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What makes OUR planning EXTRAordinary (Show Transcript)
Hey everybody! This is Scott from Extraordinary Adventures again, and you're listening to the third episode of EA Radio. Today we're going to discuss...
What makes OUR planning EXTRAordinary
Now, let me say right from the get go that this episode will be one big plug for our services. After all, the title is "What makes OUR planning EXTRAordinary."
Now, with that out of the way, let's carry on.
Now, not only am I the owner of Extraordinary Adventures, I am also the guy in charge of making sure YOUR adventure is nothing less than EXTRAordinary.
So, if you will indulge me for just a moment, I would like to tell you something about myself. I work hard on and in my business, I try to maintain my fitness goals, I always make time for my wife of twenty-six years, Laura (who you will be meeting in future episodes), I make time for our three doggies, Albert, Huckleberry, and Edison, I am learning the German and Spanish languages (ein bisschen mehr Deutsch als Spanisch, pero hablo un poco de español también), I research and study travel-related content constantly, I am there for my friends, and, every once in awhile, I even get to travel. So yeah, you could say I am a pretty busy guy. And, as a busy guy, when it is time for some R&R, I expect more. Whatever the cost, I have earned it.
Now, let me tell you something I know about you, without ever having met you. You're a busy person, too. How do I know this? You're here on our website! Clearly, you want to travel, but you realize that planning travel can be a daunting and time-consuming process when done right. You may also realize that getting it right takes expertise and research and the right connections. With all that you already have on your plate, you know that finding and hiring the RIGHT help can free you from the time it will take and the mental energy it will consume to plan a truly EXTRAordinary trip. And, like me, you expect more because you, too, have earned it.
That's where we come in! But, we're not free. There's a cost to hiring us. Why? Because we work hard for our clients. We put in the hours. We put in the mental energy. We make ourselves available to them. We prioritize them. Yet, that's not all we do. The time and effort could be replaced by your own time and effort.
It is the "secret sauce" that turns an ordinary vacation into an EXTRAordinary Adventure! We have worked hard to learn the "whats, wheres, whens, and hows" of travel. We have professional connections around the world. We have tools and tricks at our disposal. We have associates we can turn to for support and guidance when our own knowledge and experience falls short. After all, an expert is not one who knows everything about a subject. An expert is one who knows a lot, but also knows how to gain access to what he/she does not know. Most importantly, an expert knows how to use the information in the most effective way.
So that is why we charge a planning fee and why we mention it up front. Naturally, we offer a free, no obligation initial consultation to help ensure that we are BOTH a good fit for one another. Once we BOTH decide that we are, we move on to the planning stage and only then do we require the nonrefundable planning fee. The fee amount depends on the nature of your trip, the length of travel, and/or the size of your traveling party. (But, don't forget, we do waive our planning fee for most cruise vacations!) Once the fee is paid in full, we get started. This fee IS SEPARATE from the cost of your trip, remember, so if you change the nature or scope of your trip or if you want to completely cancel it, you will forfeit the planning fee. Why? Because most of the time and effort that goes into your trip is done during the planning stages. The booking part itself isn't all that hard. Booking is not really what you're paying us for. As I mentioned earlier, you're paying for the "secret sauce."
Anyway, enough about that. I merely wanted to present it because we believe in transparency and honesty, so we are very candid with our clients. You will never get a surprise from us, unless it is a good one!
Speaking of good surprises, you may have noticed that I have not yet addressed what makes OUR planning EXTRAordinary. When you read through our "About" page, you will gain some insight into "EXTRAordinary." However, let me give you some examples to make it more tangible.
Imagine yourself at the Oktoberfest in Germany. You walk around inside and outside the tents and have a pretty good time. OR! Imagine instead that you get a seat at the table with your new German friends and yell "Prost!" with the best of them! You could get a private tour and learn why there even is an Oktoberfest in the first place, while you gain access to places others do not even know exist!
Or imagine yourself in Hawaii, enjoying the beaches and the beauty of those volcanic islands and have a pretty good time. OR! Imagine a helicopter ride straight into a volcano! You could shark dive! You could meet the Polynesian people, eat their foods, and learn about their history and culture! You could take surfing lessons on some of the world's most famous waves!
Next, picture Rome. You take a hop on/hop off bus tour and see the sights and have a pretty good time. OR! You could be privately guided into Catholicism's most revered places before they open to the public! You could be led deep into the Roman Coliseum and immerse yourself in the Gladiator's experience! You could learn about the architecture, the sculptures, the frescos, and the history that surround them! Best yet, you could go to hidden treasures where only locals know to go to get the best food and wine in the Eternal City!
To make a long story short, you COULD go to London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Paris, Johannesburg, St. Petersburg, Cairo, or Athens in the ordinary way and have a pretty good time. OR! You could let us do what we do best and show you these cities in the most EXTRAordinary ways! You could ski, mountain bike, cruise, hike, scuba, eat, drink, or sightsee in the ordinary, touristy way. OR! We can show you OUR way! The less beaten path. The backdoors. The hidden gems. The places only we and our partners know about. Your next vacation does not have to be ordinary. With us planning it, it could be EXTRAordinary!
Now, you should know that we truly appreciate the trust our clients put in us. People sometimes overlook the significance of taking a vacation, but we believe they are essential to our well-being. So, we take their trust very seriously. We consider ourselves privileged to be granted that trust and we work incredibly hard to exceed their expectations. So, just as a quick little bullet-point list, here's what we handle...
Basically, we handle everything! From the moment you leave your home until the moment you return again, we plan it all.
So, where do YOU dream of traveling to?
Many travel agents can handle a simple booking on a mass-market cruise line or a trip to Las Vegas, as can we. And if that's all you want, we're happy to do it. But, if you're looking for something special in travel, something unique, something jaw-dropping, something eye-opening, something that makes your spirit soar and engages your mind, something that fills you with emotion, then you want an EXTRAordinary adventure travel specialist - and that's us!
Okay, that's the show for today. I hope you have a better appreciation now of what makes OUR planning EXTRAordinary. If you want to learn more, head over to our website at myextraordinaryadventures.com or, better yet, give us a call at (352) 536-1581 for your free, no obligation, initial consultation.
Until next time, this is Scott from Extraordinary Adventures thanking you for tuning in and reminding you to share this show on Facebook and Twitter, and please give us a thumbs up and subscribe to our YouTube channel. We strive to offer valuable information that everyone could benefit from. So, spread the word! And don't forget to email the show with your questions or travel stories. Time permitting, we will read them on the show and give you a big shout out.
We'll catch you on the next episode of EA Radio. Stay tuned... Bye everybody!