Here are some of the most commonly asked questions I receive here at Nine Muses Travel:
What does a travel advisor do, and why should I hire one?
I'm so glad you asked! First, I protect your time and money. Rather than wasting hours online and gambling on internet booking sites, you need and deserve your own travel advisor who will listen carefully to your travel needs and desires then match you with personalized options for all your journeys, designed to inspire.
With Nine Muses Travel's access to the coveted, invite-only Virtuoso network, receive extra amenities, upgrades, unique experiences, and VIP touches impossible to arrange on your own. You'll discover the best local arts, culture, history, cusine, and hidden gems too.
My job doesn’t stop when your trip is booked. I prepare all my travelers in advance (checking passports are current, helping secure visas, etc.) and remain available to add on extra activities and excursions. While traveling, should you face unpleasant surprises like a missed connection, help is only a phone call away.
Would you like to get in touch and get to know each other better?
Do you plan group trips?
Absolutely! I cater to all kinds of groups: donor travel for nonprofits, affinity groups, even groups of family and friends. Nine Muses Travel specializes in culturally-rich itineraries for groups, so you’re assured of having a jovial group experience that is engaging and enlightening. Please visit Groups Services to read more about the many benefits of traveling as a group.
What destinations do you offer?
Nine Muses Travel is connected to a vast, global network of thoroughly vetted suppliers around the globe and can put together your dream trip practically anywhere you’d like to go - even a commercial space flight!
Check out my
Blog for ideas and inspiration, and to learn more about some of my personal favorites, visit the
Destinations and Guides page.
Do I need a passport to travel domestically and internationally?
To travel outside the United States, you need a passport valid for 6 months after your ticketed return date. (Avoid waiting to the last minute to apply or renew for your passport as processing times can vary.) To be in compliance with the Real ID act, residents of some states may need to use their passport to also board domestic flights, so we'll check your state’s requirements. I recommend always having a passport ready so you can fly anywhere on a moment’s notice!
Will I need a tourist visa?
Some countries require American travelers to have a tourist visa. I’ll advise if you’re traveling somewhere a tourist visa is needed and can assist you in obtaining one.
Is it difficult to explore a new country if I don’t know the language?
There’s nothing like setting out to see new lands, and you don’t need to be fluent in foreign languages to do so. Learning a few common greetings and useful phrases demonstrates you respect other cultures and will go a long, long way - along with patience and a smile. Also, a fluent guide can be arranged for you to bridge any language barriers.
What about travel insurance? Is it really that important?
YES! A trip protection plan is for unexpected occurrences before and during a trip, so you can relax knowing you and your travel investment are covered for a wide range of incidents.
Nine Muses Travel works with reputable third-party travel insurance providers who offer robust benefits including trip cancellation and delay, medical emergency and evacuation, pre-existing condition waiver and much, much more. Did you know your medical insurance policy probably only covers medical emergencies in the contiguous 48 states? The value of a trip protection plan and the support it gives when you need it most cannot be overstated, and it really is a must.
HERE about travel insurance, courtesy of Consumer Advocate.
How is Nine Muses Travel handling COVID-19?
Nothing has changed with the operations of Nine Muses Travel because clients always receive the highest level of care and attention, no matter what's happening in the world.
Recent events only elevate the need for an extremely well-informed and well-connected travel advisor in your network as your personal advocate through every stage from planning until you safely return home.
Nine Muses Travel works with thoroughly vetted suppliers in good standing with the trusted and prestigious Virtuoso network, and all your trip payments go directly to the service providers on your invoice. You receive the option to purchase a trip protection plan for each journey you book with Nine Muses Travel too.
Please contact me with any questions you have about destinations you're considering around the U.S. or around the globe.
How do you work? What's your process?
Nine Muses Travel makes travel planning easy, seamless, and enjoyable!
Phone Consult: We begin with a thoughtful discussion about the kind of experiences you're envisioning. Bring your own research or come looking to be inspired.
CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment.
Proposals: After agreeing to our terms and conditions, you'll receive proposals until you're completely happy.
Groups: Nine Muses Travel can create an effortless group booking page with a link to send everyone in your group.
Payments: Invoices for trip elements are paid online in a PCI-compliant manner, and payments go directly to the travel suppliers with whom Nine Muses Travel negotiated on your behalf for your itinerary.
Travel Insurance: After your first deposit, a customized trip protection plan quote is sent for each household traveling on the itinerary. Third party travel insurance providers are the best way to protect your entire trip investment.
Prior to Travel: You're kept updated on your flights, itinerary, and destination and may make additional requests.
During Travel: Clients receive a 24-hour emergency phone number to use should an unforeseen need arise.
Welcome Home: I continue to be your travel advocate until you're safely back home from the journey of your dreams