If you’re like me, when you hear “travel agent,” you might have visions of a 1970s smoke-filled office with wood paneling and lots of brochures. That’s not a very good connotation. The idea of a travel agent is a pre-internet person who would book things for you, and that is generally all they would do.
The 21st century Travel Advisor is often a well educated person who is passionate about travel and wants to share that passion with others. I can only speak for myself, but I want to facilitate travel for people by helping them realize everything that is possible. I am doing travel because I love it!
The 21st century Virtuoso Travel Advisor begins with a conversation with the client about their travel hopes, dreams, and desires. We take into account all of the information gained from this conversation and begin a collaborative process to plan a highly personalized itinerary.
As a Virtuoso Travel Advisor, I am part of a global network of vetted suppliers, including hotels, resorts, tour companies, cruise lines, and travel insurance, etc. I draw upon my own experience and knowledge as well as the knowledge and experience of my colleagues to create the best trip possible for my clients’ time and budget.
In the age of the internet, the Virtuoso Travel Advisor is here to know what is legitimately great and what is best for clients. We also have access to many extra perks and amenities that clients would not have available without a travel advisor!
Which do you prefer?
- Online tax prep or Accountant?
- Grocery store or Farmer’s market?
- Boxed wine or Vineyard tour?
- MP3 or Live music?
- Aimlessly surfing the internet for deals OR using a trusted Travel Advisor to plan an amazing trip and take care of all of the details?
If you’ve never tried a travel advisor’s services, then please give it a try. I believe you will thank yourself and learn why more and more people are building relationships with professional travel advisors.
TRAVEL IS AN INVESTMENT IN LIFE!
You may contact me below, and please visit my website: www.pilkingtontravels.com.