Why Are You Visiting 20 Different Websites before You book Your Trip?


by Hank Schrader, USMA ’71, Europe Destination & River Cruise Expert
That’s right, according to Google, 85% of travelers search the worldwide web for travel information when planning a trip and 62% visit 20 or more different sites prior to making a booking.
Trip planning does require a lot of work to get it right, and it is a hassle. Wouldn’t it be better to let us solve the trip research for you? Here are 7 Benefits to you if you let us plan your trip:

Problem # 1: Will I get the best value for my money?  Benefit to You: Spend your money wisely  Our solution:  We match the right vendor(s) to provide a trip that will exceed your expectations
Problem # 2: Will I get the right trip?   Benefit to You:  A better vacation  Our Solution:  We learn your dreams and turn them into a reality
Problem #3:  Will I make wise choices?   Benefit to You A better vacation and no fear of missing out on great experiences Our Solution:  Our 20 years of experience in the travel industry coupled with our first-hand knowledge and numerous professional certifications will help us provide you with the best options available
Problem #4:  Will I remember all the details?  Benefit to You:  No unforgotten trip details Our Solution:  We check all the details so you do not have any missteps or forgotten arrangements
Problem #5:  Will I spend too much time researching my trip?   Benefit to You:  Saves you time & eliminates hassles  Our Solution:  Once we know what you want, we do research to get you the highest quality, expertly planned trip
Problem #6 How can I best protect my vacation?  Benefit to You:  Peace of Mind Our Solution:  We can help lead you to the right people to answer your questions about insurance options
Problem # 7: How do I know I can trust my adviser to do the best for me?  Benefit to You: Someone thinking of your best interests   Our Solution:  We are members of several professional organizations and we have earned the trust of hundreds of clients. We encourage you to read their comments about our service

Google has determined there are 5 Stages of Travel. They are 1) Dreaming; 2) Planning; 3) Booking; 4) Experiencing; and 5) Sharing. We can help inspire you to dream and really help in the remaining 4 stages of travel. LEARN MORE HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
You can plan your own trip and take your chances or we can help you have a better trip.
Our Goal—Customer Bliss—Unforgettable experiences—We are not selling travel, we are helping you make memories to last a lifetime.
Why not call Hank now at 713-397-0188 and let’s get started getting you to your personal Dream Destination!
Savor life . . . make memories . . . visit Dream Destinations! . . . Your journey begins here!


How Dream Destinations Helps You Get The Best Value In The 5 Stages Of Travel

As with everything in our lives nowadays, Google even has thoughts about travel. They have identified 5 distinct stages of travel. They are 1) Dreaming; 2) Planning; 3) Booking; 4) Experiencing; and 5) Sharing.
So how does Dream Destinations help through the 5 Stages? Let us show how we can make traveling a better experience during all 5 Stages.
Stage 1—the Dream. Just our name says it all—Dream Destinations. Close your eyes—where do you want to go, what is the must see place or experience—we all have them. Every time you see a cool cruise ship or an ad for a river cruise or the iconic sights of Europe picture, you can’t help but dream a little. Our thoughts are very powerful—we all have amazing minds that are in constant motion. In fact one survey says that 49% of all leisure travelers reported they started researching online after an ad or picture.
While that may be a good idea, we have a better one—contact us on our web site at http://www.dreamdestinations.com or by phone 713-397-0188 (Hank) to ask for help. There are 2 ways we can help you get through the clutter. First, on our website we have a great tool banner called Send Us Your Travel Request (located towards the bottom left of our home page) and just answer a few questions about what you want to do for your vacation. The best part of this is you do not have to be traveling next month or 2 months or just have ideas now. We will put your ideas in a Future Travel Plans Data Base and now when good opportunities that match your dream trip, we will let you know. Saves a lot of time and hassle. The second way we can help is to use our web site to research your travel. There are 37 PDF PowerPoints about ocean cruises, 8 PDF PowerPoints about river cruises and 51 PDF PowerPoints about traveling to Europe. That’s right—96 in-depth slideshows to help you learn about great travel.
Stage 2—Planning. There is research to show 62% of all leisure travelers use the internet to research their trip and the average traveler visits over 20 different websites before making a booking. Maybe folks like all the research or think they can get a better deal doing it themselves but we can help you avoid the hassle and get you the best value for your trip. The most important factor here is our knowledge of the places you want to go and the vendors and suppliers that provide the services you need for your trip. We can cut through the online clutter so you get the right facts.
Stage 3—Booking. You may notice there is no booking engine on our web site. There is a really good reason why—we need to make the booking for you. A booking engine does not know what you want—that’s where we come in—we book exactly what you want combined with our vast experience to insure you get the best possible vacation within your budget and time constraints. We look for the right room, the right cabin, the right ship, the right tour based on really knowing you. We also insure you get the right confirmations. Besides just booking, we make sure the little details like transfers, experiences and help learn how to protect your trip if something unforeseen happens. A booking engine may be quick but we are through and respond quickly. We are here to serve you!
Stage 4—the Experience. Since we have been on most every trip you are considering, this is the part that makes us shine. Like some proof—we have over 4,200 pictures on our Pinterest site (www.pinterest.com/visitdd) and 99% are taken by us, not pinned from some stock photo. We took our pictures at the places you want to go. We know the tips to make the trip go more smoothly—on our website alone we have 7 links to resources ranging from weather to passports to help you quickly get the answers to your questions. We have 5 PDF PowerPoints on travel tips. We have packing lists for you. We provide complete itineraries so you only have to enjoy—all is planned for you. While seldom is there a problem, if something goes wrong, we are here to fix as best we can. If we do not know the answer to a question, we will find out the right answer form our widespread contact with the vendors who provide the services for your trip. Having the right persons on your side makes all the difference in the world.
Stage 5—Sharing your Experiences. 53% of leisure travelers like to share their pictures of their travels and 49% of leisure travelers like reading others reviews, and opinions. As soon as we can, we will contact you to learn all about your trip, both what you liked and did not like. We keep good records to help make sure your next trip will be better. But best of all, if you send us a picture, we will induct you into our traveler hall of fame. You can also share on our Facebook site.
So what does all this mean? The bottom line is you can plan your own trip and take your chances or we can plan and help you have a better experience. Since most trips we plan cost you the same if you did it yourself, why not have a professional plan it at no cost to you? We always do what is best for you, not us!
Savor life . . .make memories . . .visit Dream Destinations . . . Your journey begins here!