Travelers who book all their own travel can skip this post. But anyone who uses a travel agent, especially the first time they use one, should read on. Leaving these five forbidden words out of requests to any travel agent will save both traveler and agent a lot of time. (For travel agents reading this, these are some of the words all travel agents dread hearing.) “Never say this to your travel agent”
Fellow travelers, it’s not too soon to start thinking about your 2018 itineraries. “Travelers, here’s what to expect in 2018”
Yarisa Smith knows she has a good travel agent.
“He’s made cruises and European trips special,” says Smith, a manufacturer’s representative from Dallas. “His itineraries and attention to detail have made every trip flawless. He’s even managed to successfully intervene when acts of God have waylaid my plans.”
Yet you might not know by looking at Clark Mitchell, who works for Dallas-based Strong Travel, whether he’s the real deal. Yes, his agency is cited as a source for its travel expertise by mainstream news outlets. It also prominently lists its membership in Virtuoso, an exclusive travel agency consortium.
But until now, there’s been no instantly recognized certification that says an agent is legit. That may be about to change. “How to tell if you have a qualified travel agent”
Nothing changes you like travel does.
I know, because after 26 years of suburban stability, I recently sold my house, pulled up my stakes and hit the road. I’m a different person because of it. “Aspire to travel the world? Read this before you go”
Douglas Guiler and his wife planned to embark on a Viking cruise this summer. But two months before they were scheduled to depart on the cruise, Guiler’s wife died. Guiler asked his travel agent whether he could substitute another traveling companion for his wife. “Viking’s goodwill gesture was a welcome surprise to this traveler”