There are more reasons than you might think to use a travel agent. Although there is a plethora of information available online for do-it-yourself travelers, travel agents provide customized, fact-checked information about your preferred destination. They may even help you save money!
The next time you’re planning a trip, consider a travel agent to take advantage of these benefits.
Travel agents are industry experts with vast knowledge of every destination’s details, from accommodations to seasonality. A travel agent may be able to pick up the phone and find you a room at your preferred hotel, even though the property isn’t showing any availability online. You may be able to take popular excursions or visit attractions at more convenient times thanks to your travel agent.
Great agents get to know each client, much like a realtor or doctor, to understand what’s most important to a traveler. They will be able to help you decide on a destination that fits all your criteria or design a customized itinerary in a location of your choosing. While the amount of information available online and in books can be helpful for initial inspiration, it’s not tailored to a traveler’s unique interests (like hiking or art) and doesn’t take into account what a traveler wants from their vacation.
Many destinations have complicated travel requirements, such as visas and vaccinations. A travel agent will make sure you know what’s required before embarking on your journey and can help you take all the steps necessary to meet those requirements.
Planning travel with multiple destinations, complicated transportation or unique accommodations can be a little tricky. Your travel agent will know how to structure your trip and who to contact to make it happen. One benefit of these problem-solving skills is the time you save, not only in the planning process, but during your travels as well.
Sometimes, it’s not that your trip is particularly difficult to plan but meeting the expectations of every traveler in your family or group is a challenge. Your travel agent can find activities at your destination that help keep everyone satisfied with the vacation.
The support travel agents provide starts before you book any piece of your trip. They can answer any questions you have about your destination or travel itself. As you begin to plan your trip, your travel agent will be able to give suggestions, handle booking and continue answering your questions.
Whether it’s a cancelled flight or a subpar hotel room, a travel agent can speak to vendors on your behalf. They can often reschedule your flight or upgrade your room quickly with little to no hassle. This is very reassuring for inexperienced travelers, young families, honeymooners and anyone on a tight timeline.
Group vacations are always a great time but planning them can be a hassle. Without a travel agent, a group member has to take on the role of planner, shooting down implausible ideas and taking the flack for any hiccups during the trip.
Instead, let a travel agent take on the task of keeping everyone in the group happy – and any blame if the trip isn’t exactly what everyone had in mind. Keeping everyone in the group informed, splitting costs between group members, and making reservations for attractions and dinner will all be easier with an agent.