Go Away – All About Travel

When it comes to flights, vacations, or any form of travel, I enjoy convenient, one-stop shopping. Spur of the moment is what I’m all about; I’d love to hop on a plane and fly somewhere new and unexpected at the drop of a hat, but with a newborn I need a little bit more structure for the time being. While planning an upcoming flight, I thought I would give a travel agent a try. I was riddled with questions about traveling with newborns, but I didn’t know who to contact. Should I call the airlines? Should I search online? Where do I search for guidelines for traveling with children? Travel agents offer the one-stop shopping that saves time and provides less stress, leaving me to focus on other, more important, things like my baby girl. Travel expertise and friendly customer service make taking advantage of a travel agent worthwhile. My agent, Dortha, at All About Travel used her knowledge and expertise to ensure that all of my travel needs were met and all of my questions were answered. If you’d like to take all of the stress out of travel, try a travel agent. 

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  They are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide their clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years. Their agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise. Nothing is out of reach.

Bombarded with questions about flying with a newborn, airport procedures, and flight options to take me across the country without paying a small fortune or taking the milk run,  Dortha provided me with the most up-to-date information. She offered a personal touch to my travel planning, providing help and advice that a website cannot provide.

I avoided the headaches of searching or calling around and let her do all the time consuming work of planning a complex itinerary including a car rental, accommodations, and international flights. She also helped me prepare and organize all necessary documents that I need in order to travel outside of the country. As a Canadian mother with an American newborn, I certainly had questions that I couldn’t have had answered so quickly or efficiently anywhere else. Dortha was like a government official, an airline agent, and a friend all rolled up in one simple call.

Now, if something comes up and I need to make changes to my trip, all I have to do is contact All About Travel and avoid the hours of waiting on hold with airlines.

The benefits of using a travel agent are endless. I don’t know why I didn’t take advantage of them more in the past. Even when just booking a flight, a travel agent is the way to go. The  expert guidance and customer service that I received from All About Travel was a step above the competition. Give them a try for your next flight or vacation and let them do what they do best!

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40 thoughts on “Go Away – All About Travel

  1. CONGRATS ON YOUR NEWBORN 🙂
    HAD NO IDEA TIL NOW :)))))
    CONGRATULATIONS 🙂 XO
    AND YES TRAVEL TAKES TIME TO PLAN ………
    NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF SITUATION WE ARE IN ….
    MUCH LOVE XO
    CAT

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    • My baby girl is 6 1/2 weeks old 🙂 She was born on April 2nd. We are all healthy and happy and anxiously waiting for our next adventure.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

      Have a great day,

      Lesley

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  2. I’ve never used a travel agent but I’ve often considered it. I’m just never sure if I want to pay the fee for it or not. It’s good to see recommendations like this. I may have to try using one for my next trip. It would be nice to not stress about making all the reservations and doing the research.

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    • When you look into it, it actually doesn’t cost more to use a travel agent. They always know the best deals and find the best rates.

      You should check out All About Travel for your next vacation.

      🙂

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    • Travel is as much a part of my life as family and friends. I can’t wait to explore new countries and cultures with my daughter, and husband, at my side. We received her passport yesterday; now the world is at our doorstep.

      🙂

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  3. Thanks for the travel agent tip Lesley. Great that your babe’s passport just arrived. Now you are free to roam the world as a family. We loved traveling with our kids, but especially when they could carry their own bags. Who will win the Stanley Cup?

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  4. Congratulations on your little bundle of joy! I always smile when I see your avatar because you were the very first person to click “like” when I had just started my blog!
    I often spend a good deal of time “playing travel agent” in the hope of saving money by organising everything myself. This can be very stressful and the slightest delay on route suddenly becomes “my fault”! I’m sure I would relax more if I found a decent travel agent so I think I will follow your advice when it’s time for the next vacation. x

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  5. My daughter and I were abandoned by her mother (turned out wonderfully) when she was two, so she and I traveled the world together as I built my business. Together, we flew over 200,000 miles per year, our plans changing frequently, if not daily.

