Dear Joyce,

I was reading an article today about how somebody booked their hotel stay through an online agency and when they arrived at the hotel, well you have heard this before - there was NO reservation. It goes without saying this is a horrible way to start a vacation.

As owner of a travel company I often wonder why more people don't use a travel agent. My first inclination is that many people like to research their own vacation as it is like a treasure hunt, they want to find something nobody else has discovered - they want to uncover the "hidden gem." And they want to make sure they have found the best suitable accommodations and destination that will cover their needs.

I concur with those who want to find the "hidden gem," as these are the places I love to stay at - but why not then have a travel agent book it for you? The services provided by travel specialists are enumerable and the agent you choose is working for you - for free! I truly believe most travelers don't really know what travel agents can do for them.

I know at Incredible Journey - we will make your life easier! All agents specialize in different destinations, so our knowledge base is vast. Most importantly we plan personalized vacations. Being experts in the destinations we can offer our clients insight as to when to travel to get the best value, and to avoid crowds while still traveling when the weather is at its optimum. We contact all properties to make sure reservations are in place, notify management of VIP clients, secure any requests made by clients, get complimentary upgrades - and the list really goes on and on. Remember we have relationships with all of the people who are involved with making your vacation a success. So, our clout goes a long way...

Whether you choose to use us as your travel specialists, or someone else, first and foremost you must work with someone who is a specialist; I cannot stress this point enough. And you must connect with your agent - this is a joint endeavor when planning and creating vacations. When you find an agent or agency the goal should be to develop a lifelong relationship. These are memories you are creating, you just don't want to hand this job over to anyone, do you?

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  • Aspeta, I'm Sicilian!
  • Cruise News
  • Now's the time to...
  • Dear Endora
  • Stromboli
  • Holiday Travel Tips
  • Featured Property

  • Cruise News

    As a long time cruiser, I've always dreamed of traveling the seas under sail on a small ship. After many years, my dream was finally fulfilled in February when I took my daughter on a 7-day cruise in the Caribbean (round trip Barbados) on the Wind Surf, Wind Star Cruise Lines largest ship, capacity 312. I enjoyed my small ship experience so much I signed up to sail the Greek Isles itinerary aboard the Wind Spirit, capacity 148, in September. This being my second cruise on a small ship, I will reinforce what I said previously. THIS is the way to cruise if you're seeking a relaxing cruise, with first class service (1:2 crew to guest ratio), food and accommodations.

    Now's the time to...

    • It's not too late to book a holiday cruise; however, availability decreases daily so don't delay.
    • 2008 cruise itineraries are now available book today to receive best pricing and availability.
    • Be sure to view our new unique adventure to Tahiti on our website.
    • Remember January - May is discount season for Tahiti - inquire about super specials that can help you save $1000's.
    • New group cruise to Alaska in 2008, check out our flyer.
    • Planning travel for a group? Make sure accommodations are locked in before the end of 2007 to secure the best rates and availability.
    • Involved with fundraisers? Ask how we can supply a cruise to auction at your next event!
    • Spring is discount season to Europe how 'bout a fling in gay ole Paris!
    • Book your spring break getaways before all the discounted air is gone.
    • New group cruise to Europe in 2008, check out our flyer.
    • Limited space for homes in Hawaii and Mexico for summer still available.
    • New group cruise to Mexico from San Diego for 2008, check out our flyer.
    • Fabulous discounts on Hawaiian Cruise May 2008.

    Dear Endora

    Dear Endora, I will be visiting Hawaii for the first time and am trying to understand how large the islands are, I am used to the Caribbean Islands that are quite navigable. Please enlighten me! Chris - Ohio


    In honor of one of the most famous volcanic islands in the world - here is a sandwich to tribute that island. Enjoy, this is a very good meal and it is by Emeril so it should be!

    Holiday Travel Tips

    The holidays are steeped in family traditions-opening presents at first light on Christmas Day, napping during the football game on Thanksgiving, lighting the menorah during Hanukkah, inching the car through a traffic jam on the interstate and standing in an airport line that just doesn't move.

    Featured Property

    The small size and great maneuverability of these fabulous ships allow passage to secluded waters that have remained largely immune to the encroachments of development and tourism. Clipper ships harbor at small ports and take passengers ashore in their very own fleet of motorized landing craft. When you travel aboard a Clipper ship the voyage can change course as opportunities present themselves.

    Aspeta, I'm Sicilian!

    Well I am now back from our Sojourn to Italy and I have to say all in all it was a fabulous AND productive trip. Remember one of our main reasons to travel to some of the destinations, such as Sicily and Reggio Calabria, was to find relatives. And we did find relatives in Corleone, Sicily.

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