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Why Use A Travel Agent?

I hear it time and time again, “I would never pay for a travel agent.” or “I don’t need one. I can do it myself.” or “I like having control of my own vacation.” Everyone has a reason for NOT using a travel agent, but most of these people may not actually understand how a travel agent works. So, let’s clear the air, shall we?

First and foremost, it’s FREE. Yes, you read that right. Using a travel agent is absolutely free to you. When you enlist a travel agent to help plan your vacation and take care of all the tedious booking, you don’t have to shell out an hourly fee or an upfront charge.

Secondly, you aren’t actually “losing control” of your vacation. If you book a cruise through me, you can still access your cruise planner account to choose your own excursions, buy your drink packages, sign up for specialty dining, etc. It’s all still right there, at your fingertips. You can access your Disney account to make dining and FastPass+ reservations or you can ask me to. Either way, you’re still in control. The only thing you must allow the agent to do is book the trip, make payments on the trip, and handle any changes/cancellations to the trip. And seriously, why would you want to call a 1-800 number just to be on hold for 45+ minutes when someone else can do that for you? This is about saving you the hassle, not taking away your control.

See, having a travel agent is similar to having an insurance policy (without the cost, of course). By booking through me, you’ll always have someone there to take care of things whenever something unexpected comes up. I’m looking at you, Hurricane Dorian. We plan our vacations far in advance. That’s the nature of the industry. But we can never really know for sure what’s going to happen when the time comes to take that trip. Will you have time to sit on the phone with Royal Caribbean or Disney or Sandals or any number of resorts if something suddenly changes? I will. I’ll figure out what your options are and present you with the best scenarios for adjusting your travel plans. You don’t have to worry about any of it.

If that doesn’t already have you sold on booking with a travel agent, don’t worry. What I’m about to tell you might just put you over the edge…

Travel agents get you the BEST deals. We have access to hundreds of suppliers that regular travelers don’t, meaning that there are deals out there you’ll never be able to find without booking through me. And I assure you, if it’s out there, I’ll find it. In fact, if I book your vacation with a great deal only to discover a newer, greater deal months later, I can automatically add the better offer to your vacation. Big corporations like Disney aren’t going to do that for you, but I can. Just like I can sometimes provide special perks like Onboard Credits for cruises, special group rates, and more.

As you can see, there are several reasons why using a travel agent to book your vacation is beneficial to you—and I haven’t even mentioned the wealth of knowledge we all have regarding destinations and activities—but to me, the most important reason to book through a travel agent is the simple fact that you’ll be supporting a small business. I’m not a multi-billion-dollar company; I’m a mom. I’m a mom who’s paying for her kids to go to college, to take dance lessons, to inevitably go over their cell phone minutes. I’m a mom who loves to travel hassle-free with her family, and I want the same easy, convenient experience for yours. That’s why you should book with me.

So, what do you say? Are you starting to see the perks of booking through a travel agent? If the answer’s yes, don’t waste any time waiting. Request a quote with me today!

Universal Dining Plan Options

Universal Quick Service Dining Plan

Universal has two different dining plan options, similar to Disney.  One is a quick-service dining plan which includes 1 Quick Service meal per day and 2 snacks (1 snack and 1 beverage).  One thing I love about Universal is that they do not require you to add the dining plan for your length of stay. You can add it for as many or as little days as you want.  Universal reports that the dining plan saves you 25% off the price you would pay at the park.  What I don’t like about the dining plan compared to Disney, is that it only works at certain locations, and doesn’t work at the resorts.  There are a lot of locations it does work at, so it’s not a deal breaker though.  You can find more information and what restaurants are included on the Quick Service dining plan here:  Universal Quick Service Dining Plan

Universal Dining Plan

 

Universal Full-Service Dining Plan 

The Universal Dining plan is equivalent to Disney’s Plus Dining Plan.  It includes 1 Quick Service meal (entree platter and non-alcoholic beverage), 1 Full Service meal (entree, Dining plan dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage), 1 Snack and 1 Beverage.   More information and dining locations can be found here:  Universal Full Service Dining

Royal Caribbean Dreamworks Characters

madagascar royal caribbean

Did you know that some Royal Caribbean cruises have Dreamworks characters such as Shrek and Madasgascar?  

If you are looking for a family friendly cruise with lots of activities for kids but don’t really want to pay Disney Cruise prices, Royal Caribbean may be a good option!  

Check out the flyer here:  RC Dreamworks Flyer