10 Reasons Travel Agents Are Better At Travel Than You
January 2015 | By Susan Milne | 7 minute read
When it’s time for a vacation getaway, you probably go online to check out possibilities, or power through social channels talking to friends, colleagues, and family to get advice on a destination you’ve been dreaming of experiencing. After all, there’s everything on the Internet from travel ideas to traveler reviews, which is the problem! Imagine if you had the opportunity to speak with a globetrotter whose profession is wanderlust? Travel Agents are those people, and here are 10 reasons they can make your experience come to life.
Your time is valuable
Save your time and energy for building anticipation and excitement about your next big trip, not for the anxiety and stress of trying to plan it!
Timetables, maps, flight info, hotel reviews, booking engines – all helpful but they can take up so much valuable time. While you’re searching, one step at a time, for a good price on the different parts of your vacation, Travel Agents are using powerful research tools, booking engines designed solely for their use, and most importantly first-hand knowledge and experience. So why not let a Travel Agent do the work for you while you start packing?
Gain the insider’s edge
It’s easy to ask Google a question but you have to determine the perfect answer, using a travel professional gives you local insights and starts an evolving conversation.
Wondering when to go, the best way to get there, the best hotel on the beach, where to eat? You gain a lot from a Travel Agent’s first-hand experience of your destination and the travel style you prefer. With having ’been there’ a Travel Agent can create a seamless itinerary, well organized with attention to all the details that matter to you. They can also tell you where you’ll find that delicious meal you’ve been anticipating the moment you arrive.
Access to unique experiences
Travel agents build experiences as their profession, if you want to step outside of the cookie cutter trip, even for a moment; a travel agent has a whole world of options.
Sifting through sites and reviews to see what’s out there at your destination can be mesmerizing, and do you ever wonder who actually wrote those reviews? Travel agents know reliable local companies and individuals who can provide you with unique experiences and if you want it, the VIP treatment. They plan experiences for a living so they know what they are doing and what would work best for you.
Coordinating friends’ travel arrangements becomes a breeze
If you’re traveling with friends or trying to arrange an event, like a destination wedding, it can be a time consuming nightmare trying to coordinate the arrangements. Travel agents are experienced in planning for groups and they can easily coordinate all arrangements.
Want to sit together on the plane to Australia, dine together on the adventure sailing in the Galapagos, meet up at Heathrow, have adjoining hotel rooms? Travel agents can easily arrange the entire vacation for everyone involved and take care of those small details that are so important.
Connections go a long way
Having friends in the right places goes along way to getting that exclusive treatment, machines can’t build those relationships but travel agents do and have many of them all around the world.
With so many travel companies and offers promoted online, how do you know who you can count on and what is the best buy? Will there be a hotel room available when you get there and will it look like it did in the online photo gallery? Travel Agents are part of a network of travel companies, hotels and cruise lines. They’ve done the research and background checks so you know you are buying from a reliable and reputable source providing the services you are looking for.
Exclusive offers save you money
The last trip you took may have been very affordable but it probably included its fair share of stress. Travel agent’s give you value where affordability and experience meet perfect harmony.
Did you know you can miss out on exclusive deals and special perks offered to Travel Agents when you book online yourself? Travel Agents know the promotions, offered exclusively to them by their travel partners, which will save you money and maximize your budget. They can pinpoint the right deal for you from offers not available anywhere else.
There is nothing easy about planning your own trip, after the 300+ visited websites, the 10 printed confirmation documents, the excel self-made itinerary, it’s a lot of work for a leisure activity!
When you use a Travel Agent, you discuss your travel plans and let them take it from there. You’ll be free to get on with other things while your agent builds a customized vacation at the best price. They will present you with the documentation you require and make sure you have the legal and health requirements covered. It’s the vacation you want without any confusion, hassle or wasted time.
Expecting the unexpected
When you find out your connecting flight has been cancelled or the hotel room reservation was actually for the wrong date, the stress levels go through the roof. When you have a Travel Agent, you’ve got support on your side.
You know the world is a busy place and things don’t always go according to plan. When things go wrong a Travel Agent can assist with alternative travel arrangements quickly and efficiently without you having to contact multiple companies yourself or stand in endless queues. They can also put you in touch with people on the ground to assist should an emergency arise. It’s good to know you are not alone at difficult times far from home.
Personalized service focused on your needs
Hunting down travel options on your own is difficult, even if you know what you are after. When you use a travel agent, they open up a world of possibilities you would have never realized on your own.
Opting for an individualized travel experience is one of the most popular trends in travel today and Travel Agents offer just that. They don’t merely take orders like booking engines. They give you personalized service, working with you to create a superior vacation experience that suits your needs exactly.
Peace of mind from planning to your return home
When you are tired of planning your own trip or you’ve realized that you aren’t very good at it, contact a Travel Agent and experience the countless benefits that will keep you travelling with a smile from ear to ear.
So when it’s time to start planning your vacation, here are your choices: Turn to the Internet, booking one step at a time by yourself, or, turn to a professional Travel Agent who can enhance the entire process from start to finish with insight, recommendations, access to special programs and promotions, support while you are away and follow up on your return home. There’s peace of mind in knowing you have a professional Travel Agent to rely on.