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Architects of dreams: the job of the travel agent

Architects of dreams

the job of the travel agent

Il Lupo e La Rondine

By Il Lupo e La Rondine for BeeYond Travel

There are jobs that everyone knows, such as the doctor, the lawyer, the accountant. If a friend said, “I am an architect!” we would immediately imagine in our minds dealing with projects, houses and many, many drawings.

What if this same friend says, “I’m a travel agent or travel designer”, what would we think about?

Today let’s try to answer this question together. “What does the travel agent do?”

No, it is not just one who travels the world at advantageous prices, if that is what you are thinking, you are on the wrong track. That’s part of the job, perhaps the least relevant.

The travel agent plans, he plans everything.

He is the expert that people turn to when they want to travel. Traveling is a serious matter, and it should be treated as such. He studies the markets, deals with budgeting, juggles invoices and suppliers, studies new destinations and new targets to which direct the attention.

But with a little more magic. Planning a trip means, in most cases, fulfilling a dream.

The travel agent is an architect of dreams. When a family enters the agency or relies on an online professional, they want the year-round savings to be spent on a vacation they will remember forever. When a young man decides to leave, he expects his money to give him adventure, relaxation, art and fun. When a manager has to take a plane to a conference on the other side of the world, he does not want to think about anything but his job, expecting to find all the comforts on arrival.

We at BeeYond Travel have all the needs of our potential customer in mind. We know that our travelers want an unforgettable vacation, they wants to sleep in an out of the ordinary place, perhaps with swimming pool and sea view, the splendid sea of ​​Puglia.

Our customers want to taste the typical products and maybe learn how to make them and be able to make them back home even long after the vacation is over, they want to sail the sea on a yacht and enjoy the sunset, they want to be helped to create memories they can carry in their hearts forever.

Like any profession, travel agents also expect feedback, which is not just the reviews on the company website or on TripAdvisor.

Our most beautiful feedback is your smile, a smile that you will take home, a natural smile captured on photo forever, so beautiful that when people meet you on the street they will say: “Here it is, that beautiful vacation smile!“.

So going back to our question, it should be very clear what a travel agent does.

He is a professional, he is an expert planner, he is also a little psychologist which understand exactly what his travelers want, he is a friend and confidant.

A true travel agent is your travel companion, he will always be with you at all times during your vacation, making sure everything is perfect and magical.

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Let’s stay Home, for now!!!
It started like any other news but in a matter of a couple week, we have all realized this is big.

Keeping it positive is in our DNA and we have no doubts #everything-will-be-all-right

However, we must all do our part so that we can all go back to our extraordinary lives. 

It seems quite impossible for us to say: “let’s stay home”, we at BeeYond Travel, traveling is what makes us who we are.

It makes us free, it makes us better, it allows us to explore, appreciate, share, wonder, enjoy, give, receive, embrace; so, staying home, are difficult words for us to say.

We have often said that we are always dreaming, but our feet are firmly anchored to the ground.

 Now, more than ever, we understand that given the circumstances, it is very important we all contribute to make sure the situation goes back to normal as fast as possible.

We must do this for us and for the people we love.   

Who does not want to be able to hug, shake hands, show gratitude to the people we meet along the way?

Do you see a different world in the future? We don’t!  

In the mean time, let’s all take a moment to appreciate what we have, the beautiful world we live in and the beauty that is all around us. 

We will help you!

Our goal is to anticipate what your next vacation will be like. 

The ones who have chosen to travel with us in the past, are fully aware BeeYond Travel is all about authentic experiences because we believe only those, will be able to generate unforgettable memories. The kind of memories you could write a book about.  

We have chosen Puglia for your unforgettable vacation, because it is the one region that has everything you need to be happy. 

No matter the season, here you will find all your planets aligned and fantastic people you will be calling friends for the rest of your life.

Take the opportunity to reach out to us now by filling out the form you will find on the following page: Signature Puglia Tours

We will put together your unforgettable vacation based on what makes you happy, wether it is Food, Art, Relax, Wellness, Artisanship, Wine…you name it…we have it!

