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So, ummm, what exactly is a travel coach?

A travel coach can be just what you are looking for to help plan your next adventure!

In the age of internet immediacy, today’s travelers can have tickets in hand for anywhere around the world within minutes just by clicking a few times. With Apps like Expedia, Trip Advisor, Hopper, and Booking, it seems like the age of the classic travel agent is coming to a close- or at least finding a new definition. But what was it about a classic travel agent that made them so helpful? Sure, they hard booked ticket after ticket and tour after tour but perhaps that wasn’t the only service that they provided. Perhaps it was was something so much more important.

Perhaps, the local travel agent offered peace of mind. Think about it, a customer happily walked out of a travel agency with paper tickets embossed with their name on them and a clear plan on how their vacation was going to play out. If you think about it, it was kind of win-win. But, time marches on and technology pushes us forward. The question now becomes not so much “what do I do?” but “is what I’m booking worth it?” Enter a travel coach!

Questions that plague the modern traveler range from: Will this be fun? Will my kids like it? Is this really the best activity to spend my time and effort on? Or: Is this website (or top ten list) really the best that this city has to offer?

It can be overwhelming to think that we are getting ready to spend our hard earned money and all too fleeting vacation time on a destination that needs to live up to everyone’s expectations. That overwhelming feeling can make even the most efficient personality feel indecisive! No bueno. So what strikes the right balance between self planning and good, experienced advice? This is where travel coaching can help!

Coaching is a four part process:

1- Intake- this can range from a quick survey to an in depth conversation that allows a traveler to express their likes and dislikes and travel dreams.

2- Research- now it’s time for your coach to put together suggestions and tips to match your intake and perhaps introduce a few new suggestions that you hadn’t thought of. This can be general itinerary suggestions or specific activities depending on where you are in the planning process.

3- Consultation- time to meet and pour over travel dreams and delights

4- Final Revisions- based on step three or the fact that you are moving from the dreaming phase into the planning phase, this step adds in any pertinent revisions and contains more up to date and specific booking information.

More importantly, here are three things that you should not expect from travel coaching:

1- Don’t expect a budget monitor. While any coach will put your budgetary concerns at the top of their list assist a customer (that’s just good business), don’t expect a coach to scour for hours to find the best price on a particular activity. In today’s travel world, look for apps and the web to keep you up to date on that. Do expect that a travel coach will let you know when to buy a city pass or not based on your chosen activities.

2-Don’t expect to just get run of the mill travel ideas. Do expect you likes and interests, diet and lifestyle will be well thought out. Travel coaches LOVE scouring the books and crannies of a city to find all the fun stuff that doesn’t just sit on the surface. (Conversely, it is prudent to remember how important it is that those icons of travel are icons for a reasons).

3- Don’t expect a long, drawn out experience. Instead, travel coaching is a quick, efficient, and inexpensive way to explore travel opportunities and feel out the right trip of a lifetime. Travel coaching can be a great way to choose two or three destinations and sort through their options to choose the best one for you!

Okay, I get it and I’m interested! Can we cut to the bottom line, please? Our services come in three tiers:

Continental Destination Analysis: {$80.00}. This is for the traveler that knows that they want to go to a particular area like Europe or Australia. But don’t know where to begin after that dream. We’ve got you covered! Let’s chat over a hot cup of tea and get started!

Dreaming of Destinations: {$50.00}. This option is for the traveler that has already narrowed down the big trip to two or three places. You want to either sift out the excess or link them together cohesively. If you are a researcher of your dreams, this is a good option for you!

Pre-planning Primers: {325.00}. This for the traveler with tickets in mind and they are ready to start filling in the calendar. Lists with activities, transportation choices, sleeping accommodations and sincere advice on a specific trip are what you’re looking for. You’ve got the vision and you are ready to execute! Let’s do it!

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Travel Lifestyle

10 Things Airlines Could Do Better

As a frequent traveler, I deal with airports and airlines all the time. and I must say there are good ones and bad ones all over the world. We pack, we arrange, we get there with hours before our flight so that we have plenty of time to stress out. The thing I can’t wrap my mind around is why airlines and airports don’t get what customers really want. So, here are the top 10 things airlines could do better according to my very informal non-data driven study.

