Travel design PACKAGES

THE WHY

Until the late 1990s the only way to “book” travel was direct with the provider or to go to a travel agent. There was no Expedia, Orbitz, or hotel booking platforms. Cruise lines didn’t have websites. So many agents considered themselves “booking” agents. You told them what you wanted, and they booked it.  Now, anybody can book travel.  Travel agents had to evolve to survive.  So, they took on a more consultative approach.  No longer were they booking agents, they were travel advisors to help clients understand options and create amazing vacation experiences. 

Sure, you can book your own travel.  Anybody can do that, but how do you know you are making the right choices?  Explore More Family Travel guides you through the travel process to ensure your vacation is beyond amazing.  Every trip is custom designed.  Each detail is handled by a travel professional who uses travel expertise and industry connections to ensure your trip is everything you dreamed it would be.   When you use Explore More Family Travel, you are entering a partnership with someone who will learn your travel style and preferences so that all of your future travels are effortless.

Travel design is a service.  I could do my own taxes, but I know my accountant will do a better job than me.  My accountant will also save me precious time so that I can spend more time doing the things I care about like spending time with my family.  Your time is valuable.  Do not waste it stressing out about your vacation.  Vacations are an investment of your time and money.  Ensure that you are getting the most value for your time and money by using a travel advisor.  When you use Explore More Family Travel, all you need to worry about is packing your bags and posting your vacay photos!

For a better understanding on the value Explore More Family Travel can provide you, as well as how the process works, please see our Services page.

HOW MUCH?

Everyone wants to know, how much do you charge?  I won’t leave you hanging any longer … the answer is, “it depends”.  

I know, I know you want a better answer than that.  So I am going to  post some estimates below, but please note that until you fill out the travel style questionnaire and we have our complimentary consultation call, I can’t give a definitive answer.  

If you are going to Europe for 2 weeks, the fee will be more than a family going to an all-inclusive resort for a long weekend.  Please see some examples of services I provide and fees associated with each one below.  I hope this helps clear things up, but please feel free to reach out with any questions.

TRAVEL DESIGN PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

By paying our planning fee, you understand and accept for yourself and the travelers included in your party the planning fees outlined herein. You acknowledge and accept that all fees are non-refundable, whether you decide to book the travel presented or not. You agree to all fees such as cancellation policies, change fees, and penalties, and understand that unused portions of travel vouchers are non-refundable. You also understand these fees are separate from the cost of your trip and the tour operator/cruise line policies. When paying our planning fee, you will receive a copy of our Terms and Conditions and a copy of this Planning Fee Agreement and will acknowledge receipt.

TRAVEL DESIGN PACKAGE DETAILS

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explore more

Our most popular option.
Pricing starts at $250 per household for a 1 week itinerary.*

Want me to create a highly customized itinerary that caters to your every whim and desire?  Thank you!  You just made my day.  I love analyzing the logistics of an itinerary and finding the perfect place for you to stay.  However, my favorite part is discovering the experiences that best fit your personality and will define your trip.  It is the experiences you have while traveling that will always stay with you and keep you forever linked to your travel destination.

Your entire trip will be presented to you via an interactive itinerary app that even works offline when you can not find WI-FI.  Pretty neat, right? This package is our most detailed and even includes concierge service.  You will be able to focus 100% on enjoying your vacation.  

The highlight of the Explore More package is our signature Explore More Before service which creates excitement for your trip in the weeks leading up to it!

*pricing does not include booking airfare, air reservation service can be added for $100 per household

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explore

Escorted Tours, Cruises, & All-Inclusive Bookings - oh my!
Pricing starts at $100 per household for a long weekend*

Whether you want to be part of an escorted tour, go on a big ship or a river cruise, or stay at an All-Inclusive resort, there will be fewer details of the trip for me to plan and the price reflects that.  My role will be to match you and your travel companions with the best travel options that suit your needs.  PS – I love playing matchmaker!

*pricing does not include booking airfare, air reservation service can be added for $100 per household

explorer

no charge for this service

Ideal for self-sufficient travelers who know what they want and just want the booking and management of the reservation to be handled by a professional.  Sometimes this means extra perks and amenities for you, but it always means you have an extra layer of support if you have any issues with your reservation (hopefully not!).  There is no cost for this service since there is no research and design.

*pricing does not include booking airfare, air reservation service can be added for $50 per person

guided exploration

itinerary planning only

Ideal for travelers who want assistance creating a custom itinerary, but do not need a luxury travel experience.  These travelers do not mind making some of their own arrangements, they just do not know where to begin the process and do not have time for the hours of research and logistics that go into creating an itinerary.  

Starting at $500 per household, this service is the most expensive because the agency makes little to no commission on the back end of these bookings.   However, the total package will likely be less due to the types of accommodations and tours being booked.  This option is ideal for a 3* Europe vacation or an American road trip.

vacation planning services

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 group expeditions

Pricing starts at $50 per person

Ever heard of the term herding cats?  Getting a group traveling together on the same page can be a monumental task.  Between the varying opinions on what to do and the administrative work involved, trust me when I say you want a travel professional handling the trip.  

For groups over 20 people, service includes a web page dedicated to your group where all information is kept for easy access to all pertinent information. This package is fully customizable depending on the needs of the group.  Services can include hotel & experience options, transportation & logistics, trip protection quote & claim filing assistance (if needed), deposit & final payment execution upon confirming itinerary, restaurant & spa recommendations + appointment confirmation 30 days prior to departure, the travel app, a Custom Vacation Guide, custom documents, arrival guidance to include COVID requirements, and 24-hour on-call assistance while traveling.

*pricing does not include booking airfare, air reservation service can be added for $50 per person

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analysis paralysis
points & miles analysis: $250 flat fee

Two things to know about me:

 1) I was a financial analyst prior to owning my own travel business
2) I am obsessed with points and miles. 

If you have so many miles that you do not know what to do with them, let me help.

It can be overwhelming to determine which points or miles should be redeemed for what.  I can create an analysis that helps you make these decisions.