Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS GLOBETROTTING VACATIONS?
Globetrotting Vacationis a full service travel company with a focus on customer satisfaction. I will use my expertise and contacts to give you the trip of a lifetime. No matter your destination, I will get you there.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO BOOKING A TRIP?
First, we will need setup a time to chat on the phone so I can understand what your dream vacation is. I will give you my advice on the trip and help you understand the country of interest. From there, I will utilize my contacts to build you a customized itinerary to your liking and then we will discuss over the phone or email to make edits. Once you are happy with the itinerary, I will book everything and all you have to do is pack and enjoy the trip of a lifetime.
WHY DO I NEED TO REQUEST A QUOTE?
You will need to request a quote, so you may understand all the fees and total costs of the trip and so I may tailor the trip to you.
IS THERE A FEE TO BOOK A TRIP?
Yes, I do charge a $150 non-refundable planning fee for my services. With this fee, I'm able to work very hard to ensure that you have the most memorable and curated travel experience.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
The short answer, yes!
With my preferred partner, Allianz, you can get the best coverage out there.
WHAT IS TRAVEL INSURANCE?
This is a plan that protects you from certain financial risks and losses that can occur while traveling. The losses may be minor such as a delayed suitcase, or significant, like a last-minute trip cancellation or a medical emergency overseas.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
In most scenarios, travel insurance reimburses you for your covered financial losses after you file a claim and a claim is approved. Let's say you purchase a plan that includes trip cancellation benefits to protect your upcoming trip on a cruise. Two days before your departure, you experience high fever and chest pain. Your doctor diagnoses pneumonia and advises to cancel the trip. The cruise line tell you it's too late to receive a refund. Without travel insurance, you'd lose the money you spent on the vacation. Fortunately, a serious illness can be considered a covered reason for trip cancellation which means you will be reimbursed for your prepaid, nonrefundable trip costs. Once you gather any documents such as doctor's note, airline and cruise line receipts, you may file a claim.
WHY USE A TRAVEL ADVISER?
+ Save time
I can save you time vetting through flights and hotels to find the best rate. Sure, planning the trip is fun and I don't want to take that away from you, but it can also be stressful. There is so much data online, in magazines and books and even on TV, the details can get so stressful. I travel for a living and know the destination you want to go to. And if I don't have first-hand knowledge of the destination, then one of my colleagues has been there or I can ask one of my preferred suppliers.
+ They save you money and add value
I do charge a fee, but the value you will receive will be bigger than what you paid. I bet you didn't know I can get you free breakfast, food and beverage credits at hotels, room upgrades, shipboard credit, group amenities on cruises and even make you dinner reservations.
+ Reassure You and Put Your Worries To Bed
There are so many travel advisories nowadays between the countless Mother Nature incidents such as wildfires, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, hurricanes and snowstorms. Let's not forget to mention the airline bankruptcies, airline strikes, political strikes and State Department warnings. Who wants to navigate this and decipher where it's safe to travel? Thankfully, I'm in the know everyday with the daily travel bulletin I receive regarding various destinations and can be instrumental in reassuring you what places are accessible.
If something goes wrong on your trip, I have your back and will go to bat for you and get your trip on track, so you can relax and enjoy your trip.
+ Better Destinations
I have inside information on the best time to go to crowded destinations and I can get the scoop on the "it" destinations before the masses. Don't you want to visit first?
+ Exclusive Access
Some tours and experiences are only available through a travel adviser. Exotic tours, treks, private jets - this is only available through me.
+ Human Element
I ensure you're a person, not a number. How many times have you called a company and you never speak to the same person? I'm invested in your happiness and satisfaction and want to make sure every trip is packed with positive, lifetime memories. I'm with you before, during and after your trip.
+ They Know More Than You Do...About Travel
Should you book that Asian Irrawaddy cruise heading north or heading south? I know which rooms have the best view, that you should renew your passport six months before it expires. I can recommend a private guide or excursion opposed to a ship excursion, an interesting destination or restaurant along the way, for a chance to to get off the beaten track and experience something different.