10 Mistakes Travel Advisors Should Avoid in 2023

by JuJuB

SOURCE: TravelPulse

Since the spring of 2020, when a global pandemic brought life around the world to a standstill, the travel industry has been on a rollercoaster ride.

Even after social isolation measures and closed borders began to ease, the industry still had much to deal with—including finding ways to conduct business in new and more sustainable ways amid the the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change and environmental devastation. And following close on the heels of that ongoing challenge, inflation set in, driving up the cost of doing business precipitously as the costs of food, fuel and labor soared.

For years now, travel advisors have had to navigate this rapidly evolving landscape and 2023 is likely to require continued agility.

With that in mind, TravelPulse asked agents to share their thoughts about the top mistakes to avoid in the year ahead and the biggest questions and issues they and their colleagues are likely to face over the next 12 months.

1. The world has changed dramatically. Don’t pretend it hasn’t
“As advisors, we all know the travel world has changed dramatically. The biggest mistake to avoid in 2023 will be to assume that our clients know this,” says Jesse Morris of We Book Travel.

“We spent a lot of time helping our clients prepare for the temporary changes to travel such as masking, social distancing and vaccination requirements. However, there are a lot of permanent changes that our clients may assume are just temporary,” he added.

What are some of the developments that are here to stay?

Small things like QR codes replacing menus at restaurants are likely a permanent part of the travel experience, as is contactless check-in at hotels and airports and virtual tours of popular cultural attractions.

All of these changes driven initially by the pandemic, may continue to be a part of the travel landscape for years to come—and it would be a mistake for agents to neglect addressing the new reality with clients. “The more we prepare clients pre-trip, the better their experience will be overall,” says Morris.

2. The cost of travel has increased and is likely to remain high. Be up front about this reality
“Another area that we need to be prepared to discuss is appropriate budgeting,” says Morris. “The cost of air travel has increased. And as people get more accustomed to the pricing being at its current levels, the less likely we are to see it decrease by much— even after airline staffing and routes are back to more acceptable levels.”

It’s also worth noting that prices are likely to continue to climb even more throughout 2023, so this reality will need to be made clear during conversations with customers.

“There are estimates that airfare will rise by more than 8 percent in 2023. People who are waiting to book the air because they are anticipating a drop are likely to be disappointed,” says Morris. “And so we need to be prepared to discuss this with our clients.”

3. Education will be essential in 2023. Don’t neglect this step
“Education for you and for your agents is crucial this year. Be on top of your agency, know destinations, requirements, tour companies, and the ins and outs of our industry,” advises Tammy Levent, founder of Elite Travel.

Clients are likely to be shopping around and comparing the offerings, skills and knowledge of multiple professionals. Educating yourself so that you stand out in a potential client’s mind will be key to success.

“You need to have a competitive angle against your competition,” says Levent. “Live and breathe what you sell.”

4. Don’t skimp on your advertising and marketing budget
“Whatever you do, do not stop advertising or marketing your agency,” says Levent. “This is a mistake that we make, we tend to save money and stop advertising, when this is the time we need to advertise and get our name out there more.”

If your brand is not promoted on social media and other advertising avenues, your agency will definitely feel the effects, says Levent.

5. Do express empathy and understanding when working with clients amid such uncertain times
“You will have clients who are afraid to pull the trigger on a vacation, make sure to empathize with them,” says Levent.

These past few years have been hard on everyone—individuals and businesses alike. The brutal realities of the pandemic are still being processed. And for many, that has triggered a newfound appreciation for the value of life and how fleeting it really is.

“We have realized life is too short and no one, of course, is guaranteed a tomorrow,” continues Levent.

Maybe a client is struggling to find a way to make the three-week trip they’ve been dreaming of work. But as a travel professional, you can bring empathy to the table and help that client find another itinerary, destination, or option that is equally fulfilling.

“If you do not take your time with your client, they will go elsewhere, they need hand holding in these hard times, online agencies cannot give them that,” says Levent.

