Planning for your dream vacation, romantic getaway, or even, destination wedding can be stressful. So, it just makes sense to let someone else sort out the details to make your trip the most amazing travel experience possible, right? A travel agent can do that and more! And before you go down the dreaded do-it-yourself planning route, here are 10 reasons why you should consider an expert travel agent.
1. Save You Money
Travel agents who have been in the business long enough have access to rates the internet will not offer you. Think about it this way – giant corporations have corporate rates for their employees with built in discounts to save costs for company travel. The same is true for travel agents. Their rates for hotels are at least the same as the internet and often better.
2. Convenient & Reliable Resource
Travel agents take care of every aspect of your trip, from your flights and hotel to ground transportation and excursions. Put your mind at ease and consult an expert travel agent so you don’t have to stress out over the planning process. In addition to providing a stress-free trip-planning process, travel agents are real people so you can travel confidently knowing you won’t be relying on a hard-to-reach customer service center or an irritating automated operator in the event that you have questions or need immediate assistance.
3. Unparalleled Travel Expertise
Travel agents are extremely knowledgeable because they are travel experts. In addition to being well-informed about destinations around the globe, travel agents are also avid travelers, who can tell share tips and not-to-be-missed experiences. From that off-the-beaten-path restaurant in Venice to the best destination for a multi-generational family vacation to the best winery tour in Auckland, New Zealand – it’s like talking to a travel insider who can offer you unique experiences and details you won’t get if you’re planning a trip on your own.
4. Special Value-Added Perks
Many agents have built relationships with hotel chains and cruise lines and may have built-in perks that are automatically included in the overall rate. For example, booking with a Vacation travel agent allows you to take advantage of the SELECT Hotels & Resorts Program, which provides you perks such as a room upgrade, free breakfast and a resort credit to use toward an on-site service such as a spa treatment. Typically, a travel agent’s rates are better than the internet, but even if they are same, having these perks automatically save you money.
5. Not Just For Non-Vacation Planners
There are definitely people who don’t like to research and plan their vacations. Thinking about the fun excursions and what swimsuit you need to pack is probably the most planning some people ever really want to do. However, there are some vacationers who enjoy doing the research and planning on their own. Believe it or not, most people don’t realize that when you’re googling parts of the world, airfare or hotel costs those companies are tracking your surfing on the internet with “cookies” on your computer. They know you are interesting in going to a specific destination and so those prices or rates go up! So, go ahead and research, but consult a travel agent and let him/her make all the arrangements, and more importantly, save you money!
6. There from Start to Finish
Using a travel agent provides you with unparalleled peace of mind as agents are available to assist you before, during and after your trip. In the event that something goes wrong, your agent will be an invaluable resource. They’ll also welcome any feedback during the trip-planning process and any you may have when you return.
7. Personalized Travel Experiences
Don’t think that using a travel agent will cost you more than if your book the trip yourself. This is a common misconception. Agents have access to the best deals and the expertise to get you more for your money. That means you have access to a travel expert who can customize your dream itinerary and personalize your experience by putting their knowledge, contacts and experience to work. A travel agent also effortlessly makes requests on your behalf to ensure your vacation goes as smoothly as possible.
8. Access to VIP Treatment
When you want special treatment at a hotel, you could call the hotel manager and ask to receive welcome cocktails upon our arrival and two Ferrero Rocher chocolates placed on my pillow as part of your “turndown” service. The chances of that happening are slim, but with a luxury travel agent anything is possible. Travel agents can use their existing relationships (with hotels, cruises lines, tour operators, etc.) to ensure that your 7-night luxury river cruise or your 10-day vacation on Italy’s Amalfi Coast will be a unique travel experience you won’t ever forget.
9. Help to Book Travel Insurance
An experienced travel agent can help you book travel insurance just in case your plans go awry. For example, you’ve planned a 9-day luxury tour of Southern Spain with your significant other to celebrate your 10-year wedding anniversary, but your spouse gets ill and won’t be able to go. Travel insurance is a great for situations like this and a travel agent can help you. It’s a cost that you incur even if you decide to go, but isn’t it worth knowing that if things don’t go as planned, there’s a backup plan and you’re not out of thousands of dollars? An expert travel agent can arrange all of this for you.
10. Passionate About Your Vacation Details
A good agent is passionate about travel and is able to inspire you to visit destinations you’ve never heard of, or they simply get you more excited about your next trip. Travel agents have that same passion in making sure that the details of your trip are accurate and will read the fine print when you’re busy focused on your dream getaway. Instead of booking that online deal, working with a travel agent just ensures that you won’t be the victim of a scam or deceived in any way. And that’s priceless reason for consulting an expert travel agent.
Inspired by this article and want to speak with an experienced travel agent about how you can plan an unforgettable vacation for you? Let one of Vacation’s on-call travel experts match you with a travel agent, who can customize the dream itinerary that you deserve.