Oh Disney, how we all love you so. Dreaming of Disneyland or maybe a Disney Cruise (on the bucket list for sure) or how about Disney World? I had the chance to chat with Jackie Glassman of Vacations by Jackie: Fairy Tale Concierge about all things Disney and travel planning. She specializes in planning Disney, Universal Orlando, Norwegian Cruise Line and Hawaii vacations. Even better- it's no extra cost to you!
North Parent Press: How did you get started in this business?
Jackie: I have always loved traveling, even when I was younger and I would just dream I was somewhere else. Once my kiddos were a little older I wanted to find something that I could still be at home with them and bring in a little income. I had a friend who was a travel agent so I started asking a lot of questions and they introduced me to their boss and then shortly after I was hired on!
North Parent Press: If you could give a family one piece of advice when booking a vacation, what would that be?
Jackie: Vacations don't have to break the bank! There are options for all budgets.
North Parent Press: What are the benefits of using a travel agent?
Jackie: Travel Agents are the experts and have information at their fingertips. We are educated specifically on travel and have personal experience. Travel Agents will give you insider tips and advice. Let your travel agent do the work and save you time. Your travel agent is there for you, they are your biggest advocate. There is no extra cost to use a travel agent! Best of all, you are helping support a small business
North Parent Press: I'm sure this is a question a lot of people want to know. Is travel insurance actually worth it?
Jackie: If your spending 10k on a vacation and someone gets hurt or sick and can't go, that is a lot of money to lose out on. Or if you are out of the country and get hurt and need to get back to the United States for emergency care that can be quite costly. I would check your credit card you are using to pay with and see what their limits are for travel protection and go from there.
North Parent Press: Does it cost to use a travel agent?
Jackie: Not at all! My services are free when you book your vacation through me. I only get paid once you have booked through me and then after you travel. Suppliers pay our wages for booking trips through them.
North Parent Press: Where is your favorite place to travel?
Jackie: Up until this past spring it was San Diego. We recently went on a Mexican Riviera Cruise and I think I have found my new favorite vacation spot.
North Parent Press: When is the best time to book a trip?
Jackie: For best availability, the sooner the better. If you are going during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break it can fill up months ahead of time. Most people book about 4-5 months ahead of time.
North Parent Press: Are you able to save money that I wouldn't get elsewhere?
Jackie: Sometimes we can. I have access to multiple suppliers and at any given time they might offer deals that the general public has not seen. Sometimes we have agency specific promos for Disney or Royal Caribbean Cruises.
North Parent Press: Do you offer payment plans?
Jackie: In most cases, yes. It depends on the supplier we are going through to book your vacation. Disney, Universal, Sandals, Cruises, All Inclusives, Hawaii are some of the places you can make payments on.
North Parent Press: What do you love most about helping families book their vacations?
Jackie: I love being part of the excitement as they are planning their travel and listening to their stories when they get back! I love getting pictures from my clients. I have a few drawings and cards from kids saying how much they loved their vacation.
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