6. Do check-in regularly with your vendors
Regular and effective communication is essential for nearly any business to run smoothly. But in 2023, it will be particularly important to maintain open lines of communication with vendors.

“Make sure you have strong relations with your vendors,” says Levent. “Do your research and make sure they are stable as they were prior to COVID and able to sustain our economic turnaround.”

This is particularly critical because if a vendor suddenly goes out of business, where does that leave you and your clients? Levent even suggests that advisors consider securing bankruptcy insurance.

7. Do embrace new forms of communication in 2023
As part of your efforts to continue reaching new market segments and clients, consider expanding or diversifying the methods communication you utilize.

“Travel advisors should embrace different forms of communication as an avenue to reach consumers across age groups,” says Corey Hargarther, travel advisor for Dream Vacations. “In the past, I was most comfortable using traditional methods such as email or phone. But last month, I engaged with a new client referral almost entirely via text message and booked his trip next spring on Royal Caribbean.”

“Additionally, I was also contacted via Facebook Messenger earlier this year for a babymoon and found that this was by far the easiest method to reach this client,” adds Hargarther.

8. Don’t assume clients will follow the same purchasing behaviors they have followed in the past
After two years of being stuck at home, clients may be ready to break out of past travel patterns. In some cases, this may mean traveling more luxuriously than in the past.

“For example, I just sold a Globus Paris, Normandy & Châteaux Country with London tour for September 2023 for just over $10,000,” says Hargarther. “That client has booked trips almost annually with our agency since 1997. The escorted tour they booked cost almost double their previous vacations.”

Given that clients have spent much more time at home over the past three years, they are often spending significantly more today than they might have in the past, says Hargarther.

9. Don’t place too much emphasis on lead-in pricing
Rather than focusing lead-in pricing in 2023, Hargarther says agents will be better served emphasizing best overall value with clients.

“Cruise lines such as Celebrity, Norwegian, Princess and Holland America often offer packages with extras such as gratuities, Wi-Fi and beverages, which cost significantly less when purchased together with the cruise versus onboard the ship,” explains Hargarther. “This is a win-win opportunity for both the travel advisor and the consumer.”

10. Continue proving your value with every client
There’s no denying the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic brought about major upheaval and challenges for businesses and individuals around the world.

But there were also more than a few stories of companies and sectors that not only survived, but thrived. Travel agents in particular became more essential than ever as industry experts who could help clients navigate the rapidly changing landscape and country-by-country rules and regulations.

“If there were any positives to come from it, it was the visibility that travel advisors got as experts and a go-to resource for travelers—compared to online travel booking engines,” said Morris.

“But as time goes on, people will start to forget how painful the last few years were and slip back into their old habits,” Morris adds. “We have to be diligent about proving our value with each and every client in 2023 and beyond. We have to stay top of mind and make sure clients think of us first for each and every trip. If we fail here, it will be a fatal mistake.”

A Beginner’s Guide to Religious Travel

by JuJuB

SOURCE: TravelPulse

Religious travel, often also called faith-based travel, is a unique subcategory of the travel industry that focuses on connecting travelers with religious travel experiences around the world, from experiencing the Holy Land or hiking along the famed El Camino de Santiago to pilgrimages to Mecca and beyond.

Faith-based travel is estimated by ETS Tours, a leader in faith-based group travel, to be worth around $50 to $100 billion. The World Tourism Organization estimates 330 million travelers visit the world’s largest religious sites each year, while millions more stop into historic churches and temples during their travels and wander along ancient pilgrimage paths to connect deeper with Christian saints, Buddhist philosophers or other religious figures.

But if you’re a traveler looking to take your first faith-based trip or a travel advisor looking to learn more about selling faith-based travel, it can be difficult to know where to begin. So before you look further, check out this beginner’s guide to religious travel to learn how to begin!

What You Need to Know – Traveler Edition
Faith-based travel is often a group affair, but whether you’ll be traveling solo, with family or with a church group, tour operators often offer the best opportunities to enjoy a truly faith-based journey.

