Get Globetrotting is a travel planning company focused on finding families trips that fit their budget without sacrificing comfort.
Q: Why do I need a trip planner?
A: My goal is to lower the total cost of your vacation for you. We live in an amazing time with so much technology that opens travel to anyone who desires it. However, budget trip planning is time consuming and confusing especially for someone who has never traveled before. It takes a lot of research and familiarity with the websites and tools that are out there to make sure you don’t accidentally ruin your trip by booking a shady hotel. Additionally, there are a ton of top-notch sights that require advance reservations. You could waste precious travel time (which translates to dollars!) standing in line needlessly or by not being organized. But how are you to know all this before you go? This is why hiring a travel planner is a sound investment. It guarantees that not only are you getting the best prices, but you will be able to maximize every day without having to do any of the work.
Q: Are you a travel agent?
A: I respect travel agents and what they do. In fact, I interviewed quite a few as I was creating this company. The difference between travel agencies and my business model is how I make money. Most travel agencies earn incentives off commissions. For example, they book you a cruise and the cruise pays them a percentage of that booking. The cost is the same for you with or without a travel agent, except you get a more personal experience than if you had booked the cruise yourself.
Get Globetrotting is different. First, I don't plan on booking anything FOR you. You are perfectly capable of filling out credit card information. I actually never take your credit card information at all! I only accept payments through Venmo, Squarecash, or Zelle. My strength lies in recommendations. You’re the only person paying me. I am not sponsored by any companies, so my only motivation is to score you a great deal!
Additionally, many travel agents are used to working with people with disposable incomes. My aim is to work with real families with normal jobs who still want to travel.
Q: What am I paying you for if you don’t actually book my trip?
A: You are paying me for a detailed line-busting, money saving, time maximizing trip plan. Here is the format you can expect from a full trip plan. I also sell personalized location guides for the not-so-schedule inclined.
Overview: This is your trip on one page with a brief list of activities organized by day.
Interactive Map: Everything you're going to see color-coordinated and laid out on a map.
Booking Checklist: An itemized list of everything to book before leaving on your trip. This includes hotel/Airbnb/house swap information, flight details, and any activities that require advance booking. All of the websites and prices for everything are included in this list, so it's easy to get a quick snapshot of how much a trip will cost. This is one of my favorite things to provide for my clients because it ensures that they don't end up wasting precious travel hours standing in long lines!
Detailed Itinerary: This is the meat and potatoes of your full trip package. Every day is laid out for your traveling ease. I use guidebooks, Instagram, blogs, museum websites, Pinterest, and personal experience to craft the perfect trip. One client just sent me her Pinterest board and I planned her whole trip off of it. All you have to do is fill out a travel profile.
Q: What does a typical detailed itinerary look like?
A: Here is an example of the level of detail for one day in Paris for a romantic trip for a couple in their 30's. It looks different than the itinerary I planned for a family with two school-aged children. It’s also different from the trip we took to Paris with our toddler. Each travel group has varying needs and interests, which we discuss before I start planning.
Wednesday October 3rd
Directions: Metro stop or bus #24, both stop at Concorde Station. The museum is in the Tuileries Garden where you will be spending the day.
Midday: Reservations at Angelina. This place has the best hot chocolate in all of Paris! Their pastries are also delicious. Some of their food can be overpriced, so you may want to snack on a packed lunch and then come here for the pastries and hot chocolate.
Address: 226 Rue de Rivoli. Facing the Louvre from the Orangerie, follow the street to your left. It’s under a large arcade across the street from the park.
Note: There is also another macaroon place worth knowing about near here. If your blood sugar levels can stand it, maybe visit is after the Tuileries Garden. It’s called Laduree boutique and the address is 14 Rue de Castiglione.
Afternoon: Tuileries Garden: Go find the toy sailboat rentals and the Ferris wheel. Make sure to get a nice break outside between museums. Wander over and check out Pont des Artes, a bridge over the Seine where lovers put a lock on the bridge and throw the key into the river. Other option: go home and rest before your night at the Louvre.
Evening: Louvre. Fantastically huge palace-turned-museum featuring the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, and Venus de Milo. Open until 21:45 on Wednesday nights only. With your museum pass, you can enter through the group entrance in the pedestrian passageway (labeled Pavilion Richelieu) between the pyramid and Rue de Rivoli. It’s under the arches a few steps north of the pyramid; find the uniformed guard at the security checkpoint entrance at the down escalator. Allow about 2-3 hours here at least, so arrive around 6 pm. Listen to downloaded Rick Steve’s Audio Tour.
Q: Do you only plan trips for families?
A: While I specialize in planning trips for families, I work with people in any stage of life! I’ve aided young adults as they take their first solo trips, helped professionals maximize sightseeing during business trips, crafted romantic honeymoons, and arranged itineraries for adventurous retired couples. All you need are the vacation days and I can find the perfect trip for you!
Q: Do I have the funds to take my family on an international trip?
A: Yes! With a trip planner pointing you in the right direction, you begin to realize that most intercontinental flights cost nearly the same as flying within the country. Check out Scott’s Cheap Flights for some examples of fares I’ve helped my clients score. I will teach you how to track your flight on Hopper and Google Flights so you know exactly when to book. If you’re interested in home swapping, you have the potential to stay in a home in another country for free! I’ve published a detailed guide on how to get started. If you’re worried about paying for food, staying in a home or Airbnb opens up the potential to grocery shop. This makes dining out a special treat instead of a necessity just as it is at home. As far as activities, browse our Instagram page for an idea of how many fun cheap or free things there are to do with children abroad. I can help you find these activities in your chosen destination.
Q: What if I’m not ready to book my trip right now?
A: That’s fine! Follow us on Instagram or Facebook for notifications on activities, flight deals, and promotions. I will keep you in the loop about all things travel and give you tips on how to budget for trips. I am also available to answer any questions you may have via email. Our main focus is promoting free travel content for families. I hope to inspire families to take their dream vacations, thereby creating a generation of savvy world explorers. Happy travels!