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Benefits

Why use a Travel Advisor?

Planning the perfect vacation can seem easy, but there's a lot going on behind the scenes! Imagine this: seamless itineraries, hidden gems only locals know about, exclusive hotel perks, and stress-free travel. That's where a luxury travel advisor comes in.

We're your travel partners, crafting personalized adventures and handling all the logistics. Whether you crave a foodie tour of Italy, a serene Japanese temple stay, or a bucket-list safari, we'll design a trip that exceeds your expectations.

Let us give you the lowdown - A travel advisor is here to:

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Save You Time

Planning all of the little details like hotels, activities, and transportation takes lots of time. We can help by handling those logistics for you!

Share Expert Knowledge

We have expert knowledge about destinations, hidden gems,  and insider tips to help make your trip even better!

Access to Exclusive Deals

We often have access to exclusive deals and even upgrades! We can help you get the best value for your money!

Customized Itinerary

We are here to tailor your itinerary to fit your needs and interests. Whether you want adventure, food, or relaxation YOU are the focus.

Expert Advice During Emergencies

Life is unpredictable. Whether it is a medical issue or a flight cancellation we can provide you with guidance and support so you aren't alone.

Provide you with peace of mind

We are here to worry about every aspect of your trip so you don't have to. Why vacation stressed when we can help?

Provide Value for Your Money

 We deliver exceptional service by helping you find the deals, minimize the stress, and truly EXPERIENCE your trip. Invest in YOU and your trip.

Build Long-Term Relationships

We aim to earn your trust by providing exceptional service and personalized attention so we can support all your future travel needs!

Why Serenity & Bliss?

With so many travel options out there, why trust us with your dream adventures? It's simple – we put your travel desires at the heart of everything we do.

From bustling city tours to peaceful temple escapes, we design more than itineraries – we craft transformational experiences. Our goal? Understanding your unique travel style, those hidden wishes, and tailoring every adventure. Think of us as your guides to authentic cultural immersion infused with luxurious touches. It's about moments of pure serenity and the thrill of discovering somewhere new, designed just for you.

Let's turn your travel dreams into a reality where every moment is infused with serenity and bliss.

Special Virtuoso Benefits

Imagine your dream trip elevated: complimentary upgrades, VIP treatment, and unique experiences unavailable to the general public. That's the power of the Serenity & Bliss difference.  

Through our membership in the Virtuoso travel network, we partner with more than 1,800 of the world’s best hotels, cruise lines, and tour operators to provide you with travel upgrades and premium products that many travel agencies simply cannot provide.

Here are just some of the benefits that you may be able to enjoy:

  • Room Upgrades 

  • Complimentary Breakfast for Two

  • Food and Beverage Credits

  • Hosted Events and Unique Travel Opportunities

  • Early Check-In/Late Check-Out

  • Spa Treatment Credits

  • Virtuoso Exclusive Experiences and Excursions

  • Please, keep in mind that some of these are only available based upon availability!

Our Services
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Our Services

How can we help you with your dream trip? Find out below! 

Travel Planning

Itinerary Creation/Booking

Travel Coaching

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Travel made easy...authentic, personalized adventures designed just for you.

Our travel planning services include: 

  • In-depth consultations to understand your unique travel style

  • Curated itineraries with hand-picked activities, accommodations, and transportation

  • Booking all aspects of your trip for a seamless, luxurious experience

  • Personalized itinerary delivered to you, outlining every step of your journey

  • Ongoing support throughout your trip

  • Complimentary initial consultation

  • Planning fee applies - find details in our FAQ

Online Consultation

Perfect for the DIY traveler who wants insider tips and expert advice! Our Coaching Sessions offer:

  • Personalized phone or Zoom consultations to answer all your travel questions

  • Tailored guidance: Need the best foodie spots in Rome? Booking strategies? Help navigating visas? We've got you covered!

  • Ideal for self-planners who crave expert insights for a smooth trip as we do not book any travel as part of our coaching sessions.

