Tampa Bay’s Cloud Based Travel Agency
813-868-0007 800-955-5594 info@vacationtc.com
Registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel.  Reg. #10098 Cruise Lines International Association #00577404 Florida Travel Insurance License #A165107
© 2006 to 2016 Market Access Promotions, Inc.   PO Box 290816, Tampa, FL USA   33687
BOOK INDEPENDENT TRAVEL WITH OUR TRAVEL AGENCY
813-868-0007
Independent Travel
Book with a Travel Agent 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 tours. 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
Clockwise   from   the   top…   The   little   girls   of   the   SOS   Orphange.     Your   travel   agents   in   true   italian   beach   style   dressed   in   “lost luggage”   clothing.      Gina   flying   through   the   redwoods   in   the   open car   on   the   Skunk   Train   in   California.      Sister   Patsie   and   Donald (our   driver   for   the   day   in   Jamaica)   where   apparently   a   big   bunch of   fresh   plaintains   is   a   much   appreciated   tip   for    the    guy    who   brought    your    friends    up    the    hill.      John   actually   joining   the   folks   at 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 travel agency? 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 record.
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 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.
Buy travel protection from Travel Insured International
Let’s get started with your vacation! 813-868-0007 or info@vacationtc.com
Alaska Railroad & Alaska Cruise Cape Cod & Newport Costa Rica European Cruise & Spain Germany Romantic Road Fly-Drive Hawaii Multi-Island Trip Hawaii Wedding Party Ireland Fly-Drive Ireland Fly-Drive 2 Ireland Fly-Drive 3 Italy by Train Italy Mediterranean Cruise & Escorted Tour London Paris & Rome New Zealand & Australia Northern Italy Fly-Drive Paris for a Week including Normandy Daytrip Peruvian Exotic Independent including Machu Picchu Portugal & Croatia Russia, Germany & Eastern Europe South America to Canada Northbound Spain, Italy and Mediterranean Cruise Switzerland, Rhine Cruise & Netherlands These are actual itineraries we have planned. These   are   actual   itineraries   that   we   have planned   for   clients   in   the   last   few   years.     Names     and     personal     info     have     been removed.        We    have    handled    some    very complicated   and   long   itineraries   including most     continents     and     most     forms     of transport.      These   are   all   ideas   that   clients came   to   us   with   and   we   helped   them   form them into actual trips. Your idea can become an action plan too. Email   or   call   with   what   places   you   want   to see.      We   can   help   turn   that   into   an   actual itinerary for travel. Why be at the mercy of the internet when you can work with a professional travel agent? We   have   the   experience   to   make   sure   that your   action   plan   is   trouble   free   and   sensibly laid   out   for   major   sites   plus   free   time   to simply enjoy your destination. We support you when things go wrong on the road. Even     the     best     made     plans     can     have hitches      with      cancelled      transportation, delays,   strikes,   natural   disasters   and   other problems    that    force    a    change    en-route.      Your   travel   agent   is   your   best   friend   when this    happens.        We    know    when    it    is    the responsibility    of    the    vendor    and    help    to make   them   fix   the   problem      When   it   is   an act   of   God   and   your   responsibility   we   have travel   insurance   that   can   help   to   make   you whole   financially.      We   are   capable   to   look for     alternative     flights     and     help     with rescheduling           accommodations           or sightseeing when possible. 813-868-0007  or info@vacationtc.com for a quote on your vacation.
Tampa Bay’s Cloud Based Travel Agency
813-868-0007 info@vacationtc.com
Registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel.  Reg. #10098 Florida Travel Insurance License #A165107 Cruise Lines International Association Member #00577404
© 2006 to 2016 Market Access Promotions, Inc.   PO Box 290816, Tampa, FL USA   33687
BOOK WITH OUR TRAVEL AGENCY
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Independent Travel
Book with a Travel Agent 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 tours. 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
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 travel agency? 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 record. 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 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.
