What is time worth?

I do my best to keep the blogs positive and uplifting as there is generally little sense in complaining. Yet I must make comment on the lack of respect people have for each other’s time.

A travel agent does two very important things for clients, one uses their knowledge, contacts and resources to provide the best trip/vacation solutions and two uses their TIME so clients can focus on other important matters, like work and family.

So many people think nothing of having a travel agent spend hours researching information for them and then booking it themselves or finding a ‘friend’ to do it for them. I wonder, can these folks ‘work for free’.

We all understand when plans fall through or the finances just won’t allow the trip, no problem. But when you are being used just to do the work it is insulting and shows a lack of consideration for your profession and you personally.

Many agents now charge fees or require deposits to be used towards the trip. I find that I must now do the same. While clients who have already booked with me won’t have to do this, new clients will, sad but true.

I hope someone who reads this will think twice before asking any service provider, travel agent, real estate agent, etc., to jump through hoops just to get information and then not use their services.

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I need a room somewhere

Perhaps the most expensive part of a vacation is lodging, usually, followed by food or vice versa. When people start considering the cost of staying at a hotel and eating out everyday, especially with a family, they quickly dismiss the idea of going away at all.

There are less expensive options. Cruising and all-inclusive resorts can make it easier.

Cruises include just about all the food you can eat (a great deal if traveling with teenagers), transportation to a variety of destinations and lodging. Generally the only extras are soda, alcoholic beverages and gambling. Your luxury cruise lines often include all beverages.

All-inclusive resorts mean just that, everything, including tips are part of your package. As with anything else there are different levels of quality with resorts (and cruises) so you get what you pay for.

There is still another alternative to hotels; houses, apartments and villas. Choosing a house rental when vacationing in Orlando can save you a bundle when traveling with the kids, especially since most of the homes have pools. When you just don’t want to go anywhere for a day, you can stay ‘home’ and not feel crowded and the kids won’t be bored.

Apartments are great for European travel, they give you a real feel for where you are. Reputable companies that manage these properties have managers that know the neighborhoods and can help guide you to the best property.

Villas sound, and usually are luxurious. while some of them can rent for over $50,000 a week there are many that are as low asĀ  $1000 which comes out to less than $150 a day. When you consider that you can often have staff to help with cooking and housekeeping a villa is hard to resist.

Conde Nast has made a list of Affordable Villa Vacations.

Always check with your travel agent, whether its a hotel, cruise, resort, villa, etc. As trained professionals travel agents know what questions to ask and get you what you want vs what someone wants to book.

Feel free to contact us at uniquetravelevents@gmail.com or 703-986-0934 for creating your perfect vacation.