More often than not, the first question we are usually asked by new clients is what we actually do and why they would need us.
The short answer to the first part: a lot.
The short answer to the second part: you don’t – you want us.
There is just as much, if not more, information and ways to book travel online as there is medical and legal research avenues… But, have you ever run into Dr. Google? Remember that time you Google-ed a symptom, convinced yourself you were dying and your doctor confirmed that you have a cold? (Has that only happened to us?) You can research for days and spin your wheels, or you can work smarter instead of harder and leave it to the professionals from the beginning – that’s why you want us in your life. Here are 101 more answers to those questions:
1. Convenient One-Stop Shopping.
We can handle every aspect of your trip from airline tickets to lodging, ground transportation, activities, tours and more.
2. Consumer Advocate.
If you should have a problem during your trip, we can act on your behalf to see that proper restitutions are made.
3. Expert Guidance.
We are experts in helping travelers get where they need to go and in helping to create experiences most people never would have dreamed were possible.
4. Save Time.
Avoid the headaches and let us call around and do all the time consuming work of planning a complex itinerary.
We offer you an array of options and price quotes from a variety of travel suppliers, giving you the upper hand when making your final travel decisions.
6. Less Stress.
Planning a trip can be stressful. There are so many options and details to worry about. We do the work to narrow the field of information, resulting in less stress for you.
7. Updated Information.
We are constantly communicating with the travel community, thus giving you the most up to date info on airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, travel visas, and other travel services to consider as you plan your trip.
8. Customer Service.
We offer that “personal touch” to your travel planning experience – Offering help and advice that a website cannot provide.
9. Travel Documentation.
We can help you to prepare and organize any necessary documents that you may need in order to travel outside of the country. We can direct you to your local passport office, we know where you need a visa, and any other documentation that you might need along the way.
10. Travel Expertise.
We are experts in many destinations and have probably already been to your chosen vacation spot.
11. Best Value for Your Money Spent.
We can help you to make your dollars go farther while you are away. We have access to all sorts of deals ranging from flights to hotels to dinner recommendations.
12. Location, Location, Location!!!!
We can help you to find a place to stay pretty much anywhere you desire. If it’s a hotel with a view of the ocean in Hawaii or a jungle hut in the Nilgiri foothills, we can help you make it happen.
13. Knowledge of All the Ins and Outs.
We can help bring you up to speed on the local laws and regulations of wherever your travels take you.
We attend all sorts of seminars and classes to prepare themselves for trip requests like yours. We are also CLIA and IATA accredited, so you know we’ve been vetted.
15. Tourist Attractions.
We can give you a list of all the not-to-miss spots such as amusement parks, museums, nature preserves, and historical locations.
16. Avoid International Flight Confusion.
We can help organize those confusing international flights that internet search engines don’t cover.
17. Where to Go With Kids.
We can help you to find great locations that are kid- friendly… And, that you will enjoy too!
18. Trip Cancellation.
Something has come up and you need to cancel your trip? If you have booked with us, we are the only person you need to call.
19. Travel Insurance.
With all the countless options for travel insurance these days, it can become confusing. We can help you pick which package works best for your needs.
20. Personalized Trips.
We can prepare a personalized trip based on where you want to go and what you actually want to do – and we do it quickly.
21. Where to Go to Avoid Kids.
Want to go somewhere without children running all over the place? We can help you to find excellent retreats that are open to adults only.
22. Good Senior Trips.
Need a trip with a good balance of sight-seeing, rest and relaxation? We can help lucky retirees plan great extended trips that are senior-friendly.
23. Student Discounts.
We are an excellent source for students looking to go on discounted trips.
24. Exotic Adventures.
We can help to recommend great once in a lifetime experiences. We will help you to find the best/safest shark cages to dive into and the highest free-fall bungees to jump off.
25. Great Deals without Sitting at a Time Share Presentation.
Want an affordable trip to Florida without having to sit through a timeshare presentation? We can help you to exceptional deals without the stipulations.
