Giving More Than Information

Posted November 23, 2008 by taphilly
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I wanted to know a little more about Travelers Aid and the kind of help they offer to travelers so I asked a volunteer at the booth to tell me about the people who come through and what kind of information they ask for. The volunteer told me some amazing stories! I could not believe the assistance they offered to people.

For example, there was a couple from Italy asking how to get to Cherry Hill, New Jersey. They had booked a hotel room in Cherry Hill, unaware that the distance between Philadelphia and Cherry Hill was not a short one. The volunteer offered to call the hotel in Cherry Hill to cancel their hotel reservations and book a room in a hotel on 2nd Street. Not only did the volunteer give the couple pertinent information about their stay, he called the hotels on their behalf so that their travels in Philadelphia would be much easier and more enjoyable.

It is amazing to me that the volunteers are so helpful and accommodating. They seem to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to help people.

Holiday Travel Season

Posted November 18, 2008 by taphilly
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With the upcoming frenzy that is holiday season, I am so relieved to know that I can go to the Travelers Aid booth at the 30th Street Station to ask for help. I hope other people know about the invaluable information that this booth can provide! It is a fairly new addition to the train station but it is a vital tool for travelers. I highly recommend that travelers visit the booth if they are traveling through the station during this Thanksgiving time. I know many people travel into New York City to be a part of the festivities there, like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade so it would be great if people could go to this booth and spread the word! 

If anyone is planning on traveling through the train station this holiday season, please let me know! I would love to read your comments and guide you to the booth. If you have experiences with Travelers Aid, I would love to hear them! I really hope others find the volunteers as helpful as I found them. The amount of relief they offered to my travel experience was great!

My Information Guardians at the 30th Street Station

Posted November 13, 2008 by taphilly
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I would not have made it to New York to see my family for Fall Break if it had not been for the amazing help offered to me by the volunteers at Travelers Aid at the 30th Street Station in Philly. I always thought I was a good traveler and would be able to find my way with ease in an urban train station, but I found out the hard way that my judgement of my abilities was way off.

 

I arrived at the train station with twenty minutes to spare before my train was scheduled to leave. I thought this was an adequate amount of time but with my 3 suitcases, which I, of course, thought would be pertinent for a four day trip into New York :/, that amount of time turned into frenzy and confusion. The 30th Street Station was much bigger and much busier than I had anticipated. I felt lost and alone within seconds of arriving at the station. I am the type of person who gets easily upset if I cannot immediately find where I need to be.

 

By some kind of miracle, I stumbled upon the Travelers Aid booth. This booth is fairly inconspicuous if you know where you are going and you are on a focused mission to get there but since I was completely dazed and confused and I saw the slogan “A Helping Hand Along the Way”, the booth became my god send. I rushed up to the counter and asked for help. I wanted to know immediately where I needed to go to catch my train in time. An extremely nice volunteer gently pulled out a map and showed me where my train platform was located. The calm words were extremely soothing in my state of panic. The directions he gave me were easy to follow and remember. He even offered to show me the way! Now that is what I call good customer service.

 

Since my platform was not too far from the booth and I felt more relaxed, I asked the volunteer about Travelers Aid and why I had never heard of them before. He told me that they were a non-profit group that offered help to travelers coming in and out of Philadelphia. For those traveling to Philadelphia, the booth could secure hotel and transportation accommodations. Wow, I cannot believe a non-profit offers such wonderful services! I am definitely going to tell my parents to go to this booth when they come visit me again at Penn.


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