Reputable land tour operators are often going to be the easiest way to get an in-depth connection to the destination in question, whether it be in Jerusalem experiencing the three major world religions coexisting within one ancient city or following in the Apostle Paul’s footsteps across Greece or Italy along ancient Roman roads.

Tour operators are unique in that your itinerary is set with a faith-based approach to your trip, led by a knowledgeable guide who can provide the historical and religious insights to each destination and attraction, as well as provide enough time for prayer and reflection in between seeing the sights.

Many tour operators offer religious or faith-based tours. Collette and Globus, for example, offer group tours with others or private touring options for church groups, families and more. ETS Tours, which specializes in faith-based travel, is a great choice for travelers taking church groups or larger groups on a faith-based trip.

If you’re more inclined to go your own way without the benefit of a guide and other additions like included transportation, check out some tour operators’ itineraries to get a good look at what you want to visit during your own trip. They can be great starting points for your own trips, which may be longer or visit different countries depending on your travel desires.

Lastly, check in with a travel advisor. They’re great resources for planning trips of all kinds, and will be able to guide you through your vacation planning process no matter if they’re faith-based travel experts or not. Whether you’ll be leading your own tour group or joining in with a tour operator’s group, advisors will be able to guide you every step of the way.

“Planning ahead is the best – you can make payments and you can really plan a great trip if you have time in advance,” said Tammy Levent, President of Elite Travel Management Group. “Make sure to go with an agency that is familiar and knows what visas to get to all the countries you are visiting.”

What You Need to Know – Travel Advisor Edition

Travel advisors know that specialization can often be a superpower in their field. Whether it be specializing in faith-based travel in general, a specific destination that offers plenty of religious or faith-based travel opportunities or in a tour operator that offers faith-based travel as a tour category, specializing can give advisors the tools they need to successfully plan travel for their clients, while giving their clients the confidence they need knowing they’re working with a specialist.

But how to begin?

“Find a reputable tour operator that specializes in faith-based travel – I like ETS. Reach out to their sales team with questions, look over their itineraries, and do their trainings,” said Nicole Lovell of NML Travel, who planned a Catholic group pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

ETS Tours routinely offers webinars for travel advisors looking to begin getting into the faith-based travel category, as well as plenty of tour options for groups to choose from.

Advisors can also research tour operators to learn which ones offer training or expert programs for advisors, which can help, or check into the Travel Agent Academy, which partners with destinations like Jordan, Japan and Malta to offer travel advisor specialty programs. They offer training and resources to help advisors plan all sorts of travel, including religious travel.

Travel advisors who are part of a religious community should also consider talking with the leaders of their communities about tours to a specific destination. For example, many Christian churches will offer pastor- or priest-led tours to the Holy Land, visiting Christian sites in Israel and Jordan.

One consideration that advisors should also have is to plan well in advance, especially for group travel.

“Faith-based travel needs to be planned well in advance,” said Lovell. “If it is a group trip (as most are), I recommend that you begin promoting it 16-18 months ahead of time. This gives the pastor plenty of time to promote the trip within their congregation, it gives you time to host information sessions (in person or virtually), and more people will be available to travel on the chosen dates, as they probably haven’t scheduled much that far in advance.”

The Faith Travel Association is another great resource and way to learn and showcase your expertise with planning religious travel. For a fee of $49 a year, travel advisors can become a member of the world’s leading network of advisors, tour operators, destinations and travel suppliers focusing on faith-based travel.

Advisors who belong to the association will enjoy access to the member-only newsletter, seminars, webinars, exposure as an FTA-member travel advisor and much more.

Faith-based travel is an important subcategory of the travel industry, and advisors who belong to religious communities can benefit greatly from learning how to sell religious travel. Travelers themselves who want to begin planning a religious trip should consider getting in touch with a travel advisor and familiarize themselves with different tour operators and travel styles far ahead of their prospective travel date.