26. What to Eat.
Where are all the top chefs at your destination? We give great advice on the best restaurants to hit on your trip.
27. What Not to Eat.
Leaving your home country and not familiar with the new language? We can help give you some forewarnings so you don’t accidently order the local delicacy (which may or may not be specially prepared bugs) without meaning to.
28. Local Traditions.
We can update you on all local traditions and customs in places you are visiting, so you make a good impression.
29. Local Laws.
Many countries have laws that are very different from your own. We can help give you a quick rundown of what you need to be aware of before you go.
30. Busiest Travel Times to Avoid.
If you want a quiet trip, we know what dates you should avoid and can help you plan your trip accordingly.
31. Avoid Unexpected Expenses.
We will be able to inform you about expenses you will incur on your trip, even ones you might never expect.
32. Exchange Rate Knowledge.
We know the countries where your dollar can go further.
33. Useful Travel Books to Have with You.
We can give you advice on what travel books are the most useful to have with you – and which aren’t. Some of these books list restaurants, customs, and small amounts of the local language.
34. List of Not-to-Miss Places.
We can give you a great list of amazing hikes, waterfalls, and cliffs that may or may not be published elsewhere.
35. What to Wear.
Many restaurants have different types of dress codes. If you are interested in dining at specific places on your trip, we can advise you on appropriate dress wear for the occasion.
36. What Not to Wear.
We can help you to be in the know of local dress code restrictions. If a thong is part of your favorite beachwear, you should know that they are illegal in places like the Isle of Palms.
37. Crime Rates.
We are great at informing you about questionable parts of town that you may be heading to and can give you tips on what to look out for.
38. Someone to Call if You Are Having a Problem During Your Trip.
An online travel agency is not going to answer the phone (at least not without bad hold music) when you call with any complications during your trip. We continue to give you that personal support even while you are away.
39. When You Shouldn’t Drink the Water.
We are always told when you travel be careful of the water. We can advise you on when it is safe and when it’s not safe to drink the water.
40. Small Intercontinental Flights Delayed – What to do?
We can help you find somewhere to stay when you are left helpless at an airport overnight due to flight delays.
41. Saves You Precious Time on Your Trip.
To avoid 36 hours in the airport, we can help plan your trip so your time spent getting to where you want to go is the shortest it can be.
42. Anticipating Trouble.
We are extremely useful if you are planning a trip to a known weather troubled area such as the hurricane plagued Caribbean islands. In the event of a natural disaster, your travel agent can work to immediately reschedule or cancel your trip so there are no worries for you.
43. Complicated Itineraries Made Simple.
We can take care of all the details for those complicated around the world itineraries and all the extra headaches that go with them, such as hotel and transportation along the way.
44. Special Needs Travelers.
We can prearrange for a wheelchair or any special need that someone in your travel party may have. We also take the time to make sure your reserved accommodations are safe and easily accessible for the special needs traveler.
45. What to Pack.
Some activities you choose to partake in may require different layers of clothing throughout the day. We can advise you on what to bring. A bike trip down an extinct volcano in Hawaii for example, may require you to start out with jackets and wool socks, but when you get to the bottom you may be down to shorts and a tank top.
46. Let Us Wait on Hold.
You no longer have to wait on hold and talk to automated systems while trying to book different parts of your trip.
47. Business Concerns.
If the airline you are scheduled to use goes on strike or bankrupt while you are traveling, we can work to find you an alternate travel means while you continue to relax at the hotel.
48. Transportation in Smaller Countries.
We can arrange all your transportation and travel needs, especially in those smaller countries where you may not know if cabs or van services are safe.
49. Group Hotel Reservations.
We can help with all of the complications that arise with group travel – and there are many complications with group travel.
50. Charter Private Boating Trips.
We can help you to avoid paying top dollar for chartered snorkeling or fishing trips for large groups. We can often find great deals for large groups who want to do personalized tours.