  • Explore themed sessions like "Moving Abroad Coaching" and "Asia on a Budget Coaching"

  • Sessions charged individually - book as many or as few as you need

  • See our FAQ for pricing details

Virtuoso Hotel Booking Tool

Travel Concierge

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Upgrade your trip with effortless add-ons! Let us take care of those final details:

  • Effortless bookings: Airport transfers, hard-to-get restaurant reservations, exclusive tour tickets, relaxing spa services, and more!

  • Stress-free travel: Save time and let us handle the logistics while you anticipate your adventure.

  • Ideal for pre-planned trips needing those luxurious finishing touches.

  • Charged hourly – perfect for customizing the level of support you need.

  • See our FAQ for rate information

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Upgrade your stay! Experience the best of luxury travel with our easy-to-use booking tool:

  • Explore Virtuoso's exclusive network of world-class hotels.

  • Unlock VIP benefits: room upgrades, daily breakfast, resort credits, unique experiences, and more.

  • Book your perfect hotel, even for self-planned trips.

  • It's FREE to use – discover the luxury hotel experience you deserve!

Access the Virtuoso Hotel Booking Tool Here:

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The Planning Process

The Planning Process

If you choose to utilize our Travel Planning Services, here is some info on our planning process: 

Step One

Step Two

Step Three

Step Four

Online consultation and planning services
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Planning form &
Discovery Call

Itinerary Design and Proposal

Stress-free Booking
and logistics

Travel Support

After completing our trip planninng form, your journey starts with a complimentary consultation. Let's chat about:

  • Your dream destinations: Bucket list adventures? Undiscovered gems?

  • Experiences that excite you: Culinary adventures, cultural immersion, wellness escapes?

  • Travel style: Luxurious pampering, active exploration, or a perfect blend?

This is where we understand what makes your travel heart sing, ensuring your trip is truly tailored to you.

Let's bring your travel vision to life! Here's what happens next:

  • I'll design a personalized itinerary infused with luxury, unique experiences, and moments of blissful relaxation.

  • You'll receive a detailed proposal for your review.

  • We'll collaborate closely, making any adjustments until your itinerary feels absolutely perfect. No detail is too small!

Once we have your perfect itinerary, it's time to relax! I'll take care of everything:

  • Reservations: Hotels, flights, exclusive tours, transfers... I've got you covered.

  • Seamless logistics: Detailed trip itineraries delivered right to your devices

  • Stress-free travel: Enjoy the anticipation, knowing every detail is expertly handled.

This is where your unforgettable journey begins to unfold!

Adventure awaits! Embark on your journey knowing you're not alone:

  • Peace of mind: We're here to support you if unexpected situations arise.

  • Focus on the moment: Let go of worries and fully immerse yourself in the experience.

  • Unforgettable memories: This is where lifelong travel stories are made.

Let's create a journey that inspires and leaves you with the desire to explore even more.

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Ready to plan the trip of your dreams?

Fill out or trip planning form and schedule your free 45-minute discovery call so we can begin the process and get you one step closer to the vacation of a lifetime!

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Money

Money FAQs

Do you charge a planning fee?

Yes. We charge an up-front planning fee for our services to cover the time spent researching and creating itineraries for your trip. Our planning fees differ based on the services you are using. They work as follows

  • Travel Planning Services​​ - Our travel planning services vary based on the type of trip we are planning. 

    • Our base fee is $150.

    • Planning fees are subject to change slightly based on trip complexity, including factors such as group size, trip duration, number of destinations, and activity level. We will discuss the planning fee during the free discovery call. 

  • Travel Coaching - $100 per session

  • Travel Concierge - $100 per hour

  • Hotel Booking Tool - Completely FREE! 

We believe in complete transparency regarding our fees, so we will discuss the fee with you during our FREE initial consultation or discovery call. We are always open to questions so feel free to ask any time. 

Does using a travel advisor make my trip more expensive?