SOURCE: TravelPulse

Nearly half of Americans did not know whether their domestic health insurance plans would cover any emergency doctor or hospital visits while traveling abroad, according to a survey conducted by InsureMyTrip, a leading travel insurance comparison site.

“Travelers should know about any limitations of domestic health insurance policies while out of the country,” the company said.

“In most cases, there are gaps in coverage. Some gaps are significant. Travel insurance is recommended because it can act as supplemental or primary coverage.”

Travel advisors couldn’t agree more.

“I always recommend travel insurance to my clients, especially when traveling internationally,” said Amy Daniel, owner of Custom Design Travel.

“I let them know that many private insurance companies do not cover you while traveling abroad. Sometimes a minor medical issue while traveling can turn into a catastrophe without proper insurance. Travel insurance provides an added layer of protection for you as you travel.”

Daniel noted that it’s also important that clients have a policy that offers both cancellation for covered medical reasons as well as medical coverage and emergency services.

“I never travel without it personally,” she said. “If clients seem hesitant, I tell them real stories of things that I have had happen to clients over the last 25 years.

“They always respond with ‘Gosh I never thought about that.’

And although the pandemic is ebbing, it is clearly not over.

“When you add COVID into the mix – and the COVID testing requirement to return to the US – travel insurance is a must,” VIP Vacations President Jennifer Doncsez said.

“VIP Vacations primarily recommends Travel Insured, which has quarantine coverage at a specific reimbursement rate per day should anyone test Doncsecz positive prior to returning home,” she said.

“If our clients are solely interested in the medical coverage while abroad and the quarantine allowance in destination, we highlight that through Travel Insured. They can purchase a policy that provides for both of these items without purchasing a full policy that covers pretravel cancellation.”

Doncsecz said this is especially recommended for “clients are close to their travel dates and are getting nervous.”

“When we send our clients their documents and have notated that they declined purchasing insurance from the onset, we gently suggest adding the medical/quarantine insurance and more often than not, it is purchased before they travel.”

Another compelling reason why travelers should opt for insurance is trip delays, said Tammy Levent of Elite Travel. “With all the airline delays these days, my clients are opting for this more and more.”

There are also an excellent reasons why older travelers in particular should opt for travel insurance.

“My clientele tends to be a bit older, so one of the first things that I let them know is that if they have Medicare, they will not have medical coverage outside of the US,” said Trish Gastineau, owner of Simply Customized Travel. “It’s something that they have not thought about.”

Gastineau said that one of her current selling points is “a travel policy I offer with a $200 per person, per day coverage in the event the clients get quarantined if they test positive overseas for COVID.”

The per diem benefit is in effect for 10 days, which therefore provides travelers with “a benefit for hotel meals and transportation of about to $2000 per covered passenger,” Gastineau said.

“Given COVID times, the lack of certainty regarding air schedules, and the US government’s insistence on a 10-day waiting period before those who test positive may return to the States, everyone traveling with us must carry travel insurance,” said Churchill & Turen Managing Director.

“It is a “travel IQ” thing. If you’re not smart enough to want proper insurance you’re not smart enough to be a Churchill & Turen guest,” he added.

“The new reality is that to be insured or not insured is no longer a question. The only question is whether or not the guest will/should supplement travel insurance with emergency medical evacuation coverage such as that offered by Med-Jet.

Turen’s advice?

Look at the medical evacuation line of the insurance policy. “If it is less than half a million dollars – move on to the next policy,” he said.

These days, many travel advisors are insisting that their clients sign waivers. “They are theoretically absolving the advisor from legal responsibility,” Turen said.

“So what? I don’t care about the legal ramifications. I care about the guests and their welfare. Too stupid to insure – visit Disneyland instead of Tuscany.”

In the end, err on the side of caution.

“Emergencies are just that – emergencies!” said Grant of Custom Design Travel.

“Nobody plans for one, but you want to be protected should it happen to you.”

