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.
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.