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How to work with a travel advisor

A first-timer's guide

You've found the perfect travel advisor; now's the time to put them to work on your dream trip! If you're new to working with a travel advisor, there are a few things that you can do to help make the process run smoothly.

Having been described as the travel industry's 'matchmakers,' a tremendous client-travel advisor relationship is worth its weight in gold. From personalized attention everywhere you go to perks and upgrades that only come with being the client of an esteemed advisor, the benefits of using a travel advisor are exponential, but how do you go about building that valued relationship?

Be Honest About Budget

Of course, you want your dream trip with all the bells and whistles. However, it does you and us, your travel advisor, an enormous disservice not to be upfront about your budget.

Going one step further, once you establish your budget, identify what's high on your priority list. Perhaps you aren't as focused on your accommodation; you'd prefer to have mind-blowing travel experiences in every destination you visit. This helps us build your dream trip and decide how and where to allocate your budget.

Trust Their Expertise

A travel advisor's job is just that – travel. While the photos on a hotel website may have you ready to book, your advisor may know it's on a congested motorway or near noisy construction. Trust us.

Great travel advisors go out of their way to familiarize themselves with destinations, properties, and various other tourism suppliers worldwide. Our job is to get to know you and match you with relevant experiences that fit.

Collaborate & Delegate

We are here to save you time, but tell us if you have a dream destination, experience, or property! A great trip is a collaboration between enthusiastic clients and a knowledgeable travel advisor.

In that same vein of saving time and collaborating, don't be afraid to (politely) delegate to us, and request that we look into a particular property, research specific activities for your family, or even ask us to hunt down restaurant reservations. At the end of the day, we're working for you!

Accept Advocacy

This can often be a hard pill to swallow for those of us with can-do self-sufficient attitudes. As your travel advisor, we are your advocate, especially when they're 3,000 miles away, and you're traveling on the journey we built for you.

If something goes wrong, accept our help and grant me the opportunity to fix it. This may mean biting your tongue at the hotel manager if something goes wrong and waiting on us to work our magic. It will be worth it in the end. Remember that we, travel advisors, have valued relationships with hotels and tourism suppliers. They will bend over backward to keep us (and you, our clients) happy and returning with future bookings.

Build Your Relationship

Let us get to know you. The more we connect personally and become familiar with your quirks, likes, dislikes, hobbies, and interests, the better your trip can be tailored precisely to you and no one else.

Unique, personalized trips are where most travel advisors shine. By opening yourself up and sharing parts of you (and your family) with us, you only improve the chances for a beautiful, custom-made journey. Remember, the best relationships only get better with age, and a long-term travel advisor is someone you will want in your corner for years to come.

DPP Travel is built on relationships, both with clients and suppliers. We work diligently to get to know our clients and suppliers to ensure our trips fit both perfectly. We genuinely feel clients become family, and we work to build that trust daily. Thank you to all our current and future clients for allowing us to do what we love and create memories for you.

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