No, using a travel advisor does not make your trip more expensive. The only fee you pay to us as your travel advisors is the planning fee. This fee is offset by the perks, discounts, and time saved while planning your trip. The overall cost of booking your trip on your own versus booking with a travel advisor is nearly equivalent. However, the perks, upgrades, and benefits that come from booking with a travel agent provide greater value for your money.

I don't think my budget could be called a "luxury travel budget", can I still use you as my travel advisor?

Absolutely! While we specialize in luxury travel, catering to 4 and 5-star properties through Virtuoso, we understand that luxury is subjective. A truly amazing travel experience doesn't solely rely on luxury hotels. During your consultation, kindly share your budget and preferences with us. We're committed to crafting unforgettable trips tailored to your financial comfort. Fun and relaxation are achievable at various price points! As mentioned earlier, our priority is designing the perfect trip FOR YOU!

Can I accumulate travel points if I book with you?

Absolutely! With the cost of things these days, life is all about the points. Trust us, we 100% understand the importance of accumulating travel points in today's economy. If you have loyalty numbers for certain hotel chains or airlines, send them to us when we request your passport and other information for booking, and we will make sure to use them so you can get your points!!

What if I want to use my travel points to book hotels or flights?

If you want to use your points to book things, we totally understand! If you have a specific hotel that you would like to book with your points, talk to us about it during your discovery call, and we will discuss the options! Please be aware that while it is totally fine to book things with points, you may lose out on any potential travel perks from Virtuoso if you do.

Process FAQs

Process

I would like to use your travel planning services, but would also like to be more involved in the planning and booking, is this possible?

Of course. Your level of involvement in the planning and booking process is up to you. Our main priority is open communication so that we can make your trip the best possible experience for you. Let us know in the discovery call how you are feeling and the level of involvement you want to have, and we will be sure that the whole process from the planning stages to the journey home is a wonderful experience!

What do I need to bring to the discovery call?

The purpose of the discovery call is to gather the information necessary to create a proposed itinerary for your trip. To make the most of our time together, we kindly request that you fill out the planning form before the meeting. The form will be sent directly to your e-mail.

The form will prompt you to consider:

  • Your travel style

  • Desired destinations

  • Length of your trip

  • Travel companions

  • Preferred activities

  • Budget considerations

  • And more details to help us understand your interests and needs in travel.

If you already have answers to these questions or ideas about what you'd like to discuss, the initial meeting will be incredibly productive!

I want to go on a trip, but don't know when to start planning. When should I start planning my trip?

The ideal time to start booking your vacation really depends on the type of vacation you are planning. As a general rule, the following booking timeline is usually recommended for optimal booking:

  • Holiday Trips: For special holiday trips like Christmas market river cruises or other December/January trips, 12 to 15 months in advance is ideal as spaces fill up fast.

  • Bucket List Expeditions: Aim to book 12 to 18 months in advance for bucket list adventures and locations like African safaris and expeditions in New Zealand, as they tend to fill up quickly. Booking earlier provides more options, especially for popular destinations.

  • Cruises, River Cruises, and Expeditions: While there is usually good availability 6-9 months before cruise dates, booking 12 months in advance offers more cabin availability and access to early booking deals offered by many cruise lines.

  • Tour Groups and Excursions: Start booking tours between 6-12 months before your trip to ensure availability in the tour you want.

  • FIT Travel: For those planning to visit multiple locations independently, booking 6-9 months in advance is recommended. However, if you prefer to plan earlier, feel free to reach out! We're happy to assist you at any time.

  • Short Getaways: Planning a short trip less than a week long? If you're traveling to a less popular location or during a non-peak tourist season, 3-6 months in advance is the perfect booking time.

Booking times vary based on various factors, but we'll do our best to help no matter how much time you have between planning and your trip. If you're a last-minute planner, that's fine! We'll do all we can to accommodate your needs. At the end of the day, as soon as you're ready to book or plan your trip, reach out—even if you think it's too early or too late. We'll communicate with you and see what we can do to help you plan the perfect trip!