    This began in the early 1980’s, so there were no internet like options for us. Travel agents and personal assistants made it all happen for us.

    While I rarely require the assistance of an agent at this point in my life, I would not hesitate for a moment. As you learned, the services of a professional are difficult to replicate.

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  6. As a travel agent myself, I am extremely grateful for this article and so happy you were relieved of the many details associated with your trip. That’s what we do. We are all detailed- oriented professionals who strive to provide our clients the luxury of worry-free vacations. I, personally, do not charge any additional fee. Suppliers build commissions into their products (accomodations, cars, cruises, etc.) so the end-user doesn’t pay more for a travel agent. As a consumer, you are going to pay the same price, regardless of who gets the commission. If it doesn’t go to an agent it will go to the online agency. With an agent you have a personal connection, an advocate, and many times extra perks because of our relationships with the providers. Thanks for posting and enjoy your trip!

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  7. It’s nice to know that even in the age of Internet and push-button travel, resourceful travel agents are still around to provide what the web cannot. My sister was a travel agent for years and to this day, I still look to her for travel advice and planning. Great post. 🙂

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  8. Thank you for visiting my blog! I absolutely love to travel (it’s one of my biggest passions) so it was amazing to see that your blog is devoted to traveling. I will definitely be checking it out in the future for travel tips. Love it!

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  9. Leave to you to still find a way to get around the world with baby girl in tow! Congrats to your new family and thanks for the information. By the way, I bet the baby has her own backpack already. (smile)

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  10. Thank you for visiting my blog! 🙂
    When I opened yours I instantly fell in love with the title and with the idea of writing about the adventures our Bucket Lists should encourage us to experience! I’m already following!
    Congratulations for your baby girl, she’ll probably grow up to be a very strong and adventurous woman as well!

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  11. Lesley,
    For all you do to inspire people to get up and get going…I’ve nominated you for Beautiful Blogger Award. If you’d like to accept, just come by my site and pick it up. OK?
    Great work!
    Rhonda

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  12. My experience – traveling with baby is best done by car. When you go up in an airplane, the change in pressure affects their ears, and they wail! It seems like forever, as passengers scowl and flight attendants rush past you. Even babies traveling in first or business class don’t get the helpfulness they need. This is a great time to explore by driving. Babies love to sleep while the car is in motion. At six months (my son six months, not me!) we did a six week trip across the USA, with a cat, too, and it was a great adventure. You start early, and stop after the afternoon nap – shorter days, but full of fun.

    A good travel agent is worth her weight in gold 🙂

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    • That only works if you and your family are on the same continent (and then only sometimes). I loved *most* of the flights between home (Germany) and “family home” (Georgia, USA) right after my second son was born. Occasionally, it got difficult to travel alone with a 2 year old and an infant, but seeing family was worth it!

      Traveling by air takes planning, but it’s great! The feeling of getting my newborn’s passport was AMAZING! Have fun with your baby girl!

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  13. Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever used a travel agent! I guess it would save a lot of time compared to my usual trawling of the internet for deals! Maybe next time I fly away to finish a novel I will consider this!! I guess when you’re travelling with a little one its nice to have that bit of comfort that you haven’t relied on yourself to remember everything too!

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  14. Useful info if I ever get around to having a kid. I am so worried one would make me slow down traveling. Thanks for liking my post! I aspire to reach the same kind of popularity as your blog, and your liking me gives me encouragement.

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  15. Congratulations on your baby! Read your post with interest, as I’ve been considering travel agents too to help sort through the glut of information. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post.

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  16. A very good friend of mine has worked in travel for many years. I have booked up myself before on-line but for the main family holidays we always go to her as she has so much inside knowledge of destinations and hotels she accumulates from other clients and always shares. Great post!

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  17. I think it’s great you are traveling even though your daughter is so young. I did it, too and haven’t regretted it. It totally changes the way you travel, though. Hope you have a great time!

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