The savvy travelers had their Travel Agent on Speed Dial! – Brawl breaks out after flight canceled.

Wondering how many of those stranded passengers at the airport had a trusted travel planner #TravelAgent on their ICE contacts list to call for HELP during this melee!!!

Times like this is why you work with a Travel Professional when you #Plan2Travel !! We are available for our clients before, DURING and after their trip!

Screams and commotion took over Fort Lauderdale’s airport Monday as travelers clashed with Spirit Airlines employees and police.

Source: Spirit Airlines cancels flight, passenger brawl breaks out – CNN.com

Many think that it’s so easy to just book yourself online so why work with a Travel Agent? Well, crap happens, even when we travel. Establishing a working relationship with a travel agent professional is what smart and savvy travelers do. Your travel professional will not only help you plan and book your trip, he/she knows your itinerary and is just a telephone call away, if/when something like this or worse happens.

Use a Travel Agent when you plan to travel. I’m sure there were many in that crowd who didn’t know the first thing to do or who to call when all hell broke loose.  Don’t let that be you.

Tina Little-Coltrane: Owner/Travel Consultant at TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises!

Keep Calm and Call Your Travel Agent,…if you have one!

Plan to Travel With a Travel Agent Specialist!

Are you really still thinking its OK to #TRAVEL anywhere in the world without the security of a known #TravelAgent Pro you can call by first/last name from your saved ICE (In  Case of Emergency) contacts list?  I sincerely hope not!  If all you have on your mind is, “Oh, I can find my own cheap travel deals” because you think that is all we do,….then please by all means, do miss this post unless your mind is open to learn the truth about Travel Professionals.

If you are someone who understands the benefits of establishing a reliable business relationship with a Travel Professional and the importance of having that connection in place before you travel in 2017 and beyond, this is for you. Always work with a Professional #TravelSpecialist when you #Plan2Travel !! 

Need to know, “What is a Travel Specialist, Anyway?”  Listen to this from Conde Nast Traveler on SoundCloud:-> https://soundcloud.com/condenasttraveler/what-is-a-travel-specialist-anyway

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Keep Calm and Call Your Travel Agent Specialist!

Are you ready to take your Holiday Traditions to another level?

“You cannot keep doing the same thing, the same way, and keep expecting something different to happen.” Beth Moore –

Well, maybe you can. Depends on who you ask. Many are  quite content with doing the same thing, year after year so if that describes you then this post is not speaking to you. Alternately, if you are someone who is tired of this repetitive, egocentric consumerist mentality of being, somewhat due to past generations creating materialistic Holiday traditions, then please, by all means, understand that you do have other options.

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Doing the same thing year after year? Expecting something different? Buying more stuff? Stop it! Consider GIVING the Gift of a #TRAVEL experience to yourself or a loved one! Invest in new experiences, make memories in new places, educate you and yours about other cultures. Volunteer on a Holiday trip! Make Travel Memories! Just make a decision to go somewhere to do something different! Your Travel options are endless! And remember, when you plan to Travel, work with #TravelAgent Professional that you can trust and rely on for support before, during and after your trip!!

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The Secret to Happiness? Spend Money on Experiences, Not Things

Be honest with yourself, are those $500 jeans going to make you happy tomorrow? Next week? Now how about a $100 pair of jeans and a $100 massage every Friday for the next four weeks? Trying to look like a movie star or a fashion model is a pricy endeavor and in the end the only one who comes out ahead is your credit card company. Instead of spending your hard earned bread on clothes and jewelry to make yourself look better, spend that money on activities that will make you feel better.

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TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises!

 

Travel Agent Awareness: What Do You Know?

Good morning!…or Afternoon, or Evening depending on what time of the day you are reading this post. 😀  Well, today kicks of a full week of Travel Agent Awareness posts focused for the many of you who do not know how a Travel Agent works and how beneficial we are to your travel planning life.

I am a #TravelAgent Professional, first introduced into the Travel Industry in 1984.  As the Owner of TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises, now at an age and stage in this profession which allows me to offer Boutique-style or destination specific Travel planning and booking services.

So, what do you know about Travel Agents? If you have ever wondered: How we work? How do we get paid for our services and more importantly, “What are the benefits to establishing a professional working relationship with a Travel Planner who you can trust and rely on to handle all of your Travel needs and more?”, please pay close attention to Social Media this week. You will find posts tagged #TravelAgentAwareness that will answer all of these and many other questions all over Facebook and Twitter specifically, about the importance of a having a #TravelAgent in your #Travel planning life.

I will be sharing some of the best FYI posts and blogs that I have come across over the years so please do follow me at:

Today’s Blog pick comes from The Enchanted Traveler:

10 FAQs About Travel Agents

10. Why should I book with you instead of one of the big online sites?

When you book online, you get a very DIY experience. You’re on your own completely. Will the website know that you hated that one hotel because you were stuck in a room next to the ice machine? Will it know that your kids really would prefer an active kids club? Will it know that your husband is a foodie? Will it tell you that the gorgeous beach pictured in the photo was pretty 5 years ago when that photo was taken but now it’s been eroded and is full of seaweed? Nope. If you have a question, can you call the 800 number, ask the question, then call right back when you remember something else and talk to the same nice person? Not likely. No, you’ll get a call center, probably in India, with a different person each time, who may or may not care about your question and really has no investment in how much you enjoy your vacation. Will they know which activities to recommend and offer to book them for you? Will they make sure you got all your documents and contact you with any changes that happen before your trip? Will they go to bat with you if your flight gets canceled or drastically changed or if your hotel room is not the category you were promised? Will they actually care about you and your family personally? Well, there you go. The difference is, I will. I am not a computer program or a call center in India. I am YOUR travel consultant, and I care very deeply that you get the vacation that YOU want.

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Are you still traveling without benefit of a trusted Travel Professional who has your back before, during and after your trip???  Well, I sincerely hope not. If you have not already established a working relationship with a Travel Advisor that you can trust and rely on, I invite you to contact us for your Travel planning needs.  2017 is knocking at the door. Do not risk traveling anywhere in the world without the security of a known Travel Professional you can call by First and Last name from your saved ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts list.

Tina Little-Coltrane: Owner/Travel Coordinator at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!