Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the founder of Daily Travel Dose (DTD)?
Hello, my name is Ann Bishop, aka The Traveling Belgian, and I have been traveling since high school. I hail from Belgium, lived in Finland (during the winter months!) to complete a study abroad program, lived on the East Coast of the USA, lived in London (near the District Line), lived and worked in Dordrecht (The Netherlands) and I am now settled in the beautiful state of Arizona. I also completed a certification course to be a Tour Director from the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) in San Francisco and passed the tour guide license exam for New York City in 2010.
Here are some destinations that I have personally visited: Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Austria, Monaco, North America: Canada, most US States (also Islands of Maui, Kauai, and Oahu), Mexico, Middle East: Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Central and South America: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Argentina, Brazil, Asia: Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Caribbean: Puerto Rico, Bahamas, South Pacific: Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Bora Bora and Australia:Sydney.
I haven't been everywhere, but I promise you that it's on the list!
What is an independent travel advisor?
An independent travel advisor is an agent who works remotely for a host agency and crafts and books CUSTOMIZED travel for clients. As an INDEPENDENT advisor, I have the freedom to work with any travel supplier, but through my host agency I have access to a wide array of travel partners which can translate into great SAVINGS and SUPPORT for my clients. More importantly, an independent travel advisor will give you back your time and PERSONALIZED service! Travel Advisors have your back and understand you are going on YOUR dream vacation.
Which host agency is Daily Travel Dose LLC (DTD) a part of?
DTD is part of TRAVEL QUEST, an affiliate of Travel Leaders Consortium. This group is one of America’s largest travel agency and travel management companies with approximately $20 billion in annual sales.
What is my niche market?
While I can work on any customized travel itinerary, I am specialized in crafting unparalleled luxury vacations to the islands of HAWAII, FRENCH POLYNESIA, FIJI, AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND. For FAMILIES with CHILDREN, I can also help plan and customize THEME PARK vacations such as the exciting experiences of Walt Disney World and Universal Studios!
I combine my certification and destination specialist courses for my niche market with personal hands-on travel experiences. Continuously updating my knowledge of the travel industry in general is also a must!
General CERTIFICATIONS and Professional MEMBERSHIPS:
VERIFIED Travel Advisor by American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA)
Visit my profile on www.travelsense.org
MEMBER of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
Certification for LUXURY TRAVEL by the Travel Institute
LUXURY TRAVEL SPECIALIST Certification by Travel Leaders Consortium.
Do you charge a fee for travel planning and personal assistance?
Yes, a non-refundable fee of $175 is charged if you want me to craft a personalized itinerary for you. This fee is waived if you sail on a cruise! I will also be available to YOU throughout this entire journey and will advocate for you in case things are not going as planned during your trip. Personalized communications and a travel gift are just some of the perks of booking with me.
Because I love REFERRALS, I also have a referral program. If you refer a client to me, which results in a vacation booking with DTD (and the client completes the trip), you will receive a $50 gift card!
Do you book domestic US airfare only?
I CANNOT help you with booking a domestic airfare ticket (air only). The best option to book domestic airfare only is to search online (e.g. Google Flights, Kayak).
Do you recommend travel insurance?
This is a big YES!! You will decide if you want to add travel insurance protection to your travel reservation and I can provide you with quotes. Traveling with travel insurance in these sometimes hectic times will give you peace of mind and perhaps some money back into your pocket.