This is coming in late as I’ve been a busy “bee” today. Lots of stuff going on and trying to take care of them. I know I’ve been over this thing about a thousand times but after seeing a friend publicly ask for recommendations about a trip to some place and having that friend seem to be totally surprised when I told her I was one, let me reiterate… I am a travel professional!! I have my own “agency” called Bee On Your Way Travel. It’s an independent agency of a larger, national, umbrella agency.
Now, I’m not blaming this friend, at all. She’s not to blame, I am. I need to do a better job of putting the word out there. Although I’ve been doing it for over three years, I suppose some people just aren’t being inundated with my posts and tweets enough. That’s probably because I’m not inundating anyone with them. Facebook’s new rules, or the fact that they want you to plop down exorbitant amounts of money to advertise through them (i.e. really inundate you with ads) many people don’t see my posts when I do make them from my “travel professional” page.
I’m not posting on there as usual as I’d like because I can’t schedule “shares.” My content is always vendor-driven. I want people to know what specials I can offer them from my vendors. But, I can’t just schedule things to come out when I want to using that. So I have to create original posts and that’s very time consuming and as we know, Dear Reader, this isn’t my only gig. Same goes with my Twitter account for the agency, it’s hard to get enough content scheduled to create proper content. I can make stuff from scratch but, again, that’s time consuming. Not that you’re not worth it, but that I have to pick and choose my battles. So, here I am, again, letting you know that I sell vacations. I book business trips. I get you where you’re going. I help make dreams into memories (I made that one up – but it’s true).
Are you looking to book your family’s dream vacation to Walt Disney World? That’s a daunting task to sort through all that minutiae to get exactly what you want out of it. I’m here to help you with that. I am a travel professional because of my Disney knowledge. Dining plans and park hoppers? Deluxe, Moderate, Value? Don’t know what I’m talking about? Don’t worry, you don’t have to, I’ll explain it. I’ll book it.
Looking to get 5 of your employees and you to a trade conference in Vegas but everyone’s on different time schedules? I’ll do that booking for you. You have enough other stuff to worry about than that. Have a last minute jaunt to a festival you’ve always wanted to go to but hadn’t booked the flights or a room or a car? I got you! Open-sea cruise? Riverboat Cruise? I got you!
Is Europe on your agenda this year? Do you want to have all your luggage loaded and unloaded for you and an English-speaking guide to tell you all that you could want to know about the British Isles or the windmills in Holland or the history of Point Zero in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in my favorite city, Paris? Guided tours are a wonderful way to see Europe. Unlike tours in the past, you still have these guided tours and still have plenty of free time for yourself. You don’t necessarily get to see the behind-the-scenes tours of the World’s oldest and best cities on your own, with these, you do.
How about just renting “aparthotels” in Berlin or Prague and staying like you live there? More than one city? No problem, I’ll find the perfect free-independent itinerary for you. Piece each part together. Tickets to the Louvre or bus tours around London? I got you! Every kind of travel you can think of, I do it.
In the case of my friend, they just needed a hotel room on the beach for three days in July. Okay! I have many to choose from with a wide range of budgets to consider. A trip to D.C. A trip to Quebec? The Grand Canyon? Tokyo, Korea, Vietnam? Coming soon… Cuba? I can do all that. Get you there, get you settled in and get you a good time.
I can do this two ways. You can call me, email me, send me a message via my “travel professional” Facebook page, message me via Twitter, anyway you want. Heck even message me here, or if you know me personally, just hit me up on my regular Facebook page. The other way is by visiting my website. Do you use sites like Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak or the like? Then you can help a brother out by visiting my site, BeeOnYourWay.com. It’s powered by Priceline so it’s comparable to any of the other OTAs (online travel agents). The difference in mine? With the exception of flights, anything that’s booked on my site, I get commission for it. Am I making a lot? No. I’m making minimal, but sometimes it’s just good sense for you and for me to book via that engine. If you want in-depth booking help or questions, then call me directly. I’ll be honest, I make more commission when you do it that way (letting me do it).
Since I’m talking commission, let’s discuss how it works and better yet, what does it mean to you? I’m not going to lie to you. The cost of going through a travel professional does cost a bit more. Usually, it’s a very modest amount. The vendors don’t want to lose money and I need to feed my family so think of it like this: you don’t want to work for free, neither do I. Yes, you can book yourself via the OTA but why? You most likely work 40 hours a week. You work hard for that money. Do you want to go home and spend hours upon hours of time from your family, friends, dog, etc. by sitting at a computer sorting through webpage after webpage after webpage of travel information just to get frustrated and most likely turn off the computer and go to bed mad? No, you don’t want to do that. You also don’t want to get out a ladder (or borrow or buy one) and get up on your roof and clean your gutters out or you’re too busy to mow your lawn. You hire people to do that. So let me be who you hire to manage your vacation or leisure time. If it cost you $50 more to book a trip through me while you’re still able to work or even sleep. Wouldn’t that be worth it? It’s worth it, I promise. Now, with Disney, you won’t pay me one penny more than if you book it yourself online. Not. One. Penny. More.
What are travel professionals not? We’re not deal finders. We do come across special pricing promotions every once in a while, but we’re not here to find you deals. You don’t call a real estate agent and say, “hey! what kind of deal can youo find me on a house?!” While insurance agents shop to find bundle deals for your home/car/boat/motorcycle insurance, you don’t call them looking for a deal. You get them to do the work for you: prepping the paperwork, looking at rules and regulations, etc. Same with travel agents (still professionals), we don’t hunt deals, we work so you don’t have to. Use us.
I have made this about 800 words more than I meant to, and I apologize for that, but I wanted to make sure I got the point across and explained all that you may need to know about travel professionals. Use us (especially me!) and allow us to work for you. Contact me and let me help you get where you want to go.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Now, you’re going places!” – Tim Beeman – Travel Professional