Planning a trip can be a stressful experience. More so if it’s a trip that’ll take days and covers several locations. From searching for reasonably-priced tickets to hotel vacancies, careful planning, and schedule blocking takes considerable effort and focus. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the normal scenario when planning a trip. There are systems and professional services that can help make planning a trip almost as enjoyable as the trip itself.
Coming up with a clear plan and a master itinerary is a big part of traveling itself. You don’t just pack your bags and go. A lot of travelers are fond of romanticizing spontaneity. But those dreamy blog photos are just half of the story. You don’t see any pictures showing them pulling their hair out of frustration because one part of their trip went awry – which is highly likely if not taking proper planning into consideration.
Work With An Attentive Virtual Assistant
Before anything, consider hiring a skillful virtual assistant to help you out with the trip planning as well as during the trip itself. An extra hand to help you out is a blessing. It goes without saying that plans don’t always go as planned. Changes will be made along the way. And a VA should be there to update those changes to the itinerary as they come.
While planning for the trip, having a virtual assistant around frees up your time so that you can make room for more personal tasks and packing your stuff. Packing is never fun when in a rush. Not to mention that you’d probably end up missing a few items. It’s also a good idea to use this extra time to plan for other details such as hiring a babysitter and assigning household responsibilities to other members of the family. Oh, and your VA can collate this extra information so it can be incorporated into the plan as well. Neat.
If that sounds amazing already, then you’re in for a treat. An efficient virtual assistant can already do wonders for your trip-planning woes. But imagine what a VA can do when armed with a trip planning app such as ones recommended by TripAdvisor. A travel app can function as a middle-man platform for you and your virtual assistant. A must-have tool for your VA to quickly update travel itinerary changes. And then relay the updated information to you through a mobile phone interface. Need to make last-minute checks on restaurant ratings and then make dinner reservations? No worries. Your virtual assistant and your travel app have you covered.
Research, Research, Research
No matter how big or small the trip may be, knowing a little bit of info about the location is a big advantage. Let your virtual assistant help you out with researching. They can provide additional information and unbiased inputs when making crucial decisions.
Your VA can read hotel and restaurant reviews in order to handpick only the best services for your trip. And when a decision has been made, your VA can then check for availability and book reservations promptly. It’s easy to get your hands on detailed directions and maps to hotels, airports and other locations with a trusty VA and a multi-functional travel app.
Indulge Your Travel Preferences
Do you prefer a certain airline service over another? A favorite plane seat, perhaps? A virtual assistant can access information on plane seat maps and then verify preferred airline, hotel, or restaurant in the area. And then have this information updated in real-time in the travel app.
Small details like having a map of an unfamiliar airport might sound whimsical – but it’s a handy reference to have. Airport designs are rarely the same, so it’s a good thing to find your way easily and avoid unnecessarily wasting time. Also, an airport map is extremely helpful when hunger sets in. Which is likely during long, boring layovers. A map with information on restaurant locations, menu, and ratings can ensure that a quick bite doesn’t have to mean a run-off-the-mill, empty calorie snack.
Enjoy The Dining Experience
Whoever says that eating is a minor part of a trip is either fibbing or have never bothered to look for top-rated restaurants. Heck, even travel websites categorize ‘Food’ alongside ‘Travel’. This alone speaks of the importance of food when traveling. Provide your virtual assistant with a clear list of meal preferences, preferred price points, and favorite restaurants so they can make reservations accordingly. Of course, your VA can read reviews and information about specific locations prior to making reservations so low ratings – and unpleasant dinners – can be avoided.