Simple clicks or a travel expert to help you on your next adventure?

Hello all,

From my travel designer perspective, I would of course need to defend my entire class, stating that there is, in my opinion, a difference on the motivations and your own profile. Organizing an itinerary for a traveller, and not for a tourist, demands expertise and a high level of professionalism that goes beyond a couple of clicks.

In our so called globalized and hyper-clickable world, services are what make the difference. I can also compare a travel designer, which is not a NGO, it is an enterprise and therefore would charge for the delivered services, I can compare it with your hair dresser, for example… You can indeed by some colour and dye your hair at home… Results can satisfy you whatsoever, but if you go to a hair designer, which based in their experience will study your figure and assist you in finding the best colour for your skin type or farther the image you want to get across, the results can lead you to a finer result, and you would be glad to pay for it…

What is happening, it is that nowadays, the developing of an itinerary is somehow misplaced to a couple of goods from the shelves to your troll but with no criteria, or better, when the most important criteria is saving some or more money…

For my own experience, I handle clients that prefer go to a hairdresser than do it themselves, lucky me, right? Clients that truly believe more on a voyage than on a simple trip! And, trust me, it makes all the difference…

I am a lucky person that had the chance to visit 4 continents and around 30 countries, and, in my profession, means expertise, for even to buy tourist products and place them at a portal as clickable deals to save money NEEDS to mean that there is expertise behind it…

I wonder, If I ever ask some cheaper portals to study a travel experience based on my profile, would it be feasible or if I was not about being charged for that… In this case… Why somehow people love to ask experts to share their expertise, self-experiences and at the end click some shelves and save some bucks… Is it fair? Would you like your clients in your sector do the same?

Tourism is SERIOUS business, SERIOUS Travel Agents or Designers are hard workers and furthermore, we don’t sell BEDS and places in airplanes.

We are an active part of the construction of a dream. We SELL the only product which the client don’t bring anything concrete with them… Only indelible experiences.

So, darling, or go to a Luxury Boutique (not on sales please, for you know how not-elegant Milan hi-fashion boutiques are during sales time) or go to an Outlet… If you choose a Boutique, always bare in mind, darling ones, the sip of crystal is already on the bill and don’t ever pretend an Outlet sells last collection items…

Whatever you chose, whatever I chose, the best is… there is no concrete position when we are dealing with the most precious thing we have in life: time. Time is precious and so are Travel Agents time… Maybe next generations will subside us and we’ll become NGOs, who knows, but until there, I beg you all to think twice before saying that the main difference between a travel agent/operator is just “save” money… No it is not!

Love to all.

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