Why should I use a Travel Agent when I can do it myself online? Answered by Stacey Gross with Favorite Place Travel

Why should I use a Travel Agent when I can do it myself online? Answered by Stacey Gross with Favorite Place Travel

Click here to listen to Stacey Gross on the Gwinnett Business Radio show on Radio X.  Stacey’s interview begins at 19:15.  Stacey answers your question: “Why should I use a travel agent when I can do it myself?”

This show aired live on March 5th, 2013 at 10am on http://www.businessradiox.com, Gwinnett Business Radio.

To book your trip, contact your travel agent at sgross@favoriteplacetravel.com or sglover@favoriteplacetravel.com or call Stacey at 404.409.4174, or Susan at 708.479.4693.

Did you miss Stacey Gross with Favorite Place Travel on Lucrative Ladies: Celebrating Our Success?

Did you miss Stacey Gross with Favorite Place Travel on Lucrative Ladies: Celebrating Our Success?

Did you miss  the Lucrative Ladies radio show last week?  Not to worry!  You can click here to hear the show on Gwinnett Business Radio X!  We hosted four amazing women business owners, and you can listen to how these ladies and their businesses can help you!

Lucrative Ladies - First Show 4-25-13

Contact your travel agent at sgross@favoriteplacetravel.com or sglover@favoriteplacetravel.com or call Stacey at 404.409.4174, or Susan at 708.479.4693.

Listen today to Stacey Gross with Favorite Place Travel co-host Lucrative Ladies: Celebrating Our Success

Listen today to Stacey Gross with Favorite Place Travel co-host Lucrative Ladies: Celebrating Our Success

Don’t forget today at 11:30am EST to listen live to Lucrative Ladies: Celebrating Our Success at www.businessradiox.com, choose “Gwinnett” at the drop-down menu.

Lucrative Ladies: Celebrating Our Success is an exciting new program hosted by women business owners in Gwinnett County, Georgia, interviewing other women business owners and executives. In addition to celebrating women-owned businesses in the area, Lucrative Ladies will tackle and discuss many of today’s issues and unique challenges facing female entrepreneurs.

Giving a ”voice” to women leaders in the business community, Lucrative Ladies airs on every other Thursday, starting April 25th,  at 11:30am EST and is sponsored by E&W Services, Favorite Place Travel, Pinnacle Custom Signs, and Ultra-Touch Cleaning.

Favorite Place Travel Guest Blogger: Tip #1 from Your Friendly Flight Attendant

I was a Flight Attendant for 8 years and got to see all kinds of interesting places and people. By interesting, I mean INTERESTING (picture me rolling the ends of my mustache, if I had one, which I don’t I assure you!) So I consider myself a good source of information for all you travelers.

Tip #1 As you first get on board and start to get to your seat PLEASE don’t take your sweet time and hold the line. It sets the tone for a higher level of frustration, that is already escalating from the moment passengers get on board! As mentioned on the PA “lighter articles in the overhead bins and heavier articles beneath the seat in front of you” is not a suggestion!

Submitted by Danielle Kelly, Guest Blogger for Favorite Place Travel Let your travel agent at  Favorite Place Travel connect you to your travel dreams!

What is a Vacation? As Described by Your Travel Agent at Favorite Place Travel

What is a Vacation? As Described by Your Travel Agent at Favorite Place Travel

I can ask a million people to define vacation  and I will get a million different answers.  For some, it is a specific location, i.e. the beach.  For some, it is a state of mind, i.e. relaxation.  For some, it is a method of change, i.e. not working, and the definitions are as varied as the people walking the earth.

Dictionary.com defines vacation below:

  1. a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday: Schoolchildren are on vacation now.
  2. a part of the year, regularly set aside, when normal activities of law courts, legislatures, etc., are suspended.
  3. freedom or release from duty, business, or activity.

What is your definition of vacation?

Renting a house on the beach with family?

A condo at a golf and tennis resort?

Escaping to a cabin in the mountains?

Backpacking through Europe?

Safari in Africa?

RV‘ing through the US and visiting all the sites along your journey?

A week immersed in a family-friendly theme park?

An all-inclusive resort in Mexico?

A cruise to the Caribbean?

These are only a few options available to someone wanting a vacation, but until you can define your purpose of vacationing, you will not be able to choose the best vacation experience.

My definition of vacation is  “a change in the status quo.”  A true vacation, in my opinion, is changing the course of your everyday habits, mixing it up, shocking your life with change.  This is true for your muscles when you workout, so why not for your life and vacation habits?

If you wake up each morning and check email, write contracts and talk on the phone, then either don’t do it at all or scale back considerably on vacation.  A great vacation option for you may be primitive camping, forcing yourself to be completely unplugged.

If you cook every meal for your family every day, you are not vacationing if you continue to cook every meal for your family while on vacation.  Perhaps an all-inclusive resort or cruise is the best vacation option for you.

If you are a golf pro, and you play golf everyday, I do not think a true vacation for you is visiting a golf resort.

If you find that you don’t have time to play with your kids after a hard day at work, or worse, you’ve forgotten how to play with your kids, I recommend a theme park vacation for your family.  This allows the adults to enjoy life from the child’s standpoint, racing from one thrill ride to the next, anxious with anticipation for what the next ride will bring.

Some people define vacation as a luxury, and I disagree with this definition.  Vacations, or a change in the status quo, do not have to be expensive or elaborate.  It is simply shaking up the norm.  If you drive into work everyday, take a few days and determine that you are not only not going to drive into work, but you are not even going to check your computer.

If you are vacationing with other people, for example your immediate family or extended family or friends, it is important that everyone’s vacation definition is understood and accommodated.  Renting a house at the beach with a full kitchen may be great for the kids who get to play in the sand all day and the parent who gets to lounge by the ocean reading a book or catching some zzz’s, but not so much for the parent left behind to make the meals, just like at home, or change the diapers, just like at home.  This would not equate a vacation to that person.  This is an example of someone returning and saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation!”

It is not always possible to completely remove yourself from all your normal responsibilities for a week away or a few days of change, but with your spouse’s or parent’s or friend’s help, you can get some reprieve from them for a little while at least!

All of this is to say that we often settle for the vacation we have always done because thinking about what a vacation truly is to me is too much effort and will rock the boat…all the more reason you should mix it up!  What if the idea of searching for a different type of vacation is daunting…too many options available on the Internet!

Next time you are thinking of a vacation, be sure to contact Favorite Place Travel.  Favorite Place Travel is a travel agency with experience in travel all over the world, and we are ready to help you vacation!

Contact Stacey at sgross@favoriteplacetravel.com, 404.409.4174 or Susan at sglover@favoriteplacetravel.com, 708.479.4693.