Travel Consultant Tuesday: Danielle Sheerin
For April’s first edition of #TravelConsultantTuesday, we caught up with Danielle Sheerin and discovered how living abroad in Rome inspired her to pursue her passion with a career in travel.
What inspired you to become a Liberty Travel consultant?
I always dreamt of creating a life that involved exploration and envisioned a career in travel to make that possible. After living abroad in Rome for a year as a travel guide for students, I came back to the US and applied with Liberty Travel the very next day! It was clear that this was the right path for me; I could talk about travel all day and this role allows me to do that and more.
We see that you've traveled to 22 countries! That's quite impressive. Where do you specialize in sending customers?
After living in Italy, I consider European travel my specialty. There's so much to see and do, and I'm passionate about helping travelers piece together the perfect itinerary for their needs. We can discuss the advantages of doing a guided tour versus an independent trip, and decide what's best for you. Not to mention, right now is a perfect time to book! If you're traveling to Europe in the summer or early fall, you won't want to wait much longer to get planning your dream trip. The earlier you book, the better chance we have at securing great rates on airfare, finding availability at your top-choice hotels, or snagging spots on that tour group that's filling up.
What are the advantages to booking with you versus online?
Human connection is the number one reason to book with me. Why wouldn't you trust your travel plans with someone who's “been there done that” and has advice to share? I genuinely love travel and helping to create lifetime memories for people. Where a booking engine sees you as a number, I see clients as individuals with unique interests. I can help create a personalized itinerary based on your preferences and my first-hand knowledge. That’s something an algorithm will never be able to do for you.
What do you think people would be most surprised to learn about your role as a travel consultant?
There’s a misconception that travel agents have lost their value over the years in the age of online booking engines. But the personal touch we place on each vacation that we help plan shouldn’t be overlooked. It usually only takes one conversation with a travel consultant for skeptics to be converted!
For instance, I had someone come into my office who had already booked their trip online, they just wanted some advice about Italy. I told her I was unsure about what she’d found so far, but started suggesting a few restaurants and some of my favorite places for sunset in each of the three towns she was visiting. She seemed thrown off that I had so much detailed information to share and after chatting for a bit she told me, "I've never thought to use a travel agent, but you just answered every question I had about Italy in 15-minutes that I spent days trying to look up online."
Since then, she's come back to me to book two different trips and even referred my complimentary services to family members. At the end of the day, a travel consultant isn't just a person to help make the booking process easier, they're genuine people who care about giving you the ultimate vacation experience.
Tell us your most interesting travel story.
When I was in Israel, there was a night where we camped out in the Negev desert. We had pretty much no technology and were set-up in tents. There just happened to be a sandstorm that night, so natives of the desert ended up doing a sand ritual and letting us sit in on it. It was breathtaking.
How can travelers connect with you to plan their next vacation?
I'm available for complimentary in-person consultations for those in Long Island at our Garden City location. You can also reach me via phone at (516) 746-5292 or via email at SheerinD@libertytravel.com. I can't wait to help you plan your next dream vacation!