Does It Cost More To Book With A Travel Advisor?
Generally NO! Professional travel advisors are here to save you time and money by asking the right questions to determine the best getaway to fit your personal interests and budget. We guarantee to provide the absolute best value for your vacation dollar. Our rates can be the same or better than what is offered by the hotel or cruise line directly, but we come with a concierge personalized service. The average person visits over 20 websites and spends over 10 hours researching vacation ideas. How much is your time worth? Let Live Well Travel take care of all the details.
I've Never Worked With A Travel Agent Before. What Do I Need To Know?
Learn more about the value an advisor brings to you here.
Prior to our communication you will want to already have some answers to these questions.
Determine your travel dates? Are your dates flexible or not?
Who is going with you?
What budget do you have to work with? Is it a realistic budget?
Does everyone have a passport?
What type of vacation are you looking for? Cruise, resort, villa rental or a tailor-made itinerary to fit your specific needs?
Are there any special requests or needs that should be taken into account? e.g. a room with a view, someone with mobility or health issues etc.
Are you celebrating a special occasion? e.g. honeymoon, babymoon, anniversary, graduation or retirement trip etc.
Do you have any destinations in mind?
Are there any specific activities you’re looking to experience? e.g. scuba, surfing, golf, sailing, hiking etc.
Then once you’ve gotten a good idea of what you’re looking for, contact me by scheduling a time to connect via calendar , phone or email. We’ll chat a bit more about your travel needs and then I'll get to work with putting together a travel proposal for your personalized needs. Once you have a proposal, review it carefully. If you have questions, ask. If you want to make any tweaks to the itinerary or look at alternate options, not a problem! Here for you every step of the way. It’s as easy as that.
Where Is Your Office Located?
I have clients throughout the United States. The majority of our communication can be done via email and over the phone.
Is There Anything You Don't Book?
While I can technically book anything, I choose not to book airline tickets or car rental only requests [Note: I recommend contacting the airline directly if you need just a flight and not booking through a third party website in case of schedule changes or delays]. My priority is making sure that you have a stress free, value packed vacation experience. That means working only with reputable tour and package companies that support the travel agent community and offer exemplary service for my clients.
I Have A Ton Of Frequent Flier Miles, Hotel Points, Credit Card Points, Etc. Can You Book My Trip?
If you plan to use miles/points to pay for your trip you need to book directly with the airline or vacation desk that manages your points. Our professional insight and assistance is for clients that will be booking their trip with us directly.
How Far In Advance Should I Book My Trip?
If you are traveling during peak season for the destination you wish to visit, booking as early as possible is key. There are often early booking incentives available when you book 5 or more months in advance. If you have specific needs or interests – a special room with a view or an overwater bungalow perhaps – booking 6 or more months is strongly recommended. Further still, many popular European river cruises sell out up to a year in advance! Once you know where and when you want to go and have the funds to pay the deposit – don’t procrastinate! Contact Live Well Travel to get started.
Do You Offer Payment Plans?
Yes! When you book 6 or more months in advance you will be able to confirm your trip with a deposit and make payment up until the final payment due date. All funds are typically due 45-90 days prior to arrival (up to 120 days for some cruise lines). Full details are provided at the time of booking. Sorry, payment plans are not available for air-only bookings.
Do I Need A Passport?
For all international destinations a US passport valid for at least 6 months beyond your travel dates is required. Non US citizens need to contact the consulate for the country they are visiting to determine entry requirements. It is the responsibility of the traveler to verify and obtain all necessary documentation needed for your trip. Further, any minors traveling without both legal parents or guardians need to travel with a notarized letter of consent. For more information visit www.state.gov/travel/
What About Zika Virus?
The Center for Disease Control, CDC has issued a travel alert for specific destinations due to the Zika Virus. Please see the www.cdc.gov website for more information.
How Do You Compare With Groupon, Expedia and Other Discount Sites?
The simple answer is – I don’t! If you want to purchase a trip from one of these sites and are comfortable with having zero assistance before, during or after your trip, that is entirely up to you. I find that in most cases the “deals” are really not that discounted, use sub-standard accommodations, come with heavy travel restrictions or have substantial financial add-ons. So just be careful and make sure you read all of the fine print before you purchase.
I provide a professional service offering advice, insight, travel tips and over 18 years of knowledge. I know the right hotels, the preferred airline connections and what makes the most sense logistically to make sure you get the most out of your hard earned vacation time. There is no website or “app” that can do what a professional travel advisor can do. Without a travel advisor, you are on your own.