Posted by Doreen Higgins on Jul 15, 2019
We enjoyed a visit and talk by Susan Dischner this past Wednesday.  Susan is a manager and leisure travel advisor at Four Seasons Travel in the Village on Skidaway Island, and she gave us lots of very sound advice.  Considering that most of us travel frequently, this advice was given to an appreciative audience. By the way, former “travel agents” are now “travel advisors” and their relationship with their clients has changed.
It used to be that one bought a ticket or reserved a hotel room through a travel agent who issued the ticket or reservation confirmation; the agent was paid by the airline, bus, railroad, or hotel. Now, the travel advisor makes the arrangements and the one seeking those arrangements pays. What about this?

Susan gave us an answer to this question; basically it is, your travel advisor knows more than you do, knows the best way to get there, where to stay when you arrive, what to do when you’re there. Your advisor is your friend, gives support when something goes wrong or an emergency arises, knows what alternative actions might be taken, smooths the path in face of difficulties. These are crucial backup services especially if you’re traveling in foreign countries and territories with which you are unfamiliar. So the basis of the business of travel has changed over the past ten years. More people are traveling, there are many airlines serving many new destinations, there are more cruises, more countries are becoming destinations, and along with all this development of the travel market there are caveats – Susan told us about this too. “We travel advisors know,” she said, and “There is no joy in a vacation gone wrong.” The fee you pay your travel advisor covers a host of services including all the backup just described, giving you peace of mind to enjoy wherever you are.

There are some destinations that are more risky than others. Travel to China can only be in group tours; travel in some African countries is not the smartest – Susan mentioned problems with East Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and the present difficulties with Cuba. Your travel advisor knows, she said, don’t go to risky places without first asking our advice. Ever since the baby boomers grew up and started earning money they wanted to travel, and to travel to more places, further afield, to destinations their parents couldn’t even pronounce. Ask your travel advisor first, Susan said, we know about your destination, wherever it is.
 
Below is a photo of Ron Krannich and Susan