You’re an expert business traveller and know your way around the travel industry pretty well. Now it’s time for a little R&R, a well-deserved vacation – it’s time to play! Several tourist brochures surround you on the couch. A Lonely Planet guide sits beside you on the desk. You’ve got multiple browsers open on your laptop with a flurry of scribbles on your notepad.

You try to take a deep breath and recompose. With thousands of travel options it’s all very exciting but  instead you may  feel confused, frustrated and maybe a bit lost as well.  It happens. Welcome to the state of mind of the modern day traveler in the middle of researching destinations for a short vacation with the family.  In this story UNIGLOBE Experts talk about  how to plan the perfect “@ play” trip for the busy business traveler – and enjoy the planning as much as the trip!

Travel research should be a positive experience. After all, this is where you start putting your dreams into action. But do you know where your frustration, that feeling of confusion was stemming from? Nine out of ten times, it’s usually the approach to the research that holds the key. Especially as a business traveler, you’re probably time-starved, juggling between frequent business trips, client meetings and family. There’s a good chance that you’re doing your research in a topsy-turvy fashion without realizing there might be a better way. As one UNIGLOBE Travel expert points out, “As a business traveler, you want quick answers and fast results. But when it comes to planning a vacation, the vast number of options, the need to avoid ‘hidden” costs, the  conflicting opinions from others  can all make researching your next vacation destination quite daunting.” So what to do?



Find the inspiration through travel stories

Create a file of things you really want to do. Don’t research anything yet, just get the ideas flowing. This can come from photos, articles from travel blogs, websites, people and social media. Whenever something grabs at your heartstrings, make a note of it and bookmark it into your “Travel Ideas” folder.  

Just put it on your list.

You read about the dream luxury resort in the Maldives. Your heart starts to race with excitement at the thought of you lying on the deck of your bungalow over the water, and then your mind jumps in and says, “You cannot afford to do that.”

Do not allow limitations to creep in. If it is something your heart really wants to do, add it to your file without even thinking about the how.  


Get to your computer and dive deeper into research

The internet world can be a confusing and frustrating place, especially if you don’t know what you are looking for to begin with. UNIGLOBE Experts recommend that you start your research with your friendly UNIGLOBE Travel web-portal.

Why?  As one UNIGLOBE Expert points out, “trip research for busy  people is rapidly changing. The traditional paper brochure or the leisure magazines are no longer enough.” There’s more. These things are playing a bigger role in influencing how and where people might take their next trip:  

  • Travel blogs and websites    
  • Tourist boards websites
  • Your social networks (to ask if anyone has any advice or suggestions)
  • And of course family and friends

Based on these sources that travelers increasingly use, the new UNIGLOBE Travel leisure portal is actually a great new one-stop tool for planners to quickly and effectively develop suitable options that fit with their overall goals, likes, and interests”

The BIG shift in trip research

The term ‘travel planning’ is taking on a new meaning as other channels of inspiration, information and interaction are being looked at. But even as the “style” of research is changing, the research itself still needs each of these channels to be looked up one-by-one. It still places a heavy demand on the planners  time.


A new way, a better way

When you want that quick break with your family, how can you make the process of planning faster, efficient and fun? UNIGLOBE Experts recommend that you make your UNIGLOBE Agency’s website your first stop. It’s not only because you’ll find great content there, but because it’s a platform that converges three of your most significant needs:

  1. Travel ideas. Find hundreds of travel blogs, pictures and videos for inspiration, loads of destination information for activities, sightseeing options and things to do when you arrive in your dream destination. Take advantage of our Experts research to find the latest collection of well-priced,ready-made holiday packages including some of the most exciting value offers for the season. Offers may include an extra room night at no cost, an automatic room upgrade or an included excursion to a local attraction or something more! These packages have been assessed to ensure there are “no surprises” that could affect your vacation.
  2. Interaction. Create your profile and set up virtual interactions for information exchanges with other fellow travelers from your area. Or just browse through travel reviews. Expand your interaction further by selecting a UNIGLOBE Expert to directly weigh in on your questions and comments. Your UNIGLOBE Expert is able to maintain a confidential,full history of your preferences and interests, so that when you do go ahead with booking your trip, it will fulfill your likes and interests completely.
  3. Engagement. Click a button from your profile to invite friends and family from your social media networks to join the conversation. Get their views, experiences and opinions into your decision-making process. Suddenly – you’re not alone. You are part of a travel ecosystem – a community where you are able to contribute your questions, interests, likes and wants, and get UNIGLOBE expert to share their expertise in response to your needs.

Last but not the least…

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