Six Reasons to use a Virtuoso Travel Advisor

1. Personalized planning: Whether you’re the do-it-yourself type seeking validation or want someone else to take the reins, when you collaborate with a travel advisor, your trips will be tailored to your interests and budget. An advisor gets to know your preferences and instinctively anticipates your needs and wishes down to the smallest detail.

2. Global expertise and connections: Not only do Virtuoso travel advisors have extensive personal knowledge of destinations and products around the world, they have relationships with global partners who can help arrange experiences to make a trip truly extraordinary.

3. Value: A Virtuoso advisor has access to the same (and often better) pricing than you can find online. They can secure special perks like complimentary room upgrades, daily breakfast, and other benefits you can’t get on your own. The amenities you’ll receive on a hotel stay alone are valued at more than $500 per stay.

4. VIP treatment: A Virtuoso travel advisor has access behind the velvet rope to experiences you never even dreamed were possible. After all, you can’t VIP yourself, but your advisor can by securing you exclusive entry to events, private tours, and more.


5. Convenience: Planning and booking your own trip would take hours and hours. Even then, it’s like drinking from a fire hose with all the information out there. Travel advisors provide the kind of top-notch service that helps you conserve your most precious resource: time.

 

6. Peace of mind: In addition to saving you time and money, your advisor is available 24/7 before, during, and after your trip – so you can relax and have fun.Booking with a Virtuoso advisor means you have support during your travels to assist with any last-minute emergencies.

About Virtuoso

Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 1,000 travel agency partners and preferred relationships with over 1,800 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations. The network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. More than (U.S.) $26.4 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry.

Travel Tips for a Long Haul Flight

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Long flights can be intimidating, but there are a few ways to not only make the flight itself more bearable, but also help you hit the ground running once you have arrived at your destination. I always try to pack as minimally as possible when I travel, while still being entertained, comfortable, and refreshed when I land. Here are my top 5 tips to achieve that!

1. Dress: Layer! Layering your clothes helps with comfort and the always changing temperatures of airports & planes. It also frees up some room in your suitcase..bonus!  

Here is my go-to travel outfit: Long sleeve shirt (I wear a tank underneath if I’m landing somewhere warm, or "just in case" I get too hot on the plane), cardigan, pants that aren’t jeans, socks and a large scarf. The scarf is key because it doubles as a blanket! I was recently gifted this travel scarf that also turns into a neck pillow. I love and highly recommend it! 

2. Entertainment: I always travel with a good book, a small notebook and some podcasts downloaded and ready to go. It is a great time to catch up on those things you keep pushing off when you're on the ground. Noise canceling headphones are a great investment if you don’t already own some! 

Podcasts & Books I've recently loved: Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies(B), The History of Love(B), You are a Badass(B), Serial(P), Accused(P) - (if you cant tell, I love listening to murder mysteries)

3. Essentials- These are basic items that I always pack in my carry-on to make sure I am feeling fresh when I land:

  •  Toothbrush/toothpaste
  •  Deoderant
  •  Hand & face wipes
  •  Chapstick
  •  Dry Shampoo
  •  Wrinkle releaser (probably my favorite travel essential)

4.  Snacks: Airplane food may not always be the most appetizing and also has a ton of sodium that causes dehydration and bloat. In order to avoid that, I try to eat a big, healthy-ish meal at the airport before I board, and then take my own snacks and bars to munch on for the flight.  Almonds & Kind Bars are my favorite go-to's.

5.  WATER! Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!  Long haul flights will definitely dehydrate you and lead to exhaustion, so it’s important that you are drinking tons of water before and while you fly to help with that jet-leg when you land. I like to carry a travel size water bottle like this one that I can continuously refill. Saves you money and helps out the environment..win, win!

What are some of your favorite travel tips?

If you are looking to plan that dream vacation in the near future, I'd love to help make the trip of your dreams come to life.

 

2017 Travels - Here's What I Learned

With 2018 just around the corner, I wanted to reflect on what I’ve learned through my travels this year. Here are my top 10…..

  1. Go with the flow. Travel is not always glamorous and Facebook and Instagram highlights never showcase all the mistakes, exhaustion, delayed flights, or the extra expenses incurred while traveling.  It’s nice to think every trip will go without incident, but the reality is unexpected mishaps can strike at any moment.   
                                                                       

    For example, on my latest trip to Mexico City I booked a last minute flight and fantastic Airbnb less than a week before departure. I arrived in Mexico City late at night and realized the host had double booked their home. Searching to find a place to stay at 11PM isn’t ideal (especially in a foreign country!). However, this isn’t the first time I’ve had to scramble to find a place to stay. After changing plans on the fly a couple of times, you will begin to feel like a pro and learn not to stress the small stuff... you will laugh about it later. Things will go wrong and that’s OK.