SOURCE: TravelPulse


The ubiquity of technology combined with the lasting impact of the pandemic has formed a perfect storm of confusion for consumers – which is why it’s absolutely crucial that they book their trips with travel advisors.

“Living in a world where endless information is at our fingertips, planning a vacation has gone from being independent and booking it online yourself, to ‘I am so overwhelmed with all of the options out there,’” said JoAnne Weeks, vacation division director at Acendas Travel.

“We are finding even the savviest travelers are now seeking out a travel advisor. What consumers are coming to realize is what they see online is not as unsettling as what they don’t see. That’s where a travel advisor comes in.”

Added Churchill & Turen Managing Director Richard Turen: “You cannot use the Internet to find the world’s top-rated cruise line. You cannot use the Internet to obtain a professionally written hotel inspection report. You cannot find a caring personal travel health advocate on Twitter. For that and so much more you need a travel truthteller who represents you and you alone.”

Turen said he likes to think of a great travel advisor as a trusted physician who knows their clients well.

“The trip ‘diagnosis and recommendation’ should never be placed in the hands of a commissioned call center robot working out of Miami, Mumbai or Manila.”

Then there are the issues of time.

“Clients call us frustrated that they have long hold times,” Elite Travel Management Group CEO Tammy Levent said while being on hold for two hours with a cruise line.

“I have so many people calling me saying, ‘I booked online and need to change my ticket,’” she said.

“If it’s an airline issue, the client has to wait on hold for hours at a time, and then there’s the change fee for third-party bookings. So, at the end of the day, it costs clients both money and time.”

“There have been so many last-minute changes due to COVID and our clients were spared the endless hours on the phones with the airlines or hoteliers,” said VIP Vacations President Jennifer Doncsecz. “Having a travel advisor on speed dial is the best travel hack out there!”

There are also the myriad issues relating to protocols, travel advisories and red tape stemming from the pandemic.

“I can’t tell you how many times in the past year VIP Vacations has helped our clients with getting their passports or having to walk them off the ledge when they were confused with online forms that needed to be completed before arrival in a destination,” Doncsecz said.

“We thoroughly detail travel insurance options to meet their very specific needs so they protect their investment.”

For his part, Turen believes it would be helpful for every advisor to keep a carefully designed list of the multiple functions they perform – virtually all of them complimentary.

“We help interpret dreams, we operationalize them and then we become advocates of strength for the clients who entrust the best moments of their lives to our care,” he said.

“In defining what we do we must explain to clients that if they book directly with a supplier call center they are likely entitled to a refund of the entire travel advisor’s commission.

“If we don’t do this, suppliers will continue this massive consumer rip-off in which naive consumers who do not use a professional travel advisor are charged the advisor commission anyway.

“Travelers deserve to be covered by consumer protection laws.”

In the final analysis, the value of using travel advisors boils down to their formidable knowledge and experience.

“The value of providing first-hand destination experience, having personal relationships with preferred vendors – which goes a very long way in today’s world of travel challenges – and being up to date with any and all COVID requirements is priceless,” said Weeks.

“We’ve been a trusted resource long before Google and we know the correct answers,” said Sarah Kline, president of Time for Travel.

“I don’t do my own taxes, cut my own hair or change my oil. I use someone who specializes in these services who I trust.

“Without a travel agent, you are on your own!”

While its completely understandable that so many people are concerned about traveling due to the coronavirus outbreak, I feel it’s really important to put everything in perspective. Even though there’s no one-size-fits all answer to this current predicament that’s literally affecting the entire world now, using a common sense approach is essential, as it’s too easy for some to let fear and/or their emotions get in the way of their ability to think clearly during this particular time in traveling history.

I want everyone to know that there are still many places they can travel to, as many places are still considered to be safe. So for those who want or need to travel at this time, it’s really just a matter of figuring out what places are still safe to travel to. This requires travelers to keep on top of all travel news related to the virus, making it essential that they educate themselves well. This is simple to do, as those who still want to go on with their travel plans at this time just need to keep on top of all travel advisories, as they can change at any given moment.

