Questions about our Travel Consulting Services for Italy, France, Ireland and the rest of Europe
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why should I hire someone to make travel plans for me when I could probably do it myself?
A. People hire professionals for tasks like lawn care, interior decorating, housecleaning, dog walking, and many other jobs they don’t want to do or don’t have time to complete. They could probably do all these things themselves but time is money and you have to make choices. Betsy has had a wonderful woman clean her house for her and has enjoyed that luxury for as long as she's been able to afford it. She's pretty good at cleaning her own house, but she'd much rather be doing other things. She don’t like cleaning but she loves having a clean house, so she's glad to pay someone else to do it for her. It can be the same for making travel plans.
Q. Do you book airfare?
A. We don't book your airfare for you but we will gladly give you guidance in helping you to select the flights and search for good value.
Q. How far in advance do you need to contact us to make arrangements?
A. This depends a lot on what time of year you want to go and how long you will be traveling. If you plan to travel to Europe in the summer time, or to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day, for example, contacting us 6 months ahead of time will give you the best chance to reserve your first choice hotels, restaurants and activities. If you don't have that much lead time, contact us and we will do our best to book a great trip for you or help you with your plans -- you just need to know that some of your favorite spots might already be booked. If you are going in a slower season, 3-4 months can work. If you want one on one consultation, you simply need to get on our calendar. Fees may increase if services are needed 2 months or less before travel. Please inquire.
Q. How many travelers are included in your fees?
A. We will make arrangements for up to 6 people with the stated fees. For larger groups, please contact us and we will work up a proposal for you.
Q. Why should I use your services?
A. We want to make sure you have the trip of your dreams and will work hard to help make that happen. We will save you time and stress and find those special places and experiences that can really make your time in Europe special. This is what we LOVE to do. We also will provide advice learned from years of traveling and living in Europe. We've made lots of mistakes over the years. You can learn from our mistakes so you don't have to make them yourself!!
Q. This is going to cost money. Why should I spend more money on something that is already expensive?
A. Let’s face it: taking a holiday can be expensive! But a vacation is really an important investment in making memories. Travel changes your perspective, alters one’s worldview and influences our perception of our future. Oh yes – and it’s A LOT of FUN! Like any other investment, you definitely want to spend your money wisely! It’s a good idea to hire someone who can make sure you do just that!! If you are not experienced in making travel plans you may not know where to look for the best information. Maybe you're not sure of the passport and visa requirements in different countries or how long you can legally stay there (hint: with a US passport you can stay 90 out of 180 days in most European countries, so you are probably just fine if you're planning to be there a few weeks on vacation). It’s possible you could make decisions that would not be the best use of your valuable travel budget. A team who has been where you want to go, is interested in doing the research and is willing to take all your preferences, budget, ideas, and dreams and make them into a reality – that is a team you want to hire! If that group of people can help you spend your travel funds wisely, that is indeed a good investment.