Do you want more?

Dear Travel Agents/Advisors,

Have you ever wished that you started your business years ago? Or wished for more friends? More followers? More money……

How easy is to visit the land of “How I Wish”!

People do it all the time. These thoughts happen to everyone. It also happens to people who you believe have everything, because truly, no one has everything! But, these thoughts can cause frustration and anxiety.

I love reading the posts of new travel agents celebrating their first booking. I still remember mine, and all the emotions I felt. My feeling of accomplishment was gigantic, as if it couldn’t fit it all inside myself.

I also remember how I felt on my first trip to Europe… my first time in an airplane… my first cruise (I brought so many medications because I was sure I was going to be seasick!) …

I love the feeling of arriving in a new country and being amazed by a different culture, all the colors, the smells, etc. I also love posts from people thanking God for another day and celebrating having another opportunity to start again.

What happens to the memories of these wonderful feelings when people spend their time thinking, “How I wish I had …?”

How can we guide our thoughts to think about our blessings instead of “How I Wish?” How many of us imagine that others wish to be just like us? Life is not always fair, and I am writing all of this not only to remind you, but also to remind myself to be less critical of myself, to treat myself with more kindness, and to be my own best friend.

Life is too short, especially when we spend our time frowning and wishing we had, or we were, or we did.

To all the beauty in the world that only those who really love themselves can see and celebrate. Raise your head high and smile. You deserve to see the beauty and feel happy! 

Cheers to you!

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How Much Do You Value Yourself?

Dear Travel Agents/Advisors,

We keep reading posts on social media about standing up for ourselves, being proud of who we are, and all those other important ideas about self-esteem and self-respect. This is all good until I hear complaints from some people I mentor or comments in response to my postings (more like venting) from many travel agents.

TAs sell a service – not a product or merchandise. The commission comes AT THE END of the trip IF it is not canceled for any reason. That means a TA works “for free” for a long time to get a percentage of the total sale, maybe 6 months or a year from the date of purchase.

Many TAs complain that they get phone calls all the time for questions like: “What is the temperature of the swimming pool at the resort?” or, “Can you call the 85 people in my group to remind them about their passports because they don’t read your emails.”

Well, if you don’t value your time, why should your client?

My advice is to charge a service fee. You can’t work for free until your commission comes!

Be more selective of your clients. If they don’t want to pay your service fee, they don’t deserve your service! (Now, you are setting your real value!)

Think about it: You need a beautiful and perfect haircut for a special event. Who will you choose to go to, the very inexpensive one? Or do you believe that the stylist who charges more has more clients and experience?

Cheers!

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In a Perfect World

Dear Travel Agents/Advisors,

Imagine if you can that this entire world is an enormous airplane, where different people sit together with no regard for their background, race, political views, culture, finance or anything that divides us. Somehow, we would all sit together and try to communicate with each other, making the long journey a very pleasant one.

Thinking like this and believing that travel makes people humble and capable of learning more about each other and oneself, I wonder if schools should teach more about other cultures, about other countries, and more about tolerance, acceptance, kindness, the importance of travel and even how to travel with only a carry-on. In my humble opinion, those classes should be mandatory (maybe not the part about the carry-on LOL!)

We need to value our lives and enjoy every minute of them. The only certainty in life is that our days our numbered (and we don’t know how many!) We owe it to ourselves to live our best lives. And we owe the future generations to leave this world a much kinder and better place!

Book as much travel as you possibly can, pay for it in payments if you need to. Time doesn’t ever come back, regrets are painful. Be sure to use all of your five senses when you travel so your memories are even more intense!

Cheers!

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Real Travel Revenge!

Dear Travel Agents/Advisors,

I wanted to start this blog by asking if you can guess whether the number of people traveling is less, more, or the same as it was of pre-pandemic.

When I was searching for some data, I found the term “Travel Revenge” and that made me think about my personal travel to Europe, more specifically, to Italy.

This was our 13th trip to Italy, and I can assure you that it was definitely our “Travel Revenge.” We never paid so little for food in great restaurants, transportation was really cheap (taxi, Ubers, and trains), and shopping was so much fun (between name brands and no brand!) By planning far ahead we got good deals on airfare and beautiful hotels!

Our “Travel Revenge” experience was so great, we have already purchased a trip to Spain for May 2023!

If Europe was such a great deal for us, imagine travel to other countries that were already very affordable before! Well, Colombia here we come at the end of October!

Now, let’s go back to your guess of the number of travelers I asked you before. With all these deals, can you estimate how are we doing in travel as compared to 2019?

From the US TRAVEL ASSOCIATION from September 1st, 2022:

Key August Highlights:

Travel spending was roughly at 2019 levels in July, which marked the fourth consecutive month that spending, was at, or above, 2019 levels.

According to Morning Consult’s recently released State of Travel and Hospitality, as of July, 36% of Americans plan to travel in the next three months, down from 39% in April.

The return of business travel continues to be uneven.”

Now, based on “Travel Revenge,” and following these trends, with affordable prices to eat, enjoy and even shop in countries that used to be more expensive to us, how can you or your clients let such a great opportunity pass by?

Cheers!

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