BOOK INDEPENDENT TRAVEL WITH OUR TRAVEL AGENCY
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Don’t go out there alone.
Salvatore our apartment neighbor in Sicily
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 continents.
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.
Let’s get started with your vacation!
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Alaska Railroad & Alaska Cruise
Cape Cod & Newport
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.
for a quote on your vacation.
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
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
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 penalties.
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.
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