Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a Personal Travel Advisor?

A. I prepare you a bespoke, individual itinerary for your holiday, providing you with personal advice and managing your trip from start to finish. Tell me about your special requests and be reassured that your holiday arrangements really are taken care of. Benefit from advice which will save you money – the latest deals and more can be passed on to you.

The hotels advertised on the internet will be the standard ‘lead in’ room, which is obviously the cheapest. If you wish to have a special room – a Jacuzzi on the balcony, up-grade to a suite, etc, then what do you do on the internet to obtain this? How much more will this cost you? You will very often have difficulty finding out and, when you do, because these rooms are not ‘bulk bought’ they will probably be a lot more expensive for you than buying by other means.

The personalised ‘brochure’ I provide you with in the form of your quotation will ‘paint you a picture’ of the holiday you have asked for. You obtain a wealth of additional information about the place you wish to visit.

You can discuss your holiday plans and requirements with a friendly person, from your own home, and occasionally in your own home. This allows me to find out more about your needs and make informed recommendations for your bespoke holiday.

All my flights are covered by Airline Failure Insurance and all trips are covered by Business Failure Insurance for your additional peace of mind. I offer the very best of service, giving you the very best of holidays.

Q. Do you help plan travel and accommodation around a rough plan?

A. No, I don’t help you to plan – I DO ALL THE PLANNING FOR YOU, to your specifications and requirements.

Q. What level of input do you require from me?

A. You give me your budget, where you want to go, accommodation required, where you want to fly from/which train trip you wish to do, any special requirements, number of passengers and anything else which you may think is relevant. I then research and provide you with your own ‘brochure’ to those requirements. I give you at least 2, but more often than not, 3, choices of suppliers for your consideration.

Q. Do you also plan simple holidays?

A. I can plan any type of holiday but if it is a simple holiday you can usually find these in a brochure. I would, therefore, find something suitable, and book this for you, with a small booking fee.

Q. How are you different from a travel agent?

A. I offer a much more personal, focused service than they are able to because I concentrate exclusively on your requirements. Taking these requirements into consideration, I do not simply give you brochure pages, but will match your needs to the operator whom I think best suits these needs, and prepare you your own customised ‘brochure’ in the form of a quotation.

Q. Why are you better than a travel agent?

A. I try and think of everything from start to finish, so that all your travel requirements are catered for. I do all the work so you don’t have to. I have access to suppliers to find you exactly what you want for your holiday, and provide you with 2 or 3 different choices for hotel and price comparisons.

Q. How do I know you have picked the best for me?

A. Because I match your holiday requirements to what you have told me you want. I will give you an informative, comprehensive, quotation, with facts about the country and the area you wish to visit. I supply you with all hotel information so that you are able to see for yourself. I am able to do this because I obtain as many facts from you as possible before giving you your personalised, bespoke, holiday ‘brochure’.

Honeymooners will get a partial refund as well as a free bottle of champagne when booking with me.

Q. How can you provide something extra to what I can find on the internet myself?

A. A price you see on the internet will not be the price you actually pay for your holiday. You will most likely then also have to arrange for yourself your flights, any transfers – either to and from your home and/or to and from your destination, airport parking/overnight hotels, car hire, excursions and any extras.

The price I give you will include all these things and with no hidden extras.

You can be assured that the suppliers I use are reliable and that your booking will be covered by ATOL and ABTA insurance. If your flight is delayed your hotel room will not be given to somebody else and you may even be entitled to compensation.

If there are any problems with the booking, I will deal with them – not you.

Q. Do you arrange holidays for single travellers?

A. Yes – I deal with specialist companies who provide holidays specifically for single, like minded individuals, mostly without a single supplement.

Even if it is a holiday for a single traveller who wants something different like a specialist holiday, learning to speak Greek, writing a novel, wine appreciation or whatever, these are also available.

Q. Can you arrange different, or adventure family holidays?

A. Yes, I deal with several specialist companies who arrange small, family group holidays where you meet the locals, take part in local activities, see the country from a different perspective or you can take part in adventure activities.

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