Why Book With A Travel Agent
We’ve all been there. That dream trip you planned that turned into a complete nightmare. Your youngest caught the flu and threw up before the flight, grandma’s medication never made it on the ship, your passport was stolen while you were looking at knock-off purses in a secluded alley. You suddenly find yourself questioning, what happened?! This trip no longer resembles the glossy brochures and suddenly doesn’t seem that Instagram worthy. For those of us who have ever planned a vacation we know how time-consuming and complicated it can be to research and organize the perfect getaway, and let’s face it, things don’t always go according to plan. Vacations should be a time of relaxation and renewal but sometimes the planning stages and actual execution feel anything but that. Studies show that the average vacation takes 10-30 hours to plan. An experienced travel advisor can be a huge asset to those who would like to plan a vacation minus the work and stress. Let's look at some of the top reasons hiring a travel advisor is an esential part of travel planning.
Top Reasons To Hire An Advisor
It will not cost more to book with an agent, instead your personalized vacation may cost considerably less because travel agents know where to find special offers, promotions and discounts that are not offered to the general public or are difficult to find for regular consumers and agents do not charge a fee to their clients.
Travel agents read all the fine print and make necessary bookings on your behalf (flights, cruises, hotels, rental cars, excursions, events) and ensure you have all the correct documentation so your vacation is seamless and worry free from start to finish
Your travel agent will make sure you know about all fees and surcharges so you can stay within budget and avoid unpleasant financial surprises
Travel agents easily work with complicated itineraries and can cater to large groups with a variety of needs and special requests
Your travel agent can come to your aid, troubleshoot and advocate for you in the event there is an emergency or unforeseen event such as a last minute name change, overbooked flight, lost luggage, cancellation or medical event and seek compensation on your behalf
(Disclaimer: It should be mentioned that some products do require a booking fee, such as air only in North America, your agent can walk you through this and tell you if your trip is applicable.)