Is Travel Insurance Really Necessary?

Many times, people think of the word insurance and go running in the other direction. I can understand their reservations, as there are instances where something titled “insurance” is a money grab that they’ll likely never use. I assure you that travel is not one of those instances. Did you know that 1 in 6 people that get travel insurance submit a claim? That’s not included all of the potential claims of people who didn’t have any coverage. A very necessary and often overlooked or undervalued part of planning a trip is looking into and purchasing a travel protection package. Take a few minutes to read these real world examples when travel insurance was or would have been vital. These are people that I know, or have heard of from colleagues and friends.

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Group Travel: 8 Suggestions for your Group Vacation

Do you belong to a group? Has your group talked about getting away to relax, or go to an event together? I can help! There are many benefits to booking as a group and I can assist in planning group travel. Here are several examples of different types of group travel that I can plan. Be inspired, get some ideas and start thinking through how you and your group can get away for some quality time together.

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Solo Travel: A new way to vacation

An increasingly popular trend in travel right now is Solo Travel. Solo, meaning by yourself? For some, that thought may be initially daunting, or even downright overwhelming, but you might be surprised how freeing it can be. Solo travel may very well come as a welcome break from the stresses and pressures of everyday life and a chance to explore, to see new things and not to have to worry about whether your traveling companion has the same agenda.

Ever say to yourself, I want to carve out a piece of the world and be by myself for a bit? Now’s your chance.

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5 Places I'd Like to Visit

Our world is a vast place with so many incredible sights to see and each offers unique perspectives and their own beauty. As a travel agent, you might think that I get tired of looking at places for people to visit but it’s just the opposite. I get FIRED UP looking at all of the amazing places that this planet we call Earth has to offer. I wish that I could take a year or two and just travel across the globe, that would be awesome.

I’ve compiled a list of 5 places that I’ve found that I would LOVE to see. Of course, my bank account needs to cooperate but hey, it’s something to work towards. In no specific order, here they are:

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Why You Should Make Your Wedding A Destination Wedding

Getting married is something that a significant number of people do at least once within their lifetime. Weddings are big business and can cost tens of thousands of dollars depending on your tastes and the size of your wallet (or amount of debt that you’re willing to incur). There are so many things to factor in. Renting a hall, inviting hundreds of guests, buying a dress, buying and sending invites, paying for the reception and the list continues.

Destination weddings are an increasingly popular option for many couples, and I can honestly see why. They eliminate a lot of the costly expenses, they involve travel (a definite plus), and if using a travel agent (wink, wink), can significantly reduce the amount of planning and stress that you are going to shoulder.

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Helpful Ways To Budget For Your Next Trip

I don’t know if you are anything like me, but, I would love to travel far more often than I do. Unfortunately, I don’t have unlimited funds, and it takes time to save up for each new trip. Life gets in the way, expenses come up, and we can go chunks of time without any vacations or time away.

So, what is the solution? Unless you have significant disposable income, the answer is that you have to save. It takes time and hard work, but it’s doable and can happen quicker than you might expect. Here are a few ways to try and help you save for your next vacation, and when you’re ready, give me a call!

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Why You Should Use A Travel Agent For Group Travel

Planning a trip, spending your hard-earned money and getting out of your comfort zone can be unnerving. Now take that stress and multiply it when considering traveling with other family members, friends or a group that you belong. Not only do you have multiple points of view but differing expectations, various price points and so on. Now your dream vacation has become overwhelming and daunting because you are trying to plan the trip for a group. You don’t want to end up that person that is miserable because of the hassle they went through planning, booking and organizing the event and then end up jealous of the people that get to come and enjoy the trip. Join the masses, sit back, kick up your feet and let someone else manage it for you. Enter Travel Agent!

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Common Misconceptions about Travel Agents

It’s surprising how often I’m talking to people and one of the first things they say is “You’re a travel agent? Is that still a thing?.” For many the idea of a travel agent seems obsolete and people wonder why they would need to use a travel agent in today’s day and age. I’ve written before about the benefits of using a travel agent but thought that I’d address some common misconceptions.

