National Travel and Tourism Week is May 3-9 this year, and as you might imagine, this year feels a little different. While we're still celebrating love of travel and the #SpiritOfTravel, most of us are, in fact, not traveling at the moment thanks to COVID-19.
We miss our clients and we miss traveling. This pandemic has hit the travel industry and everyone who works in it in painfully hard ways, and it’s been hard to put our feelings and our experience as an agency into words when we know so many other industries and businesses have been impacted as well.
But we can’t offer curbside delivery.
We can't offer "trips to go", though the thought is funny to think about, in a wry, ironic sort of way.
We can’t sell products online, because what we sell isn't really a product.
We sell experiences.
We get people going.
We get people moving.
We help people discover all of the wonderful places and history and food and stories this amazing world offers.
So when the world goes still, so does travel.
But we will come back, and our tours will resume and our personal trip planning for families and individuals will start up once again. And when that time comes, we hope you’ll consider supporting us the way you (and we) have supported other small businesses during this time.
Don’t book that flight online - let us do it for you.
Instead of that Air BnB (which doesn’t work with travel agencies), let us find a great beach house or condo for you.
Let us plan your first family road trip back out, and book your hotels.
Let us do the booking for your next Disney or Universal trip.
Get together with your friends and sign up for one of our group tours and leave all of the planning to us.
No, you won’t always get “a deal” when you use a travel agency. You won’t always get cheaper. But cheaper isn’t always better when it comes to travel. “You get what you pay for” can sometimes ring really true, and you won’t get “cheap” with us because we don’t sell cheap trips. We won’t book you in substandard hotels or put you with subpar tour operators. Remember, we sell experiences and we want your experience to be amazing.
So… you won’t get “cheap” with us. What you will get is amazing value. And you will get excellent service. You will get people who love travel and love helping people travel and have the resources and experience to help you plan an amazing trip. You will get people who remember you, who know you by name, who learn what you like and what you don’t like, and who will go above and beyond when something doesn’t go right and a flight gets delayed or a hotel gives you problems or a cruise gets canceled.
We are the ones who will be on the phone at 10pm on a Saturday when your international flight gets canceled and you just want to get home.
We are the ones on the phone navigating all of the rescheduling with airlines and hotels and tour operators when your first flight gets delayed and threatens to completely mess up your entire vacation.
We are the ones who will get up at 6am to book those Disney fast passes for you while you get your child ready for their first day of school.
We are the ones ready to answer all of your questions no matter how many you have, and if we don’t know the answer, we will find out.
We aren’t just in the travel business. We’re in the people business. And we’re looking forward to being with our people again very soon.
Happy National Travel Week! Let's plan a trip!
Zachary Travel is a full-service travel agency that's served the travel needs of Zachary, Baton Rouge, and clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and beyond for almost 40 years. Contact us at 225.654.9210 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.