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Top 5 Reasons Why You Need a Travel Advisor

Updated: 6 days ago

Travel is like oxygen for me. I love the dreaming, the planning, the anticipation, and the wonder of somewhere new. When I became a mom, I knew I wanted to create that sense of wanderlust and curiosity in my kids. Travel and “showing them the world” became one of the defining identities of our family.


As life has gotten busier and as the kids have gotten more independent, I see how crucial vacations are for my own family’s connection. That’s why I created Show Them the World, a travel concierge service for busy families longing to reconnect and see the world together. We make your dream vacations easy … and spectacular, creating memories your family will remember forever! 


To help you understand the value we bring at Show Them the World, I wanted to share my top 5 reasons why you need a travel advisor. Happy travels!

1. Expertise and Connections

Behind every great travel advisor is a network of industry connections. We bring you personally-vetted recommendations, supplier partnerships around the world, and local relationships that make your vacation easy and spectacular. We travel extensively and often have personal knowledge of your destination of choice. If we don't, we tap into our rich pool of destination experts who partner with us to create the vacation of your dreams.


Real world example: Repeat clients wanted a specific family suite on Waikiki Beach. However, that suite wasn't available for their dates. I contacted my Luminous partner, and not only did I secure the sold-out suite my clients wanted, but I also secured VIP airport transfers and all the Luminous VIP perks.

Royal Hawaiian, the Pink Palace

2. Easy Decision-Making

If you're the one doing the vacation research, you know that information overload is real. How do you weed through it all and determine the best destination, the best itinerary, the best accommodations, and the best activities - for you? And then how do you get the rest of your travel party on board with your recommendation and make sure everyone is happy? YOU HIRE AN EXPERT!


At Show Them the World, our first step is a consultation call where we listen to your requirements, your “wish fors" and your wonders. We share our insights, offer top-of-mind recommendations, and steer you toward destinations best suited for you. 


At the proposal stage, we curate the best options to meet your needs and make it easy for you to digest with photos, links, and personal reviews. Your proposal even includes an Executive Summary where we rank your options and highlight why these are the best fit for you. A thoughtful proposal allows for quick and easy decision-making!


Real world example: New clients came to me because they've never been able to agree on where and how to travel. While I'm not a marriage counselor, I can offer expert advice and hand-pick options that will make everyone happy. I knew this would be a tricky request, so I tailored my process for them adding extra touchpoints with both decision makers. Clients landed on Antigua and say it's the easiest and best vacation they've ever taken together!

The proposal (left) and the outcome (right) - Antigua

3. VIP Treatment

Want the best of the best in travel? It's all about who you know! Through our relationship with Gifted Travel Network, we have access to exclusive invite-only luxury programs like Virtuoso, the #1 luxury travel consortium, as well as elite hotel programs like Four Seasons Preferred, Belmond Bellini Club, Mandarin Oriental Fan Club, and Hyatt Privé. These exclusive partnerships allow me to offer you the highest tier of service, best-of-the-best properties, unbelievable travel perks, and richer experiences


Real world example: My husband and I celebrated our 15th anniversary in St. Lucia and stayed at the incomparable Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort where I developed a relationship with my Virtuoso sales partner. I've book many anniversary and honeymooners here. I Recent clients were booked n Sugar Beach's lead-in room category. When they arrived, they were upgraded to the Beachfront Bungalow (the top category) and were treated to a Virtuoso welcome of rum punch, island goodies, and rose petals on the bed. They were delighted to be treated like VIPs!

If you'd like to explore best-of-the-best luxury hotels on your own, you can search by destination in the link above. And if you don't need a complete itinerary designed, you can book your accommodations directly on this site and still benefit from my Virtuoso partnerships and perks. Or if you know where you want to stay and would like my help booking a hotel with benefits, you can fill out the form linked here - no design fee required.

4. Your Biggest Advocate

Personal service gives you peace of mind knowing great care is taken in designing your trip and helping you prepare for departure. And while you're away, we’ve got your back! Whether it's little things like your hotel room looks out over the dumpsters or big things like a flight cancellation or an emergency back home, having someone with the skills and connections to problem-solve for you is priceless


Real world example: Client's flight home from Maui was cancelled, and the next available flight was days away. They called, I answered, and I researched solutions for them. I was able to switch their flight to depart from Oahu and booked them on an inter-island flight from Maui to Oahu. They ended up getting home only a few hours later than planned. 

We've got your back - from design to preparation to in-destination!

5. Stewards of Your Investment

Nothing is more important than the time, money, and memories you invest in your vacation. We treat every trip like it’s our own and want you to get the most for your money. We'll be honest and tell you when we think spending more is worth it - and when it's not. We'll make sure your itinerary is rock solid and that you have all you need before departure. And we'll check in while you're away and drool over your beautiful vacation shots. 


Think of us as your good friends helping you plan the vacation of your dreams. We'll laugh a lot, we'll be just as excited about your trip as you are, and we'll handle all the details - so you don't have to!


Real world example: My favorite part of every trip is checking in with clients after they've arrived. I love hearing about what they think of their resort, how their travel day was, and what an amazing time they're having together. And I love seeing vacation photos! It warms my heart when they message me before I even have a chance to message them. They know how excited I am to hear all about it!

Heather Vergara is a former PepsiCo marketing executive who left the corporate world to be a Mom and never found her way back. Instead, she focused on her passion for travel and adventure and created Show Them the World, a travel concierge service for busy families longing to reconnect and see the world together. In less than four years, she's helped more than 300 families experience Hawaii, Alaska, Costa Rica, France, England, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, the Caribbean, National Parks, and more to come!

Heather has an MBA in marketing from Indiana University, a Digital Marketing Executive Education certificate from Columbia University, and a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives with her husband, two kids, and two furry dogs in Zionsville, Indiana.

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