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Reasons Using A Travel Agent May Save Your Vacation and Sanity

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Reasons Using A Travel Agent May Save Your Vacation and SanityThe idea of using a travel agent to book your vacation may seem like a ridiculously outdated notion in the age of the Internet, where the world is at your fingertips. Why hire someone else to arrange your flights, accommodations, and excursions when you can do it all yourself using a multitude of discount booking websites?

However, a recent study has confirmed that there is still a demand for the personalized service and industry insider knowledge that only an experienced travel agent can offer. There are several scenarios where the skills of a reputable agent may very well save your vacation and your sanity:

Special Occasion Travel

Planning a destination birthday celebration or the perfect romantic honeymoon while juggling school, work, kids, and everything else that’s going on in your life can be overwhelming. A travel agent’s main focus will be making sure your special vacation is spectacular.  Plus, they often have connections with hotels and restaurants which can result in perks like free room upgrades, VIP concierge service, and five star dinners.

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International Travel

Things get a little more complicated once you leave your native country. There may be visa requirements, passport issues, and unfamiliar laws and customs that can potentially land you in hot water while abroad. A good travel agent will stay up to date on international regulations and alert you of any issues before you depart so that your dream trip to an exotic locale doesn’t turn into a nightmare.

Group Travel

Want to move this year’s family reunion out of the backyard to a far-flung resort? An experienced travel agent can use their contacts in the industry to snag you a substantial large group discount, often exceeding what you could negotiate yourself on a booking website. And they can create a detailed itinerary of tours and excursions so that once your group arrives at your destination, there’s a packed schedule of fun activities to enjoy.


Cruise Travel

Booking a cruise sounds like the perfect, no stress vacation. All you have to do is get on the boat, right? But there are many complex factors involved in making sure your cruise goes smoothly. Coordinating flights to port cities, arranging rental cars, and ensuring that your onboard cabin meets your needs are variables that you need to get right. A travel agent will guide you through these details so that all you need to do is have fun.

While you may think that travel agents are from a bygone era, there are several situations where their expertise can have a big impact on your trip. Keep that in mind while you plan your next vacation!

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9 Comments

  1. yang says

    I have never taken a travel agent’s help to book a travel destination because i never thought i would need to. But your post changed my view. Very informative. Thanks 🙂

  2. Terri Beavers says

    I’ve never used a travel agent before but the older I get, the more I realize I need to. I’ll have to check out the benefits of using one for our next vacation.

  3. Carol Cassara says

    Travel agents can really help you with your vacation especially if you’re not sure what you want to do during your trip. There are a lot of things that they can offer and suggest!

  4. Elizabeth O. says

    I think if you’re not sure or familiar with where you’re going, a travel agent can really do wonders for you. I’ve always consulted with a travel agent, especially if it’s my first time to go to a place.

  5. Kelly Reci says

    i’ve been starting to do a travel blog and I think a travel agent is a nice idea!

  6. Ruth E. Cain says

    I haven’t gone on a vacation in some years. In the interim, my physical abilities have changed. Thank you for the article. You gave me pause for speculation and I know that I will use a travel agent for any future travels.

  7. Derek Mcdoogle says

    In your article, you stated that a recent study has confirmed that there is still a demand for the personalized service and industry insider knowledge that only an experienced travel agent can offer. My family has been bothering me about going on a long family vacation this summer and someone suggested that we use a travel agent. I wonder if most travel agents specialize in certain types of vacations.

  8. John says

    My wife and I want to go on a trip near the end of this year, but we don’t want to have to go through all the trouble of doing our own trip reservations. The article mentions that a travel agent can take care of all the little details so you don’t have to worry about planning the trip or getting it reserved. I know my wife would love this since she gets especially stressed when it comes to vacation planning.

  9. Carroll Smith says

    This post is NOT to solicit for clients, but rather to add to the discussion. My wife and I pride ourselves on helping our clients receive that personal touch. Every trip we book, we book as if we are the ones taking the trip. We make ourselves happy with the accommodations, this way we are almost positive our clients will be as well. We never charge our clients for our services. We have received many, many referrals from our existing clients. To see someone happy and enjoy their trip is what makes it all worth while.

    If this post offends someone, please remove it. This was not my intention. I was just looking for a well written article to post on our page.

    Thank you, and Happy Travels!

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