You may have noticed that I have been making a transition with this website and blog for the new year. While my Virtual Assistants and I have always helped all types of clients, my focus was on Realtors®. I’ve since decided that my expertise is really helping all types of entrepreneurs and small businesses, so I will be writing and helping everyone. Here we go!
The “golden age of travel” may have passed on by, most of us still cherish the opportunity to get away for a long weekend or for an annual vacation (or two). The hustle and bustle of life being what it is, we can often rejuvenate ourselves by taking a break and we should always guard against any form of burnout that we might be experiencing in our normal, daily situations.
Yet when it comes to organizing a vacation and making travel arrangements, this can often be an exhausting and time-consuming process. Some people estimate that this is part of the satisfaction of traveling in the first place, but if you have other things you should be concentrating on (like work), it is difficult to allot the energy and resources when doing this all yourself.
This is a great example of how a Virtual Assistant can help in every situation. Some people think that a Virtual Assistant is only in her element when it comes to working with small business owners, but a Virtual Assistant who chooses travel as her niche will all have a lot of experience in the travel arena, and will frequently know a number of “industry” shortcuts that can often times help you to get a better deal.
Maybe you’re thinking about visiting a foreign country for the first time? This is a lot more involved than you may think and you really need to get a sense for the local culture and their way of doing business so that you don’t get caught making incomplete arrangements before arrival. A Travel Virtual Assistant can do the necessary research and make recommendations and bookings for you so that all-important trip is not compromised.
There are a number of travel websites today, all of which claim that they can find you the best deal, but still you will spend the majority of your time looking through all those different options. Again, here is where a Travel Virtual Assistant has a lot more experience in this area and may well know a lot more about the highly variable terms and conditions imposed by different airlines.
When you regularly engage the services of a Virtual Assistant company to help you with your business and your travel arrangements, the Virtual Assistant will be able to compile a list of things that you need to prepare and pack before you leave. If you’ll be working on your trip as well as playing, your Travel Virtual Assistant and your daily Virtual Assistant can work together to make sure you have everything.
And, as the Virtual Assistant gets to know you, this kind of arrangement will ensure that there is no last-minute panic at the airport when you have forgotten an important item. Ask your VA to find out what type of weather you should expect to encounter at your destination. Perhaps most importantly of all, your VA can be relied upon to confirm last-minute arrangements, talking to your hotel and car company in order to ensure that there are no last-minute hitches.
There’s one more thing. When you are away on your weekend trip or week-long vacation, a full Virtual Assistant company can manage your schedule, take calls, and basically “man the fort” while you take off some much-needed time.
Are you ready for a vacation?
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