Everything had a bit of a delayed start on New Year’s Day, but I was up, as usual. I had my early breakfast, did a bit at the gym, walked around the ship, watched us go through a few locks, and had lunch. We arrived in Melk at around 2:00, where the big tour of the day was Melk Abbey. That involved a short bus ride up the hill to the Abbey, a tour of the Abbey, and a walk back down the hill and through the town, on our own. Here are some highlights of the day:
As a friendly reminder, I am a travel advisor/agent and can organize these same experiences for you!
Wow, 1 week until Christmas! If you’re still shopping (I am), travel is an excellent alternative to typical gift giving! Below, find information on sustainability, early booking promotions, and the 100th Salzburg Festival!
Sustainable Travel: Sustainable travel is important to many people, including me, so I want to let you know about Intrepid Group. They offer “sustainable, experience-rich travel” to more than 1,000 itineraries that explore over 120 countries. They are doing better and “carbon neutral” and are becoming “climate positive” in 2020!
You may wonder why I don’t advertise a lot of deals. That’s one of the differences in a travel advisor vs a travel agent. My goal is to build relationships and provide custom itineraries that fit your budget. That might involve finding a great deal in the process, but more importantly, I want to provide great value and personal service.
As I just told someone, I am also only promoting products that I really believe will provide an exceptional experience. These companies often have early booking promotions, so I’m giving a few examples here:
Want a free trip? Book a group with your favorite travel advisor! Cruise lines, in particular love groups, and there are very nice rewards available for booking a group! In general, the group leader can travel for free, and everyone in the group gets extra perks, sometimes including discounted fare.
The good thing with a cruise is that you can see members of your group as much or as little as you like! Technically, you’re only a group because you’re booked together. You’re not forced to do anything together while traveling.
A group of complete strangers
Corporate Incentive Trips
On & on & on….
Here are a few examples of how groups work with the cruise lines I love best:
1 free (tour conductor) for every 9 passengers
1 free cabin for every 9 cabins (double occupancy)
Unlimited tour conductors
$250-500 discount per person
Group Amenity Program (added perks)
Additional perks because I’m a Virtuoso Advisor!
Norwegian Cruise Line
10 berths (people)=1 TC (tour conductor credit)
TC can be used by the group leader or divided among the group
5%-10% discount, based on cabin category
Added amenities/perks (choose from open bar, specialty dining, onboard credit, cocktail party, etc.)
10 cabins minimum for a group (called “Circles”)
Sailor Loot (onboard credit) for everyone (double Sailor Loot if you book before December 31!)
Circle Chest: Earn Circle Voyage Credit, based on a percentage of cabin fares, to be used however you like!