How to Protect Oneself

There are a few things travelers can do to protect themselves, as it’s necessary to avoid being exposed to the virus in order to prevent one from getting ill. The best ways travelers can protect themselves from getting the virus is to wash their hands frequently with soap and water, not touch their face, wear a mask if it makes them feel safer, and maintain at least 3 feet in between them and anyone who is exhibiting any signs of the virus, like coughing and sneezing.

The CDC has posted the following questions for travelers, which will help them make a final decision on whether or not they should travel during this outbreak.

  • Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going?
  • Will you or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?
  • Are you or your travel companion(s) at higher risk of severe illness if you do get COVID-19?
  • Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you get exposed to, or are sick with, COVID-19?
  • Do you live with someone who is older or has a severe chronic health condition?
  • Is COVID-19 spreading where you live?

Important Coronavirus Facts

Because I feel it’s so important for travelers to understand everything they need to know at this time, I thought it would be beneficial to make a list of facts to help travelers determine what they should do regarding traveling at this particular time. While all travel-related facilities are indeed taking great measures to reduce the risk of anyone getting diagnosed with the virus, it’s still necessary for all travelers to take matters into their own hands by doing everything possible to protect themselves from the virus, as there is no vaccine as of yet.

The list of facts below are beneficial for any traveler, as there’s so much information on the Internet and on the news nowadays, it can be difficult for travelers to understand what is fact and what is fiction.


  • FACT: The State Department has issued a Global Level 3 health advisory, which means that those who live within the United States are encouraged to reconsider any travels to other countries that have confirmed cases of the coronavirus. A Global Level 4 advisory, which has not happened yet, is the level that prevents travelers from taking part in any type of travel. So traveling is still an option.


  • FACT: Transportation facilities are taking extreme measures to clean high-touch areas often throughout the day, minimizing the risk of someone getting the virus when traveling by bus, train and airplane. Special attention is also being placed on cleaning areas where staff work, like check-in counters. They have also provided travelers with more hand sanitizing locations, encouraging travelers to use them often.


  • FACT: It’s an option for travelers to check in for their transportation travels using their cell phone. This is a good idea, as it means they don’t have to touch any self-service kiosks in order to check in for their reservation. And instead of handing over their phone to one of the agents or baggage handlers for identification purposes, they can simply hold on to their phone and show them the information.


  • FACT: Hotels are also responding to the outbreak, as they’re increasing the frequency of how often the clean any public areas. They’re also training employees on new ways to clean, helping to minimize the chances of any hotel guests being diagnosed. This includes cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting all areas of a hotel, including any food areas.

 Bottom Line

It’s up to travelers whether or not they want to travel during this current outbreak. The above facts should help travelers make the right decision, as these factual pieces of information are in place in order to help travelers make the right decision. All travelers are definitely encouraged to use a common sense approach when making their decisions, vs. letting their fear or emotions take over. If the decision to travel has been made, then it’s essential for all travelers to buy a travel insurance policy.

Elite Travel Management Group, Inc

Hunting ranches are a popular travel destination for hunters, or anyone else who wants to hunt exotic animals for trophy reasons. While many people associate the term exotic animals with animals that are not to be hunted, in fact the term simply refers to a species of animal that’s not indigenous to a certain area. This means a variety of exotic animals can be hunted nowadays, with many hunting ranches available in the United States.

Top 5 Hunting Destinations in the USA for Exotic Animals

There are a few different reasons why hunters will choose to visit a hunting ranch, Two of the more common reasons is because they want to hunt a young female animal for the purpose of harvesting their meat, and because they want to hunt an older animal so they can display its head as a wall trophy.

The list below includes five of the more popular exotic animal hunting destinations located in the United States.

1. Texas = 5-Star Outfitters. This hunting ranch places a lot of emphasis on providing hunters with a safe environment. They offer guided hunts, with most hunters choosing this particular ranch because they’re looking for trophy animals. Exotic animals that can be hunted at this location include elk, ram, deer, turkey, and zebra. Accommodations include a hunting lodge and two cabins.

