Share the knowledge
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!
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.