Making the most of your vacation is the goal of every traveler that I work with. As a professional travel advisor, I see countless itineraries for travel all over the globe and I often see the same mistakes made over and over again. Sometimes it’s the little things that, if done right, can have a huge impact on the overall experience.
Private guides and local experiences are usually expensive and therefore many people prefer group activities or exploring an area on your own. I’m here to tell you that even for the budget traveler, spending money on the RIGHT experiences is a worthwhile addition to your trip. Think private sunset cruises along the Amalfi Coast, cooking classes with a Tuscan chief, wine tasting in the private cellars of the French countryside. These are the things you and your traveling partners will remember fondly for years to come.
Pre-arranged Airport Transfers
The first thing crossed off any itinerary proposal by clients is the “costly” airport transfers. These can make the difference between a relaxing arrival and a trip from hell. For most people arriving in a foreign country means walking out of the airport to throngs of people, all trying to get your money. Even if you do make it to the correct cab line are you sure the driver is taking you the most direct way? Are you sure they know where you are going?? Compare that to the smart traveler who, for a few dollars more, pre-reserved a driver and car who is waiting for them upon arrival and who already knows where they are going.
I often hear from clients who want to try and see everything in a major city like Paris, Rome or Tokyo in 3 nights, or hop from city to city with huge wish lists. It’s easy to fall into the trap of over-scheduling, but traveling on these itineraries feels more like checking things off a list and living through your camera lens. By slowing down, spending more time in each location, and accepting that you will not see everything you actually get the chance to relax and truly experience the destination.
Book Direct Flights
As a travel advisor one of the most surprising things is watching how easily travelers disregard the value of their time when booking air travel. When looking at air options it's important to recognize the many downsides and risks associated with connecting flights. First, it usually adds at least 3 to 4 hours onto a trip. Second, it greatly increases your chances of missing a flight due to delays. Last but not least, it may subject you to additional screening / customs depending on your itinerary. If direct flight options exist for your itinerary, think long and hard about the hassle-free experiences and time savings that spending a little more money can offer.
Use a Professional Travel Advisor
No matter where you are in your travel planning, consulting an expert to review and offer suggestions will get the most out of every trip. Even if you don’t have the destination in mind, Travel Advisors can use your budget and preferences to select the perfect spot. It’s never too late to make sure you get the most of your well-earned time off. Nick Running Travel is here to help you accomplish your travel goals. Reach out to us today to get started on your next adventure!.