The right way to get private recommendation earlier than you guide a post-lockdown vacation

A Guide to the Vacation Maze: A small group of travel agents offer a mix of expert advice and old-fashioned personal service to help those who are nervous about booking a trip after the lockdown

  • The network of travel advisors offers independent and competent travel advice
  • If you are looking for a traditional package holiday, Hays Travel can help
  • Trailfinders bring you to the same expert every time you call

Each week, our vacation hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant vacation theme and does all the work so you don’t have to. This Week: How to Get Personal Advice Before Booking a Post-Lockout Vacation.

Amid the confusion of quarantine rules and travel corridors, help is available for anyone who is nervous about booking a vacation.

If you don’t want to risk being passed person to person in a call center if something goes wrong, a small group of travel agents offer a mix of expert advice and old-fashioned personal service.

Trailfinders uses technology to recognize your phone number and direct you to the same expert every time you call. Popular options for summer are Santorini, Greece

Among the unsung heroes of the vacation industry is the network of travel advisors who have provided one-on-one advice throughout the pandemic.

On the company website, you can either find an expert nearby or someone who shares your passion, be it for beach vacations, safaris, ski trips or specific countries.

Customers then receive a direct phone number and email address for their chosen expert so that the perfect ATOL-protected vacation can be created together.

Consultants are independent so they can choose from any airline, hotel, or vacation provider.

Customers can access the company’s free app, and a 24-hour office provides assistance if something changes while you are away (travelcounsellors.co.uk).

If you are looking for a traditional package holiday, the staff at Hays Travel can help. While they are not in branches on the main street during the lockdown, they are divided into small local teams so you can talk to the same people every time. The latest Best-Buys include the possibility of vacationing like a rock star with flights, and a week at the Hard Rock Hotel on the beach in Tenerife from 599 GBP per person – it can be booked with a deposit of only 60 GBP (haystravel. co.uk).

The more adventurous your needs, the more personal advice you may need. Specialists such as Discover The World can join in here.

The company recruits well-traveled people who focus on areas they know best. After an initial chat, customers are looked after by the same specialist throughout their booking. Video calls are offered as well as telephone consultations to find the perfect trip (remove-the-world.com).

Dial-a-Flight has been booking holidays all over the world for around 40 years.  The latest offers include a luxurious week in the Maldives

Dial-a-Flight has been booking holidays all over the world for around 40 years. The latest offers include a luxurious week in the Maldives

Or contact Trailfinders, who uses technology to recognize your phone number and direct you to the same expert every time you call. There is an option to use Zoom video calling for a vacation planning session and ensure your advisor stays in touch if the travel rules change after booking.

Customers can also rely on the company’s acclaimed policy of transferring payments to a dedicated account so that refunds can be made quickly when holidays need to be canceled.

Popular options for summer include Greece, where you can swim in an infinity pool at the chic Omma Hotel on Santorini Island – famous as one of the best places in the world to watch sunsets. Book seven nights, including flights and private transfers, from £ 1,249 per person (trailfinders.com).

Experts are also present at Dial-a-Flight, which has been booking vacations around the world for around 40 years.

After contacting the company, each customer receives a private number for a team of no more than six experts who are always available to answer questions.

Customers receive a courtesy call from their advisor shortly before their vacation to clarify any last minute questions.

The latest deals include a luxurious week at the sporty Lux South Ari Atoll Resort on 2½ miles of sandy beaches in the Maldives from £ 1,355 per person including flights (dialaflight.com).

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