I met Tim standing in the immigration line in Mexico City. Our flight had been delayed and everyone was frantically filling out their immigration form while walking; trying to get through immigration as quickly as possible to get to their connection.
As I was filling out my form Tim tapped me on the shoulder asking a question. After I answered his question he said that this was his first time coming to Mexico. It is amazing how much you can learn about a total stranger while chit-chatting! Tim travels often for work, and his family have lived in several states, and even other countries. He is a busy guy to say the least.
As the conversation progressed he asked why I was coming to Mexico, and about my career. I told him I was going to Puerto Vallarta for a conference and that I was a travel agent. He proceeded to say that he had just started talking to his daughter about her 16th birthday. It is tradition in his family to take the child who is turning 16 on the vacation that he/she desires.
Tim commented that he didn’t have enough time to plan a 10-12 day vacation. At this point, we were almost to the front of the immigration line. We exchanged business cards and went our separate ways.
A couple weeks later I emailed Tim. After a few emails back and forth he decided that he indeed needed assistance with planning his daughter’s 16th birthday vacation. She had decided that she wanted to visit Ireland and Scotland. Tim and his wife had honeymooned in Ireland many years ago, but hadn’t been back since, and he was not familiar with Scotland at all.
Since his daughter was the main focus of the vacation we centered their itinerary around her likes. He gave me a list of her likes and dislikes, the time-frame in which they wanted to travel, and a price point to not go over.
Planning an Ireland and Scotland vacation
Ireland and Scotland are perfect places to customize your own vacation. There are so many sights to see and so much to do! Knowing her likes and dislikes I channeled my inner 16 y/o girl and crafted a great itinerary. Here is the final result:
They traveled at the end of July and into August. They started in Dublin, Ireland taking tours of the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, Burren and Galway. They took the train up to Northern Ireland and stayed in Belfast for a Game of Thrones Westeros Tour. From there they flew to Scotland and spent their last several days in Edinburgh. They took a walking ghost tour, attended the Fringe Festival and the Military Tattoo (which we purchased tickets for well in advance).
Their way home was a little messy due to a flight delay which threw off their arrival back into the US and caused them to miss their connecting flights, but we worked together to get them scheduled for a return home the following day and contacted their travel insurance for a claim for re-imbursement.
Too Busy to Plan a Once-in-a-Lifetime Vacation to Ireland and Scotland
Tim is a great example of the type of travelers I work with. Tim was too busy and unfamiliar to plan a vacation with several modes of transportation, buying tickets for festivals and shows, scheduling tours, etc. And when their flight schedule became a problem I was there via phone and email to assist as he needed. You can see his review on my Facebook fan page.
Finding yourself too busy to plan a vacation? Contact me here and I would be happy to assist you!
Here are a few pictures Tim shared!