December 5, 2016

Why AFTB?

Now that you know a little more about me, if you just happened across my site via a Google search or social media, you may be asking “why should I book my next trip with A Family Travel Blog?”

Well, here are a few reasons:

My expertise, insight and relationships are the antidote to the endless amount of information (and random opinions) found on the Internet.

  • Many of my new clients come to me after spending hours and hours researching travel on the web, frustrated and confused.
  • I’m able to quickly narrow down a few options, and custom design a travel experience that is a perfect fit.
  • Travel is fun and travel planning should be fun – not stressful – for your family!

My clients love that I’m able to help them:

  • Plan and book complete, custom itineraries to destinations like Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Africa.
  • By drawing into my black book of unique accommodation options around the world, I’m able to suggest places to stay that go beyond the traditional hotel room (which often doesn’t work for families with more than 2 children anyway!) You won’t find these places on Expedia!
  • Finally, you can’t VIP yourself. I spend a significant amount of time nurturing relationships with hotels and other industry partners from around the world. As a result, my clients enjoy special perks like complimentary meals, room upgrades, spa services and more.

But perhaps most importantly, when you book travel with me you are in the best of hands.

  • I know who to call, have a direct line to the best guides on the ground and consider owners of fabulous hotels and resorts around the world long-time, personal friends.
  • I am proudly affiliated with Virtuoso, a network of the very best travel agents and suppliers worldwide.
  • It’s all about relationships – and when you work with me, my worldwide network has your back! You’ll always have a local, 24/7 emergency contact while traveling anywhere in the world.

I am passionate about changing the perception of what a travel agent these days looks like and the value we can offer!

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what my clients have to say:

“What we enjoyed the most about our time in Spain and Portugal was how seamless everything turned out, and there were tours that everyone could enjoy. Our youngest enjoyed the soccer stadium and food tours the most, our oldest seemed to like everything although his favorite were also the food tours and the bull fighting tour and the workshops. Overall, the organization of the trip and tours was excellent and made the trip a great experience!” – Amy J. from CO

“Thank you for all you did to make our trip so stupendous! Our villa in Costa Rica was just fantastic, the resort could not have been more accommodating and was perfect for our multi-generational group. The whole family just loved it and we wish we were still there! Many many thanks for all you did to make this birthday celebration top flight and we look forward to working with you again!” – Charlie W. from NC

“I just want to send you a quick note to say thank you for your help with planning all these trips for my family. Your hard work, attention to detail, and organization is much appreciated.  We look forward to continue working with you on future trips!” -Eric C.   from NY 

“Everything you’ve arranged and connected us with has fully won us over. Excellent all around!” – Jennifer D. from CO

“None of us wanted to come home from Costa Rica!  The trip exceeded our expectations in nearly every way.  We enjoyed ourselves so much that we’re seriously considering going back again next year for Spring Break or Thanksgiving week.  This time though we’d like to recruit a few families to join us! Thank you for putting together such an exception vacation for us! ” – Bridget W. from CO

“After going down the rabbit hole of online vacation research, I stumbled upon Sarah’s travel blog. What a stroke of luck! After contacting her, letting her know a bit about our family and our interests, she suggested Tulum Mexico for us. We were looking for a family vacation that would be a little bit outside of the “spring break” box, and I must say, Sarah absolutely nailed it! Tulum was perfect, our hotel was perfect, and Sarah booked and planned everything for us…all we had to do was show up! Throughout our planning process (and even during our trip) Sarah was readily available to answer my myriad questions (what to pack, where to eat, car rental or not, suggestions for what to do on my son’s 11 th birthday, etc., etc.). I highly recommend Sarah for anyone who wants a special, curated, tailor made family vacation. She’s the best…” – Mary B. from MA

“I loved working with Sarah in planning a mother-daughter trip to Belize. Her expertise in  family travel really came through on our trip. She selected wonderful hotels, experiences and I felt supported during the entire process. She helped pulled off an amazing adventure for our family!” – Prerana S. from CA

We LOOOOVVEEED Panama. My son was crying when we left. He begged to go back every year. Authentic, remote and relaxing. Everyone was warm and welcoming. It was GREAT GREAT GREAT. We can’t wait to go on our next adventure. Thanks again!” – Julie S. from CA

“We had a fantastic trip to Belize! Thanks so much for all of your help. We cannot say enough great things about Caves Branch. Everything about our stay there was great, and we’d go back in a heartbeat!  The place, the staff, the service, the food, and the tours were perfect. We are seriously keeping it in the list to visit again! Also, Placencia was the quiet little area we were looking for, and the beach was relaxing. The location and beach were great! We could bike around, which was fun. The trip was more than we expected and we could not have done it without you!” – Adrienne and Todd H. from CO

“Literally everything about this trip to Guatemala and Belize was perfect! The private tour for Guatemala City and Tikal was amazing. Flores was absolutely stunning. Caye Caulker was a favorite, spent a lot of time at the Humane Society learning about the work they are doing. It was the trip of a lifetime, couldn’t have done it without you!!! Sarah thank you for everything! Need to start planning the next trip soon!” – Michelle P. from MO

