BOOK INDEPENDENT TRAVEL WITH OUR TRAVEL AGENCY
Book with a Travel Agent
Don’t go out there alone.
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Travel Agents are passionate
about independent travel!
It is great that there is an abundance of information
on the web but huge quantities of unfiltered info is
also a problem when you have to sort all that info
down to an actual travel itinerary. Very simply we
craft great independent travel itineraries. Why are
agents so good with independent travel? Because it
is what we do for a living and we still produce
independent travel itineraries worldwide on a weekly
basis. Also we have done a lot of independent travel
ourselves and learned along the way.
At our travel agency, we have a custom system for
producing independent travel itineraries. Your
budgeted expenses and travel itinerary end up on
one sheet of paper. We can take your idea, desired
sights/destinations and basic plan to make it reality
with planes, airport transfers, trains, ferries,
riverboats, rental cars and even water taxis where
required. A professional knows when you need a
travel day and how to organize cities and flights for
the most efficient movement.
We handle a wide range of accommodations that are
sold in US dollars by independent tour companies.
These range from 1 star to 5 star + hotels and we
also handle apartments, b and bs plus sightseeing
We charge a fee on airline tickets but we maintain a
GDS or Airline General Distribution System. Airlines
have wanted to get rid of these, for years, as they
give you an unbiased display of all carriers and
routes. We can usually duplicate anything you see
online but we also see more efficient routings first as
we understand international gateways and even
“back doors” to expensive airfare destinations. We
also handle the flight changes, strikes, cancellations
and other nightmares that airlines frequently cause.
Actual Sample Itineraries
the Annie Moore monument in Cobh, Ireland.
Q & A
Is there a charge for independent travel planning?
We don’t charge fees on most hotel and sightseeing
bookings as our tour companies, hotels and resorts all
pay agent commission. We do charge a $50 per hour
fee to handle itinerary planning, concierge services or
booking of local accommodations like apartments b
and bs or internet hotels that we have to book by
telephone and email. This fee covers international
telephone or fax charges and our time. We charge $25
for tickets issued with a domestic or North American
ticket. We charge $50 for all overseas tickets to other
What is the major advantage of booking with a
As we outlined earlier we do this for a job.
Independent travel planning is one of the toughest
types of travel if you are doing multiple cities and you
have to coordinate various forms of transporation. We
will take your idea and research and integrate that into
an itinerary that will make sense with the alloted time
and budget you have.
How does the process work?
An initial quick quote is always FREE. The process
differs based on our clients as some are more involved
with the planning process than others. Some people
just give us the cities and we give them a plan. Others
research the destination and make specific requests.
Either way, we are flexible.
Why is your independent travel planning
process so good?
First of all, even we can’t do it without the benefit of our
planning grid. It is the first thing we do when we try to
take your idea and put it on paper is make a custom
grid for your trip. Second is we do it in the right order
which is hard to explain but second nature to a travel
agent. What I mean is we get a general plan, book air
first, then fill in hotels and sightseeing with trains and
other transport filled in last. We have an intuitive feel
for travel times and itinerary planning so we know if
you need an extra day here and can take one from
here or cut this to balance the time. Third we are fluent
in geography and Googlemapping, we know great
neighborhoods and hotels in popular destinations and
we are honest with clients about value for money.
Lastly we have developed great vendors for most
worldwide destinations and we are familiar with the
websites of the world’s great attractions if we are
booking tickets or guides directly.
What is the major mistake that clients make when
doing their own planning?
Trying to do too much for the alloted time. Second
biggest mistake is thinking they have to start and end
in the same city for airfare or even booking cheap air
before discussing the itinerary with a travel agent.
Clients tend not to allow for travel days and you want
to have time to stop running around and soak up the
destination in a town square or wine bar. You can’t do
that if you are “on the go” constantly. Sometimes you
need a night for an airport hotel if your plane is leaving
at 5A or if there is only one ferry from point A to point B
that you can’t miss. An agent will know that but an
inexperienced planner may miss that.
Are there cancellation charges?
Yes. Our itinerary planning time is nonrefundable.
Many hotels issue cheaper rates that are fully
nonrefundable so we will advise you the cost is this fully
nonrefundable and this much if refundable. All airline
tickets are fully nonrefundable with ticket change
charges that can run as much as $300 plus any fare
difference. Most train tickets and other transport
components are also nonrefundable. Cancellation
charge increase as you get closer to travel. Some of our
vendors do not require immediate full payment or can be
done with a deposit on the itinerary which means more
flexibility than online booking sources.
What is travel insurance?
We strongly suggest travel insurance with independent
travel. When we put together 25 or 50 individual
components sometimes one thing causes a problem
with another. In addition there are always unforseen
circumstances including things like volcanic ash that
close all the airports in Europe. Acts of God are not
compensated by the vendors and they won’t refund a
hotel if you miss your plane. Travel Insurance will make
you whole and cover travel delay or trip interruption
expense reimbursements when you get home. Travel
insurance also supplements your medical insurance and
pays to handle emergency evacuation for various
reasons including medical.
Do you book airfare too?
YES, we have an airline GDS so we do handle airfare
for clients who are working with us on hotel bookings.
We also handle consolidator airfare and hold some
private fares through our buying consortium. We only
book airfare for local clients who are able to establish
identity and location with our company. We do not
accept 3rd party credit cards in any fashion. The name
on the card must match passenger names on the
What if I see a hotel online that I love?
Call or email us. A good agent is not afraid of
internet information as we can book most hotels on
earth one way or another. We can even book
internet only hotels as we have contracts with major
online players like Expedia or Priceline infrequently
if we have to match a rate. Our independent travel
vendors do a really wide range of hotels and we
have multiple vendors so many times whatever
your looking at online in a foreign currency, we can
book with prepaid vouchers in US dollars.
What countries do you sell?
Travel agents can handle independent travel
planning to most countries on earth. We most
frequently sell Western Europe, UK/Scotland and
Ireland, Eastern Europe, South and Central
America, USA, Canada and Australia/New Zealand.
How flexible is the process?
We use an entirely custom planning process. We
talk with you by phone, in person or by email to
figure out exactly what you want to see, what type
of pace you require and how adventurous you are.
Once we finalize hotels and closer in to departure it
is harder to make changes because of cancellation
How much does it cost to travel this way?
Depends on your request for 3, 4 or 5 star hotels
but you might be surprised that costs can be
controlled with independent travel by a travel agent.
We do have a saying from our Caribbean days…
“The less you pay, the more of an adventure it is so
don’t approch this solely from a cost basis unless
you have to as we sell all classes of hotels.
Let’s get started with your vacation!
813-868-0007 or email@example.com
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European Cruise & Spain
Germany Romantic Road
Hawaii Multi-Island Trip
Hawaii Wedding Party
Ireland Fly-Drive 2
Ireland Fly-Drive 3
Italy by Train
Italy Mediterranean Cruise &
London Paris & Rome
New Zealand & Australia
Northern Italy Fly-Drive
Paris for a Week including
Peruvian Exotic Independent
including Machu Picchu
Portugal & Croatia
& Eastern Europe
South America to
Spain, Italy and
Cruise & Netherlands
These are actual itineraries we
them into actual trips.
Your idea can become an action
itinerary for travel.
Why be at the mercy of the
internet when you can work
with a professional travel
simply enjoy your destination.
We support you when things go
wrong on the road.
sightseeing when possible.
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