While that is, in part, because I believe the experience is more important that buying what you don't really want because it is allegedly is "On Sale", the main reason is that I love the travel business and don't focus on "selling to", but rather the "servicing of", my clients.
However, sometimes I feel I need to remind readers of my blog and Facebook page that I actually am a travel agent and make a living selling holidays and that I just don't talk about them. In fact, I always think about what I can do to make my client's vacations better...even when (and you can ask my family about this) I am on vacation.
Rather than tell you all that I will do for you in the way of great pricing, great service and focusing on your desires and developing a long term relationship (things that I would hope you would insist upon when choosing your travel agent), I thought I would just give you a couple of recent (and I mean like in the past week) testimonials from two of my clients:
A guest on the 2012 Goldring Travel Food & Wine Cruise on the Seabourn Pride posted on The Gold Standard Luxury Travel Forum:
I have to say that Eric’s add-ons made an outstanding cruise a memorable and much more special experience.
Those of you who have followed my banter with Eric on this board must know how hard it is for me to acknowledge Eric’s significant contribution. I must momentarily step out of my role in trying to contain Eric’s rather large ego, a mission totally supported by Eric’s lovely wife, and acknowledge that his additions were fantastic, exceeding my expectations.
I have always suspected that Eric might be a tad prone to exaggeration. Having read his blog about the cruise, I think he might have even understated it. All the Goldring events were very special, and I say this in spite of the fact that I am the guest he tried to embarrass by asking me to fillet a huge fish at Chef Kurt’s private event.
We will relive & enjoy these experiences until senility finally takes full hold. (At the present rate, that won’t be long.) I’m sure Eric would appreciate me saying that his add-ons made this cruise a real travel experience.
And a repeating 2011 and 2013 Seabourn Full World Cruise Client wrote to me:
Good morning, Eric.
With you in our corner we're always confident that problems will be solved, expectations met, and sea conditions will follow your instructions.
Now, should you think that Goldring Travel's special handling is limited to only my clients that take high profile cruises, a client of mine just returned from a 12 day Caribbean Cruise on the Seabourn Quest in a Category V2 suite (and who even declined a Preferred Limited Upgrade to a V6 suite for $549 pp) messaging me on Facebook:
Interested? How about considering the 2013 Goldring Travel Food & Wine Cruise, the 2013 Silversea Silver Expedition Panama Canal Cruise or the 2014 AmaWaterways Vienna to Istanbul River Cruise? Please email me at email@example.com or telephone at (877) 2GO-LUXURY or in the UK: 020 8133 3450 or Australia: (07) 3102 4685 or elsewhere internationally: +1 732 578 8585.