51. Immunizations That May Be Needed.
To enter certain countries you may be required to obtain certain immunizations first. We can advise you on the steps you need to take.
52. Special Deals Worked Out in Advance.
We have excellent relationships with tour operators and may be able to get you a special price that might not otherwise be available.
53. Make Travel Meaningful for Children.
We can offer information about kid-friendly activities on your trip to make the experience exciting and meaningful for everyone.
54. Where to Shop.
We can offer excellent advice on great shopping neighborhoods in your destination city.
55. Avoid Scams.
Not all 5 star hotels are treated equally. Many times photos are outdated and information about the hotel you are considering may not be true. We can make sure that what you are seeing beforehand is what you get.
56. What You Can Buy Later.
New airline restrictions make packing for long trips hard. We can give you advice on what you might be able to purchase while you are on your trip to avoid having excess weight in your luggage beforehand.
57. Advice on Where to Go if You Get Sick.
If you happen to be unfortunate enough to get hurt or fall ill while on your trip, we can help you find somewhere clean and safe for medical attention.
If you should have any questions after booking your trip, you know how to reach us and can avoid the confusing FAQ section on a website.
59. You Know How to Reach Them When You Need Them.
Problems at the airport? Reservation issues at the hotel? We are a phone call away from getting your problem solved.
60. Tips and Tricks.
How early do you really need to be at the airport? What are the quickest ways to get through security? We can advise you of the airport security levels the day of your trip and any new security checkpoints you may have to worry about.
61. Is the Upgrade Worth It?
We can help you save money by helping you decide if certain upgrades at hotels are really worth the extra money.
62. Difference in Days to Save Money.
Instead of playing around with dates on the internet for hours, we can advise you on any changes to your travel dates that might save you hundreds of dollars.
63. Staying In-the-Know of Daily Promotions.
We get emails hourly of money saving promotions.
64. Enhancing the Trip with Extra Amenities.
We may be able to arrange for those little extras- like a bottle of champagne to be waiting in your room when you arrive.
65. Using Clout in Impossible Situations.
Whether it is airline seats, cruise reservations, or overbooked activities we have more buying power than the average consumer.
64. Clarifying the Fine Print.
We can advise you of all the cancelation penalties and restrictions hidden in the fine print of your travel documents.
65. Detailed Itineraries.
We can help you plan out your trip day- by -day to give you a good mix of fun and relaxation.
66. Advice on Activities to Book Beforehand.
We can forewarn you of any activities that tend to sell out early so there are no unexpected disappointments when you are there. For example – character dining at Disney sells out months in advance.
67. General Ideas on Where to Go.
We can offer excellent trip advice based on the details of what type of trip you want to take. Internet booking sites tend to require a destination up front.
68. A Trip to Nowhere…Sort of.
Want to get away to somewhere that is not normally a vacation hot spot? We can help you find that perfect place.
69. Great Singles Trips.
A travel agent can help find you exciting singles trips and cruises.
70. What to Pack.
We can give you great advice on what to pack to those exotic destinations.
71. Plan a Trip Where you Bring the Kids but Can Still Get Some Alone Time.
Many cruises and resorts now offer activities throughout the day for young children that make the day fun for them and give you some time to yourself. We can help you find great family destination options such as these.
72. Higher Productivity Benefits.
You have your trip planned while you are hard at work in the office.
73. You Get to be the Boss.
You get to tell someone what to do for a change.
74. Great Group Trips.
Trying to organize a trip for big group of people? A travel expert can help get all the details finalized and update everyone in the group.
75. Someone to Complain To.
If that slim chance were to occur that you do not get what you were promised, you have a real person to go back and complain to. We will work hard to rectify the matter.
76. They Are Considered Travel Experts and Specialists.
Wouldn’t you rather have a travel expert plan your trip rather than a preprogrammed website?
77. Best Pre-Seat Assignments Possible.
We can talk directly with the airline to arrange for you to get the seats with the most legroom, seats that might not otherwise be released until the day of the flight.
