When booking your trip, leisure or business, you might wonder if you should contact a Travel Agent or spend the hours on various websites doing your own research.
Here are 6 reasons why it is a good idea to talk to a Travel Agent:
1. Personalizing Your Trip
When you work with a travel agent, they will create a personalized itinerary for your trip. An experienced agent will know to ask questions about your interests, lifestyle and what will make this vacation special. These questions and answers will help you get the most out of your trip. And, the agent can recommend a destination if you are unsure. Agents help personalize your vacation making sure all is to your liking.
You are working with a person, not just a website.
2. Local Knowledge
While you are traveling, you are sure to visit many locations. When visiting these locations you can gain a world of knowledge and travel agents can make sure you experience the local culture, events, off-beat excursions to really immerse yourself. For example: do you love the Jurassic Park Movies or are you a fan of the "The Lost" TV Show? A travel agent can find excursions for you.
3. Adding Value
Travel agents will know about packages, promotions and best rates. The special you find today the travel agent knew about a couple of weeks ago. Agents have relationships with different suppliers and have access to specials through the year.
Looking to travel with a group of friends or family? Agents work to get the best rate for all and will know how to group the rooms together so you can be near each other (or far, if you want... just kidding!)
To top it all, travel agents work with many suppliers to offer a travel price guarantee.
4. All Booked Up?
Have you ever tried to go on a vacation but have hit a dead end? Not able to find a room, the right package with a cruise or resort. Many suppliers hold inventory for their travel partners, so agents working with suppliers have a little in!
5. Troubleshooting - Things Happen!
So you hit a glitch... No matter how much we plan it can happen. Lost luggage, a travel agent can help with your insurance claim.
6. Dietary Restrictions
Allergies? Let's face it! As much as we want to enjoy our vacation, some of us have allergies and/or diet restrictions. Travel Agents make sure that the information is relayed to the correct departments so you don't have to worry.