 2. New Mexico = Kiowa Hunting Service, Inc. This hunting ranch has been in business for more than 30 years and is a full service hunting organization. The private lands they manage allows hunters plenty of opportunities to hunt for a variety of exotic animals, including elk, mule deer, Coues deer, antelope, Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, ibex, oryx, and turkey.

 3. Maine = OMM Outfitters. This hunting ranch strives to educate, entertain, and it always be accommodating for hunters who are looking for an extraordinary outdoor hunting adventure. They have a respect for the wildlife on their land, as well as the environment they live in. Exotic animals that can be hunted at this ranch include moose, bears, coyotes, turkeys, geese and upland birds. Glamping is available.

 4. Florida = Outwest Farms, Inc. This hunting farm has been in business for almost 20 years and is one that specializes in offering hunters the ability to hunt hogs and alligators. Hog hunting and alligator hunting is available during every month of the year, which means hunters who want to go on a wild boar hunt or an alligator hunt can do so by signing up for one of the four hunting adventures they offer.

 5. Ohio = Double D Ranch. This hunting ranch is located in Ohio’s alpine wilderness, and tends to be an option for more serious hunters. This is due to the rugged location, which makes it more difficult to hunt exotic animals, and is exactly what many hunters are looking for – a challenge. The ranch is open year round and offers hunters the ability to hunt deer, ram, antelope, goat, elk, sheep and wild boar.

Elite Travel Management Group, Inc

The Responsible Traveler

by JuJuB

What responsibilities does a traveler have when booking a trip? While many people associate responsible travelers as those who are mindful of their carbon footprint, respect the culture and customs of the places they’re visiting, and will take the time to learn about a place before choosing to travel to that location, there are other ways that travelers need to be responsible. Ready to learn more?

The Responsible Traveler

Anytime a traveler uses a travel agent to book their next trip, both the traveler and the travel agent must be sure to pay very close attention to their individual responsibilities. The responsibility of the travel agent is to plan the trip in a way that meets all of the travelers wants and needs. This includes doing things like making travel reservations, hotel accommodations, tour reservations, entertainment reservations, and selling them necessary travel insurance.


The list below includes the many different ways that travelers need to be responsible when booking their next trip, whether they use a travel agent or not.

  • Make sure all documents are printed and taken with you on your trip. Making 2 copies and keeping them in separate places is recommended, as well as leaving copies with trusted friends and/or family members.
  • Make sure any travel company you want to do business with is legit. Simply performing some detailed research will give you the information you need.
  • Be sure to get every person’s name you’re dealing with. This supports your ability to have a trail when it’s necessary to contact these people for any reason.
  • Make sure your passport will not expire in the next 6 months. Most countries won’t let travelers enter unless their passport expires at least 6 months after their last day of travel.
  • Know where you are and who to contact in case of an emergency. This is one of the first things you should do when staying in a new location.
  • Take out travel insurance, for you and all who are traveling with you. You never know when something will happen, like an injury, or someone back home gets sick. The current Coronavirus crises is a perfect example of why you need travel insurance, as it’s not the responsibility of the hotel, airline, or travel agent if something happens to you during your travels. When buying travel insurance, be sure to read all the fine print, and find out what the cancellation policy requires you to do.


Have a Great Time, Responsible Traveler!

Elite Travel Management Group, Inc

Taking a Vacation at a Quiet Resort in Florida

by JuJuB

Thinking about taking your next vacation in the United States? Looking to avoid crowds? Many vacationers are choosing to take a quiet vacation these days, as this type of vacation is one that offers the rest, relaxation and seclusion that many people are looking for. This makes quiet resorts a very popular vacation choice for those who live busy lives, with quiet resorts in Florida being a top choice.

Why Vacation in Florida?

