Why would I tell my audience to not hire me?
Because not everyone is my audience.
I want to help everyone - but the truth is, I can’t. And I won’t. Not every traveler is a good fit for every advisor.
Curious if you fall into this group? Here’s why you shouldn’t hire me as your travel advisor.
YOU LIVE LIFE ON THE EDGE.
And I don’t mean in the fun “adrenaline travel” way. If you like to take risks with your vacation plans, then you don’t need me. I don’t take risks with my clients and their vacations. I take care to double check all components of the trip - including the small details many travelers forget. Did you know some countries won’t allow you entry without sufficient proof of vaccines? Are you aware of the difference between ocean view and oceanfront? Those details can make or break a vacation - but if you’re willing to gamble, then you don’t need a travel advisor.
YOU LOVE SPENDING HOURS RESEARCHING + PLANNING.
If you love combing through the internet and guidebooks to assemble the perfect itinerary, then by all means - do it. On average, I put about 30 hours into each itinerary for my clients. If you have the spare time to research lodging, activities, amenities, safety risks, required documentation, vaccines… well, you get the point. But most people don’t have the time or desire to do all of that.
YOU AREN’T A FAN OF PERKS.
My clients get special treatment because I make sure they get special treatment. Special gifts, spa credits, room upgrades - those are standard amenities for my clients. Booking online? Don’t count on it. It’s a harsh truth, but you’re just another number to them. Nothing compares to working with an advisor who personally knows you, appreciates your business, and goes the extra mile to show you that appreciation.
YOU’RE CONTENT WITH A PRE-PACKAGED VACATION.
That online package you just booked to Hawaii? You’re not the only one. If you’re okay having the same exact vacation as hundreds or thousands of other people, then you don’t need a travel advisor. My packages are customized to my client’s personal desires - a stark comparison to the cookie cutter versions you can book online.
YOUR DESTINATION ISN’T MY SPECIALTY.
Not all travel advisors specialize in a niche - but those who do take it pretty seriously, and for good reason. I intend to know as much as I can about the destinations I sell. I adore the area of the world I specialize in, so much so that learning about these places is an enjoyable hobby of mine. The result? A better experience for my clients. Selling you a destination I don’t know or care for means I can’t provide the value you deserve.
YOU ONLY CARE ABOUT THE CHEAPEST PRICE.
If saving a couple of bucks is the only goal in booking your dream vacation, then we won’t be a good fit. Travel advisors aren’t in the business of haggling - and we certainly don’t have a secret stash of free vacations to hand out. We provide value, and sometimes that comes at a higher price. There’s a reason those online packages seem too good to be true - most of them are (hint: read the fine print). I want to point out here that having a budget isn’t an issue - I respect and understand that need. But being militant about a budget that is unrealistic compared to your wishlist? It’s just not gonna work.
Turning away clients is never easy, especially when you’re a small business owner. But I do it because if I know we’re not going to be a good fit, the relationship just isn’t going to work. In this case, it truly is a case of “it’s not you, it’s me.”