In the mean time, enjoy our video below, no filters, just as authentic as our desire to send you to the amazing Puglia region. 

 

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What do they eat in Puglia?

What do they eat in Puglia?

Is Puglia a true culinary destination?

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By Il Lupo e La Rondine for BeeYond Travel

It is now known that Puglia is one of the most popular destinations of the moment, and the “Apulians” are insanely grateful to the world for this.

We are sure they don’t mind to be in the spotlight, especially when they are asked to show the world what they do best.

You are wondering, what is it that they do best, right?

But cooking, of course!

Food here is tradition, culture, it is part of their daily lives. Even the National Geographic, one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world, has also picked up on this. They were so intrigued by this food habit that they dedicated this beautiful article to the region.

In short, National Geographic highlighted the qualities of the Apulian cuisine including the sustainability of the production processes of raw materials, the primacy of excellence of raw fish, and the simplicity of the ingredients of the best known recipes.

In the article, the author named five must-eat items in Puglia: the Apulian Focaccia, the Apulian mozzarella, the wine, mainly red and intense – just think of Primitivo di Manduria,  orecchiette pasta with turnip greens (cime di rapa) and of course fish.

So, what do they also eat in Puglia? Since we know Puglia inside out, we hope the National Geographic will not mind if we add four more dishes to the list.

Paste di Mandorla

They are the queens of the holidays in Puglia. They are also given away for weddings in some towns. Very famous are those of Turi, in the province of Bari, which are real miniature works of art. For the almond, the choice should fall only and exclusively on the Almond of Toritto (BA), a Slow Food presidium. An almond of ancient origins and with very valuable organoleptic properties.

Panzerotto

His majesty the panzerotto, we would add. In Puglia he is a real companion of adventures, of evenings with friends. It is a gastronomic street food specialty, a circle of stuffed pasta, closed on itself to form a crescent moon, typical of the regions of central and southern Italy.

Braciole

Just say this word in Puglia and Sunday lunch immediately comes to mind, when the whole family comes together waiting to taste a nice plate of veal chops, meat rolls with garlic and parsley, cooked in tomato sauce.

Patate, Riso e Cozze

The famous tiella barese, made with rice, potatoes and mussels, in fact. Three simple ingredients, but which, combined, create one of the tastiest dishes of the Apulian cuisine.

In short, whatever they eat in Puglia seems to be a dish to absolutely try.

You just have to book your stay, perhaps choosing one of the amazing BeeYond Travel villas, where, after taking part in a cooking class – always by BeeYond Travel – you can actually try preparing one of the dishes listed above and offer it to your friends & family, on a warm summer evening to spend by the pool in the beautiful Puglia.

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How many of you are familiar with the popular statement: “Nothing good comes easy”?
We at BeeYond Travel can surely raise our hand, both hands…actually! We had shared for a while now the “We Have Grown” news, but we had to work behind the scenes to make the right implementations before unveiling the new BeeYond Travel!

Growing is what makes us better and as reliable as you would expect when traveling overseas.

But what do we mean when we say we have grown? And how did we do it?

Let’s backtrack a bit to 2016, when the first drafts of the villa rental company were drawn. We simply wanted to be the best Vacation Villa Rental out there. While dreaming with our head up in the clouds, we always kept our feet grounded.

We were aware that for the kind of service we wanted to offer, we needed to pick a small area and become the best advisors for the most discerning clientele. We picked one of the most beautiful countries in the world: Italy. We then picked one unique region: Puglia. We picked this region because this region offers tourism options all year long. Of course, the majority of people travel during the summer months but there is another large percentage of people who choose to travel off season because maybe they are not big fan of hot temperatures of they just dislike crowds or many other reasons. Puglia, has much more to offer than just beach: history, culture and traditions can be felt everywhere, food it top notch and we all agree we do not need to wait for summer to eat well.

