Most Asked Questions
Can I travel now?
The short answer is yes, you can. Travel has always been a personalized experience and that has not changed. What has changed is the current requirements for travel outside the contiguous United States. There are many opportunities currently available for travel and we have had many clients who have safely and enjoyably traveled. The decision to travel or not travel will come down to your personal health and your ability to travel. When you feel ready for your next travel experience, there are choices awaiting you.
Where can I travel?
For expert advice on where you can travel we recommend you review the, US State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention risk assessments for the countries you are considering. For vaccinated travelers a large majority of the countries in Europe are open and welcoming U.S. passport holders to enter.
Who can travel right now?
Countries have lists of guests they consider epidemiologically safe or stringent requirements that will allow those who are not to enter their borders. The most opportunities are available to vaccinated travelers who will have some requirements without quarantine. With the ever changing environment all requirements are subject to change. To understand where is open and to whom, review the following travel restrictions map.
Will travel feel normal and enjoyable?
Normal is a subjective word as the bottom line is our world has changed. Our customers who have traveled in the past few months have said that despite the requirements to arrive into countries, their overall experience was fabulous and they are planning to do it again soon. The current daily requirements here in the U.S. are similar everywhere. If you can accept the world has changed, then you too are ready to enjoy traveling again.
How far out can I plan my next vacation?
Currently we are planning itineraries through 2023. You can expect that our travel partners will have dates available for the next 18 – 24 months. The earlier you begin your planning process, the better opportunity that all your needs and desires for your vacation can be met. Pricing and availability are always subject to change.
How do you decide on a travel partner to work with?
We are 100% about customer service. We work with suppliers who we know will provide our discerning clients with the luxury seamless experience they are looking for. Alot has changed in the past 2 years and we work with travel vendors who like ourselves are committed to the client experience. These suppliers are available before, during and after your travels for a journey that will want you to travel with them again.
Why do you charge a research and planning charge?
To offer our clients the best experience and protect their investment, we have a non-refundable charge that allows us to work behind the scenes on their behalf to ensure a seamless experience. Travel is one of the few remaining industries that is not compensated until after travel. This fee allows us to continue to work on your behalf when changes occur.
Do you plan any vacation?
While we have the ability to provide any travel services, we have chosen to specialize in boutique, luxury travel experiences. You would not go to a general practitioner for a specific issue. That is how we know that we are offering you the best travel experience. We specialize in what we offer and can you refer you to someone else if we are unable to assist you.
How will I know the requirements for travel?
Approximately 30 days prior to your departure we will begin to review the current travel requirements for your itinerary. You will have access to the information from the countries you will be visiting, your airline and the suppliers you are traveling with in advance with a plan for preparation for your departure and for your return home.
Do I need travel insurance?
While in most cases, travel insurance is not required for travel, we highly recommend that you consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your travel investment. While we are not certified insurance agents, we can assist and guide you in acquiring a plan that protects you from travel risks and losses based on your travel concerns. These can be simple like delayed baggage or detailed like an unexpected cancellation or a medical emergency during travel.
Will I need passports and visa’s to travel internationally?
Anytime you depart the United States, a passport is required when entry into a foreign country is your destination. Having a valid passport with an expiration date of six months post return date of your travel is the standard requirement. If you need to purchase your first passport or renew a passport, it is recommended that you begin the process early as processing times will vary and can take up to 12 weeks or more. Visa requirements although not common, will vary depending on the countries you will be visiting and will be reviewed with you at time of booking.
How will I manage all my travel documents and itinerary?
Included in your research in planning fee, we provide you with a travel app that has a beautiful detailed itinerary of all your components. All the details are documented and available to you by PDF, downloaded on the mobile application or viewed on the web. Included will be any tours, accommodations, flights with live updates, and transportation reservations and even cruise itineraries.
Can I use my health insurance while abroad?
You will always want to verify this information directly with your health provider. Generally hospitals and medical assistance internationally require cash payments for services. Health insurance will NOT cover you if you need to be evacuated back to the United States. We recommend if health concerns are an issue that travel insurance be purchased at the time of final payment. We can direct you in purchasing travel insurance to cover your needs.
I have dietary restrictions can they be accommodated abroad?
Our cruise suppliers are able to accommodate dietary restrictions. We will let them know in advance of your menu requirements and they will work with you upon arrival to assist you. While exploring abroad these days it is very common to find restaurants that accommodate many types of food allergies and dietary restrictions. We can assist you with a list of restaurants and/or reservations to accommodate you.
What if something happens while I am traveling and I need additional assistance?
We are your travel partner, and we will be there to assist you with the challenges from start to finish. While you are traveling you will have a number of options for assistance from the suppliers we work with. Plus you will be able to reach us by phone, text, email and Whats app. Should an emergency situation arise, we are also available to assist you with changes or re-booking of your itinerary. Your travel experience is our number one priority and we want everything to be as seamless as possible.
How can I let family members know how to get in touch with me while I travel?
Many of the mobile providers currently offer international texting at no fee. You will want to check with your mobile provider as to what options are included in your plan and what charges to be aware of. We can provide you with phone numbers and dialing instructions to provide to family members while you are traveling. You can share your downloaded itinerary with your loved ones and we recommend using Whats app for free phone calls and text using free wifi from your accommodations.