Today I went to get my hair done at my hair stylist. I wanted to get it colored and a fresh new style. I realized that going to the hairstylist is so much like going to a travel consultant and that we have a lot in common.
Yes, I can go to the store and pick out a box of color and do it myself. I can also go online and find an app to pick out a new hairstyle. I could even try to cut my own hair. However I go to Peg, my hairstylist for the past 19 plus years for quite a few reasons, that I would go to any professional, including a travel consultant.
-Education. I’ve been to school years ago to learn about the travel and tourism industry. Just like a hairstylist goes to cosmetology school to learn their craft. In addition I still take classes, webinars, I go to seminars, trainings and conferences to stay to date on what is happening in the travel industry.
-Connections. Just as Peg, my stylist, makes connections in her industry to bring me the latest styles and products, I make connections with my vendors, resort managers, travel suppliers, and fellow travel consultants. But what does that mean for you, the client? That allows me to serve you better. I am able to have better knowledge of locations and resorts that are not available to the general public and I’m able to pass that along to my clients so that they have the best vacation possible.
-Excitement. Peg always cares about getting my hair just right. I know when I come in and say, “Peg, I need a new do!” She gets as excited and wants to make sure that I get exactly what I want. That’s exactly how a travel consultant feels about their client’s vacation. When planning a vacation for a client I want to make sure that it’s exactly what they want. I get as excited about it as my clients!
Years ago, when I went to travel and tourism school, back then we were travel “agents” and we took orders. I hear all of the time, travel agents’ are extinct. And in a way they are, the day of filling orders is gone, however, a new day is here. We are now professionals who are here to craft a vacation for you, we help you make the dreaming about a journey to creating the plans, getting you prepared for the journey, being there if you need us during your journey and hearing all about it when you get back. It’s a new day and it’s better than ever! I love being a travel consultant, I love helping people build and strengthen relationship connections through travel - it’s my purpose and my passion!
Your relationship is something that is constantly growing and evolving. It needs as much attention in year 10 as much as it did in week 10. You can go on the internet and do a search and do a search on “How To Revive the Spark” and you will get 101 articles. Most of them will have the same advice, break the day to day routine, give each other your undivided attention, make time for each other and surprise each other. A romantic getaway can give you all of these and start those sparks all again.
Just thinking about a romantic vacation away with your sweetheart can lift your spirits. And talking to each other about your time away can get you both excited about the trip and start the sparks.
While on the vacation just getting away from the phone, mail, bills, work, housework, kids asking for stuff, and in-laws calling can be a mood lifter. The time alone will allow you to have conversations, and the rest comes along just like it did when you were dating.
Date each other while on this vacation. Yes, I know you are now in a long term relationship, but remember when you were dating and you put being with the other person first? Yes, you didn’t answer every little call, you didn’t need to take a selfie or picture of every little thing? You left the phone in the purse, you flirted with the other person. Maybe play a bit of footsie. Hold hands at dinner, steal a kiss on the dance floor, and of course take a few extra slow dances.
Surprise your sweetheart with a small gift or jester on your romantic getaway. Rose petals on the bed, or a bubble bath for two. Maybe a locket with your picture in it.
These ideas will get the romance going. When you get back, don’t forget to keep dating and keep the romance alive. There is one idea that I LOVE to remember the romance of your romantic getaway. While you are on your vacation write a love letter on the resort stationary, take it home and save it for your next anniversary. What a wonderful way to remember how you were feeling while you were together alone in paradise. And it can spark the flames again.
That is why I love to plan romantic getaways for my clients. It helps them get that spark back into their relationship without any of the hassle of booking the details.
Remember your romance is not a destination, it’s a journey. Love is the journey.
That big vacation is around the corner and you are all excited. You have the perfect outfit, with some cute matching shoes. You are all ready to pack up, but did you remember a few of the little things that don’t go in the suitcase but are equally as important?
Contact your credit card company or bank to let them know where and when you are going. This is important if you are flying out of the country or driving a couple of states away. I’ve already been three states away, went to fill up the gas tank and had my credit card declined for fraud. Now, that’s a great security feature, however I’ll never forget that again!
If you are going out of the country, contact your cell phone carrier and make sure that you are able to use your phone while you are gone. I usually get a “travel package”. I tell them how long I’m going to be gone and they sell me a plan that will work while I’m gone. Each carrier is different, so contact your carrier to see what is the best fit for you and your needs.
My next DO NOT MISS is stopping or putting your mail on hold. I do this for two reasons, first of all, I don’t want all that mail piling up in my mailbox. Second of all, it’s a clue that you are not home. Also if you get a newspaper, you will want to put that on hold as well.
A couple weeks before your vacation always check your prescriptions. Make sure that you have enough to last through your vacation and a few days later. If you do not have enough, see if you are able to refill them before your vacation. You want to make sure that you have enough before you leave.
Give a copy of your itinerary, resort information, passport information, and travel consultant’s information to a trusted family member or friend. Incase of an emergency, they have all of the information to get ahold of you.
Now, just relax, and pack all of that fun stuff! Because remember, Love is the Journey!
This past week while walking around the back of my van, I tripped and fell. Normally I would catch myself, however this time I did not. And I ended up “kissing” the pavement. To be truthful I would rather kiss Mark, it’s a lot better, but I did fall on my face. My knees, and my face had road rash. But the worst part was chipping and fracturing my front tooth. Thank goodness Mark was there to help me back up. I was foggy, and had a headache for days. Plus I’ve been in and out of the dentist’s chair. Now why am I bringing this up in a travel article? Well because one of the things Mark said was “At least we aren’t on vacation.” He does have a point what would we do if we were on vacation? It started me thinking about why I get travel protection.
Yes, if I were on one of my vacations out of the country, and my health insurance doesn’t cover me abroad, or if it does, would it be at a lower limit? What if the injury was bad enough, would I have enough money to cover myself for an emergency evacuation?
If it happened before my vacation and my fall would have been bad enough that I couldn’t travel, or what about a sickness, severe weather, or even a terrorist attacks?
There are other ways that it would help me, what if my baggage and passport are stolen? My credit card has some travel benefits built in, but doesn’t have many of the benefits of a third party plan. A third party plan can even help you with a lost prescription, assistance with finding lost baggage, and if your passport is lost while traveling abroad help you find the nearest U.S. Embassy to replace that lost passport. And if I needed medical attention they would be able to help me find the closest medical facility up to U.S. standards.
Travel Protection isn’t the most glamorous part of planning a vacation, however it is something that you do have to think about.
And until next time…
Love is the Journey.