At Travel N Relax, since our team members are known as “Travel Advisors,” we are often asked what the difference is between a “Travel Agent” and a “Travel Advisor.” Our guests often ask us, are there any benefits of working with a travel advisor, and if so, what are those advantages?
While both the travel advisor and travel agent certainly sell travel, there are some distinct differences that one needs to be aware of when choosing whom you will work with. Depending on the level of service and care you desire, knowing the difference between these titles will make a huge difference when it comes to the quality of the trip planning experience you seek.
First, most work connections with travel agents will tend to be transactional. In these types of relationships, the connection will be more like a fast food experience where the client simply provides an order off their menu board to the agent, who then quickly goes to work to fulfill the order as placed. Little, if any, time will be spent getting to know the client and instead the travel agents goal is to simply complete the order the customer has made.
With a travel advisor on the other hand, the work connection will be much more relational. In this relationship the advisor actually has the client’s best interests in mind and truly wants to create an exceptional experience that will truly please the customer. Instead of just fulfilling an order for a customer or client, the advisor sees the consumer as a valued guest whom they have a deep desire to please.
Because of this, the advisor’s desire is to create a deep long-lasting relationship with the guest and will ask probing questions to get to know the caller and learn about his /her needs, wants, interests and desires. Armed with this information, rather than just fulfilling an order that may, or may not be, an actual fit for the consumer the advisor can truly create an exceptional travel experience that will both satisfy and please the guest.
The guest who opts to work with a travel advisor should be aware that this relationship will go beyond just a transactional travel arrangement.
Rather, like any true relationship, the advisor will also continue a conversation with you in between your trips and will discuss travel plans that you may have on your bucket list 2-3 years down the road. This way they can become proactive in helping you plan your travel vs. creating potential added stress that could come from an otherwise forgotten travel plan that you forgot to book until the last minute.
When travelling, the travel advisor will always be travelling with their guests interests in mind and will be doing destination research for different guests. Don’t be surprised in this relationship if you get a room picture of a resort that might wow you or a menu photo of a restaurant that would please you. Unlike the transactional travel agent, the travel advisor is always thinking of you and your best interests and how to always please you…. Even in between your trips.
Understanding this relational element of working with a travel advisor such as the team members at Travel N Relax, it becomes understandable that most travel advisors work with guests who are looking for deeper comprehensive travel planning and guidance.
As such, if you are looking simply for a quick “in and out” travel planning experience where no questions are asked, and you just desire to have a person fulfill your travel order requirements, a travel advisor would not be the right fit for you. In that case you would want to be working with a travel agent who is strictly transactional and may not have your best interests in mind.
Additionally, whereas as a travel agent will work with clients on just the one travel booking being planned, a travel advisor will manage the full travel portfolio for their guests.
Taking the time to learn your bucket list travel desires they will work with you to develop long term travel plans that will match your budget and follow your family’s needs as your kids grow older. The best way to understand this is that when you hire a travel advisor you are also hiring a lifestyle management expert for travel. This is obviously quite different than the “one and done” trip booking style of a travel agent.
As your lifestyle management travel expert, the mission of your Travel N Relax travel advisor is to fully discover your wants, needs and desires and then with that information fully customize each travel itinerary to provide you with the most amazing, elusive destinations on the planet, and curate fully custom-made experiences that you and your travel companions will cherish for a lifetime.
Thanks to the long established relationships and connections that Travel N Relax has with the world’s best hotels, restaurants and travel experiences you will enjoy a bevy of benefits, including the best possible rates, potential room upgrades, access to difficult to find reservations and a customized itinerary of the finest things to see and do that are all based upon your deepest wishes and desires.
From booking flights and private aviation, to arranging ground transfers, to securing highly sought-after reservations at the world’s best hotels, villas, beach resorts, spas, alpine lodges, restaurants, sporting events, shows and attractions Travel N Relax’s travel advisors will manage every aspect of your travel experience.
As you can see, when you work with a travel advisor you get much more than just a travel agent who is only interested in filling your single travel order. With a Travel N Relax travel advisor you are hiring someone who truly cares about you and wants to go the extra mile to make all your travels truly extraordinary.
Creating fully customized trips that perfectly match your needs, wishes and desires is why the travel advisor is hired. With their vast level of experience combined with their creativity, worldwide connections and true care for you, their valued travel guest, working with a professional travel advisor can bring great value to you.
Experience the difference and value of working with a travel advisor today and give the professionals at Travel N Relax a call at 303.317.6945. Don’t you deserve to truly Travel N Relax as we take care of all the details? Give us a call and let us help you to truly Travel N Relax!
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