N Relax on our Facebook site, you will know that we just returned from a fabulous Panama Canal cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas.

During that trip we took an all ship tour which led us to many of the behind the scenes spots that one often will not see on a cruise ship. One of the stops we made was on the bridge, where the official displayed to us the ship navigation systems and advised us on how the bridge crew navigates around other cruise ships.

Given the current affairs of the day, it now seems almost prophetic looking back that one of the statements that this official jokingly made was that “…when navigating around other ships we generally try to stay about 3 miles away. However, if it’s a Carnival ship we then try to double that and stay at least 6 miles away.”

Cruise Ship Accident in Cozumel

As you have likely seen from your online news sources, and other news outlets, there was an incident the other day in Cozumel Mexico where the Carnival Glory slammed into the Carnival Legend while the Glory was steering to dock. In this process, the back end of the Glory slammed into the Legends nose thus slicing through the back of the Glory, where the ship’s Platinum Restaurant sits, and resulting in six passengers sustaining minor injuries. Thankfully, the Glory narrowly missed also hitting Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas which was also docked nearby at the same time.

Cause and Effect of the Mexico Cruise Ship Accident

While an investigation into the cause of the accident is currently taking place, Carnival’s official statement is blaming “spontaneous wind gusts and strong currents,” as being the reason for the accident.

After assessing the damage on both ships Carnival also believes that “there are no issues that impact the seaworthiness of either ship.” As such Carnival advised its guests to enjoy their day in Cozumel and both ships continued on their normal itineraries as if no incident had ever even occurred.

Carnival has also announced that rather than fix the gaping hole now in the back of the Glory the ship will have no down time and will just continue to sail the normal holiday sailings in the weeks ahead.

Is a Cruise Vacation Safe?

To the regular consumer following this news story, this story may cause questions regarding the level of safety that a cruise vacation might afford. Indeed, a question that we been asked after this incident is …. Is a cruise vacation safe?

For Travel N Relax, this is a critical question since one of the elements we focus on when planning our guest’s vacations is destination safety and security. To our our professional travel advisers, nothing is more important then assuring that all of guests remain safe during their travels. As such, we put a good deal of effort into our research on each trip that we help plan, to assure that guest safety and security will be met during your travels.

With this particular cruise ship incident, we do confess to having several questions running through our minds regarding the operation of this particular cruise vessel. Among these:

  • For a port that had nine other ships docking the same day, why did only this one vessel have issues with these supposed “winds guest and currents?”
  • If the wind guests and currents were so severe, should not safety have come first and perhaps another way to dock be found? Perhaps a more skilled crew member could have been put in charge of docking.
  • What is the level of training that this crew received?
  • Most concerning to us though is why Carnival seems to be putting profit before safety in continuing to operate future cruises with this ship while it maintains the level of damage that it has. By not fixing the issue could not the damage become more severe thus leading to potential future safety issues?

All of that expressed, we also fully recognize that this incident only occurred with one cruise line. Many other cruise lines are out there which offer quality service and strong safety elements. To say that a cruise vacation is unsafe based only on the actions of this one ship would be reckless and wrong. It also would not reflect our true feelings.

Travel N Relax does truly believe that a cruise vacation is safe and we will therefore continue to promote this type of holiday.

How Travel N Relax Can Help You Plan the Perfect Cruise Vacation

With that noted with all travel, there are always elements that need to be looked at and evaluated as your travel is planned, and cruise travel is no different in this regard. When planning a high quality vacation, it is vital to also look beyond just price, and to look at the individual suppliers and evaluate each suppliers record based their known history. Knowing that a supplier has a quality safety record helps to assure your own safety when traveling.

When you work with Travel N Relax, your professional certified cruise travel adviser is fully trained in these skills and will help guide you to the perfect enjoyable and safe vacation – whether by land, or by sea!

At Travel N Relax we have the tools and know how to keep you safe and evaluating our suppliers whom we recommend to you is just one small element of the many steps we take to assure your safety.