“After spending 10+ hours over a few weeks searching for the “perfect” spring break vacation for my young family, I finally found A Family Travel Blog.  I sent a “plea” for help and Sarah immediately replied.  Within a few days, we talked on the phone and she sent a curated list of suggestions to meet our goals.  The resort in Mexico we booked was perfect for our family, and had a truly epic family vacation!” – Jay and Colleen B. from NC

“We are back from Costa Rica and wanted to let you know we had a fantastic time! We loved all the places we stayed – each was very different and had something special about it. The hotels were great, transfers went perfectly and excursions were so much fun! Zip lining was probably the highlight but everything was great. Our tour guide at Manuel Antonio – Diego, was fantastic. Diego was very knowledgeable and so patient with the kids. Thanks for all your help on this trip!” – Brad and Melissa G. from CO

“I never thought I needed help planning a vacation and could do it all myself. Working with Sarah made me realize how effortless and stress-free the process can be. Sarah took care of everything from transfers to reservations at the best restaurants. I also had peace of mind knowing I was getting the best rates. We loved our hotel and it was perfect for our family’s needs. I’ll definitely use Sarah again!” – Emily and Adam G. from NY

“I got so overwhelmed searching the internet for the perfect summer location. I contacted Sarah and after giving her my thoughts and wishes she came up with several great options. It turned out to be a perfect location, giving the whole family a relaxing and fun filled vacation. We decided to take a day trip while in Mexico and Sarah was able to get it all taken care of with guides and a personal driver for that day. I can’t give Sarah enough praise, she made planning a trip completely stress free!” – Saskia and Brandon M. from CO

“Our trip was fabulous. Nicaragua definitely exceeded my expectations! It was surprisingly au currant with its food and drinks. The prices were low and service excellent. The people were very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed everywhere we stayed. The food was best in Granada! All of our hotels were charming and comfortable. Thank you for picking out a true “Nica” experience for us. Also the transportation was an added bonus-always clean, comfortable vans with air conditioning. I will be contacting you for our next family vacation!” – Sue D. from CA

“The Finest Playa Mujeres in Mexico was superb – we loved it! We thought the service was excellent, and the food and the drink was excellent too. The staff were amazingly helpful, really, so nice, everything was “my pleasure!” Sarah was so amazingly helpful – nothing was too much trouble – she bent over backwards to make sure everything was perfect for our family vacation – and it was absolutely perfect !!!! She really knows her stuff I trust her advice 100%.” – Lisa and Michael C. from CA

“After researching options for a trip to Mexico on my own and feeling very overwhelmed, I ran across A Family Travel Blog.  I contacted Sarah and she made planning the trip so easy.  After chatting with me to get a feel for our group, she made great suggestions for resorts and excursions.  She took care of all the reservations and transfers.  Sarah was always available to answer my questions and address concerns. Our trip was stress free thanks to her!  I will definitely be calling her for our next trip.” Rex and Janie P.  from IN

“Thanks to Sarah’s advice and planning we just pulled off a wonderful and relaxing family vacation to Mexico with our three young children.  It was wonderful to have a trusted voice during the planning process.  Sarah provided various options for our group and took care of all the details.  Her advice ended up being spot on and her detailed planning eliminated a lot of the stress that comes with traveling with young children.  We will definitely be using Sarah for our next family vacation!” – Emileigh C. from CO

“We were looking for a stress-free vacation and were overwhelmed by the all of the options available online. Sarah helped us cut through the noise and put together a great Mexican travel experience. After carefully discussing our needs, she took care of everything, and all we had to do was enjoy our trip. Specifically, we thought the location was great — the weather was perfect, and the ocean water was great for swimming. We especially loved the excursion to Tulum and the Sian Ka’an reserve. The food at Pollo Bronco that day was about the best food we had on the trip. The service everywhere was impeccable!” – Mary C. from IL

“We decided to take a trip at the last minute and were overwhelmed with the various resort options. I reached out to her and she immediately responded, took notes of our budget and specifications, and provided a list of options that met those requirements. All within a couple of hours! She has traveled throughout that area and has access to many trusted contacts for accommodations, transportation, etc. She took care of the booking, the private transfer to and from the airport (a must) and left a note for us in our room upon our arrival with tips and suggestions for our stay. She followed up via email as soon as we arrived home as well! I cannot recommend her enough if you need assistance with planning a trip! She made everything 10x easier than if we had attempted to do it alone. Thanks, Sarah!” – Whitney J. from TN

“We used Sarah to help us book our family trip to Mexico and couldn’t have been happier with how everything came together. She listened to what we were interested in doing, factored in our kids ages (9 & 6) and gave us a number of recommendations for us to consider that were within our budget. She was also able to help answer our follow-up questions we had after doing our own research on each property. We will happily work with Sarah again!” – Ian B. from CO