“The biggest resistance to using a travel agent comes from the ego of thinking we don’t need one. This makes no sense: if I needed to design a new home, I’d hire an architect, not use a “be-your-own-architect website.” – Larry Olmstead, Forbes

There’s no question that technology has changed the way we book travel. With so much information at our fingertips, the temptation is to do our own research — spending hours cross-referencing review sites, trolling message boards and compiling articles — plan our own trips, and book them with the click of a button. And while many people are perfectly capable of finding their own flight from point A to point B and choosing their own hotel room in their destination of choice, they may not realize what they are missing out on by going it alone rather than working with an expert.

A Virtuoso travel advisor can maximize the value of any trip through their connections and knowledge. We have access to special perks including complimentary room upgrades, spa and dining credits, free breakfast and other special amenities at over 1,000 of the world’s top hotels, as well as preferred rates and inventory that may not otherwise be available. We utilize our expertise and global network of contacts to arrange VIP experiences for our clients — anything from an after hours private tour of the Uffizi to dinner for 2 at the top of the Eiffel Tower — and can get priority reservations for sought after tables and sold out events. Perhaps best of all, since travel is full of the unexpected, we are your safety net if things go wrong. We provide trip monitoring while you are away to make sure everything is going according to plan, and are ready to step in to resolve any crisis that may arise. Still need convincing? Here are 5 ways we can make your next trip even better:

Personalized Planning

Whether you’re the do-it-yourself type or are looking for someone to completely take the reins, when you collaborate with a travel advisor, your trips will be tailored to your needs, interests, and budget.

Global Expertise And Connections

Not only do Virtuoso travel advisors have extensive personal knowledge of destinations around the world, they have relationships with people in those areas who can arrange experiences that make a trip truly extraordinary.

Value For The Money

A Virtuoso travel advisor has access to the same (and often better) pricing than you can find online, and can secure special perks like free room upgrades, daily breakfast, and other benefits you can’t get on your own.

VIP Treatment

A Virtuoso travel advisor can get you exclusive access to events, private tours, and other extras, from a private, after-hours opera performance at the Sistine Chapel to a one-on-one professional photography lesson during an expedition to see the northern lights.

Peace Of Mind

In addition to saving you time, stress, and money, your travel advisor is available 24/7 before, during, and after your trip – so you can truly relax and enjoy yourself.