Indeed, when working with a cruise vacations travel agency like Travel N Relax you will get the benefit of having guidance and help on which cruise options and cruise lines are best for you. As well, you will gain the value of having a professional certified cruise travel agent assist you in selecting shore excursions and making other pre-cruise and post-cruise arrangements that will assure that you have the maximum enjoyment on your trip.

We invite you to discover the difference in working with a professional family and cruise travel agency like Travel N Relax and seeing the value that such a relationship can provide to you.

Give us a call today at 303.317.6945 to let us take care of all the details while you and your family truly Travel N Relax!

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Differences Between a Family River and Family Ocean Cruise

When deciding upon a family cruise experience, one of the first things to determine is which will be best. A family river cruise, or a family ocean cruise. When looking to answer this question there are many variables to be considered which a family travel agent can assist with.

Among these considerations is whether you prefer being out in the open sea or if you prefer the closer in views that a river cruise can offer you.

Differences between a Family River Cruise and Family Ocean Cruise

On an ocean cruise you will be out on the ocean in a larger vessel with occasional ports of call in multiple countries. On a river cruise you will sail down one of the major rivers in the country generally seeing multiple countries on a single trip.

Because of the narrower rivers and locks the ships must navigate, as well as the heights of bridges the ship must pass under, river cruise ships tend to be smaller boats with fewer facilities than the ocean ships will have. Nevertheless, as the river cruise market evolves and new ships are built, larger suites, more luxurious facilities and family friendly considerations are becoming easier to find on these ships.

Family Cruise Shore Excursion Options

Likewise, on either an ocean or river cruise, shore excursions will be a major element of your family cruise vacation experience. The land tour choices provided by family cruise lines are almost unlimited and provide options that can please all members of your family. Because of the wide selection of tours available, you might want to consider turning your trip into a group vacation and bring along the grandparents! When you create a a multi-generational vacation in this way you can make your family vacation even more special!

Some examples of options you might have to pick from include active expeditions such as hiking, parasailing or biking to gentle paced walking tours to special interest tours such as culinary, wine or artistic tours. If the ships selection of tours does not meet your satisfaction fully customized day trips can also be arranged. Your family travel agent will be able to help you select the best options and arrange these tours for you.

Tour pricing will differ greatly depending on the tour you select and the level of customization that you desire. With many river cruise companies the cruise line will provide free excursions that are included in your cruise fare with additional for fee tour options available. These extra cost excursions will generally be more extensive options that allow you to learn about your destination or the sights you are seeing at a deeper level.

In all cases working with a family vacations travel agency like Travel N Relax you will get the benefit of having guidance and help on which cruise option is best for you. As well, you will gain the value of having a professional certified family travel agent assist you in selecting shore excursions and making other pre-cruise and post-cruise arrangements that will assure that you have the maximum enjoyment on your trip.

We invite you to discover the difference in working with a professional family travel agency like Travel N Relax and seeing the value that such a relationship can provide to you. Give us a call today at 303.317.6945 to let us take care of all the details while you and your family truly Travel N Relax!

 

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What to Anticipate on a Family Cruise Experience

When planning your family cruise experience there are many considerations that must be made to assure that you and your family have a great family vacation.

Family cruise lines offer ships of various sizes, different cruise itineraries, and various cruise lengths. A family cruise can range from only a few days to extended packages that combine both the cruise with a pre or post-cruise stop to a family-friendly destination such as a Disney park or Universal Studios.

Despite these differences, when working with a professional family travel agent who can determine your wants and needs, you can be assured of an exceptional cruise experience that will both please and satisfy you.

Utilizing the connections that a family vacation travel agency will have, and the knowledge and training of a family travel agent, you will be matched to a cruise experience which provides true family fun.

A family-friendly cruise will offer you great food and beverage options in a wide array of restaurants, quality staterooms to accommodate your family, and a wide selection of entertainment offerings to please every member of your family. Some ships will also offer character interactions that allow the young, and young at heart, to meet, greet, and mingle with their favorite film characters.

Generally on this style of cruise, one will find a wide selection of activities which might range from rock climbing walls, mini-golf, ice skating, laser tag, merry go rounds, and other similar kid-friendly activities that will keep your entire family satisfied. Additionally, kid’s clubs are often available to allow mom and dad to enjoy some alone time should they desire it.