78. Mapping Routes Out Ahead of Time.
Not really good at reading maps? We can help you to map out any basic directions you might need on your trip ahead of time.
79. Family with 3 Small Children and Only Want 1 Room?
We might be able to find a way to help a family with small children get around the hotel policies of only 4 to a room.
80. Help, I’m Lost!!!!!!
If you should get lost somewhere along the way, we could be a good outlet for help.
81. It just Makes Sense to Use a Travel Agent.
You’ve already read 80 reasons why… But, we will keep talking.
82. We’re Right Here… Use Us.
Why do the work if someone else can?
83. Possibility of a Free Gift.
We get exclusive incentives. Who doesn’t like free stuff?
84. Even if the Internet Goes Down Your Trip Can Still Be Planned.
We are still getting your trip planned even if your internet at home or at the office is not working.
85. Back-up Distributor of Documents.
We have a copy of all your travel documents so if anything were to get lost, you have someone to call that can send copies.
86. Because We Said So.
Our business is built to advise you – and we do it well. Just ask our clients.
87. What to Expect on the Flight.
We can give you helpful answers on what to expect long flights to be like, and maybe some interesting activities to do while flying.
88. It is Our Job.
We actually work to get different accreditations to increase our qualifications as a travel expert continuously.
89. Lost Baggage.
If the airline should lose your baggage, we can get on the phone and make sure the airline works as quickly as they can to solve the problem, allowing you to at least go relax at the hotel.
90. We Must Be Doing Something Right. We Sure Have a Lot of Business.
Travel agents still sell 51 percent of all airline tickets, 87 percent of all cruises, 81 percent of all tours and packages, 45 percent of all car rentals and about 47 percent of all hotels. Remember when we mentioned buying power? We have a lot of buying power.
91. Don’t Like Letter Writing?
We will send a concerned letter on your behalf to the airline or hotel for you if you should have a bad flight or poor service at a hotel.
92. Sound Important When Talking About Your Trip.
After a bragging about a great trip to coworkers or the neighbors, and they ask how you got all those details organized you can say, “My agent did it.” Boom. You’re such a big deal, you have an agent.
93. Forbidden Fruit.
We can forewarn you of items not allowed to be brought back into the United States. Yes, you have to smoke those Cuban cigars before you leave to come home and you can’t bring that “rattling rose apple” back with you from India!
94. Financial Planning.
We can help you to create a budget to stick to while you are on your trip, so you can have a good time and not break the bank.
95. Good Babysitters.
We might be able to help you find a local babysitter in the area you are traveling to if you want to plan a night out alone.
96. Good Lounge Recommendations.
We can help you decide if purchasing access to an airline lounge is worth it or not.
97. Good Airport Hangouts.
We travel a lot. We can probably help you figure out what to do with that extra time you have in an airport after getting through security.
98. Where to Watch Your Wallet More Carefully.
Although you should always take extra care to hold onto your wallet when traveling, we can warn you if pick-pocketing is common at your destination.
99. What to Put in the Hotel Safe.
We can give you good advice on what you should be keeping in that hotel safe while you are out exploring the sites so there is nothing important missing when you return.
100. Altering Your Travel Arrangements.
If you have already booked your trip but want to change some details, we can help get all the necessary steps done, leaving you without the headache and confusion.
101. It Makes Traveling Easy.
Once you’ve worked with us, you know your dream vacation is just a phone call or email away. It really becomes that easy.
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When you plan travel with Vacationisms, you're shopping small and supporting a privately owned business based in Goffstown, NH.
We're owned by a husband and wife power duo living locally with their two-nager. Yes, two-nager. When you plan your travel with us, you aren't only supporting our amazing team, you're supporting the community, too. We reinvest heavily in our community in social advocacy, youth development and athletic programs, and we too shop small. We believe that our community is important and we appreciate your business to allow us to continue.