[Complete the trip request form at the bottom of the page]
Once received, I’ll reach out via email to schedule a complimentary trip planning call so I can get to know you and your travel needs.
[We'll schedule a 30-minute introductory call]
Some clients know exactly what they want and others don't even know what country! Either way, it’s best to kick off a trip by spending 30 minutes on the phone – especially if you're a new client.
Doing so allows us to quickly iron out destinations, hotel preferences, touring, and vibes. It forces us to have an honest conversation about budget. And we'll leave with ownership of next steps and all parties on the same page.
[That is the question]
When planning international travel, many clients ask about timeline. While only a few reach out too early, many more reach out too late.
For the best combination of pricing and availability, I recommend the following for the average trip –
Note that US passport holders will soon need ETIAS to travel to Europe which could affect the timeline above. The European Travel Information and Authorisation System will be operational from 2025.
ETIAS is the new travel permit for Americans and other visa-exempt non-EU citizens visiting European destinations such as France, Italy, and Spain. ETIAS is not a visa, it is an electronic travel authorisation, also known as a visa waiver. U.S. nationals can continue to go to Europe visa-free for short stays by applying for ETIAS.
Over 95% of ETIAS applications will be approved almost immediately. The ETIAS travel authorisation will be valid for 3 consecutive years and multiple short stays in Europe.
You can now book many of our Virtuoso partner hotels online, and still receive our exclusive benefits. Simply follow the link below to my dedicated Virtuoso page and enter your preferred dates and ideal destination to see participating Virtuoso Preferred Hotels.
If this is your first-time booking, you’ll be prompted to create an account and confirm an agent – please search “Meg Goodner” if I don't come up. All new Virtuoso accounts will need to be made from a desktop or laptop computer.
Click on the hotel name to see images, location, Virtuoso-exclusive amenities, current pricing, and availability. You can complete the reservation online when it is convenient for you, though occasionally you may be prompted to reach out to me instead. If able to complete online, you will receive a confirmation once your reservation has been confirmed. And voila – you’ll receive our exclusive amenities, perks, and VIP status!
We will receive notification of your reservation details and help you with any other arrangements you may need. Of course, you can always send me an email should you need anything at all.
Hotels booked through Virtuoso come with the following standard amenities, if not more:
[Tours and Activities]
If you're more of a DIY type planner, it's easier than ever to book touring and activities online! I recommend the two sites below:
Booking via the above links ensures that I immediately receive confirmation of your booking once completed. Once received, I'll reach out and we can schedule a complimentary call to discuss any other needs for your trip.
And don't forget to check out The Lagniappe Travel Blog for travel, restaurant, activity guides, and more!