Top 5 Reasons You Need a Travel Agent
We hear a lot of talk these days about DIY travel with the help of the Internet. We’re here to tell you that having an agent is a better idea. Here are just a few reasons why:
It’s impossible for you to ascertain simply from Internet reviews what a destination or resort is going to be like. And, let’s face it; this isn’t like trying a new sandwich place. When you’re planning a big trip, you’re investing hundreds or even thousands of dollars to have a good time. Travel agents are experienced and have the knowledge you need to make the best decisions. You’re also more than a search query to them. They can get to know your wants and needs and make personalized recommendations you may not have even thought of.
Some sites proclaim to give you the cut rate, right? Well, that means everyone is entitled to the same deal. When you have a travel agent, their job is to build lasting relationships with tons of vendors. Oftentimes, they can secure you on-board credits on a cruise ship (without it being the promotional season), a room upgrade, a seat upgrade and more, simply because of who they know.
Connections are important, but it’s also important to know that they’re not in the pockets of just one vendor. Sure, you can shop around cruise websites, but they’re all giving you the best side of things. Travel agents have worked with many different companies and understand the pros and cons of each. They can help you make an informed decision without bias.
The Internet has a fountain of information, this is true. In fact, you can get sucked into it like a Black Hole, especially when you’re searching for deals. It can be impossible for you to efficiently plan a trip between the family, friends and Netflix obligations (let’s be honest, TV is really good these days). Travel agents do this for a living and can take the headache out of planning. Simply tell them what you want and they’ll shop the deals, destinations and itinerary ideas for you!
- Peace of Mind
Have you ever tried to reach a customer service representative when your flight was cancelled? If you have, you know the frustrations when traveling doesn’t go quite as planned. If you have an experienced travel agent, they’ll go to bat for you and get you rerouted as soon as possible. Not everything will always go according to plan and it’s great to know that you have a helper ready to assist you when it doesn’t.