What makes Florida such a great vacation destination? One of the more common reasons why vacationers choose to vacation in the Sunshine State is because of the fantastic beaches. Enjoying Florida beaches is easy to do, as they include both soft sand and warm water, a perfect beach combination, The fact that Florida has over 1,300 miles of coastline, means that vacationers have many choices when it comes to choosing a quiet beach resort in Florida.

Quiet Resorts in Florida

The list below includes 3 of the best, quiet resorts in Florida.


  1. Hotel South Beach. This 5-star hotel is designed for comfort, and offers vacationers a south beach retreat that is quite like no other. The posh suites offer excellent ocean views, and includes some of the more personal touches that vacationers are looking for, like organic sheets and state of the art kitchens. There’s a private spa, a private gym, 4 different pools to explore, and top restaurants that offer seasonal local food choices. Vacationers can also choose to visit the salon, go shopping, and/or lounge in an oceanfront cabana, which allows for the absolute best ocean views.


  1. Naples Grande Beach Resort. This luxury resort hotel in Florida is the perfect choice for vacationers who wants to experience the personalized services and attention that allows for a quiet and stress-free vacation. The beachfront suites are oversized and modern, and include private balconies. Villas offer the most privacy, and are ideal for vacationers who are looking to enjoy a quiet vacation. Visiting the wellness sanctuary is a must, as well as enjoying staying in a plush and private beach cabana for most or all of the day.


  1. Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina. This newer luxury hotel is the largest quiet resort in Key West, Florida, and offers one of the most relaxing atmospheres a quiet resort can offer. All rooms offer some of the most amazing ocean views, and include balcony’s. Vacationers can choose to lounge at one of the six different pools in a private cabana, and/or enjoy partaking in some of the water activities offered by the hotel. There’s immediate access to the nearby marina, which is one of the resorts selling points as it offers a number of complementary activities.

Elite Travel Management Group, Inc

New Zealand: From Glaciers to Beaches

by JuJuB

Thinking about taking your next vacation in New Zealand? There are many destinations to explore when in New Zealand, making it a good idea for travelers to find out more about this sovereign island country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean before making any final plans.

New Zealand

New Zealand destinations include visiting its North Island, South Island, and/or other 3 islands. While vacationers can expect the scenery and landscape to be absolutely gorgeous in all locations, each destination comes with its own special and unique things to see and do. A short list of options include backpacking, snowboarding, luxury traveling, mountain bike riding, going to a health spa, shopping and enjoying the popular events that take place in new Zealand every year.

New Zealand Glaciers. There are many glaciers in New Zealand to explore! The contrast of gorgeous white glaciers set against the backdrop of New Zealand’s green rainforest is something that every adventure traveler will surely appreciate. Fox Glacier and Tasman Glacier are two of the more popular glaciers to explore.

New Zealand Weather. The weather in New Zealand tends to be unpredictable. Temperatures can drop as low as 14° in the wintertime and be as high as 79° in the summertime. There’s lots of rainfall throughout the year, with snow often appearing in between the months of June and October.

New Zealand People. The people who live in New Zealand, aka Kiwis, are extremely welcoming and down to earth. There’s a unique blend of cultural influences here that allow for a lifestyle that is simply like no other on the planet.

New Zealand Cuisine. New Zealanders place a large focus on fresh and diverse cuisine. Some of the more popular, and therefore favorite new Zealand foods include mussels, oysters, roast lamb, seasonal vegetables, fish and chips, pavlova, and cheese.

New Zealand National Parks. There are 13 National Parks in New Zealand, all of which are in place in order to preserve the natural heritage of this beautiful country. Must-see parks include Whanganui National Park, Abel Tasman National Park, Mount Aspiring National Park, and Arthur’s Pass National Park.

New Zealand Beaches. There are numerous beaches in New Zealand to explore, as the country’s borders are known for its long stretches of sand. The diversity of beaches is also exciting, as there are rocky beaches, sandy beaches, tree-lined beaches, cove beaches, grassy dune beaches, pebble beaches, and beaches that perfectly support marine life viewing.

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