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You've seen the world, and even if you haven’t, you are tired of repeating the same travel formula every time you’re in a new city. Travelling is all about new experiences, but after traipsing from sightseeing spot to sightseeing spot with the rest of the guide-book led zombies, one can’t help but crave for something different. An adventure, even.
That’s where bespoke travel planners come in.
Bespoke is the new word in travel. For those who don't possess the time or energy to sieve through the mountain of information on the internet and loathe the idea of the discounted package tour, bespoke travel planners allow clients to pick their brains and wealth of connections to craft personalized travel experiences suited to their budget, personality and comfort level.
Quotient TravelPlanner and Urbane Nomads are two boutique travel consultancies in Singapore. The process of tailoring a holiday is similar for both, in that they gather information about your preferences. Think of it as a comprehensive personality test that takes into account your budget, preferred accommodation style, dietary constraints, dining preferences, style of travel and interests, to craft the ultimate travel experience for you.
So if you’re a lactose-intolerant vegetarian who loves Michelin-starred restaurants and prefers to travel on a unicycle through the art capitals of the world, all that is taken note of and boiled down into a custom-made itinerary.
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Quotient TravelPlanner differentiates itself on a diverse team that boasts a combined travel experience covering more than 100 major cities in over 38 countries. They also enjoy taking a pro-active approach to introducing new cultures and experiences to clients, within their level of comfort, so that they come away better enriched by the experience. Itineraries they have crafted include specialized driving experiences such as one where clients had their pick of cabriolets (think Audi TTs and BMW Z4s) for a stunning 8-day tour of winding Italian coastline with stops in various cities including Portofino, Florence and Tuscany.
Not to be outdone, Urbane Nomads pride themselves on specializing creating luxurious and imaginative adventures in far-flung destinations such as Antarctica, Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan. Some of the itineraries they’ve come up with include personality-themed tours such as one that explores the hunting trails of Kublai Khan and a trek that traces the steps of designer, Jim Thompson, through the highlands of Malaysia -- the same one that ultimately led to his disappearance.
Picking a bespoke travel planner is much like choosing a tailor -- it’s all about good communication and the right fit. But when you find the right one, all that awaits is a holiday that suits your personality to a tee, quirks and all.