FAQ

What is a travel advisor?

I prefer the term travel advisor, because I am not just a booking agent. I use my expertise and resources to give you professional advice beyond simply booking the elements of your trip.

Why pay fees?

I charge planning fees because I not only provide expert advice and support but also add tremendous value to your trip and the planning process. Professional fees are charged upfront and vary with the complexity of your travel plans. Transaction fees for ticketing, etc. may be included with itinerary planning or we can add items à la carte, depending on circumstances.

What are your fees?

My fees are based on the complexity of the trip and vary depending a number of factors. Please email or call me and I will be happy to go over my fee schedule. 

Why not book myself?

You can definitely book yourself, but I can save you the time and energy it takes to sort through all the options. I also have industry connections and the expertise to create a unique trip that suits your needs and interests. Hiring a travel advisor is about adding value to your trip.

Can you help me apply for my Passport + Visa?

Of course! I can help you fill out the paperwork and submit it to the appropriate authorities to obtain your passport and/or visa. If you and I are working together on a custom itinerary, the cost may be covered in my trip planning fee, or I can provide you assistance à la carte, if needed (please note, the cost of the visa and/or passport and processing are separate).

Can you help me with Travel Insurance?

Absolutely! I always recommend travel insurance. It's the best way to protect yourself from unforeseen circumstances, but I know that it can be a bit confusing. You and I will work together with the insurance provider to make sure your trip is adequately covered. If you're interested in checking out Allianz and getting a quote, click here. >

What if I need to cancel?

No one wants to cancel or come back early from their vacation, but sometimes it’s necessary. The cost incurred for cancellation will vary, depending on the policies of each supplier. Buying travel insurance at the start of planning is the best way to protect yourself from losing money spent on a trip that you will not get to enjoy. Because of the time needed for me to help sort out and cancel each item of the itinerary, a cancellation fee may be imposed by me, depending on the complexity of the trip and notice of cancellation.

RESOURCES

Passport + Visa / U.S. Department of State > 

•  Find information about applying for or renewing your passport
•  Search by country to determine the visa requirements for U.S. citizens
•  Lookup travel warnings and alerts
•  Enroll your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate of your destination through the STEP program 

U.S. Customs + Trusted Traveler Programs / U.S. Customs and Border Protection >

•  Get information regarding customs and requirements for declaring goods brought into the U.S.
•  Learn how to apply for trusted traveler programs like Global Entry, which allows expedited clearance when arriving into the U.S. Approval for Global Entry automatically enrolls you in TSA Pre✓

Airport Security / Transportation Security Administration >

•  Find airport security information, such as prohibited items and acceptable forms of identification
•  Apply for TSA Pre✓, which allows expedited security screening at most U.S. airports. If you plan to travel internationally, you should consider Global Entry, which, once approved, enrolls you in TSA Pre✓.

Travel Health / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention >

•  Learn about travel related health information
•  Look up recommended vaccines by country
•  Always consult with your doctor prior to traveling abroad

Culture / UNESCO World Heritage List >

•  List of protected and endangered cultural and natural sites throughout the world
•  Great resource for travelers interested in history and preservation.

Guidebooks / Lonely Planet > Wallpaper* City Guides >

•  Lonely Planet's destination guides are well researched and provide reliable information, while maintaining the company's mission to responsible travel
•  The pocket-size Wallpaper* City Guides are great for finding interesting sites, hotels, restaurants and shops in a city

Apps / Umapped >

•  Umapped is my preferred method for building itineraries that are available online, through the app and in pdf form

Articles / Travel + Leisure > Condé Nast Traveler > Food & Wine >

•  Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler are both great travel publications
•  I also like to experience new places through local cuisine, so I get travel inspiration from Food & Wine

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dbragg@smartflyer.com
+1 615 669 5620