While we have been confined to our homes, travel to other countries seems like a distant memory. However, local woman Leia Morales is encouraging us to ‘Dream Now, Travel Later’ with her new Ruddington based travel business.
Easter holidays have already been affected by COVID-19, and it is unlikely that many of us will be planning on escaping overseas this Summer, as talks of a 14-day quarantine on return continue. Leia is encouraging us to plan ahead to 2021. She says: “In these uncertain times many of us need something to look forward to, particularly if you have had to cancel your holiday this year.”
Working from her home office, Leia has the support of independent travel company Travel Counsellors whose business model is based on home working. As such the 1,900+ Travel Counsellors around the world were best placed to help their clients when the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised against all non-essential travel back in March. With the support of a 24/7 duty office and the financial protection offered by a trust account, each Travel Counsellor has ensured that their clients receive the care and support needed during this difficult time.
To support those who want to plan ahead to next year, Leia can offer the Travel Counsellors ‘Flexible Promise’ which means that many packages can be amended with no charge up to eight weeks before departure. Leia explains: “It is important that clients know that their money is safe and is only used for their holiday. Easter 2021 holidays are available to book and many of our suppliers are offering more flexible terms in order to alleviate concerns.” Leia is also able to advise about the travel restrictions in place as countries continue to restrict movement.
Domestic travel is likely to be possible much sooner than overseas travel, the good news is that Leia is also able to help with UK holidays. Having lived in Exeter, Lancaster, Brighton and London before relocating back to Nottinghamshire she has plenty of experience and advice to offer for holidays closer to home. She says: “In my previous job the focus was long haul travel but as a Travel Counsellor I can help with UK hotels, cottages, resorts, trains, car hire and attractions which is really refreshing. We won’t be receiving very many international tourists and so it will be important for our economy to embrace the staycation this year.”
Leia is also keen to grow the village as a tourist destination, writing a blog for her website about Ruddington and encouraging other Travel Counsellors to share it with their clients. You can find it >>HERE<<. She adds: “The idea is that there are Travel Counsellors up and down the country and we can each write about where we live so we can use each other’s experience. If another Travel Counsellors lets me know that they have booked a holiday for someone to Nottinghamshire, then I can tell them about our beautiful Country Park and where to get a bite to eat or a pint in the village.”
Being based in Ruddington, Leia is available to her clients at times to suit them. With ‘social distancing’ measures in place she is available on the ‘phone or via video conferencing. As restrictions ease, she will be available to meet in local cafes to discuss your travel plans.
For more information or to discuss your future travel plans with Leia, call 0115 832 0119 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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