5 Reasons to Use a Travel Advisor

5 reasonsAs my client, you would know this already, but, a refresher is always good. (As one of my old actuarial colleagues used to say, it goes without saying, but it goes better having been said. So, thanks www.virtuoso.com for having said it, with credits to the editors of Virtuoso for having penned this basis of this piece.)

Here’s the list of 5 reasons.

1. Personalized Planning

2. Global Expertise & Connections

3. Value for the Money

4. VIP Treatment

5. Peace of Mind




It’s all about the VALUE

So, let’s look at the 5 reasons, one by one.

#1. Personalized Planning

When you collaborate with me as your VIrtuoso travel advisor,  your trips will be tailored to your needs,

*As your Travel Advisor, I represent you (not the suppliers)

*I schedule a complimentary consultation with you.

*I review what’s important to you, and your travel history

*I explain the value in working with me, how I can help

*I am your travel masterchef – I have a host of ingredients available to me to prepare any meal. Sometimes you feel like a Big Mac, and sometimes you feel like a gourmet burger. So I can  combine the travel supplier “ingredients” to  prepare the travel experience “meal” to suit your needs and appetites each time.


#2. Global Expertise & Connections

As a Virtuoso advisor, I have relationships with people  around the world who can arrange experiences  that make a trip truly extraordinary. I leverage that global expertise, and my connections, to help you.

I go to Virtuoso Travel Week every year, and have 5 years in a row. It is the most important week of my year. It’s where I make connections, and research your travel experiences. Here’s just a sample of the people I met in Vegas this year.

see pictures here  http://myemail.constantcontact.com/5-Reasons-to-Use-a-Travel-Advisor—Sheila-s-Travel-Ideas-for-Your-Lush-Life-.html?soid=1105264108211&aid=PqP25bfnuVc


Dan Mahar, CEO of Tauck.
Lesa Bain, VP Lindblad Expeditions.
Travel Channel tv host, Don Wildman
famed travel writer & Ted speaker, Pico Iyer.
Edie Rodriguez, CEO Crystal Cruises
Jon Carroll of Quark Expeditions
Thomas Lennartz & Jason Hillier of Arctic Kingdom
Rajini Pilay, Waldorf Orlando.

#3. Value for the Money

As your Virtuoso advisor, I have access to the same  (and often better) pricing than you can find online, and can secure special perks you can’t get yourself.
And the best perks for booking with me, as a Virtuoso travel advisor are:

a. exclusive Virtuoso hotel partner amenities

>that you only get by booking through Virtuoso advisor

>access to Virtuoso discounted rates

>always includes breakfast for 2 each day

>an additional resort amenity (such as food & beverage, or spa credit)

>an upgrade if available on check in>also early check in, late check out if available

b. Virtuoso Voyager Club

>is a fantastic loyalty program to VIP cruise clients

>Virtuoso Voyager Club host onboard

> program is on over 400 sailings of best cruise sailings

>an inclusion of special amenitie incl onboard reception, special shore event

c. VAST = Virtuoso Active & Specialty Travel

>growing area in travel that go far beyond “fly ‘n flop” trips

>access to new and innovative travel experiences>emphasis on active adventure, and immersive & sustainable travel


#4 VIP Treatment 

As a Virtuoso travel advisor, I can get you exclusive access to events, private tours, and other extras.
Ask my clients who are touring the Crystal Symphony in Montreal in a couple of weeks, or the family who did the private tour of the Tower of London, another who received personalized cupcakes and drinks for their children at hotel check in, or those that got upgraded from a lead-in room to a suite. My connections work to VIP my clients. You cannot VIP yourself.


#5. Peace of Mind 

In addition to saving you time and money,I (or members of my team) am available 24/7 before, during, and after your trip; so you can relax and have fun.
With Vision Travel, I (and therefore, you) have access to:

>International Air desk – available to assist you (emergency # 24/7)

>our fantastic relationships with suppliers

>and our best Virtuoso partners


As your Travel Advisor, I am:

>Your advocate

>There to represent your interests

>serve as someone to call when things go wrong

> and always follow up afterwards

If you work with a financial planner for your finances, you should be working with a travel advisor for your travel plans. Your holiday time is your most precious asset.

Let’s talk!  Let me curate your travel dreams – whatever is right for you!

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Sheila Gallant-Halloran




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