Findaway Travels is not necessarily a service that you have come across before, so I thought it would be useful to outline some of the queries I imagine you’d have, before making contact with me.
I’m not going to pretend that I’ve travelled the world. But I have travelled & gone on holiday enough to know that there is a fine balance between having the freedom to go with the flow and enjoy it, to not being in control of where you are and what you’re doing and not enjoying it.
I think that having a good itinerary, rather than tying you down, gives you the freedom to feel confident in being where you are and also gives you the confidence to go to places which otherwise may unnerve you.
It’s about having the knowledge that you need to make the decisions that can change the time you’re spending away.
Travel agents absolutely have their rightful place in the travel industry. They provide services which many people find useful. They historically are the professionals who you would use to book all inclusive resorts, cruises, tours around your destination such as guided walks and package holidays (flights & accommodations)
For this service you can expect to pay between 20-40% more than if you were to do it all yourself. You get ATOL and ABTA protection, and often assistance on the ground from their local agents.
But if you’re used to travelling and maybe did a bit of it in past years, and would still like to have control over your holiday, as well as the freedom to tweak and adapt the plan as and when you want to, to enable you to go with the flow, to react to where you are rather than having a prescriptive route and schedule, travel agents might not work for you.
What I am offering with Findaway, is the ability to maintain the feeling of freedom over your choices, whilst not having to put the effort and time in to plan it all yourself. There are so many travel blogs and useful tips all over the internet and I know that lots of people find the amount of information completely overwhelming.
Some people, like me, love all that, and relish the opportunity to go deep down all the rabbit holes finding out those little nuggets that make a holiday special. If you are one of those people, this service probably isn’t for you!
But if you are one of the many who suffer major overwhelm when it comes to trying to figure out where and how to go on your next holiday, I am here for you.
I have two kids myself, so I understand the intricacies and detail needed to make family holiday work with children, but equally I have travelled a lot without kids, so also understand if there is a need for an adults-only environment.
See below for some answers, but if you have any questions I haven’t covered, please drop me an email on email@example.com – I am more than happy to have a chat before you need to make any decision about signing up for one of the packages – see here for pricing details
Do I need to pay before the phone consultation?If you have general questions about the services I provide, I would be delighted to have an informal chat with you before you need to make any commitment
What happens after you have given us the different options?I would be assuming that you’d be in a position to book quite soon after I’d delivered your options – part of the package would be making sure there is availabilty at the different accomodation options for example, at the time of my enquiries. Often, the places that I would be looking at are small and boutiquey so you probably would need to act quite fast in order to secure a spot in the sun. I can help with this though, you wont be on your own.
Have you been to all the places you want to send us too?Not IRL – but believe me, if I recommend them to clients, it’s because I have done as much background work as possible and I think they would be a good fit. I’m spreading my wings in the social media travel community and it’s a lovely place to be – people are really keen to share knowledge and stories and keep people travelling. So you can be rest assured that I will have gleaned as much information as possible for you, about the places that I put on your option list.
What if none of the options you present to me, are what I’m after?This would of course be unfortunate and it does happen sometimes. When giving me a brief it’s a really good idea to not to be too prescriptive about what you want and need – that can often be the sticking point. For example, if you really think you want a heated pool, just know that it’s going to limit your options. It’s best if you consider me someone who can give you inspiration as to where to go, with a huge amount more detail than just perusing the normal sites and social media profiles. I would really hope that you book a holiday off the back of what I present, but if not, at the very least I would hope that I have offered you more options and more ideas than you had in the first place.