Hiring a TravelProfessional

How does this work?

Planning a vacation on your own can be very time-consuming and stressful. Combing through all the possibilities and not knowing which are really going to give you the vacation you are dreaming of can be overwhelming. I am here to help you take back your time, have confidence in your vacation decisions, be able to enjoy the anticipation of your vacation, and have support during your travel as well. You can have fun while I use my expertise and experience to take care of all the details.

You may have an idea of when and where you want to go, but I would like to speak with you more about those plans to really get to know you, your story, and what is most important to you for this vacation. This allows me to be able to sort through the many opportunities available to find those that are going to give you the best vacation experience. We can set up a complimentary consultation call where we will talk through your vacation dreams, and you can get to know me and how we will work together to create the perfect itinerary. I may even answer some questions you did not know to ask.

At the close of our call, I will have a good idea of the scope of the planning required for your vacation and will present you with the amount of your research and design fee. You can find a basic menu of my fees below. This fee allows me to personalize your experience from the ideas you have now through the time that you travel.

After our consultation, I will email you an invoice for your research and design fee. Once our home office has notified me that the invoice is paid, I will begin working on your vacation. You can expect to receive your initial proposals within 72 hours (often, much less). I will provide several options for you to consider based on our consultation. These initial proposals give us a great starting point for homing in on the final itinerary. You will want to look them over, ask questions, and give me feedback on what you like (or don’t like), so I can adjust until we get it right.

What's included in your design fee?

Researching Options

I will pull together the suppliers and itinerary pieces that are going to bring you the most value, security, and most importantly, provide memory-making opportunities. From this research I will present you with a curated selection of itinerary options to make your vacation dreams come true. We will work together to finalize your vacation choices.

Designing

I will fit all the pieces together to create a seamless vacation itinerary, giving you expert advice on how to maximize your time in your destination, and offering suggestions and coordination of activities, tours, excursions, and culinary experiences.

Booking

When you have made your final choices, I will invoice you on behalf of each vendor (cruise line, hotel, etc.) so that you can authorize payments on our secure system. All payments will be applied by me directly to the vendors. You will receive destination information, payment reminders, and other tips as we move toward your departure date.

Advocating

I am your advocate throughout the entire travel timeline. While I do all I can to prevent any issues, sometimes technology, imperfect people, and unforeseen events can cause some hiccups along the way. I will be here to help you navigate those hurdles should they arise.

Luxury and Adventure Travel

Hotels and All-Inclusive Resorts

$150 per reservation
  • 3 personalized resort options
  • Reservation booking and management
  • Transfer arrangements
  • Insurance options
  • Excursion planning
  • Special experiences
  • Destination information
  • Travel requirement information

Escorted Tours and River Cruises

$200 per reservation
  • 3 personalized options, based on our consultation
  • Stateroom or hotel inclusion options
  • Reservation booking and management
  • Insurance options
  • Excursion options
  • Transfer arrangements
  • Pre/post-cruise hotel arrangements
  • Special Experiences
  • Destination Information
  • Travel requirement information

Fully Independent Travel Itineraries

Starts at $300 per family
  • This fee is for vacations that are not part of an established tour or vacation package and will require me to build your itinerary by sourcing accommodations, sightseeing tours, and other vacation components from multiple sources. Your fee will be based on the length of travel and complexity of building the itinerary. I will provide your fee amount at the conclusion of our consultation call.
  • Personalized Itinerary with all reservation and booking management except for air travel
  • Hotels
  • Transfers
  • Insurance options
  • Activities and tours
  • Special experiences
  • Destination information
  • Travel Requirement information

Cruise Vacations

Cruises

Starts at $100 per stateroom
  • Itinerary options
  • Stateroom options
  • Reservation booking and management
  • Insurance options
  • Excursion options
  • Transfer arrangements
  • Pre/post-cruise hotel arrangements
  • Special Experiences
  • Travel requirement information

Walt Disney World Vacations

Basic

$100 per family at a Walt Disney World resort
  • Resort and ticket options
  • Reservation booking and management
  • Transfer arrangements
  • Insurance options
  • Package additions
  • General Touring Tips
  • Monitoring for Special Offers
  • Dining Reservations
  • Daily Itineraries

Enhanced

$200 per family
  • Resort and ticket options
  • Reservation booking and management
  • Transfer arrangements
  • Insurance options
  • Package additions
  • Special Offer Release Priority
  • General Touring Tips
  • Dining Reservations*
  • Daily Itineraries
  • *Dining reservations for off-site guests will be an additional fee of $50 for up to 7 days of reservations since these require additional early mornings for me to secure each day of reservations.

Ultimate

Starts at $300 per family
  • Resort and ticket options
  • Reservation booking and management
  • Transfer arrangements
  • Insurance options
  • Package additions
  • Special Offer Release Priority
  • General Touring Tips
  • Dining Reservations*
  • Daily Itineraries
  • *Dining reservations for off-site guests will be an additional fee of $50 for up to 7 days of reservations since these require additional early mornings for me to secure each day of reservations.

Disneyland Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and Universal Hollywood Resort Vacations

Basic

$100 per family
  • Resort and ticket options
  • Reservation booking and management
  • Transfer arrangements
  • Insurance options
  • Package additions
  • General Touring Tips
  • Monitoring for Special Offers
  • Dining Reservations
  • Daily Itineraries

Enhanced

$150 per family
  • Resort and ticket options
  • Reservation booking and management
  • Transfer arrangements
  • Insurance options
  • Package additions
  • Special Offer Release Priority
  • General Touring Tips
  • Dining Reservations
  • Daily Itineraries

Ultimate

Starts at $250 per family
  • Resort and ticket options
  • Reservation booking and management
  • Transfer arrangements
  • Insurance options
  • Package additions
  • Special Offer Release Priority
  • General Touring Tips
  • Dining Reservations
  • Daily Itineraries

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