How long does the planning process take?

After the discovery call and the initial discussion about your preferences, it will take between 7 and 10 days for us to craft an itinerary proposal. Please note that this timeline is subject to change based on the complexity of the trip. While some simpler trips may require less than 7 days, we guarantee that even for very complex FIT trips, it will not take longer than 10 days.

Following the itinerary proposal meeting and discussion, booking times may vary depending on several factors such as the number of service providers we are communicating with, destinations, activities, and any changes to the initial itinerary. We kindly request prompt and thorough responses as we send potential changes to ensure timely booking of excursions, hotels, and activities without risking availability or pricing changes.

Throughout the planning and booking process, we are committed to providing quick communication of updates, timeframes, and changes to keep you informed and ensure a stress-free vacation planning experience!

Before booking we will ask for a picture of your passport, why do we ask for this? Is it okay to spread pictures of my passport around?

I will never forget the first time I traveled abroad to South Korea and was asked for my passport so that the front desk agent could make a copy of my passport info page. Initially, I felt nervous because I have always been told not to share personal information. However, I quickly learned that this is a common occurrence in international travel. If you have not traveled internationally, it may feel strange at first, but rest assured, this is a normal practice.

We personally ask for a picture of your passport for two reasons:

  • Reason #1: We need to ensure that all of your bookings are completed with uniform information that matches the details in your passport. When traveling internationally, even minor discrepancies (such as your middle name being on your passport but only your middle initial showing up on your boarding pass) could potentially create issues. Therefore, we want to ensure that the name, passport number, and dates on all of your bookings match exactly.

  • Reason #2: Some tour groups or service providers may require a passport picture for similar reasons. Having a picture on hand saves time and ensures a seamless process.

 

How do we handle your passport pictures?

  • When you provide us with your passport pictures, rest assured that they are entered into a state-of-the-art software system designed explicitly to safeguard your Personally Identifiable Information (PPI). This software employs robust security measures to keep your data safe and secure throughout the booking process.

Your privacy matters to us! We understand that sharing personal information can be intimidating and know the importance of privacy in today's digital age. That's why we go above and beyond to protect your sensitive information at every step of your journey with us. By entrusting us with your passport pictures, you can travel with confidence, knowing that your privacy is our top priority. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out!

Locations

Locations

Your specialized destinations look great, but I want to go somewhere else. Can I still use your services?

Absolutely! Your vacation should be all about you! While we do specialize in certain locations where we have extensive knowledge, we also collaborate with service providers worldwide to tailor-make the trip you desire. We're committed to researching, learning, and leveraging our network of expert contacts globally to ensure we craft the best possible experience for you. Whether you dream of exploring familiar destinations or venturing into new territories, we're here to assist you every step of the way. Reach out to us, and we'll gladly make it happen!

I would like to go to multiple cities and countries in one trip. Is this possible?

We can assist you in booking a trip involving as many destinations as you desire. From river cruises to guided tours to FIT travel where you book everything separately, there are numerous ways to explore multiple countries and cities in one trip. We're thrilled to help you plan the perfect itinerary.

While planning fees may vary for trips involving a large number of destinations, we're always eager to assist you in booking the trip of your dreams.

Personally, we adore maximizing our trips by exploring multiple countries at once! After all, why wouldn't you when the other countries are so close! During your initial call, simply let us know where you want to go, and we'll do our utmost to help you get there!

Can I use a travel advisor if I am travelling within the US?

Absolutely! A travel advisor isn't just here to plan trips around the world; we're delighted to assist you in planning your domestic trips as well. With extensive experience traveling all around the United States, we're eager to share our travel knowledge to help you plan an incredible trip! The US offers a plethora of locations and activities, and we're excited to help you take advantage of these experiences. Whether you're dreaming of exploring national parks, vibrant cities, or scenic coastlines, we're here to make your travel aspirations a reality!

I know that I want to go on a trip, but I am not 100% sure about a certain destination or destinations. Can you help?

