Package vacations span from beach idylls in French Polynesia or family adventures in Hawaii to week-long road trips around Ireland
to visit castles, Celtic ruins, and musical pubs with recreational breaks to learn fly fishing and hike the Connemara hills. Special interest trips range from serial spa-going in Italy to limitless golf in Mexico. Package deals allow travelers to create their own personal, customized trip, rather than committing to a pre-determined itinerary and group departure with strangers.
Customizing that package is the job of a travel advisor, a psychologist-meets-globetrotter dedicated to marrying a client’s personality, budget, and aspirations to a matrix of travel possibilities spanning destination alternatives, transportation, and lodgings. The Internet allows everyone to act as DIY travel planners, but professionals who spend their lives understanding the travel landscape bring trustworthy perspective and insider access.
Longstanding relationships with companies like Pleasant Holidays and Journese means advisors can pull strings. In Tahiti, for example, any traveler can enjoy the beach. But Kristy Adler, a Sherman Oaks, California-based advisor, works with the company to ensure that her clients enjoy a private motu Polynesian picnic on the beach.
For those who have never considered one, here are four reasons to consider a travel package: