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Age is More Than Just a Number

Some say that age is only a number. Working in travel, my age has become a vital selling tool to my clients. For years, the travel industry has been known as land of the dinosaurs- and who can blame them for wanting to work forever; being a travel agent is a great job! But my age- or lack thereof- is one of my advantages. Millennials have become a powerhouse for travel- big spenders with even bigger desires. As a millennial myself, I understand their travel style and how to wow. For instance, unlike many baby boomer travelers, for most millennial travelers having a private guide escort you around 24/7 is more of a nuisance than a luxury. Millennials will, on the other hand, pay for a night in a luxurious hotel and experiences that are special and different from what their friends have experienced. I'm honest with my clients about…
We are SO thrilled to announce that Laura Hanaford of The Trip Trotter was announed one of Travel Agent Magazine's 30 Under 30: "Here They Are: The future of the travel industry, the next generation of agents who will discover new places to go and new ways to connect with travelers. They exist in a 24/7 world of nonstop information, and communicate with each other, with other industry professionals and with clients through multiple platforms. They tweet. They share. They snap pictures and chat about their experiences. And they sell travel in ways that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. They are Travel Agent’s top 30Under30 for 2015, which represents the eighth year of the program. Over the past several years this feature has created a buzz in the industry and also helped fuel a community of young professionals who enjoy being a part of a special…

The Virgin Atlantic JFK Lounge

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Virgin Atlantic lounge at JFK airport- Terminal 4. The clubhouse is chic and futuristic like a 21st century Jetson's house with the grime of JFK a million miles away. The lounge offers many pleasantries to make the journey as comfortable as possible. Businessmen can catch-up on work at the workstations. Just getting off a long layover? Refresh with a shower! You can arrive to your destination in style with a chic cut or style at the Bumble and Bumble salon, or relax with a massage. The main sitting area is open with many different types of seating. The sofa is made from punching bags! There is also a sitting area with by the restaurant, where you can watch the planes take off and land. For those seeking some quiet time, another sitting area is available.  The restaurant and bar…

City Island- A Haven in the Bronx

My favorite part about living in New York is that there are so many different neighborhoods to visit. Compared to most New Yorkers, I think that I do a pretty good job of expanding my horizons and seeing new places. For me, the Bronx is the final frontier. Geographically the furthest borough from our home in Brooklyn, exploring the Bronx is a commitment. This summer, I have pledged to make that commitment and see what this massive borough has to offer. As the home of hip-hop, there certainly has to be more to this place than the Botanical Garden, Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo, right? A short bus ride away from the end of the 6 train is City Island, a place that you would never believe is part of New York City- let alone the Bronx- until you saw the skyline in the distance. City Island is 1.5…
Last week, we were fortunate enough to visit the Knickerbocker Hotel, located in New York City. The Knickerbocker is a brand new hotel, situated on the southeastern corner of Times Square. It's important to note the location because once inside you are transported to another world; you would never guess that the hustle and bustle of Times Square is just a wall away. The transformation happens right at the door when you are greeted by the bellhops in old world attire. The rooms took the hotel to another level. I was especially impressed by the size. The average room is 435 sq feet; the average room in Times Square is 280 sq feet. How's that for space!? Rooms are modern and sleek, yet neutral as to not compete with the craziness of Times Square. The blackout shades and soundproof walls provide for an excellent sleep. Have you ever entered a…

Top 5 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent

With all of the information available on the internet and the numerous booking sites, I always get asked why anyone would use a travel agent. So here they are, The Trip Trotter's Top 5 reasons to use a travel agent. 5. Personal Experience: We all know that photos don't tell the entire story. With over 300 agents in our New York office alone, we have personal knowledge of each property and destination. My office has on vendors coming in daily updating us on what's new and hot in the world of travel.  4. Added Value: My agency is part of several hotel programs that give our clients upgrades and amenities at hundreds of properties worldwide. At select hotels we can offer: food/beverage or spa credit, early check in/late check out, and even free breakfast (to name a few.) 3. We're a one stop shop: We handle all aspects of your trip from ground…

A Night at the Ice Hotel

In winter 2013, I wrote about ice hotels and, finally, this past March, I made the trek to Quebec City to stay at the Hotel de Glace. Located 10 minutes from downtown Quebec, the Hotel de Glace is a convenient alternative to the northern European ice hotels. You are only allowed to stay a night (and trust me- you don't need to stay longer,) so the short travel time was especially attractive. The Hotel de Glace has 44 rooms and is only open from January 3- March 22, when it is cold enough to support the structure. The Ice Hotel Sideview The hotel is different each year. Built over a month and a half period, it takes 50 workers, 30,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice to create the hotel. This year was the 15th anniversary of the hotel, so the rooms were extra special. Games at the…
My next stop on the NY Hotel tour was the Bryant Park Hotel. This 14-year old hotel is built inside a historical building located on the south side of Bryant Park. Entering the hotel, you are greeted by a red, leather lobby and the overflowing traffic from their bustling restaurant, Koi. Koi is an American/Japanese fusion restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Due to its' location, the Bryant Park hotel mainly caters to corporate travelers in the fashion and entertainment field, but has a fantastic leisure business over the weekend. While the hotel is not non-family friendly, it caters to mostly an adult crowd. There are 128 guest rooms, 8 of which have two double beds. Rooms are minimalist and very clean! All of the rooms are generous in size; even the smallest room (the Superior Suite) is 300sq ft. I was especially impressed by the huge bathrooms with…

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