Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Expert travel advice from an expert

Five Prime Reasons for 50+ Travel in 2013
TravelManagers offers intimate tours of the majestic western fronts of Alaska and Canada

Get Up & Go guest blogger Sara Birtwhistle, Founder and Director of the 50+ Travel Club, has shared several strong reasons why those considering an once-in-a-lifetime trip abroad should take the plunge this year. 

A mature-travel expert with more than 13 years’ experience in the industry, Sara cites the following top five reasons for 'grown-ups' to explore beyond our shores:

1. Holidays can be booked from home
“It’s no longer necessary to visit travel agencies in person and queue to arrange your holiday”, says Sara, who is a member of TravelManagers - a network of personal travel experts across Australia who can arrange complete holiday experiences over the phone or via email. 

2. Travel easy with an expert
While escorted travel is nothing new, Sara believes that this remains one of the most important offerings in this market. “I personally accompany select tours of the 50+ Travel Club and this means that I’m there 24/7 to manage every aspect of the trip. Being on-site with tour guests means that travellers have the confidence to focus on enjoying their experiences, rather than thinking about things like logistics and transport”, shared Sara.

3. All-inclusive packages mean no more unexpected costs
Increasingly popular with many travellers, all-inclusive packages can alleviate the financial pressures of international holidays. “Companies like 50+ Travel Club work with customers to ensure they can budget for the trip of their dreams and can tailor holidays to different budgets”, says Sara.

4. Online feedback means operators are on their A game
With travellers increasingly influenced by online reviews, travel operators are wise to heed the feedback provided by their customers, “Acknowledging online feedback is so important in this age of technology and it means that we’ve been able to improve our tours based directly on the recommendations of our guests”, says Sarah.

5. The world isn’t getting any smaller
… and we’re not getting any younger, reminds Sara. “It’s just about finding the right operator who you feel comfortable with – there’s no reason why age should be a barrier in 2013”.

Sara will be personally escorting a 37-day tour to the remote wilderness of Alaska and Canada’s Rocky Mountains, departing on Saturday 20 July 2013. A round-journey embarking from Vancouver, the itinerary includes activities to cater to all tastes and levels of adventure, from national park visits, vintage bus tours and gourmet dining to catamaran cruises and grizzly bear spotting.
The tour takes in the majestic western fronts of Alaska and Canada by luxury motorcoach, Rocky Mountaineer train and the Alaskan Railway and closes with ten nights at sea aboard the Oceania Regatta. For full details of the Canada and Alaska tour, visit www.50plustravelclub.com.au, email info@50plustravelclub.com.au or call Sara and 50+ Travel Club on 1300 689 461.

About Travel Managers
TravelManagers is part of a trans-Tasman travel agency group. Its parent company House of Travel has been operating since 1987 and employs mor than 1,350 people across Australia & New Zealand. TravelManagers Australia has a service focused network of Personal Travel Managers throughout every state and territory in Australia. 
Every Personal Travel Manager is an experienced travel professional with a wealth of knowledge and skills to tailor travel arrangements for specific needs. 

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