One of the things of which I am the proudest is that my business V-Assist can offer our Virtual Assistant clients and specialist travel Agents an exceptional service when it comes to travel. I am personally highly experienced in this field and have operated my own Travel Agency for years.
There is no question that business travel is one of the most important aspects of being able to ably assist business clients – in particular SMEs who don’t have their own people to handle this and don’t necessarily want to engage the services of a large Travel Agency. Why pay for that when your Virtual Assistant does it for you – as part of the deal – and is a travel expert herself?
It goes without saying then that I can not only offer some really valuable travel advice, but also offer Travel Agents a few vital services too. Let’s begin though with these ten invaluable travel tips from a versatile Virtual Assistant…
1. Hotel business card – Immediately get an identity and ‘proof of residence’ as we would call it in SA. Always pick up a business card at the reception of the hotel you are checking into – this gives the address in the local language and can help taxi drivers etc. - and anyone who needs to have a reference point for you in case of emergency.
2. Extra 6 months on the passport – Some countries will not allow you entry if your passport is not valid for at least 6 months after your expected return home! Ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity AFTER the date of return – to avoid being turned away by these countries - even if you have a visa.
3. International roaming – This can be very costly as the call charges are reversed to you. Ensure the International Roaming is off on your phone – you can use Wi-Fi and WhatsApp calls.
4. Tell the Bank - Advise your bank that you will be travelling and to which countries, to avoid them possibly declining transactions on your card.
5. Have a travel card - Every time you swipe your credit card or draw from an ATM, you are subject to
1) International exchange rates on the day
2) ATM charges – normally higher as it’s a foreign bank
Rather have a cash card or travel card – Your V.A can advise you about this.
6. Medicate properly - Take basic first aid meds with you, especially when travelling to 3rd world countries– e.g. Aspirin, anti-diarrhea meds etc.
7. Lock up docs - Keep your travel docs locked in the safe at the hotel and copies on you.
8. Family ties - Ensure you family/ office have a copy of your itinerary and contact details.
9. Getting over jet lag tips – Start living in your home time ASAP. Avoid partying, alcohol, caffeine etc. - and immediately re-set your normal sleeping pattern.
10. Hire a Virtual Assistant that is also a specialist Travel Agent – like V-Assist!
Just in brief – these are the things we can do to assist Travel Agents who are in need of a Virtual Assistant…
The massive difference from our client’s point of view is that my Virtual Assistant business V-Assist is also a registered Travel Agent and so when we book for you it goes beyond the service of just booking reservations, as it would be if your PA did it for you. We are fully accountable and offer the total service of a qualified Travel Agent!
Contact us to learn more about this - and check out the V-Assist website to learn about the myriad of services we provide that save you time and money – and even make you money. I look forward to being of service to you!
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