Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions. Can’t find the answer to your burning question? Send us a note and we’d be happy to help.
We know how difficult and frustrating it can be to compare the myriad of trips that are out there, each with their own fine print and marketing language. Our goal is to have a resource that you can use to speed up the research portion of your trip planning and get you looking forward to your trip faster. You can use our site to see the big picture (along with the details) without any sales pressure and then book when you’re ready using the booking channel you are most comfortable with.
For you, free. Our business model allows us to be a free resource for travellers and we hope to keep it that way forever. We know that these types of trips can represent one of the biggest investments in your life so we want to make it easier for your to find the perfect trip with more confidence. Feel free to browse, connect and share as much as you want until you find your next trip of a lifetime. All we ask is that you let whoever you do book with know that you found the trip on FarCloser Travel.
However you are most comfortable. Booking cruises and tours are often more complex than booking a simple hotel room or a flight. Because of this, we can put you in touch with the operator directly or with a travel agent who can help you navigate all the details. If you already have a travel agent that you work with, we give you the ability to send the trip information to them so that they can complete the booking for you. We don’t get involved in the booking as a way for us to remain impartial and provide you with unbiased information.
The operators that are on our site get there in a number of ways. First and foremost, we use feedback from our community to understand which operators they are interested in seeing on our site then we work to get them onboard. We also try to partner with operators that we’ve come across, whether big or small, that offer a unique product that we feel might be of interest to our community. We are always on the lookout for interesting travel companies whose values are in line with ours to try to ensure that you have a true representation of the incredible options available.
We want our site to be easy and intuitive so that hopefully you don’t have to ask this question but since you have, it’s pretty simple.
- Choose any of the filters available to help us find a selection of trips that suit what you’re looking for. The more filters you choose, the more targeted your search will be but we also realize you have to start somewhere so feel free to play around with one or two to start.
- Once you’ve hit ‘Search’ you will get a number of tours returned both on the map and in the column ‘cards’. Each route on the map will have an associated detail card that shows you some specifics about that trip including pricing, inclusions and style. When you see one you like, hit the ‘Details’ button at the top of the card to get more information about that trip – things like departure dates, detailed itineraries, and pricing options.
- Continue browsing through the tours until you’ve narrowed it down to your top choices. Once you’ve fallen in love with a trip, how you decide to book your trip is up to you. We know some people prefer to book directly with the operator and some people prefer to use a travel agent. Either way, we can connect you with someone who can help.
Our trips are from all corners of the globe. We had started off by focusing on trips in Europe but quickly realized that there are so many unique tours on offer in regions all over the world and if we are truly going to be a global platform, we need to show you all of them.
If there are any regions that you are particularly interested in that we may not have any tours in, please let us know and we will work hard on finding some for you.
Of course and we encourage you to! From the details page of each trip, you will have the ability share a link through Facebook, Email or Twitter to anyone (or everyone) about the awesome trip you’ve found.
While we know reviews are an important part of making travel decisions for a lot of people, we don’t want to re-invent the wheel when there are so many other established review sites out there. Instead, we will link you to the review sites that already have lots of reviews for that particular trip.
Your search results are based on the travel options that best match the filters you have selected and any sorting criteria that you have specified. We don’t order results based on any preferred relationships or company size as we want you to discover the best fit for you, not us.
Not yet. Because cruises and tours are somewhat complicated, we’ve decided to focus our initial development on the desktop version to try and provide the best user experience possible. Once we know which tools and features are most useful, we will work towards building a mobile version that you can use to browse available travel options while on the go.
Maybe! We are always on the lookout for travel-loving talent who can contribute to our mission and love to work in a fast paced, exciting industry. If you think you have something special to offer, please reach out and introduce yourself using: talent @ farclosertravel.com
FarCloser Travel is a resource for travel agents as much as it is for travellers. Because we don’t process any bookings, you can feel secure in using our site to get an overview of the travel options available without yet another source of competition for your hard earned commissions. As a travel agent, you can use the site to filter trips based on your clients needs and see the options available before presenting them with options either with a shareable link or through your traditional means.
We know from first hand experience how overwhelming it can be to remember all of the unique travel products that are available on the market and which ones might be best suited to various traveller’s interests. At FarCloser Travel, we want to make it easier for you to understand the options that are available, without trying to take the booking ourselves. We want to help you conduct the research portion of your business more quickly and thoroughly so you can focus on serving your client’s other travel needs and growing your business while keeping 100% of your commission.
No. We generate revenue for marketing operators’ products, not selling them. We leave that up to you.
Right now, nothing. We are providing a free resource to our users to explore and discover the travel options available. We operate as a marketing platform for the operators enabling them to reach more qualified leads and spread the word about their unique trips and experiences.
We act as a marketing platform for cruise and tour operators. As such, we generate ‘advertising’ revenue from the operators. We don’t take any bookings and therefore do not operate on commission or any portion of the sale of a trip.
Let us know which operators you’d like to see on the site and we will do our best to get them onboard. Sending us a note with “Operator Request” as the subject on our contact page.
Not yet but we plan to build one in the future. It would offer professional tools to help you grow your business and serve your clients in innovate ways. Some of the features we have in mind are:
- Client preference management so that you can be alerted when a trip matching one of your client’s preferences becomes available or goes on sale and you can let them know
- Settings to adjust the operators shown in your search results so you can customize your dashboard to see only the preferred suppliers you work with
- Quick connect links to operators’ business development representatives and sales teams to help make asking questions and finalizing bookings easier