Welcome to the first post and welcome aboard to a better way to experience your travel dreams.
I know, you hear it all the time how a travel agent/agency or online travel booking site can make your vacations easier or how they may have the lowest prices but I can tell you from my own experiences that this is not the case. I actually made the career change to becoming a Professional Travel Advisor because of one of these so-called professionals who could make things easier and bring more value to the overall experience. Needless to say, nothing was easier because it took the first 3 days of the vacation to get it all straightened out and the only value that was provided was in knowing that you would never use that agent again because of the mess that they created. What really put it over the edge though was the fact that neither the agent or the agency for whom they were associated with did anything to help resolve the issues, it was all handled directly with the supplier and it was a great learning experience to see what putting together a quality vacation really requires.
I don't focus on perks or amenities as the driving force behind the way I work. My approach is benefits driven for my travel family members and the benefits are:
I am not a travel agent, I am a Professional Travel Consultant and Advisor with certification from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) as a Certified Cruise Counsellor (CCC); certification from the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) as a Verified Travel Advisor (VTA); Certified Alaska Expert accredited by the State of Alaska Department of Tourism; and the top level certifications from the suppliers with whom I have partnered: Cunard Line - Commodore, Princess Cruises - Commodore & Princess Alaska Expert, Virgin Voyages - Scarlet Tier (currently highest level available), Celebrity Cruise Line - Certified Advisor, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - Master's, Norwegian Cruise Line - Master's, Holland America Line - Platinum, American Cruise Line - Certified Advisor, American Queen Steamboat Company - Certified Advisor, Disney Vacations (Parks, Resorts, Cruises, Hawaii, et. al.) - Graduate of Disney's College of Knowledge, and many more.
My specific areas of expertise are:
And, most important of all, as a member of my travel family you will have the support of your advisor throughout the entire travel process, even while you are traveling, just in case you need some help with something. Of course, you can also just contact me to tell me how much you don't want your trip to end too.
I look forward to working with you when you are ready to take your travel dreams and turn them into travel memories.
Richard Hardie - CCC, VTA
Professional Travel Consultant & Advisor
R. P. Hardie Travel - An Independent Travel Associate of Incentive Connection Travel
A Proud Member of the Ensemble Travel Group
Hello, my name is Richard and I am your Certified Travel Professional. I have had the fortune of being able to see a very large part of the world over the years and I know the feeling of joy when you experience a vacation that is stress free. The topics posted here will focus on those little things or bits of information that can help you enjoy travel the same way that I do.