Why to Use A Travel Agent!

In 2017 people seem to think that travel agents are becoming obsolete when this could not be more inaccurate. For a few years there was a decrease in the use of travel agents, but in recent years they have come flocking back to us, when they realized all of the positives that we bring to the travel experience! These are just a few reasons why booking through a travel agent is the best way to go.

One of the major reasons why travel agents are essential is because we have the knowledge on the subject that you can’t trust anywhere else. Most of the time, our information comes from first hand We have traveled the world, visited multiple hotels in the cities, tried food from the best restaurant in each place to the yummiest holes in the wall, and we do it all for you, and to be selfish for us also.

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The most precious thing you have is time so why waste it by looking at multiple websites. Well, you don’t have to, that is exactly what we are here for. You tell us what you’re looking for and the budget, we will find the perfect place for you.

So now that we have saved you a lot of time and energy, we are going to do even more for you and get you some freebies. As travel agents we have access to many special amenities that you would never be able to receive through booking online such as free breakfast, welcome, upgrades amenities, food and beverage or spa credits included, and even early check in and late check-out for your convenience!

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As an industry, we are essential to people that travel often, especially when going to places with extreme weather conditions or possible terrorism. When booking online if there is a problem you are usually stuck on hold for hours at a time on their generic hotline. We would never leave you abandoned; your travel agent will be at your beck and call 24/7 and will solve your problems for you!

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As travel agents we are always up to date on all of the rules in the industry, so we are able to cut through the clutter and produce the best results for you!

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The internet can be extremely misleading, the pictures are usually very touched and/or outdated, and they cannot always be trusted. As your travel agent our job is to know what is going on at the properties, maintenance, construction etc.. that you would not know from booking online.

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We can create incredible once in a lifetime experiences for you through the contacts and relationships that we have made throughout the years, and you will never find access to these. Some examples; dinner in one of the towers of The Great Wall of China, having a bazaar set up for you personally in Morocco, elephant rides through the jungle complete with champagne, just to name a few. These are the type of experiences that will last you a lifetime.

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Planning your own vacation is like getting a tattoo, little mistakes can make all the difference. Remember, the internet is for looking, travel agents are for booking!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Jamaica!

 

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Recently BTK had a great experience in testing the waters for you and hitting up Jamaica for a bachelorette party, these are some of our tips on how to make it the perfect vacation! And don’t forget to try the Jerk Chicken, it’s a must to get a real taste of the island.

Do: Pack lots of sunscreen, as someone of European descent I have learned firsthand how harsh the Caribbean sun can be, trust me, my sun burns and peeling are the realest testament to this. Plus they charge $25 for it in the hotel, and it may be even more painful than the burn to pay those prices!

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Don’t: Forget to set up transfers ahead of time, when you land in Montego Bay there are many people trying to fight for your attention and cab service. They may overcharge you, or try to rip you off so be careful. (BTK can totally set this up for you)

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Do: Stay in an all-inclusive hotel while you are visiting, the bill can definitely add up when you are doing nothing but drinking, eating, and bumming it out on the beach. This is the best way to make sure you stay within your budget, if you are traveling on one!

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Don’t: Wander around the city without knowing where you are going, while Montego Bay is a pretty touristy area you don’t want to end up in the wrong part of town. Speak to your agent or concierge to figure out what the ideal place is for you to visit.

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Do: Send your bachelor/bachelorette gear to the hotel ahead of time. We spoke to the concierge and many hotels are more than willing to help decorate the room ahead of time so when you arrive you are already in the spirit!

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Don’t: Expect premium liquor if you are staying in an all-inclusive though, the best brands they had at our hotel were Skyy vodka, and Smirnoff (unless you pay extra for the premium drinks). As a result of this, pace yourself, and drink lots and lots of water. The hot sun + shitty alcohol can be headache inducing.

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Do: Try to spend more time than just a weekend there. While it is great for people on the east coast to pop in for a quick weekend getaway, this is so not the case for everyone, and even as Miami natives we were so sad to leave after what felt like the fastest weekend of our lives. Try to take advantage of your travel days and make the most of your weekend.

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Don’t: Come empty handed. Being in the Caribbean, the weather is incredibly bipolar, one second will be the hottest sun you have ever felt and within 30 seconds you can be stuck in wind and rain so have a backup plan. Our suggestion would be to bring some card games that can easily be made into drinking games, for example; Cards Against Humanity, Taboo, Bachelorette games, etc. It will distract you from the weather and give you the ultimate bonding experience! (at least it did for us)

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Do: Make sure you have an incredible time, and take lots of pictures because the view of the beach on one side and mountains on the other is to die for! It is something spectacular, and impossible to get sick of.

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The Best Destinations for Millennial’s in 2017

By: Michelle L.

Costa Rica: This beautiful little country is the perfect place for the adventurer in you. This land has been basically untouched and still holds its natural beauty; surrounded by beaches, waterfalls, greenery, and the incredible scenery of the volcanoes will leave you in awe. While the country itself is impressive, all of the activities that you can do make it even more worthwhile; zip lining while taking in the view of the rainforest? You can do that here! Visiting the places where Jurassic Park was filmed? You can do that here. Hiking the volcanoes near the city of La Fortuna? Check! That is just the beginning of it, so whether you are doing some crazy activity, or being lazy on the beach in San Jose you will be truly living the Pura Vida!

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Greece: Did Lena’s adventures in Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants make you absolutely fall in love with Greece? Because it did for me, I’m pretty sure it is the exact reason why I went for the first time. If you are looking for a good excuse to visit Europe take advantage of their declining economy and go while it is cheap. The adorable blue and white painted houses in Santorini that you have seen so many pictures of are even better in person. Dancing all day and night at the beach clubs that litter the island of Mykonos, or even Crete; the largest island which has pretty cheap nightlife, restaurant, and hotels!

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Hungary: While you are stopping in Europe we would definitely recommend taking a few days to explore this beautiful country; mainly Budapest. There is so much to see here in terms of culture, there are both sides to visit, Buda and Pest. They have the St. Stephens Basilica, the Jewish quarter, Parliament, and so many more things to see and do. When you’re done with all the sightseeing head over to 7 District for beer that is cheaper than water, and bar hopping non-stop all night!

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Colombia: This vibrant country has so much to offer. If you are looking for a big city, you have it waiting for you in Bogota, it is perched high in the mountains and has beautiful views of everything surrounding it. Get on the chivas in famed wild city of Cartagena, you can enjoy shots of aguardiente while you all drunkenly sing together; and what an experience it is. Wake up the next day and take a boat over to the islands surrounding and sleep off that hangover while getting tan, it’s a win-win! Medellin is one of the most up and coming places in the world and known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its year round weather. It is not to be missed, as well as the nature, the city, and museums are worth visiting, plus flashbacks to Vinny Chase’s movie on Entourage!

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USA: With 50 states; there is absolutely something for everyone to do here. You can smoke a blunt and visit Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the state of Colorado, and then visit every craft brewery you can find along the way. Visiting many of the national parks that The United States has to offer; including one of the most epic sights in the world, The Grand Canyon at sunset, one of the most surreal views I have ever seen. If you’re looking for less mountains and nature, but a lot more partying you can hit up Miami or Sin City (Vegas) to get your fill of 24 hours of debauchery. Beach? We have you covered, the golden coast of California has delicious food, cities, views, and of course, celebrities! America may be a young country but we have a vast history that you can explore in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Texas to name a few. This can continue on and on because there is so much to offer!

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