The Runway Trader and the Travel Agent

Imagine you’re a travel agent. And a client shows up on your stoop one day and asks you to find the wildest, woolliest adventure travel destinations in the world that can also demonstrate the dependable reach of the World Wide Web so he can trade stocks on his  way to kingdom come.

Where would you send this nomadic neophyte?

  • Hiking to base camp on Mount Everest?

  • Pedaling in the ruggedly charming outposts of Greece?

  • Taking a Kenyan tent safari?

  • Sailing bareboat in Belize and its endless maze of cays, coves, and atolls?

  • Canoeing the white water of the Tuichi River in Bolivia?

  • To a psychiatric mental asylum in Geneve?

Well, I am admittedly that neophyte and I have no idea where the travel agent I eventually select will choose to send me. (Well, I'm NOT going to that Swiss nut house no matter how appropriate it might be ).  In the meantime, I'm looking for an agent because:

 

I can save money: A strong working relationship with your travel agent and the latest in computer reservations technology help you get the most up-to-date information on how to get you the best value.

Traveler Advocates – Your best interests are (hopefully) their priority. Many are members of The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and are encouraged to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics.

Convenience – Travel agents across the country and throughout the world can provide one-stop shopping for all travel arrangements.

Service – Good travel agents are knowledgeable and active in the industry. They have access to training and resource materials that help them plan a better itinerary that you could.

Agents Will Go the Extra Mile – Or course, what I want most is a travel agent who will work for you and will do everything they can to meet my travel needs.

Naturally, I'm hoping I'll wind up with an agent who's as smart about travel accommodations as he or she is about being a laptop-toting road warrior. But, rather than booking my own flights and hotels, I'm going to rely on someone who's smarter that I am (that shouldn't be too difficult).

Well, that's the hope. Whether or not I actually get that is a pending story. I'll talk to you soon. Meantime, here are a few of the best (I think) travel agents I'll be in touch with:

BootsnAll Travel

Boundless Journeys

Gap Adventures

I Explore

 

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