Once we picked our beautiful corner of world, we literally moved there in 2017 and for 2 years we lived exactly like the locals and we explored every single corner of this amazing region. This was a stretch well worthed. We have met and selected the best professionals to help us out in this incredible journey. Thanks to our alliances, we were able to see the tourist traps and learn how to stay away because authenticity is key to us when delivering a certain level of luxury.

Professionalism is also key, Puglia for instance is packed with beautiful villas but finding gorgeous villas and owners who can actually run those properties in a professional manner was not that easy. Unfortunately, many people think they can open up a restaurant and be called Restaurateurs or refurbish a beautiful old farmhouse and be called Hoteliers; we know well it is not the case so we made sure we looked at the whole picture before “shaking hands”.

Along the way, our clients kept requesting more than the unique villas we offer. We decided then to offer tailored vacations with villas, transfers, tour guides, experiences and anything in between that would create an amazing vacation.
BeeYond Travel based in NY, evolves into Outgoing Tour Operator and after getting the necessary “checks” (insurance, certification, inventory, booking engine, proper staff, etc.) we are now proud to be probably the only Outgoing Tour Operator specialized in this small region capable of offering excitement all year long.

While we are in NY orchestrating unforgettable vacations, there is a Team in Italy coordinating the operation. The Team is directed by Paola Puzzovio; we are very humble so we will just say that she is the best local tourism expert in Puglia, a pioneer of enogastronomy, the first one to preach not only about food and wine but enogastronomy as an expression of culture of the local community. She is the person every traveler would want by their side while on vacation and we are so proud to have her on our Team making sure our travelers can experience a vacation in a way that they will remember forever.

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We have changed some numbers but we continue to keep our Italian number to make it easier for our suppliers and travelers to reach us from Italy.

We promise to continue to evolve and we will continue to listen to our guests and suppliers because thanks to them we are who we are today. More tours and more experiences will be added but if you have specific places in Puglia where you wish to go or specific experiences you wish to book, let us know, just send us a request

We hope you will enjoy the new BeeYond Travel and please keep your feedback coming.

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Family Reunion, meet up again in Puglia for Vacation

In these first days of spring, if you are lucky, raising your eyes to the sky you can see flocks of swallows that come back after the long winter.

It is a fascinating spectacle that fills the heart with hope: the beautiful days are coming back, let’s get ready.

The return of the swallows is a moment of joy and serenity and we imagine that many of you have experienced this sensation.

No, we are not swallows, obviously, but how many times have we found ourselves looking up while waiting for a plane to land that brings home a family member who works or lives far away?

And who returns, does not feel a little like a small swallow who finally returns home, to find the nest he had left?

Airports and stations are places that could tell millions of these stories, tears of joy and long hugs.

Summer is the time when those who return home do not do it for a simple vacation, they want to embrace their origins and recharge their batteries.

In Puglia, the Family Reunions, are a real village festival: Everybody is called: cousins, second and third degree uncles, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All ready to have fun, tell old anecdotes, stories of past lives.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to even meet in another part of the world, a place that no one has ever seen and live it together, like a family?

Obviously, our advice is, also in this case, to choose Puglia: the BeeYond Travel villas have numerous beds and ensure the necessary privacy and tranquility that these moments deserve.

Waking up together, having breakfast, going to the beach, and then in the evening enjoying a barbecue in the moonlight: all these elements would make any family reunion unforgettable.

There are experiences that can be made here in Puglia that would strengthen ties that maybe the distance has weakened: gathering fresh fruits and vegetables and preparing them for lunch, perhaps after having learned to make orecchiette, the classic Apulian pasta. And then excursions in wonderful cities of art or in small villages, where you can lose yourself in the intricate streets and meet again in the only square of the village, perhaps led by the band that plays in honor of the Patron Saint.

No, it’s not a dream.

Now we understand why swallows always come back: they are doing well in Puglia and you and your family could say the same thing if you chose all this beauty for your holidays.

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