Planning a multi-city trip #2

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First, I saw that a lot of people have started following me recently. I want to say a big thank you to everyone. And now for a little shameless advertising. I’m a travel agent who would love to help more people plan trips. My website is http://www.familytripsinc.com. E-mail is by far the best way to communicate with me, and that is sarah@familytripsinc.com

Okay, say you are going on a multi-city trip with a small group of friends. You will want to get each person going to make a list of places they want to visit, restaurants they want to eat at, etc. And then set aside some time to discuss your different hopes. This will help decide a lot about your trip, where you are going, how long you want to stay at each place, things like that. It always to have some kind of plan in place.

But at the same time you will want to be flexible. Some things are going to take longer than you think. You may have car trouble. Or you may hear about something spectacular from the locals that you do not want to miss out on.

And of course, you will want to discuss your budget for this trip. You will want to make sure that everyone is on the same page as far as money matters. Is someone struggling financially, but you can’t imagine taking the trip without him? Discuss whether everyone is going to to pay for his own, or might you help one another?

I’m not 100% about whether I am going to have internet where we are going tomorrow. I think I am going to try to work some if I can.

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Shameless plug

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I know that this is something I’ve written about before, and likely this topic is something I will cover again sometime in the future. But this topic is vital to my business. I’m going to be talking about why people should book their trips through a travel agent. The first thing I would like to point out is that I have my website at http://www.familytripsinc.com, and booking your hotels and car rentals through my site would allow me to make a commission off whatever you need. And I would appreciate your business in that. If you find cheaper rates, I would welcome an e-mail letting me know, and I can try to figure something out.

 

Another thing you should know is that I have insider information in the travel industry. I get a lot of travel deals in my inbox each day. I try to pass those on to you through Facebook and Twitter. If you see any of those that you are interested in, please let me know. I’d be more than happy to help you with any of these trips.

 

Something you should remember is that as a travel agent I am hopefully going to be more and more trips. And hotels and other travel venues are going to see my name on e-mails over and over again. Maybe a hotel is going through a rough patch for whatever reason, and you don’t get the service you deserve. Getting an e-mail from you might get you somewhere or it might not. You may or may not be back, but you’re only one family, and unless you want to take a lot of time, you aren’t going to do that business a lot of harm. On the other hand, as a travel agent, I am going to be booking a lot of travel over the years. I really want my clients to have the best experience possible. I am going to remember when my clients have a good experience and when they do not. If my clients aren’t happy with their trip, I am going to need to let the  responsible party know that. And not only do I have the potential to bring a hotel a lot of business myself, I also talk to other travel agents on a regular basis.

 

So let me know if you are interested in working on any trips with me. I’ll be more than happy to help

Best vacation spots for disabled kids #3

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I have a dear friend I am going to get to hang out with tonight. So I need to get to some work stuff before work starts.

 

Once again, we are going to be discussing some great destinations for the disabled. Did you know that there are chairs which will allow disabled people to ski? There is a place in Colorado that makes it easy for anyone who wants to to ski. This resort is called Mount Tremblant and offers a wide variety of activities, no matter who you are. They have everything from ice skating to dog sledding and ice fishing. A lot of their ski instructors have been trained to work with the disabled. All of the rooms are spacious, and will accommodate wheelchairs. And all the restaurants at this resort are accommodating as well. This is not the only resort in Colorado who has accessible skiing. But Tremblant looks like it is dedicated to being the most accommodating… Personally, I don’t think chair skiing is something I want to try. I’m kind of getting less and less adventurous as the years go by.

 

My family have a house near this place, and I think that’s where we are going for Christmas this year.. The place that is called good for the disabled is Dollywood which is near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It is an amusement park, but is much calmer than a lot of other parks like this. I have never been to the park itself, those places have lost their appeal to me. But I know the area also has a lot of shopping, and some great restaurants. It is also a beautiful place to go hiking and things like that because it is in the beautiful mountains.

 

I would love to know your thoughts on this, any questions you might have..

Best vacation spots for the disabled #2

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I am someone who likes getting up fairly early and getting the things I need to do done as quickly as I can. But because of my disability, I have to wait on Mom to get me up. Today, early didn’t happen, but anyway.. I’m trying to figure out the best order to do things. This comes first, and then I’m thinking about doing school, and saving my forum “work” for last, since that is what I enjoy most.

 

Anyway, let’s get back to discussing the best places to take disabled kids on vacation. Splore, Utah has a resort type place that allows disabled kids to go four-wheel riding, horseback riding, mountain biking, and even has scenic flights you can take. Cow Boy fare is what is usually served, but the chefs there welcome you making special requests.. If I could travel by myself, I would love to get to this place, even from the short description I’m reading online.

 

You may be wondering if there is any way you and your family can take a cruise. Actually, there is. Royal Caribbean is starting to do more and more for the disabled community, especially those with Autism. They offer special programs for the disabled, and are more than happy to cater to those with special dietary needs. Royal Caribbean has made sure that at least part of the crew has been certified, so you can even feel safe leaving your child in the programs and having fun yourself.

 

I think I am going to stop here and get on to some other things. I think I am going to look up that resort. What about you?

Today

As a home-based travel agent, I have a lot of different things I’m trying to accomplish. My number one goal these days is trying to get clients to work with. And that’s not just because I’d like to get some more money coming in, though I’d really like that. But as new as I am, I love getting the experience. I love figuring out different people’s travel wants and needs and finding a trip that they can get excited about.

My work day usually starts by checking in with my social media sites, and then going through my e-mail, answering the e-mails that needs to be answered. E-mail usually takes me about an hour, give or take. Today I needed to resuscribe someone to our travel newsletters. I also got busy on my Alaska cruise inquiry and finally found a couple of options for her. I e-mailed her about both of those. I’m looking forward to hearing back from her, to see if either one of those might work for their family, or both if I need to do more research.

I think my next big project is going to be joining some travel agent forums, hoping to get in touch with more people wanting to travel, and hopefully some of the people I’ll meet on these forums will want to use my services. I know, I know, most forums don’t want to be used as a means of advertisement. I’m hoping to figure out a way around that.

That’s kind of what I’ve done today. I’m really enjoying working as a travel agent, and hope to be doing this for a long time.