Staterooms on family cruise ships often feature private balconies and provide larger than average stateroom options that can accommodate your entire family in one unit. Some staterooms might also offer a multi-level option with a slide that your little ones can zip down inside the unit.

While these elements are generally always common on a family cruise where things do differ is in the style of travel that each cruise line presents. This is where the knowledge and training of a professional certified family travel agent really come in handy. Learning your preferences and personality, the family travel agent can guide you to a family cruise line that truly meets and caters to your family’s unique desires and needs providing you with an exceptional family vacation experience!

Utilizing the connections that a family travel agency will have, it becomes possible for the guest to be presented with an amazing family cruise experience that will truly please and wow them!

Whether the guest desires a large cruise vessel, a smaller style ship, or a ship packed with family fun features when you utilize the training and knowledge of a professional family travel agent your family vacation wishes can become a reality!

We invite you to give Travel N Relax a call at 303.317.6945 to discover the difference that working with a family travel agency can bring to you! Travel N Relax looks forward to servicing you!

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Amazing Disney VIP Trips You Must Experience in Your Lifetime

As a family travel agency, Travel N Relax is always seeking out the best vacation experiences for our guests to enjoy. One company we have come to depend on for offering exceptional family vacations is Disney. Whether on a Disney cruise, an Adventures by Disney land package, or a trip to one of their global theme parks Disney always seems to deliver.

Among the Disney offerings, Adventures by Disney offers some amazing tours that a family travel agent is always quick to advise on. Adventures by Disney tours offer small group tours where Disney trained guides to provide guests with exclusive events, skip the queue access to key sights, and private adventures with local specialists to enjoy the culture of the destination.

While all Adventures by Disney tours offer something special, there are some tours that our family travel agents have learned go above and beyond in offering something special. These are tours that one should experience at least once in their lifetime. Among these are:

Disneyland Resort and Southern California Tour

For passionate Disney lovers, this tour is a must. Working with Adventures by Disney, our professional family travel advisors will arrange VIP tours of the park along with exclusive tours of the Walt Disney and Jim Henson studios which are normally not open to the public. Other surprise extras are also included!

Pasta Preparation in Italy

Italy is a popular destination for all travelers and our family travel agents can work with Adventures by Disney to bring this destination to life! On this tour, the guest will enjoy a variety of iconic Italian sights as well as several private VIP tours and cooking opportunities. A highlight on this tour is the winery visit and pasta making in Tuscany!

Luxury Tours of Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is an iconic national park which is renowned for being the first national park in the United States and one of the first in the world. Due to the park’s popularity, Yellowstone was Disney’s very first Adventure trip and remains a perennial favorite today. Working with Adventures by Disney, our family travel advisors can arrange a tour that combines seeing the key sights of the park along with thrill-seeking adventures such as zip-lining, whitewater rafting, and horseback riding. As with their other national park tours these tours do tend to sell out quickly.

Marvel at the Wonders of Egypt

A new Adventures by Disney tour is their Egypt tour which allows you to admire the iconic sights of Egypt. This tour will take you from the magnificent pyramids of Giza onto a Nile River cruise and offer many ones of kind experiences like snorkeling in the Red Sea and an Egyptian cooking class. Working with a travel agency specializing in family vacations you will experience Egypt in a much deeper and meaningful way than could be accomplished on your own.

San Francisco Highlights

On this long weekend escape, our family travel agents will work with Adventures by Disney to combine the scenic sights of San Francisco with some exceptional magical Disney add ons such as a stop at Lucas Film studios and a tour up to Muir Woods Redwood forest and Napa. This, and other long weekend escapes that your family vacation travel agent can offer, will provide you with an exceptional re-charge in your life to allow you to face the daily routine with more vigor.

While Adventures by Disney offers many other trips, the above provides a small sample of the types of tours available.

Working with our certified family travel agents at Travel N Relax, they will be able to determine your preferences, help you select the ideal destination and tour for you and your family, and create a fully customized family trip that will truly please and impress you!

