When you travel you can have a completely different experience than what your friend, family member, or co-worker may have had, even though you both went to the same destination. Your traveling style will make all the difference on your experiences. As a travel agent, that's what I will help determine for you, whether a FIT (Foreign Independent Tour) or an Escorted Tour is best for you. Do you want to have more activities included in the package, or is having a flexible schedule more important? I am here to figure out what your dreams and expectations are when it comes to you traveling.
What does FIT really mean? What is an escorted tour? Let's learn about both of these so you can determine which is right for you.
What does FIT Mean?
FIT is an abbreviation that refers to either “foreign independent tour”, "free independent traveler, "frequent independent traveler" or “fully independent traveler.” All of these definitions share a keyword and concept: independent. This means that the traveler or travelers will be taking a trip that does not follow a packaged itinerary and will not have a set tour guide or leader. As your travel agent I would create an itinerary of your flights, hotels, transportation, and then help you plan custom sightseeing with a private tour guide, arrange a private cooking class or a wine-tasting tour, and even help with finding a knowledgeable local representative all based on the input you provided.
The traveling is still independent, but the planning benefits from using my professional expertise and inside knowledge is well worth it. And of course, it takes much less time than searching for all the information you need on your own.
ARE YOU GOING ON VACATION?
Have you been watching the news or just skimming through social media? You’re probably aware that travel safety is always a trending topic. Eye-catching headlines, weather worries, and increased attention on certain destinations from media outlets can cause some travelers to re-think or postpone their travel plans.
As your travel agent, I work hard to stay on top of situations that might affect the safety of my clients.
For any destination, it’s important to stay healthy, to protect yourself, and be prepared to deal with unexpected events. One of the most important parts of my role is doing what I can to keep you safe, in all situations, no matter where your adventures take you.
When you’re traveling, follow these seven safe-travel recommendations:
1. Purchase Travel Insurance
Above all else, the best way to stay protected is to purchase travel insurance. Travel insurance policies can provide protection and priceless assistance during medical emergencies, hurricanes, disasters, and other major trip interruption events (it's not just about cancel for any reason). Be sure to read and understand the coverage policies, especially when traveling during high-risk times.
2. Maintain Moderate Habits
Do your best to stay hydrated (especially when flying), be cautious of which foods are less risky to consume, get plenty of rest, and use sunscreen. Moderating your own food and alcohol consumption, and that of your loved ones can help you avoid illness and maintain awareness of your surroundings.
3. Protect Your Valuables
Keep a conscious eye on your valuables, including your purse, jewelry, identification documents, medications, and currency. It’s also a great idea to keep a copy of your travel documents and emergency contact information in a secure place.
Hi! My name is Julie and I am the owner of Julez Travel! I love planning vacations! I love the excitement of planning for that special occasion like birthdays, anniversaries or honeymoons! One of my favorite parts is adding special touches to make the trip fun with little surprises!