SOURCE: Travel Beyond

Travel Beyond Introduces Wanderlist Travel Portfolio Planning Services

April 07, 2011 16:08 ET

Travel Beyond's New Wanderlist Ensures Travelers Fulfill Their Dreams

Proprietary Consulting Service Organizes Bucket Lists While Saving Travelers Time and Money

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - April 7, 2011) - While many people create a list of all the travel experiences they want to see during their lifetime, how many actually reach all the points on their "bucket list?" Now they can. Travel Beyond, a 36-year-old, US-based, travel consultancy specializing in luxury tours, safaris and cruises, has announced Wanderlist®, the first of its kind travel portfolio service designed to strategically organize a traveler's goals and help ensure they visit all the places on their wish list.

"Most of us know the places we want to visit," said Jim Bendt, President of Travel Beyond. "But yet we inefficiently plan our trips one at a time and may never make it to every destination on our list. Looking at a traveler's bucket list offers a wealth of information that can help clients travel smarter and get more for their money."

Similar to a financial portfolio, a Wanderlist® is a travel portfolio that optimizes travelers' goals by taking advantage of market conditions. Travel Beyond consultants are uniquely qualified to analyze travelers' bucket lists against numerous filters such as price fluctuations, currency exchange rates, frequent flyer mileage, time of year and geographic considerations. The end result is a fully optimized three to five year travel plan or Wanderlist® that can ultimately save travelers thousands of dollars. The savings are the result of better airline ticket management, strategically earning and redeeming frequent flyer miles, locking in favorable exchange rates and negotiating upfront savings for repeat bookings.

According to Travel Beyond CEO, Craig Beal, one of the most common mistakes travelers make is backtracking to previously visited regions. Travelers can save thousands of dollars and weeks of travel time by simply combining destinations into one trip. For example, if a couple combined a safari to Kenya with a gorilla trek in Rwanda into one trip, they could save approximately $6,000 in airline tickets and four days of travel time, versus visiting the destinations on two separate trips.

Additionally, Beal shares that the escalating costs of airline prices -- which are up almost 50% over the past six months -- makes combining trips an even greater value. Taking extended trips that combine destinations and airfare is more cost effective than planning shorter, more frequent trips.

Along with solving backtracking issues, a Wanderlist® travel portfolio offers numerous benefits:

  • Having a master travel plan allows people to set up a sensible savings plan for future travel;
  • The average person will spend in excess of 40 hours investigating an international vacation, according to a 2010 YPartnership Study.* Often they are still left with questions. Travel Beyond does the work for the traveler so they can focus on the joy and anticipation of the trips;
  • For those frustrated with frequent flyer miles, Travel Beyond consultants show clients how to strategically earn and redeem miles and points;
  • Instead of inefficiently booking one trip at a time, organizing a bucket list allows travelers to:
    • Secure hard-to-get reservations during peak travel periods;
    • Negotiate upfront savings for repeat bookings with luxury tour companies;
    • Plan travel based on optimal value periods (instead of work);
    • Lock in favorable currency rates with luxury hotels and resorts;
    • Maximize hotel and cruise line rewards programs;
    • Adjust the timing of luxury vacations to gain price advantages. For example, going on the extreme shoulder season, which often requires advance planning of up to a year.

"Creating a Wanderlist® is exciting," said Travel Beyond client Russell Cowles. "Going through the process I was filled with anticipation for all of the amazing places in the world I wanted to see. Best of all you're rewarded with an action plan to ensure you actually get to see them."

The ability to design a Wanderlist® comes from Travel Beyond's unprecedented commitment to international travel. Each year, its team of consultants spends several months traveling the world to build special relationships and meticulously screen destinations. This first-hand knowledge is the cornerstone of their proprietary planning process.

To set up your Wanderlist® portfolio plan, contact Craig Beal at CraigB@TravelBeyond.com or (800) 876-3131.

About Travel Beyond
Travel Beyond is a Minnesota based travel consultancy specializing in luxury tours, cruises and safaris. The agency was the first company in the U.S. to plan travel to Southern Africa in 1975. Today, they continue to hone their knowledge around interesting and unique destinations. To learn more, visit TravelBeyond.com or call toll-free 800-876-3131.

* The 2010 YPartnership Study information is based on their travelhorizons survey, which is a nationally-representative survey of just over 2,300 U.S. households.

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