Let’s get started with your vacation! 813-868-0007  or info@vacationtc.com
Alaska Railroad & Alaska Cruise Cape Cod & Newport Costa Rica European Cruise & Spain Germany Romantic Road Fly-Drive Hawaii Multi-Island Trip Hawaii Wedding Party Ireland Fly-Drive Ireland Fly-Drive 2 Ireland Fly-Drive 3 Italy by Train Italy Mediterranean Cruise & Escorted Tour London Paris & Rome New Zealand & Australia Northern Italy Fly-Drive Paris for a Week including Normandy Daytrip Peruvian Exotic Independent including Machu Picchu Portugal & Croatia Russia, Germany & Eastern Europe South America to Canada Northbound Spain, Italy and Mediterranean Cruise Switzerland, Rhine Cruise & Netherlands These are actual itineraries we have planned. These   are   actual   itineraries   that   we   have planned   for   clients   in   the   last   few   years.     Names     and     personal     info     have     been removed.        We    have    handled    some    very complicated   and   long   itineraries   including most     continents     and     most     forms     of transport.      These   are   all   ideas   that   clients came   to   us   with   and   we   helped   them   form them into actual trips. Your idea can become an action plan too. Email   or   call   with   what   places   you   want   to see.      We   can   help   turn   that   into   an   actual itinerary for travel. Why be at the mercy of the internet when you can work with a professional travel agent? We   have   the   experience   to   make   sure   that your   action   plan   is   trouble   free   and   sensibly laid   out   for   major   sites   plus   free   time   to simply enjoy your destination. We support you when things go wrong on the road. Even     the     best     made     plans     can     have hitches      with      cancelled      transportation, delays,   strikes,   natural   disasters   and   other problems    that    force    a    change    en-route.      Your   travel   agent   is   your   best   friend   when this    happens.        We    know    when    it    is    the responsibility    of    the    vendor    and    help    to make   them   fix   the   problem      When   it   is   an act   of   God   and   your   responsibility   we   have travel   insurance   that   can   help   to   make   you whole   financially.      We   are   capable   to   look for     alternative     flights     and     help     with rescheduling           accommodations           or sightseeing when possible. 813-868-0007  or info@vacationtc.com for a quote on your vacation.
Tampa Bay’s Cloud Based Travel Agency
813-868-0007 800-955-5594 info@vacationtc.com
Florida Seller of Travel.  Reg. #10098
© 2006 to 2016 Market Access Promotions, Inc.  
BOOK WITH OUR TRAVEL AGENCY
813-868-0007
BOOK INDEPENDENT TRAVEL WITH OUR TRAVEL AGENCY
Independent Travel
Book with a Travel Agent 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 tours. 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
Clockwise   from   the   top…   The   little   girls   of   the   SOS   Orphange.     Your   travel   agents   in   true   italian   beach   style   dressed   in   “lost luggage”   clothing.      Gina   flying   through   the   redwoods   in   the   open car   on   the   Skunk   Train   in   California.      Sister   Patsie   and   Donald (our   driver   for   the   day   in   Jamaica)   where   apparently   a   big   bunch of   fresh   plaintains   is   a   much   appreciated   tip   for    the    guy    who   brought    your    friends    up    the    hill.      John   actually   joining   the   folks   at 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 travel agency? 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.
Buy travel protection from Travel Insured International
Let’s get started with your vacation! 813-868-0007 or info@vacationtc.com
Alaska Railroad & Alaska Cruise Cape Cod & Newport Costa Rica European Cruise & Spain Germany Romantic Road Fly-Drive Hawaii Multi-Island Trip Hawaii Wedding Party Ireland Fly-Drive Ireland Fly-Drive 2 Ireland Fly-Drive 3 Italy by Train Italy Mediterranean Cruise & Escorted Tour London Paris & Rome New Zealand & Australia Northern Italy Fly-Drive Paris for a Week including Normandy Daytrip Peruvian Exotic Independent including Machu Picchu Portugal & Croatia Russia, Germany & Eastern Europe South America to Canada Northbound Spain, Italy and Mediterranean Cruise Switzerland, Rhine Cruise & Netherlands These are actual itineraries we have planned. These   are   actual   itineraries   that   we   have planned   for   clients   in   the   last   few   years.     Names     and     personal     info     have     been removed.        We    have    handled    some    very complicated   and   long   itineraries   including most     continents     and     most     forms     of transport.      These   are   all   ideas   that   clients came   to   us   with   and   we   helped   them   form them into actual trips. Your idea can become an action plan too. Email   or   call   with   what   places   you   want   to see.      We   can   help   turn   that   into   an   actual itinerary for travel. Why be at the mercy of the internet when you can work with a professional travel agent? We   have   the   experience   to   make   sure   that your   action   plan   is   trouble   free   and   sensibly laid   out   for   major   sites   plus   free   time   to simply enjoy your destination. We support you when things go wrong on the road. Even     the     best     made     plans     can     have hitches      with      cancelled      transportation, delays,   strikes,   natural   disasters   and   other problems    that    force    a    change    en-route.      Your   travel   agent   is   your   best   friend   when this    happens.        We    know    when    it    is    the responsibility    of    the    vendor    and    help    to make   them   fix   the   problem      When   it   is   an act   of   God   and   your   responsibility   we   have travel   insurance   that   can   help   to   make   you whole   financially.      We   are   capable   to   look for     alternative     flights     and     help     with rescheduling           accommodations           or sightseeing when possible. 813-868-0007  or info@vacationtc.com 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 record. 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 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.