Eric Hrubant

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Q: For some­one who does not use a travel agent, how would you sug­gest they be­gin look­ing for a travel agent? A: Ask your net­work of con­tacts (LinkedIn is my go-to) if they have worked with a travel pro­fes­sional that pro­vided them with fast and ex­cel­lent ser­vice. Once you have a few re­fer­rals, sched­ule a time for a call, and have a con­ver­sa­tion. Work­ing with a travel pro­fes­sional is re­la­tion­ship driven, so make sure that you con­nect and trust the per­son you want to work with. You also want to make sure that the travel pro­fes­sional that you are work­ing with has a “lit­tle black book” of fa­vors and con­tacts that they will use to help you dur­ing your own trav­els!

Q: What unique travel ex­pe­ri­ence would you sug­gest for trav­el­ers look­ing for some­thing out of the or­di­nary this fall?

A: I have been in­trigued by the grow­ing Well­ness Travel op­por­tu­ni­ties. I find that peo­ple who have “been there and done that” now want ful­fill­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, while still in­dulging in nice ho­tels and gourmet meals. I’m per­son­ally go­ing on a “Day of the Dead” trip this year and the itin­er­ary in­cludes pho­tog­ra­phy lessons, cook­ing demon­stra­tions, spa treat­ments, and a day of vol­un­teer­ing at a chil­dren’s home.

Q: What des­ti­na­tion/ex­pe­ri­ence would you sug­gest to the trav­eler want­ing some­thing truly unique while on a bud­get?

A: Europe! The ex­change rate is fan­tas­tic for Amer­i­cans trav­el­ing to Europe. Go to Por­tu­gal, which is al­ready af­ford­able, but now plan to stay longer or up­grade to a 4 or 5 star ho­tel that you nor­mally would find cost pro­hib­i­tive. Q: What des­ti­na­tion/ex­pe­ri­ence would you sug­gest for fam­ily travel

A: When I first started work­ing in travel 16 years ago, the term “All-in­clu­sive” had a neg­a­tive con­na­tion for our lux­ury clients. How­ever, times have changed and there are lux­u­ri­ous all-in­clu­sive re­sorts that are per­fect for fam­ily getaways. Who wouldn’t want to go to a re­sort where the kids are happy with end­less ac­tiv­i­ties; while the par­ents are en­joy­ing great food, golf, tennis and spa treat­ments! Q: What des­ti­na­tion/ex­pe­ri­ence would you sug­gest for a ro­man­tic get­away?

A: I re­cently came back from a five night ro­man­tic get­away to Santa Fe, New Mex­ico. There is some­thing mag­i­cal about be­ing in Santa Fe. I felt all the stresses of life melt away when we checked into our ho­tel, and my high-strung and overly caf­feinated NYC per­son­al­ity soft­ened. Spend a week sleep­ing late, eat­ing good food (let’s not for­get the te­quila) and just ex­pe­ri­ence a slower pace with your part­ner.

Travel Tip:

Be nice! Be­ing nice, mak­ing eye con­tact and val­i­dat­ing those peo­ple you meet while trav­el­ing will only come back to you.

Pho­tog­ra­phy Cour­tesy Eric Hrubant Bio:

Work­ing in the travel in­dus­try is Eric’s ve­hi­cle for do­ing good in the world. As a trained so­cial worker, he uses the skills that he learned then to now take the stress out of the travel process, mak­ing it eas­ier and more fun for his clients. Be­ing able to know when a flight is can­celled and proac­tively work­ing to get his client on an al­ter­nate flight (of­ten with a good seat or up­grade) is his spe­cialty. Ev­ery­one works re­ally hard, and he feels that hav­ing a travel pro­fes­sional as a ded­i­cated ally is essen­tial for ev­ery­one’s san­ity, and the bottom line.


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