Trip Itinerary Planner – Your virtual travel assistant can act as your trip itinerary planner and can handcraft a custom itinerary for you with the utmost patience and thoughtfulness. Imagine having someone who would happily spend their day doing in-depth research on your behalf on where you should go and where you should stay.
Travel Recommendations – Your virtual travel assistant can read through countless reviews of eligible hotels and attractions on your behalf and give you a summary of recommendations. If you’re done with decision fatigue, your assistant can even present you with the best one or two choices for you to approve.
Travel Booking – Your virtual travel assistant can book and reserve all of your flights, hotels and other tickets as well as restaurant and theater reservations. You’ll need to have some trust as you’ll be handing over credit card information, so we recommend starting with only one credit card and a few bookings to start with which you can easily audit. As you gain trust, you can relax and only periodically audit your credit card statements.
Comparison Shopping – Your virtual travel assistant can shop around for the best deals on hotels, flights and other tickets on your behalf. This is labor intensive and involves doing intensive online research. Initially, you can ask your assistant to send you two or three of the best options which you can quickly audit. Over time as you gain trust and confidence in your assistant, you can even allow him and her to do comparison shopping and then automatically book the best deal for you.
Manage Travel Expenses – Your virtual travel assistant can take care of all of those receipts, bills and tickets accumulated during your trip. When you’re back or even while you’re on the road, feel free to scan and email all of your receipts to your assistant who will sort, store and manage them for you. You don’t even need a scanner these days as there are free apps like CamScanner which you can use on your phone to scan pretty much anything. Your assistant can organize your expense receipts in the appropriate categories, and also tally them up for you.
Secure Travel Visas – Your virtual travel assistant can help you manage the often cumbersome travel visa process. He or she will do research on exactly what you need to do to secure a visa. If it can be done online, your assistant can process and secure the visa on your behalf. If an in-person appointment at a consulate is needed, your assistant can do the necessary paperwork for you beforehand and book the appointment for you.
Handle Travel Emergencies – A virtual travel assistant becomes invaluable when an emergency hits while you’re on the road, whether it’s a simply a cancelled flight or a natural disaster. Having someone on the ground and by a computer who can do intensive research and re-scheduling for you is beyond helpful whenever disruptions occur. Just imagine how helpful it would be if you arrive at your hotel in Laos with spotty internet access and all of a sudden need a place to stay because your reserved hotel was overbooked. Wouldn’t it be nice to get your virtual travel assistant to help you out in a tough spot like this?