A Boutique Travel Business’s Survival Plan During Covid-19

August 26 05:43 2020

The worst Friday the 13th in recollection… March 13th, 2020. We were all blindsided by a virus, unlike anything the world has ever seen.  Here I am, in my 50’s running a highly successful travel business for over 15 years, with an amazing team of ten and annual business growth of 30-40% per year… and the bottom drops out.

Travel is my life. Seriously. Like many in the industry, exploring the world is my essence, my passion and what I live for. I’m grateful to have a career as fulfilling as sharing my extensive destination knowledge and designing lifetime memories and experiences that will live in our client’s hearts. In my opinion, there is no career as personally rewarding. I can see your head nodding in agreement as you read this.

No need to recap the past four months. The word challenging does not begin to describe what’s been happening to our industry. Exclusive Adventures and Adventures Croatia have been truly blessed, however, thanks to our great partnerships with travel agents, vendors, suppliers and wonderful clients.  We have moved 99% of our 2020 trips into 2021, with no loss of client’s travel investment.

Beyond the gratitude we have for all our various partners, a huge thanks is in order for the work done by ASTA and the SBA, helping us and so many of our fellow businesses to stay afloat during this crisis.  And, lest we forget…

FROM CRISIS COMES OPPORTUNITY! Maintaining our team allowed us to take our game to the next level. We have developed new “Book with Confidence” terms to even better protect our client’s investments, as well as “Platinum Protocol” health and safety standards, which are imperative for our clients to feel confident in traveling again.  COVID-19 also fueled our development of new life changing and “higher purpose” trips, transformational travel combining volunteering while exploring and offering various methods of personal fulfillment during our travels.  It has been very exciting and rewarding to see so many of our colleagues expanding, opening new territories for them and adapting to these dramatic changes, which were forced upon all of us.

 

The biggest winner coming out of this pandemic may be the travel segment of the U.S. economy, as travelers concerned about international travel, can instead discover or re-discover America. This segment of business is where Exclusive Adventures has expanded the most. We’ve developed the best of the U.S. by region and added our luxe style of “Glamping”, luxury ranches and retreats to these itineraries for those wanting to experience the amazing grandeur of our own beautiful country!

Another highly desirable escape during these times are golf experiences. We’ve created a golf lover’s fantasy with our new portfolio! Wide open fairways are an excellent way to stay physically distanced and avoid crowds, while you connect with lush and beautiful surroundings.

Exclusive Adventures has a very exclusive partnership with the world’s most famous golf club craftsman and fitter; Scott E. G!  We’ve created all new golf experiences with access to the top desert courses, private villas, and exclusive experiences. Scott creates and tunes up the world’s top golfer’s clubs, including Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar and Bryson DeChambeau. As part of our exceptional golf tours, Scott E. G. will be working his magic on our own client’s clubs!  These luxury itineraries offer behind the scenes PGA experiences and access to exceptional desert courses, celebrity villas, private dining, entertainment and more. Truly, a golf lover’s dream vacation!

Get more info here: https://exclusiveadventures.com/tour/golf-tour

Exclusive Adventures is excited about supporting the economy right here at home through specialized and private U.S. based trips, so that our clients may not have to worry about getting on flights at all! We encourage Travel Agents to reach out, as we are excited to help you share these amazing trip ideas with your clients!

As we all continue to dream about travel and work to stay inspired, the big question is when and what will be the new normal in our industry? When will our clients feel safe to travel again? Sadly, there are inconsistencies in safety standards when it comes to flights, so we have aviation professionals ready to book private air charters, for those who wish to fly privately.

In the meanwhile, for our team, it’s time to SUPPORT OUR U.S. ECONOMY and Discover the USA! I’ve been fortunate to have traveled through over half of the U.S. There is so much beauty right here at home, with big skies and wide-open places to feel safe, enjoy and relax… hike, bike and reconnect with nature.  As I write this, I have been “Glamping” in a new luxury RV for the past two weeks through the remote, backroads and under-populated natural areas of my home state, California. Even though I have lived here my entire life, and have traveled extensively throughout, I love finding and sharing new discoveries on this journey, every day.  If you are interested in my itinerary and my newfound pros and cons of RV glamping, I’m happy to share my experiences. Some of them will be good for a few much-needed laughs!

“We are all in this together” is not just a mantra, it’s an attitude and commitment to help each other to make it through this storm. Let’s keep our heads up, continue to evolve, adapt and support each other. And most importantly, stay inspired and keep dreaming of travel!

About us

Adventures Croatia specializes in unique, exclusive, personalized travel experiences to Croatia and its surrounding countries. They design individualized journeys, small group tours, deluxe cruises and exceptional excursions, suited to each client based on years of personal in-country experience, ongoing research, relationships, and professional expertise.

For more information, please contact 800-818-8015 or visit https://adventurescroatia.com

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