I interview a lot of other people for various articles… For this post, I decided to interview myself, using some of the most frequently asked questions I have been getting about the launch of my new travel planning business on January 1!
Q. So what exactly is the service that you will be offering?
A. After receiving many compliments from friends and family about my ability to create detailed travel itineraries, discover off the beaten track attractions, choose outstanding restaurants, and decipher local public transport, I decided to offer my planning abilities to others who may not have the time or know-how to plan for their upcoming vacations.
I will offer detailed Excel spreadsheets which list the top attractions, must-visit restaurants, and public transportation options for my clients. Here is how it will work in 6 simple steps:
Step 1: My client decides to take a vacation and determines a desired budget range.
Step 2: My client fills out a questionnaire about their ideal vacation experience which helps me to hand-pick the activities and places to include in their personalized travel itinerary.
Step 3: I input my suggested itinerary into an Excel spreadsheet complete with expected costs, opening hours, and website links.
Step 4: I send the suggested itinerary to my client for a final review.
Step 5: Depending on the type of service purchased, either my client or I follows the links in the planning document to purchase all necessary pre-trip tickets.
Step 6: My clients will enjoy stress-free pre-planned trips and will save themselves several hours of pre-trip research.
Q. How did you come up with this idea?
A. Packaged group tours have been attracting travelers for a long time now, but just recently has the hybrid style of vacations which are planned but not executed in a supervised group become more popular. Hiring a travel planner eliminates the pre-trip stress of trying to find the best things to do and see in your chosen destination yet still allows you to enjoy the trip with much more flexibility than an organized group tour. Additionally, whereas group tours appeal to the masses, personalized travel planning ensures that the activities you do on your vacation are the ones which you truly look forward to and enjoy.
Q. Which destinations will you offer planning services for?
A. I will be offering travel planning services for all destinations. Although I haven’t been everywhere (it’s on my list!), the strategies I use for researching new destinations are universal. I know which websites to use to compare the best hotel prices, how to look up public transport services in other languages, and how to pick out good advice on travel blogs. Thus, I am confident that I can do the necessary pre-trip research to help my clients enjoy their vacation to any destination worldwide.
Q. Can I see an example of one of your travel plans?
A. Absolutely! I have prepared an ideal 4 day itinerary for Rome, which you can view by clicking here. You can expect this level of detail on all of my suggested itineraries.
Q. How much will your travel planning service cost?
There will be 2 price points as follows:
The basic planning service (excluding assistance purchasing tickets or making reservations) will cost $29 for trips lasting 4 days or less and $39 for trips from 4 to 10 days in length.
The deluxe planning service (including assistance purchasing tickets and making reservations) will cost $49 for trips lasting 4 days or less and $59 for trips from 4 to 10 days in length.
So, there you have it.
I will combine my passion for travel planning with my love for helping others enjoy epic adventures into one business. I hope my services will help many people have more unique, personalized, stress free vacations.
If you or someone you know has an upcoming trip you would like to have planned, I am offering a pre-sale special of $10 off of any travel planning service, basic or deluxe, when paid for by December 31, 2016.
Interested in learning more? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via FB message at https://www.facebook.com/taylor.geiger to begin discussing your travel planning details. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have & share my joy of traveling with you!
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