One of the most common question that we receive at As You Wish Luxury Travel is: “Are travel agents needed when there are so many online travel booking sites?” Does the Internet helps or hurts travel agents? What are the benefits of using a travel agent? First let’s look at a bit of what has happened since about the year 2000.
As a well-known liberal arts college town, Oberlin, Ohio has people constantly traveling to and from it. About 25 years ago there were two bricks-and-mortar travel agencies in Oberlin. One was Oberlin Travel and the other was AAA. When the Internet boom took over in about the year 2000, it put a damper on these type of bricks-and-mortar travel agency businesses and they closed. Online travel began to boom and as a result it seemed unnecessary for a person or organization, like Oberlin College, to use a travel agent to book what could easily be completed online in a few minutes. But travel agents are making a comeback and the Internet is a benefit to travel agents.
At one time the Internet was a useful way to book travel. However, there is so much information online that booking a new and different trip online can be overwhelming. It can take at least five hours for an individual to research a vacation online. Isn’t a vacation supposed to be relaxing and stress-free? Once the vacation is booked you hope and pray you made a good choice for all the money that is being spent.
When booking your vacation online, all you have are pictures and online reviews. Is that enough when spending hundreds, even thousands of dollars for a much needed vacation? What do you do if something goes wrong before, during, or after your vacation? Who are you going to call for assistance if there is a problem? Just think, if you book through your trusted and well-resourced travel agent – most of these concerns will vanish or be resolved.
If you schedule the same vacation, year after year, then perhaps you don’t want to use a travel agent. However, if you are seeking new and exciting adventures such as high-end all-inclusive resorts worldwide, Hawaii, Ocean & River Cruises, romance travel such as honeymoon or a destination then let As You Wish Travel Agency help you. We can offer low-price/price-match guarantee along with peace-of-mind before, during, and after your travel 24/7 to assist you if there is a problem.
Contact As You Wish Luxury Travel for your next group or family vacation, if you love going on vacation but hate all the planning that goes with it. We are a Lorain County based home-business, is a proud member of Oberlin Business Partnership and Lorain County Chamber and is your trusted travel consultant and adviser. We are bonded, insured, and just a phone call away to help you take the stress out of planning your next trip.
By Sharon Pearson
American passports became a necessity when traveling to and from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean in 2007 as a result of the 9/11 attacks. This meant that 2017 marked the 10-year anniversary of millions of U.S. travelers need to renew passports to travel to those specific areas. If you do not have a passport or need to renew your passport, perhaps you have wondered should you get a passport book or a passport card?
Passport Book vs. Passport Card
If you are thinking about taking a vacation outside of the United States and need to renew or obtain your passport, it can take up to 6-weeks, not counting any unforeseen delays, to get your passport. You may also wonder, if you can save a few pennies by obtaining the passport. It’s smaller and will fit into your purse or carry-on bag better. So, let’s compare the two, because it all depends on HOW you will travel that will determine whether you need one, the other or maybe even both.
Passport Books Advantages
Passport Cards Disadvantages
Using the photo requirements will keep your passport from being rejected or delayed. More than 200,000 passport applications in 2015 were rejected because of bad photos. Here are some passport photo tips:
For more specific passport and photo information visit the Department of State by clicking here.
By Sharon Pearson
All New Mariner of the Seas!
Royal Caribbean returned the 3,114-passenger ship "Mariner of the Seas" (the largest vessel ever deployed in the "short cruise" market) back into service after a $120 million drydock session. It will now operate three-day weekend and four-day weekday sailings from Miami to Nassau (Bahamas) with a stop at Royal Caribbean's private island CocoCay private island . Upgrades include the line's first Tiki-themed bar, a Japanese eatery, a SkyPad bungee trampoline attraction, two new water slides, an escape room attraction, a laser tag game, a new Starbucks, and other amenities. Click here to learn more!
Stricter TSA Rules
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says that it will introduce stricter rules on powder-like substances on inbound international flights starting June 30. Passengers with more than 12 ounces of powders boarding a flight (e.g., cosmetics, ground coffee, spices) will undergo additional screening and may be prohibited from boarding with the substances if they cannot be verified as safe. (They may go in checked bags.) Similar rules already apply to U.S. domestic flights.
Resort & Hotel Updates
Marriott International says it will ban plastic straws and stirrers at all of its properties over the next year, offering decomposable alternatives on request. Also, Uniworld says it will eliminate the use of plastics such as straws and single-use water bottles by 2022.
Canada's first Club Med Village (set to open in late 2020) now has a name: Club Med Quebec Charlevoix. It will be the first-ever four-season Club Med Village.
Take an extra bank card and credit card with you. Disasters happen. It’s always good to have a backup in case you get robbed or lose a card. You don’t want to be stuck somewhere new without access to your funds.
Client Testimonial: Reviewed By Parris of Brook Park, Ohio | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
I found the service and response of this travel agency to be excellent. Easily 5-stars. My emails and calls were promptly responded to, and Sharon made sure that everything was taken care of on time. I was surprised with special gifts in my room that made my trip 10 times better. I hands down recommend, As you Wish Travel Agency, it will turn your trip into an unforgettable experience!
Sharon Pearson & AJ! Clonts
Sharon Pearson and AJ! Clonts, are Travel Information Consultants and co-owners of As You Wish Travel Agency. This husband and wife team love to travel and have been working in the travel industry for 4 years. AJ! & Sharon do not charge fees for their services. They focus on premium brands that provide luxury travel Worldwide; including River & Ocean Cruises, Hawaii, and all-inclusive resorts around the world with a specialty in the Caribbean and Mexico.