Whether you are looking for a cruise for 2 or a European tour for a group of 20, TravelBug Vacation Planning has you covered! Here are just a few examples of the types of trips we can help with:
Types of trips include ocean and river cruise, escorted tours, independent travel with custom itineraries, theme park, all-inclusive resorts, and so much more!
Trip planning fees ('Planning fees") for travel covers our initial consultation, research, development of proposals (with up to 3 options), revisions to finalize a custom itinerary, booking, managing all components, and support while traveling. Fees are determined based on the complexity of the trip and number of passengers. Fees generally range between $100 - $500 but will be determined during or after the consultation based on your needs.
The first step is scheduling a consultation. This time acts as an opportunity for us to get to know each other a bit, discuss the goals you have for your trip and ensure we want to partner together. This is a 15 - 30 minute phone call. Zoom can be arranged upon request.
During this consultation you will be provided with additional information about the next steps. Each trip is unique and individual. The process may vary between trip types and destinations.
Are you an existing client with a trip already booked? I am always happy to answer questions. The quickest way to get an answer is either:
Email: SheilaHixon@TravelBugVacationPlanning.com I will respond within 24 hours.
Travefy app: If your trip is booked, you should have a link to your itinerary. Please download the app to ensure quick access to your information and a chat feature! I can typically respond to these message within the hour.
Calls by appointment: If you prefer a phone call, I am happy to accommodate you! I simply ask that phone calls be scheduled for efficiency. Please click the link below to schedule something on my calendar!
If your travel has been completed and you'd like to leave feedback, please click the link below. Your feedback is a gift. If you have specific feedback about a vendor utilized during your trip, please email me directly with that information. I strive to work with only the TOP vendors that provide amazing experiences for my clients.
Where can you leave a review for TravelBug Vacation Planning? All three would be AMAZING but Google is probably the best choice!
Google is great isn't it? Until it becomes overwhelming with too many options and information. By hiring a travel planner you can:
Think about this: If you're on vacation and your flight home gets cancelled, do YOU want to be on hold for hours fixing that or would you rather continue to enjoy your beverage pool-side while someone else works on that for you?
Certification is not a requirement of being a travel agent. Anyone can decide to open a business and start booking travel.
Choosing to get certified in this field means I truly care about providing my clients with the most current information and value. I am currently double certified through the following:
ASTA is the American Association of Travel Advisors. The VTA (Verified Travel Advisor) confirms knowledge, professionalism, and ethics of travel advisors across the country.
CLIA is the Cruise Lines International Association and the CCC (Certified Cruise Counsellor) confirms an advisor's depth of knowledge of the cruise industry to include geography, group travel, and available cruise types to meet varying client needs.
Both certifications require a significant amount of time dedicated to completion, as well as, continuing education. Both mean you can visit the website and verify my credentials!
On top of the above certifications, I also have also received various destination and supplier accolades and specialist recognition. These include: Hawaii, Alaska, Jamaica, Aruba, Multiple cruise lines and more!