All Your Questions About Travel Advisors, Answered
There are so many cool things to do and amazing places to travel to around the world — and it’s easier than ever to book your dream (splurge!) vacation or a girls’ weekend. You might think travel agencies are a thing of the past, but there are so many advantages to using this often untapped resource. Here, Alexa Scott, travel advisor with SmartFlyer, explains it all.
1. Travel agents focus on the personal experience. Alexa says, “Researching your trip on the internet can be both a blessing and a curse, and an experienced travel advisor can weed out the mediocrity and focus attention on top personal recommendations.” The advisor’s job is to know the destinations inside and out and build relationships with properties, so they can help you find the best place. “We’ve experienced them ourselves, and we’re able to know with absolute certainty what the best fit is for you and why. We’ve got the tools to put together the exact trip you’re looking for, which can be challenging and time consuming to do on your own.”
2. It might not cost you anything. Alexa does not charge a fee to book travel, but she notes that it “will vary from advisor to advisor and agency to agency, where some might charge a nominal fee for their services and expertise.” Don’t let this “scare you off — the fee more than often will pay for itself with the added value (upgrades, VIP treatment, special touches) that’s brought to the booking,” she says.
3. It’s really helpful to have someone else take care of the details. “We bring value to almost every trip,” Alexa says, as big as a honeymoon, corporate travel or a multigenerational trip (like that cruise with your grandma and four aunts), or as small as a quick weekend getaway. “A simple two-night trip to New York City that’s easy to book online can be even better when you have an advisor helping you. He or she could potentially get a better rate or included amenities such as breakfast or an upgrade.”
4. Bookings can mean anything and everything. Advisors can book not only rooms but tours, transportation and more. “At SmartFlyer, we even have an air travel specialty team that books, tracks and manages all our client’s air travel.” As far as trends go, Alexa notes that Zika has affected travel to the Caribbean and South America, but that many of the bookings have shifted to other amazing places like Hawaii. She has clients traveling everywhere from Dove Mountain in Arizona for a quick babymoon to a client who booked a 66-day cruise from San Francisco to Hong Kong to escape the winter doldrums.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)