We invite you to give a professional family vacation travel agency like Travel N Relax a call at 303.317.6945 so that you can experience the many other benefits and perks that we can offer you! At Travel N Relax we take care of all the details so that you and your family can truly Travel N Relax!

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Family Travel Ideas That Will Make You Thankful

At this time of the year we as a country pause to reflect and give thanks for the positives we have in our lives.

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving or any other similar holiday, the idea of cooking and doing dishes for a crowd may not excite you. If that’s the case perhaps it’s time to switch things up and replace your Turkey Day feast with a relaxing family vacation where you and your loved ones can bond and have fun!

Travel N Relax’s certified family travel agents have the perfect ideas to guarantee a getaway that will allow your family to bond as you create new memories and new traditions.

Whether you opt to enjoy a family vacation at the beach, or take a family trip closer to home, our professional family travel advisors have the perfect family holiday idea for you. Best of all these trip ideas can be enjoyed year round! So don’t be concerned, it’s not too late to round up your family and head out on a relaxing and enjoyable family travel adventure!

 

Enjoy a Tropical Family Beach Vacation

As the early winter chill begins to set in, for many families there is no greater thought than to head out on a family beach vacation to somewhere warm and tropical. Thankfully there are many tropical family travel locations that are accessible, that can provide a fun and relaxing family vacation for you.

Mexico

Many non-stop flights are available from Denver that make it easy to reach your family beach vacation quickly and reach great family resorts like the Generations Resort which offers family friendly all suite, all ocean-front accommodations. Combine this type of lodging with great family vacation options ranging from historical sights to theme park type areas and you have an exceptional family travel destination.

The Caribbean

The Caribbean is another easy to access family travel destination that offers a wide selection of family friendly accommodations from Nickelodeon Resorts to Beaches Resorts depending on where in the Caribbean you are travelling to. Like Mexico, the Caribbean offers some great family activities to make this area of our world another great family vacation destination.

Of course there are multiple other tropical family beach vacation destinations that can be explored. The professional family travel agents at Travel N Relax can make recommendations based on your unique desires and interests.

 

Relax at a Family Vacation Dude Ranch or Family Ski Resort

If the mountains are more your family travel style Travel N Relax’s family travel advisors can make some solid suggestions both locally and nearby. Colorado and it’s surrounding mountain region states offer some fantastic family vacation destinations ranging from authentic dude ranches to some of the top ski resorts in the world. For families that love the outdoors in a snow kissed environment nothing beats a great family ski vacation or a true Western Dude Ranch experience.

 

Other Family Travel Ideas

While there are of course many other family travel ideas ranging from remarkable Disney family holidays, to international family vacations in Europe, Asia or Australia or just a Farm to Table family trip to Vermont this space does not allow all of your options to be explored. However, the world is waiting for you this Thanksgiving and beyond, and the family travel professionals at Travel N Relax can help you find your ideal family vacation spot.

Don’t you and your family deserve the very best family vacation of your dreams? With so many great family friendly destinations to explore in our world now is the time to create those memories that you will cherish forever. Give Travel N Relax a call at 303.317.6945 and allow your family to truly Travel N Relax as we take care of all the details!

 

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Who Should Not Use a Travel Advisor

In today’s world filled with 24/7 self-book options and hundreds of travel websites and apps, planning and booking your own vacation can quickly become overwhelming. It only takes a quick search on the internet to discover the value of a travel professional. Just looking at the search term “Disney vacation planning ideas,” for example, shows 27,600,000 results!  A family travel agent can help a guest sort through this overwhelming level of information to plan out the perfect trip.

Furthermore, with more travelers seeking out a fully customized, eco-friendly, unparalleled vacation that only true travel professionals can provide working with a travel agent is as essential to the trip organization process as ever.

However some individuals will not need the help of a travel expert for each individual trip, and some may never require the help at all. Who are these people and what do they look like?

Know It All Bob

Bob is the vacationer who lives on the internet and devours every piece of travel information that he can find. There are never enough travel articles, travel websites or destination and review sites to satisfy Bob. He is addicted to the Internet and is passionate about investigating every detail of his trip. If a luxury travel agent were to suggest an idea to Bob he would not trust the suggestion until he himself had researched and confirmed it.

