There’s no question the travel industry has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly put all our lives on hold. We entered 2020 with optimism, hope, and inspiration. No one could have predicted how profoundly the world changed and how profoundly we would miss traveling and getting out there to see it.
Flash forward to 2021 – we turn a new page and look toward a fresh start with renewed hope, approved vaccinations, and excitement for when we’re ready to travel again. Only travel planning will look very different than it did before the COVID-19 pandemic, and now more than ever, you will need the knowledge and expertise of a trusted travel advisor to get you back out there and home – safely.
Travel Industry Knowledge is Invaluable
The travel environment is fluid at best, with the ever-changing restrictions, protocols, requirements, and pivots. Travel advisors are at the forefront watching for updates on air, hotel, tour, cruise, monitoring when borders will reopen, entry requirements, and health and safety procedures. Travel advisors have been working hard to study our industry’s future while gaining valuable knowledge to provide insight for travelers in our post-pandemic world. A travel advisor’s value and benefit to their clients is undeniable between the umpteen webinars hosted by industry suppliers, destinations, and professional development.
Relationships Mean Everything
When you work with an Andavo Travel advisor, you have the benefit of working with advisors who are a part of a global network through Virtuoso®; a consortium making up over 20,000 industry experts and over 1,800 elite travel companies. What this means for you is the benefit of global relationships, VIP access, insider knowledge, travel perks, personalized planning, and most of all, peace of mind. You can rely on your advisor for insight and support every step of the way, and you will know who to call and talk to when unexpected changes arise. Many travelers that have used online booking sites and had their travel plans canceled due to COVID-19 found it challenging on their own to reach the company they made the booking through, and many were left with little to no recourse for getting a refund. While Andavo Travel advisors were able to reach out to travel companies, they have established relationships with, and it enabled them to negotiate outside of the standard policies. In addition, because they are a Virtuoso travel advisor, they have relationships with many suppliers around the globe. They know who to contact to do the heavy lifting on your behalf. And they are always accessible to you.
Help Prepare You for The New World of Travel
We’re going to need a bit of handholding, even for those who consider themselves savvy travelers. After all, navigating all the new COVID-19 concerns and restrictions can be challenging. Often, we see updates every day. Whether it’s trying to keep track of passport requirements, travel insurance, airport and airline guidelines, cruise protocols, road trips, villas, or national park guidelines, it can be overwhelming and confusing! A professional travel advisor can help you navigate the ins and outs of post coronavirus travel.
Andavo Travel advisors are passionate about travel. Most have traveled extensively and have been all around the world. It is just one of the reasons it makes them so good at what they do. Not only do they have personal relationships with partners around the world, but they also know where you are going with knowledge and understanding of your destination. If they haven’t personally been to the destination, they spend a significant amount of time researching and gaining detailed knowledge of the procedures within the countries and cities. Having peace of mind with access to someone who can offer guidance, connections, coupled with expertise will be a significant piece to getting us all traveling again. While it may look different, we will travel again, and the value of a professional travel advisor is more important than ever.
The economic and social recovery impact through travel will be necessary for our world to heal. The world of travel is waiting to welcome us all back, and we are starting to see some recovery in various stages and destinations. We are hopeful for the return of worldwide travel. Working with a travel advisor will help your comfort level, understand the destination’s health and safety procedures so that you are informed, and allow you to start putting those bucket list travels on the horizon. Our wanderlust grows, and as we continue to dream of travel’s return, we can’t wait to experience the excitement, joy, memories, and enrichment travel brings to our lives.
In the words of Anthony Bourdain –
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
Contact an Andavo Travel advisor to help book and plan your next vacation.