  2. You meet some of the most wonderful people. I could go on and on about the people you meet when you allow yourself to open up and connect with people you otherwise wouldn’t encounter. From life-long friends met while in the Sahara Desert, to the cleaning lady in Mexico City, to my host in Havana -  you will experience acts of kindness along your travels that will fill your heart with hope and gratitude. Believe me,  you will be blown away by the amount of compassion and generosity most strangers around the world can offer.

  3. You realize people all over the world are just like you. Diversity is what makes us individuals, but also ties us together to create this vibrant world. When you embrace cultural and environmental differences, you can look at humanity with less judgement and more appreciation. I’ve learned no matter where you go in the world, people still strive for the same things: to be able to care for their families, to be successful, to be happy.

  4. Stepping out of your comfort zone is a great thing. Leaving the familiar and entering the unfamiliar is scary, I get it. However, travel is all about getting yourself into situations and turning them into amazing experiences. After a solo trip to Cuba earlier this year, having no one to rely on but me, I began to appreciate the challenge– being independent and alone can be empowering and open you up to a world of new emotions and opportunities. Just remember, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

  5. New foods and traditions. Most of the time when people ask what I am most excited about when traveling to a new destination I answer, “FOOD!...because the best way to experience a new culture is to taste it!  If you embrace the new sights, smells and tastes, your travels will be greatly enhanced.  Don’t be afraid to venture into the unknown, you might just enjoy it. Do I need to eat fried octopus on a stick again? Probably not. Moroccan Tagine? Absolutely.

  6. Simplicity. Travel brightens your heart. The seemingly insignificant moments like conversing in broken spanish to complete strangers or taking part in local traditions will allow you to appreciate everyday pleasures you would normally take for granted. Smile, ask questions and listen to answers. Simple.

  7. Appreciation of home. This year I experienced extreme poverty & restricted freedoms. Many survive and thrive on much, much less and I’ve realized traveling is a privilege. It gives you a sense of perspective and appreciation for what you have. Even simple things like clean water and basic rights aren’t necessarily a basic right for many people across the globe. All of these encounters make me more grateful for the advantages and privileges I get to enjoy at home.

  8. You don't have to go out of the country to gain perspective.  I've learned that the United States is pretty freakin’ awesome, too. It's huge and diverse and very, very beautiful.

  9. The world is not all that scary.  Don’t place judgement because of what you see and hear on the news. The world is not nearly as terrifying as what you see on tv, so long as you keep your wits about you. Traveling with an open mind will allow you to have unbelievable  experiences and make the best memories. Forget what you think you know, and life will be much more rewarding. I've heard the phrase, “you shouldn’t go there,” more than I can count (and not just from my mother, although she might be the most vocal).

  10. Thirst for more. Once you’ve explored an area outside of your immediate surrounding, your mind takes over and runs wild with an appreciation for the new and a craving for the unfamiliar.  

I’ve learned a lot in 2017. I can’t wait to learn even more in 2018.

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Hey!! I'm Erin...

I thought I'd do an introductory post to give a little insight into who you'll be working with. I'm Erin, golden 27, travel obsessed, and excited to help you experience this beautiful world. Here are 10 super exciting (well, at least I think so) fun facts about me…

1.     I've traveled to 22 countries. The first was Spain and most recently Mexico.

2.     I would choose bacon and eggs over waffles and pancakes every. single. time.

3.     I’m obsessed with golden doodles.  If you want to see the exact one I want, follow @arlo.dood - I WILL name her Goldie. GG for short, of course.

4.     Spain is my all-time favorite country, but if I could live anywhere – I'd have to choose Vancouver, Canada.

5.     My ultimate travel dream was to ride a camel at the Egyptian Pyramids. That dream came true in 2015.

6.     I know basic Spanish…but give me a couple glasses of Pinot Noir and I’m basically a fluent local.

7.     Brunch is my favorite pastime. If I could choose any career (besides this one) it would be “professional bruncher.”

8.     My favorite travel quote is “The only trip you will regret is the one you don’t take”.

9.     My top 3 bucket list destinations are African Safari, India & Vietnam.

10.     I love people watching... Unfortunately, sometimes I forget to be inconspicuous and it becomes more like “awkward people staring”...anyone else?

11.    I live for a good sunrise/sunset.

12.   My next destination is the Grand Canyon! Any suggestions?

 

I lied. I gave you 12 things about me. Now, I want to get to know you. Let’s work together so you can plan less and travel more!

Life of Travel Company

Everyone says, "Love your job and you'll never work a day in your life." Well, I'm going to give it a shot with my new business, Life of Travel Company. 

Do you want to…

See the 7 Wonders of the World?

Lay on a beach without a worry?

Experience the tastes and smells of the world’s most unique culinary cultures?

Take a quick getaway weekend to a vibrant city and pack in as much excitement as possible?

Then let’s talk!

I would love to help you plan your next adventure. We’ll start with a free consultation to discuss your needs and desires based on your travel interests and budget - from there I’ll roll up my sleeves and get to work so you can plan less and travel more!

Cheers,

Erin

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