Once upon a time— travel was reasonably safe and easy to plan and most issues that might arise could be easily overcome. Have times changed! The COVID-19 pandemic has caused more roadblocks, unexpected turns, and cancellations of plans that ever could have been imagined.
As a result, a new class of “boutique” or “concierge” travel agents has arisen. Pickles Vacations is on the vanguard of this new shift toward travel agents as serious professionals and subject matter experts. This new business model encompasses both one-of-a-kind experiences for the luxury, adventure and eco-tourism segment and a “travel advisory” service, helping clients navigate the new complexities of travel.
Those who have begun to travel again have found that both international and domestic travel now requires navigation through a byzantine world of bureaucracy, paperwork, unclear and overlapping regulatory jurisdiction, sudden unexplained flight cancellations, and more.
Stephanie Pickles created Pickles Vacations to help anyone “Feed Your Wanderlust”, which many of us have after being locked down with such limited travel opportunities for over 15 months. The company is comprised of several travel specialists, most with varied specialties.
A good example is Jill Palmer, a lifelong self-described “travel junkie”. (Her first passport stamped at just 18 mos). She decided life experiences were often preferable to things, and that travel is one of life’s great teachers. She and her husband built more than a decade-long lifestyle around having “rock star” travel experiences on a modest budget. Impressive resourcefulness, attention to detail, and the ability to manage numerous interlocking processes are required to make this happen. Often solving problems on the fly, Ms. Palmer honed these skills from previous corporate positions and as a part-time wedding planner. Unsurprisingly, her areas of expertise include destination weddings, “romance travel”, luxury all-inclusive resort experiences, adventure and wellness travel, and eco-tourism, for individuals and groups of any size.
All of Pickles Vacations’ agents have extensive experience in varied areas have all the tools required to assure that your trip comes off well. As you can imagine, during this time there are many hiccups, or worse, that could arise and ruin your plans if you haven’t used an agency such as Pickles to assure you have the latest information possible.
Pickles Vacations agents are well versed in any kind of vacation— from a “mom’s getaway” in a posh local hotel for the weekend to domestic sightseeing to international opportunities to experience various cultures. Of course, the farther you travel, the more potential obstacles that could arise but beware as even short trips could become a nightmare without prior preparation.
Pickles Vacations offers the personal touches and immersive client care that only a small, nimble, and passionate team can provide while being very competitive on price. So, visit www.PicklesVacations.com to learn more or call (972) 951-8000. Bon voyage!