Although the Internet can present anything it wants to present which may lead to dubious, incomplete and out of date information, the know it all expert has no problem with this. In Bob’s mind if the Internet has stated it it must be true. These are dedicated Do It Yourselfers and see no value in having a luxury travel agent take care of all the details of their trip. In their minds the best vacation is the one they plan themselves.

Deal Seeking Debbie

Debbie is the traveler who will look at every element of her trip and see an expense tag on every item. When planning her trip Debbie’s mind is in a constant state of going Cha-Ching, Cha-Ching, Cha-Ching with each element of the trip. This leads her to always be looking for ways to cut back and to find a better, cheaper deal. Debbie lives on the discount websites and is never satisfied to book until she has price compared on multiple booking sites. Debbie does not understand the difference between price vs. value so when the luxury travel agent talks to her about the best value, she cannot comprehend the discussion nor has any interest doing so.

To Debbie, the cheapest option is always the best. When booking it makes no difference to Debbie that the hotel is an hour outside of the city. Nor in her rush to get the absolute best price did she notice that the attraction tickets she thought were included were not. Nor did the hotel include breakfast or any meals.

Sadly for Debbie only after she arrives does she realize the better valued package the luxury travel agent could have provided – offering center city accommodations with breakfast, and exclusive tickets to the attractions she wanted would have been the better “deal,” as it would have actually saved her money and offered exclusive perks the luxury travel agency could have arranged.

Global George

George is the ardent traveler who is always out exploring new parts of the world and knows every inch of it. George travels so frequently that he considers himself a local in most areas and knows the destinations he likes to travel to better than a luxury travel agent might.

Laid Back Louise

Louise is an apathetic traveler who just rolls with the things that come to her and has no issues or concerns with anything their environment might bring. Her oceanfront room looks out at the parking lot? No worries. The mattress is old and bumpy and comes with rough torn sheets? That’s fine. The nightclub outside the room is blaring until 2am? Not a worry. Let’s party!

While some may find that these types of situations could ruin the whole trip, to Louise she could care less.  Her lenient style of travel planning allows for odd situations to happen and Louise is fine with that. Louise will be happy regardless, so the skills of a luxury travel agent are unneeded.

No Fuss Floyd

While Floyd shares some of the same tendency’s as Deal Seeking Debbie, he’s not quite as cheap. Nor is he as laid back as Louise. For Floyd he just doesn’t care about any travel enhancements or upgrades. VIP service bothers him and getting extra free amenities is a bother.

A luxury travel agent is all about going above and beyond and providing the extra services and amenities their  travel agency can provide. The supplier relationships they have formed and the business knowledge they have developed doesn’t matter to Floyd. He is content with just a no-frills, no-fuss prudent vacation. Floyd just won’t see the benefit of a luxury travel agent who would provide over the top elements and service he does not want.

Bob, Debbie, George, Louise and Floyd are examples of traveler types who would not be good fits to work with a luxury travel agency. Again, if you find you match with these five, that is perfectly OK.  Many people enjoy investigating, scheduling and reserving their own travel and that’s great!

However, should you be one who enjoys getting the extra perks that a luxury travel agent can provide, and having someone ensure that you are getting the absolute best value, services and amenities Travel N Relax would be happy to assist you. Give us a call to make your trip exceptional and to take care of all the details so you can truly Travel N Relax!

 

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What is a Travel Advisor and What is Their Value?

At Travel N Relax, since our team members are known as “Travel Advisors,” we are often asked what the difference is between a “Travel Agent” and a “Travel Advisor.” Our guests often ask us, are there any benefits of working with a travel advisor, and if so, what are those advantages?  

While both the travel advisor and travel agent certainly sell travel, there are some distinct differences that one needs to be aware of when choosing whom you will work with. Depending on the level of service and care you desire, knowing the difference between these titles will make a huge difference when it comes to the quality of the trip planning experience you seek. 