Choosing destinations can indeed be the most challenging aspect of travel planning! We understand that sometimes you may feel the urge to explore numerous places, making it difficult to narrow down your options. If you find yourself in this situation—eager to embark on a journey but uncertain about where to go—that's perfectly okay!

Simply fill out our trip planning form to provide us with insight into your interests and travel style. Based on your preferences, we'll brainstorm some ideas to inspire your travel aspirations. During your initial discovery call, we'll discuss potential destinations that we believe will resonate with you and ignite your excitement for spectacular adventures!

We're here to assist you in finding the perfect vacation tailored to your preferences and interests. Your satisfaction and enjoyment are our top priorities, and we're committed to helping you create unforgettable travel experiences!

And, of course, always feel free to check out our Inspiration page for some travel inspo! 

General Travel

General Travel Questions

What happens if plans change before or during the trip?

We understand that plans can change, and we're here to assist you to the best of our abilities when unexpected situations arise. During the booking process, we'll ensure that you're fully informed about any cancellation policies before any payments are made. Please note that our planning fees are nonrefundable, and there may be additional nonrefundable fees associated with your bookings.

To safeguard your travel plans, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance can provide valuable protection in case your plans need to change unexpectedly. If you'd like to discuss trip protection and explore options for travel insurance, we're more than happy to do so during our initial call. Your peace of mind is our priority, and we're here to help you navigate through every aspect of your travel planning journey.

Do I really need travel insurance?

While we cannot mandate your decision to purchase travel insurance, we will always highly recommend it. In today's world, travel can be unpredictable, with airline cancellations and delays occurring frequently. Protecting the cost of your trip is crucial in case such situations cause you to miss reservations or expeditions. Additionally, we highly advocate for travel insurance coverage in case of medical emergencies.

It's easy to assume that nothing will happen, especially considering that healthcare is more affordable in many countries around the world. However, the costs associated with medical issues abroad can still be substantial. Being prepared for anything unexpected that may arise is always a prudent approach to travel planning.

Many travel insurance policies are very affordable and need not break the bank. They serve as an excellent way to ensure a stress-free vacation, providing peace of mind knowing that you're protected against unforeseen circumstances. We're here to guide you through your options and help you make informed decisions that best suit your travel needs and preferences.

I have lots of questions about the language, cultural customs, and money of my travel location. Can you help me with those questions?

We are delighted to assist you with any questions you may have. Traveling to a new country can be incredibly rewarding, yet it's understandable that it may feel overwhelming at first. Rest assured, we're here to support you every step of the way.

As part of our service, we provide you with a detailed travel guide about your destinations. This guide includes common phrases, cultural customs that may be unfamiliar, and information about currency exchange. However, if you have additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask. We want you to feel fully prepared and at ease throughout your travels.

Traveling opens up an amazing doorway to the rest of the world, and our goal is to ensure that you feel as comfortable and confident as possible during your trip. Your satisfaction and peace of mind are our top priorities, and we're here to make your travel experience truly unforgettable!

Are there any current travel advisories or warnings for my destination?

This is such an important question. Keeping abreast of travel advisories is crucial for safe travel. Rest assured, we prioritize your safety and well-being throughout the planning and booking process.

We will promptly inform you of any advisories or warnings that arise during our collaboration. However, if you prefer to check current travel advisories independently, you can find comprehensive information on our Travel Resources page. Our aim is to empower you with the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions about your travels and ensure your peace of mind throughout your journey.

Does my destination require any vaccinations or health information?

It's important to be aware that some countries, particularly in Asia, recommend certain vaccinations before visiting. While many of these vaccinations are recommended and not required, it's always prudent to consider them for your travel destinations.

To help you stay informed, we encourage you to explore our Travel Resources page where you can find detailed information about the recommended vaccinations for specific destinations. By staying informed about vaccination recommendations, you can take proactive steps to safeguard your health and well-being while traveling. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

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