“Price is what you pay; value is what you get.”

“Price is what you pay; value is what you get.”
The Principles of Warren Buffett

I WANT YOUR BEST DEAL! BEST PRICE!

In this industry, many people contact travel companies, travel agents, and professionals for price quotes, after finding a number in the phone book, or online, and after seeing some “DEAL” that seems too good to be true!

Before even getting the initial “Hello” out of my mouth, I’ve been interrupted with – “I want your best price!”

Well, do you REALLY want the best price (and often the crappiest run down hotel room and service (or lack of) that exists, or is what you reeeeeeallly want (what you really mean to ask for), GOOD VALUE for your hard-earned money?

Any travel agent can spout off the lowest price on any product offered in the travel industry: flights, cruises, vacation packages, all inclusive resorts, but a true travel professional won’t “automatically” tell you the lowest price — a true travel professional will ask you some questions first regarding your travel plans (in our industry this is called “Qualifying Our Client”).

The reason travel professionals want to qualify you first – if you don’t already know each other, is that what one person considers budget, or moderate or luxury, is often completely different from what the next person considers budget, moderate or luxury.

Something that one person will splurge on, the next person may think — you’re crazy to splurge on that!? So when your travel professional asks you so many questions, no, it’s not because they want to rip you off and get the most money they can from you! (I honestly did think many travel agents were out to sell whatever product makes the most money – before I got into this business). It’s true, there are some shady characters, and that happens in every industry, but I’m here to tell you, anyone that’s been working in this business more than 2-5 years, has seen the light, and stays in it because they TRULY LOVE TRAVEL, and they want you to have the BEST time possible, on whatever budget you can afford.

What we’ve found many travelers don’t realize (when we’re asking about your budget), is that if you spend $35 more (for example) for a certain flight sequence, it will save you 3 hours extra travel/connection time. Or if you spend $75 more for a week, you can upgrade that ratty hotel room and watered down drinks at your all-inclusive, to a nicer, cleaner, more comfortable room where you’ll actually enjoy your stay, and not feel like you’ve wasted $900 bucks, or $1500 bucks, or $5000 bucks – again, everything is relative.

After discussing the options you really want from your vacation, then the travel professional will be able to comfortably recommend to you, “Ok, the best VALUED property, for the money you want to spend will be Hotel X Y Z,” or Resort A, or Flight ABC.
Again, the travel professional on the other end of the phone line or email line can give you the lower priced choices with more connections and layovers AT THE BEST/LOWEST PRICE, but not once since we opened business in 2004, has anyone ever said yes, I’d rather save the $35 and spend longer traveling and/or in airports sitting around, or Yes, I want that lowest category room and save the $75. Not Once!

It’s all about value! You value your time, and you value your hard earned dollar, and we give you and your hard earned money the same respect, but we will ALWAYS recommend the option that provides the greatest ‘value’ and not always the lowest ‘price.‘  When you’re looking for your next vacation ideas, consider what you, personally, value the most, and contact us so we can help you get the BEST VALUE for your money.

Basilica Cistern … Sultanahmet, Istanbul Turkey

This has quickly become one of my favorite places in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey.

I happened upon this fantastic place when I was strolling out of the Hagia Sofia (Aya Sofya) one day on my way to the Grand Bazaar. It amazed & enchanted me, and I continue to visit this lovely, mysterious place every single time I visit Istanbul.

The first time I entered Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnic) it was very quiet, before many people had arrived for the day. I was immediately entranced. The low, lilting sounds of the soft music, people’s muted voices, along with the dimly lit walkways simply enhance the visitor experience

The Basilica Cistern, built in 532 A.D., is Istanbul’s largest covered reservoir, and once supplied water to nearby palaces such as the Topkapi Palace and the Great Palace of Constantinople.

The Basilica Cistern is also known as the “Sunken Palace,” and was supplied with water flowing from forests in Belgrade, Serbia, to an excess of 100,000 tons. Inside the Cistern there are a total of 336 columns, in 12 rows of 28 columns.

Several columns exist inside the Cistern that are worth noting:

1) The Peacock Column is supposedly a surviving column from the Arch of Theodosius

2) Medusa Columns: There are also the two columns located at the very end of the Basilica Cistern, whose bases are formed in the shape of the Medusa Head (a female monster from Greek mythology with hair made of snakes. Tales imply to look at her would turn you into stone.)

The Medusa upside down head is found on the base of one column and next to it is another Medusa head laid on its side. Stories abound as to why her head was placed upside down, but many believe that it was done to ward off evil spirits.

I highly recommend a stop by the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnic) if you are looking for interesting things to do in Istanbul.

Contact Us at World Travel Warehouse, if you need assistance with your Istanbul & Turkey travel plans. We are Turkey specialists. 

Museum Cave Hotel – Cappadocia, Turkey (Hotel Review)

Hotel Review: Museum Cave Hotel – Cappadocia, Turkey

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I had the pleasure to visit and spend some time at the lovely Museum Cave hotel in 2010, and also meet the owner, Mr. Omer Tosun at a party in Istanbul. The level of quality experienced at every turn in the Museum Hotel stems from it’s owners attention to detail and perfection.

The location and views over Cappadocia from Museum Cave Hotel are hard to beat, as you can see.
Hotel Review: Museum Cave Hotel - Cappadocia, Turkey

Museum Hotel, located on an approximately 5000m² wide and “unique” area; is composed from the restorations of old ruins and wrecks as saved originally. Museum Hotel, with its each special and different 30 rooms, is also important for being the first luxury boutique hotel in Cappadocia region.

With its unique location, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the majors of the region such as Avanos, Goreme, Love Valley, Pigeon Valley, Red Valley and Mt. Erciyes from all its rooms, Restaurant, Terrace and Bars. Being aimed at to serve the best service to our eminent guests from the very first day, Museum Hotel is the primary choice of the big part of elite guests that are visiting the region.

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Museum Hotel is a unique boutique complex in all sense. With its totally personalized reservation system, unique location, each different and special luxurious suites, excellent service quality, the most upscale a la carte restaurant Lil’a where you can taste the local foods that tend to be forgotten, private wellness services in room, unique concept of “Museum” and detailed and magical atmosphere that will bring you to thousands of years ago, Museum Hotel is, with just one word; ‘unique’.

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L’ila Restaurant

 

As you can see, each accommodation is furnished to highlight the unique features of each of the cave and non-cave rooms, as per each client’s preferences.

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Another lovely aspect of the rooms were the modern and upscale ensuite fixtures, including a double jacuzzi bath for those considering a honeymoon stay.

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For potential meeting planners looking for a superb venue in the Cappadocia region, the Museum hotel can accommodate your group’s meeting and break-out room needs easily.

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Please feel free to contact us for your booking needs in the Cappadocia region of Turkey. We are Turkey trip professionals, with many trips to Turkey under our belts!