Why Specialized Travel Professionals Can Be Worth Their Weight in Gold
by John Rasiej, Business Coach and Consultant
Specialized travel expertise matters.
When people think of travel agents, often they consider the factors of convenience in making plans and perhaps finding better deals on some of the excursions and hotels they hope to visit. But finding a great travel expert who specializes in the locations you hope to visit can matter big time when it comes to how FULFILLING your vacation will be.
More than simply visiting places, most of us want to experience the culture and the feel of the area we visit. As well as to get to know more about its people. With today’s technology any one of us can go on-line and book flights, make hotel reservations and even get a cursory overview of what makes any particular region or city worth exploring. Often those “unbelievable deals” are just a click away. So besides the convenience of not doing it yourself, what can an elite travel professional offer you?
Specialized help comes in personalizing the experience and maximizing opportunities that come up at different times of the year. A great travel provider will get to know you and bring out ideas that match your passions. Knowing those things could sway your decision of when you travel to particular cities and regions. For example, this month in Italy there are many different special events aimed at particular interests. Just a short list includes:
- International Chocolate Show with the best artisanal and high-quality chocolates, Bologna
- International Motorcycle Show, Milano
- Wool Fair, Firenze
- Jazz Festivals happening in several cities
- Truffle festival in Alba
- Artissima, the major International show of contemporary art, Torino
- Opening of a new museum in Florence
- Decorative lighting above the streets of Torino and in Salerno
- Gran Balon, a once-a-month antiques market in Torino
- … and that’s just a start.
Couldn’t just anyone find all this information out?
You want to work with a true specialist who has a passion for that country. Why does it matter? Well, there’s not one spot on the Internet where you can find every single thing compiled. And even if there were, it might take ages to sort through things. A dedicated expert who really knows a country or region will be able to stay on top of what’s offered at certain times of the year, and then match those with your dreams or hobbies.
What might you miss by booking a cookie-cutter vacation?
If you love motorcycles for instance, how much would it hurt to have planned your own trip to Italy for early November and only as you’re about to leave find you missed the chance to be at the biggest show of the year, perhaps see some models you’d never see at home?
That’s where a top-notch travel specialist can really stand out above and beyond. Not just to know the best hotels, the best restaurants and how to get museum tickets. But rather to know a country intimately. To know what happens there that makes it special. What the people of a city or region celebrate and cherish, and match it to your dreams for the trip.
© 2015 John Rasiej