Eileen Saunders Travel Counsellors agent insight

Book travel to America with Hollywood flair

Eileen Saunders from Travel Counsellors discusses the Hollywood flair of travelling across America

I’ll never forget my first visit to America. Having grown up on a diet of American films and TV programmes, as soon as I arrived I had this strong feeling that I’d been there before. This feeling of familiarity somehow made me feel comfortable straight away. Being frisked at the airport was strangely exciting as was seeing my first real American cop. Then I walked out of the airport and saw yellow taxis for the first time − it felt as if I was walking onto a movie set.

This feeling of familiarity is helped by us speaking the same language (well, for most of the time), and the warmth and friendliness of the people which makes us feel very much at home. All of this encourages us to make return visits.

The US has so much to offer the visitor, from vibrant cities to spectacular natural scenery − and a whole lotta fun to be had along the way. It really is a destination with something to suit everyone. Most bookings I make to the US are multi-centre holidays and the Travel Counsellors’ inhouse booking system makes it easy for me to put together itineraries which are tailor-made to my customer’s requirements.

I’ve been lucky enough to have visited several US states and it is obviously helpful to have the first-hand knowledge that this provides. For enquiries about areas of the country that I’m not too familiar with, I first make good use of our internal message boards to pick the brains of my well-travelled and knowledgeable colleagues. I also find plenty of useful information and advice on the Visit The USA website. If you log on to www.visittheusa.co.uk you’ll find plenty of inspiration, expert advice, sections on travel planning and contact details for all the tourism offices plus essential information for anyone visiting America. If you haven’t already used it, I think you’ll find it is a great toolkit. Another option that will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to sell trips to the USA more effectively is to take the training courses available online at https://usadiscoveryprogram.co.uk/

With 50 states to choose from − and each one offering a completely different holiday experience − it’s not difficult to see why the US is one of the most popular tourist destinations.


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