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Unexpected Ways your Travel Agent Can Help You

The most common thing that comes to mind when thinking about a travel agent, is well, travel plans. To some, the notion of a travel agent is a is a thing of the past. I’ve discussed the benefits of a travel agent before so won’t go into the benefits of using one for travel plans today but did you know that there are other ways in which a travel agent can help you out? Here are some of the common ways in which I can book services apart from travel.

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The Wonderful World of Walt Disney

In my Dec 5th memorial post for Walt Disney, I discussed the legacy that Walt Disney has left behind. Disney is an iconic company, and they have vast travel and tourism opportunities that will keep you busy for years to come with your kids, grandkids and even yourselves. I’ve personally so far only been to Walt Disney World Resort, but I’ll leave that experience for another time. Visiting Disney theme parks and attractions is an experience, and one that I’m sure will cause bouts of nostalgia to well up within you.

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Helpful Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling

There is nothing like that feeling of starting your holiday and knowing that you are going to get away and have the opportunity to relax and get away from daily stresses and routines. As much as we enjoy being away, nothing can derail your trip like getting sick or not feeling well. Before taking your next trip, consider these helpful suggestions to assist in staying as healthy as possible while traveling.

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Why Your Next Trip Should be a River Cruise

River cruises have gotten increasingly popular over the last number of years and for a good reason. There is so much that they have to offer and it's a different way to travel and see the world than other methods. Primarily provided in Europe, these cruises are a fantastic way to see a significant amount of European culture and heritage in a leisurely and stress-free way.

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Happy Birthday Walt Disney!!

Today marks the birthday of Walt Disney, a name that needs no introduction. He passed away 52 years ago on Dec 15, 1966, but his legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of so many. Countless children and youth spent their childhoods watching his cartoons, and the movies that he created. People have been watching his productions for 90 years! Numerous generations have known and loved the characters and stories that he’s had to tell.

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Important Considerations Before Your Next Trip!!!

There are generally two types of people. Those that plan, and those that are more spontaneous. Each has its pros and cons, and neither is better than the other, it comes down to your wiring. That said, however, when it comes to travel, certain things need to be addressed before your trip to make sure that things go smoothly.

I've compiled a list of some essential things that need consideration and action before taking your next trip.

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I Won a Trip To Cozumel, Mexico!!!

One of the great things about being a travel agent is that there are endless opportunities to learn new things and find out about new places. I had one such chance several weeks ago here in Edmonton. One of our suppliers, Melia Resorts and Hotels, hosted a dinner for local travel agents to update us on all of their resorts and updates that they've done to each as well as new properties opening soon. At the end of the evening, they had one representative from each of the resorts offer a prize stay to their location. I believe five in total.

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12 Essentials to Packing the Perfect Beach Bag

With Sun and Sand season upon us, everyone is looking for that perfect getaway to a warmer climate. If you're like most Canadians, cold weather isn't a surprise, and although we survive it every year, many of us are looking for a reprieve to a warmer climate, if only for a week or two. For most, this means staying at a resort in Mexico or the Caribbean and ideally somewhere with a great beach.

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G Adventures - A Different Way to Travel

Today I want to challenge you, to challenge myself, to travel differently. I love travel, I love to go to new places and see new cultures. For many of us, ideal travel is lying on a beach somewhere hot or lazing by the pool at a fancy resort and sipping drinks all day. Though I don’t disagree that these vacations can be very relaxing and enjoyable, I want to challenge you to try something new for your next adventure. I personally believe that travel should be an experience that changes us. It should be something that makes us better, expands our view of the world and causes us to have a better appreciation of other cultures and societies.

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10 Ways a Travel Agent Can Help Save You $$$

A huge misconception that people have is that using a Travel Agent is going to cost more $. As I’ve discussed previously in other posts, this simply isn’t the case. Not only does using a Travel agent not cost you more money, there are also many ways in which we can actually save you money. I’ve compiled a list of 10 of the most common ways in which I can save you cash for your next vacation. Enjoy!

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