First, most work connections with travel agents will tend to be transactional. In these types of relationships, the connection will be more like a fast food experience where the client simply provides an order off their menu board to the agent, who then quickly goes to work to fulfill the order as placed. Little, if any, time will be spent getting to know the client and instead the travel agents goal is to simply complete the order the customer has made.  

With a travel advisor on the other hand, the work connection will be much more relational. In this relationship the advisor actually has the client’s best interests in mind and truly wants to create an exceptional experience that will truly please the customer. Instead of just fulfilling an order for a customer or client, the advisor sees the consumer as a valued guest whom they have a deep desire to please.  

Because of this, the advisor’s desire is to create a deep long-lasting relationship with the guest and will ask probing questions to get to know the caller and learn about his /her needs, wants, interests and desires. Armed with this information, rather than just fulfilling an order that may, or may not be, an actual fit for the consumer the advisor can truly create an exceptional travel experience that will both satisfy and please the guest.  

The guest who opts to work with a travel advisor should be aware that this relationship will go beyond just a transactional travel arrangement.  

Rather, like any true relationship, the advisor will also continue a conversation with you in between your trips and will discuss travel plans that you may have on your bucket list 2-3 years down the road. This way they can become proactive in helping you plan your travel vs. creating potential added stress that could come from an otherwise forgotten travel plan that you forgot to book until the last minute.  

When travelling, the travel advisor will always be travelling with their guests interests in mind and will be doing destination research for different guests. Don’t be surprised in this relationship if you get a room picture of a resort that might wow you or a menu photo of a restaurant that would please you. Unlike the transactional travel agent, the travel advisor is always thinking of you and your best interests and how to always please you…. Even in between your trips.  

Understanding this relational element of working with a travel advisor such as the team members at Travel N Relax, it becomes understandable that most travel advisors work with guests who are looking for deeper comprehensive travel planning and guidance.  

As such, if you are looking simply for a quick “in and out” travel planning experience where no questions are asked, and you just desire to have a person fulfill your travel order requirements, a travel advisor would not be the right fit for you. In that case you would want to be working with a travel agent who is strictly transactional and may not have your best interests in mind.  

Additionally, whereas as a travel agent will work with clients on just the one travel booking being planned, a travel advisor will manage the full travel portfolio for their guests.  

Taking the time to learn your bucket list travel desires they will work with you to develop long term travel plans that will match your budget and follow your family’s needs as your kids grow older. The best way to understand this is that when you hire a travel advisor you are also hiring a lifestyle management expert for travel. This is obviously quite different than the “one and done” trip booking style of a travel agent.  

As your lifestyle management travel expert, the mission of your Travel N Relax travel advisor is to fully discover your wants, needs and desires and then with that information fully customize each travel itinerary to provide you with the most amazing, elusive destinations on the planet, and curate fully custom-made experiences that you and your travel companions will cherish for a lifetime.  

Thanks to the long established relationships and connections that Travel N Relax has with the world’s best hotels, restaurants and travel experiences you will enjoy a bevy of benefits, including the best possible rates, potential room upgrades, access to difficult to find reservations and a customized itinerary of the finest things to see and do that are all based upon your deepest wishes and desires.  

From booking flights and private aviation, to arranging ground transfers, to securing highly sought-after reservations at the world’s best hotels, villas, beach resorts, spas, alpine lodges, restaurants, sporting events, shows and attractions Travel N Relax’s travel advisors will manage every aspect of your travel experience. 

As you can see, when you work with a travel advisor you get much more than just a travel agent who is only interested in filling your single travel order. With a Travel N Relax travel advisor you are hiring someone who truly cares about you and wants to go the extra mile to make all your travels truly extraordinary.  

Creating fully customized trips that perfectly match your needs, wishes and desires is why the travel advisor is hired. With their vast level of experience combined with their creativity, worldwide connections and true care for you, their valued travel guest, working with a professional travel advisor can bring great value to you.  

Experience the difference and value of working with a travel advisor today and give the professionals at Travel N Relax a call at 303.317.6945. Don’t you deserve to truly Travel N Relax as we take care of all the details? Give us a call and let us help you to truly Travel N Relax! 

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