The Importance of Using a Travel Specialist
Travel specialists are travel agents that are certified or specialize in niche markets or destinations. They respond to what consumers ask for which is more from their travel experience. They are agents who are passionate about their niche destination. Their knowledge is first hand of the destination of specialty and this enables them to improve their clients’ overall travel experience.
If you are researching on your next vacation and you want something that you can call a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, for your wedding or honeymoon, or a customized itinerary, or if you just want more out of your next vacation, then a travel specialist will know where you can stay, where to dine, and what attractions to see, and they also have the ability to cut through red tape and make things easier for you. They can make things happen that you cannot do on your own. They have local connections to add extras to your trip. Most of the time, they can upgrade your room, have a chilled bottle of champagne awaiting your arrival, the best table in your desired restaurant or even a unique side trip or activity based on your interests. A travel specialist can go the extra mile to provide you with an extraordinary travel experience.
If your friends of family have used the services of a travel specialist, then you can ask them for recommendations.
You can also check out the local agency for travel agents with credentials. The certified travel counselor certifications awarded to agents who have at least years of experience and have completed an educational program and exam. The destination specialist agent has taken additional training in a destination throughout the world. Certified destination specialists have taken comprehensive training in their destination and were further educated by actually visiting their specialty destination. The lifestyle specialist agents has further developed their niche market through additional education. Certified lifestyle specialists have relevant travel experiences in addition to the lifestyle education.
There is a Specialty Travel Agents website where you can check out the agent members list. They have a comprehensive search engine that allows you to search for specialty agents by destinations, niche markets, activities, or interests. These agents must have a certification or have an extensive experience in their specialty.
If you have found the travel specialist that you are comfortable with, then you should give information about yourself and your personal preferences. You can tell the specialist that type of hotel you want to stay in, the activities that you would like to do, and your budget. They will make selections that will best fit your travel needs. If you want to get something suited to your individual preferences in your itinerary, then you should give them as much information as you can. Don’t be afraid to ask for exactly what you want or to contact them even during the trip if you need to. Be prepared to pay service fee for their services. And if they have offered you great services, then you should recommend them to your friends. This is how they build their business – on personal recommendations and satisfied travel customers.