Frequently Asked Question

What kinds of vacations do you plan?


I plan all kinds of vacations! From theme parks like Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, to cruises like Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, to river cruises like AMA Waterways and Viking to land trips in the US, Canada, Europe, South America, and Africa. You can count on Trips by Mary to plan every step of the way, before, during and after your vacation.




How much do you charge for planning?


When you book a vacation through Trips by Mary, I get paid by the travel partner (Disney, Universal, Sandals Resorts, etc.) AFTER you travel. If you, for some reason, you choose to book on your own, I charge a fee for my planning services. Fees range from $100 for a 30 minute phone consultation and a Tip Sheet to $250 for two 30 minute phone consultations (one before you get your itinerary and one once you receive it) plus a detailed Daily Itinerary, a Tip Sheet and (for WDW, Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group instructions). Contact me for details (mary@tripsbymary.com).




What if I book now and a special offer comes out later?


I have your best interests at heart. If you book a vacation through me and a special offer comes out that works for your plans, I will do everything I can to get that offer for you. I spend hours on the phone so you don't have to.




If I already booked, can you still help me?


In some cases, your vacation can be transferred to me to manage. It just depends on the travel vendor and when you booked. I am happy to discuss it with you and see what we can work out. Alternatively, I can consult with you on a fee for service basis. Fees range from $100 for a 30 minute phone consultation to $250 for two 30 minute phone consultations (one before you get your itinerary and one once you receive it) and a printed itinerary with all of my tips for the destination. Contact me for details (mary@tripsbymary.com).




Why use a Travel Advisor when I can find deals online?


While it's true that you can find a lot of information online, there’s also no substitute for experience and knowledge. Often times, online sources are out of date or just plain wrong. I would also caution against booking the cheapest package. Companies with the cheapest prices often have the worst service and cancellation policies. Trips by Mary is an actual real live person who you can talk to and work with to plan each aspect of your vacation. I get to know each client personally and tailor my recommendations to your specific needs and wants. In addition, your time is valuable! Why waste hours searching the internet when you can make one call to me for everything?