10 Things Airlines Could Do Better

Guarantee Luggage

Here’s the bottom line. If Amazon can get my package to me in 24 hours without blinking an eye, airlines can get my suitcase on the same plane I am on. As airlines continue to charge us fee after fee, it is beyond me why they are not held accountable for ensuring they do the job we are paying them to do.

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Normalize Gate Checking Bags

Speaking of luggage, so many people are trying to avoid that checked luggage fee that they drag their bags to the gate. Why do airlines wait until two minutes before boarding to announce that everyone’s bags are not going to fit in the overhead compartments? I don’t get it. Let’s just all give in and check those bags right at the gate. Put them on those slides and load the bags! And you know the most frustrating moment before take off and some lady with four kids is trying to find space for her 6 carry-ons! I’m so frustrated!

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Fast Pass Boarding Procedures

If Disney can get people on the Millennium Falcon using Fast Pass, so can airlines. for Heaven’s sake! Just give me a time to show up and I will. How hard is that? Why must I wait in like three huge lines to check in, clear TSA and walk on a plane? Why?! I just don’t get it. Wouldn’t it be easier to clear everything right when you arrive? I once watched the TSA line at JFK for about 2 hours. What a s**t show.

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Get Rid Of The Center Seat Once and For All!

Do I really need to say any more than this? I mean, airlines are already packing us in and charging us for the best spots to sit on the plane, I think we deserve to get rid of the majority of those banks of three seats.

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Mind The Gap!

While we are at it, with all the great engineering minds in aviation, why am I still shoving my jacket and purse into the gap between the wall? I don’t get it. Why?! For the love of everything sacred, fill in the gap- preferably with something soft on one side and USB ports on the other.

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Family Seating

I checked. There is no rule or law that says all airline seats must face forward. So why in the world don’t we simply face two banks of seats together so that families can have a space to themselves? Imagine airlines treating seating more like trains do. Seating in groups of twos and fours. How much more inviting and easier would it be?

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Install those lay down seats! I want the top bunk!

We’ve all seen them on Facebook. Long haul flights deserve a better way to make it to the other side. There is nothing comfortable about flying overseas at all. So why in the world aren’t airlines shouting for the rooftops about how happy they are with this new solution?

The Zephyr Seats
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The Zephyr Seat System

Step Up The Waiting Game

New airports are showing the grand dames of the past that airports are not just holding pens for traveling human cattle. It’s time to rethink how spaces are being used in airports. Travelers want and pay for clean usable, comfortable areas. Older airports take notes and join us in the 21st century.

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Money, Money, Money

I know! All of my brilliant ideas cost money. Well, airlines, you’ve charged me for my seat, my bag, my drink, my takes to pay for the terminal, early check-in, some premium stuff, and I was overcharged for my mocha latte in the terminal. There are no excuses here. It’s time for stockholders to realize that they must reinvest things that airlines could do better.

Travel Dreaming

Road Trip: Dallas, Texas

YeeeeeHaw!!!!! We’re going to Texas!!! Recently my podcast bestie, Terri, shared her great trip to Dallas, Texas on our podcast. Her picks were so great that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share them with you! So, let’s take a trip to one of the great American cities the US has to offer. It’s time to travel to Dallas.

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Dallas Treats

The Lone Star State has plenty to offer any traveler, regardless of personal interests. From history and arts to sports and ranching culture, Dallas does not disappoint. Both stadiums in Dallas offer amazing tours for the sports lover (and perhaps their reluctant travel partners as well). While Daley Plaza takes you back to the events of November 22nd, 1963 when JFK was assassinated here. Meanwhile, not far away, the Fort Worth Stockyards give you a taste of the Texas ranching tradition that thrives outside of town.

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Local Eats

Like many metropolitan cities, Dallas is realizing the value of local food venues. With plenty of mom and pop set-ups that serve up great tex-mex as well as regional dishes like BBQ and chicken fried steak. Dallas has it’s share of yummy indulgences- they created the deep fried Oreo– so you will not be at a loss for local treats while you are in town.

Y’all Come Back Now, Ya’ Hear?

Beyond things to do and places to eat, Dallas offers the traveler the very thing we all search for- the people. The Lone Star State is famous for their down to earth attitude and friendly hellos to visitors. Soak in the great accent and the cozy feeling. So, whether it’s your first visit to Dallas or you’re back to enjoy more, Dallas wants you to explore and settle in!