10 Holiday Hacks Only Travel Agents Know About
May 2018 | By Charlotte Karp | 6 minute read
It’s #TravelAgentDay and to celebrate, we’re looking at all the ways travel agents have saved us from booking disasters over the years, and given us unique experiences we couldn’t get anywhere else. So, if you want more than the cookie-cutter vacation, check out these 10 ways Travel Agents can make your vacation goals come to life.
Stress-Free Travel Planning
Say goodbye to pre-travel stress and anxiety – your travel agent will organize everything so all you have to do is jump in the taxi, bags in-hand, and head straight to your point of departure.
Sure, timetables, maps, flight info, hotel reviews, and booking engines are all available online, but researching it all takes up so much valuable time. While you’re searching for a good price on the different parts of your vacation, one step at a time, Travel Agents are using powerful research tools, booking engines designed solely for their use, and (most importantly) using their first-hand knowledge and experience to design your ultimate trip. So why not let a Travel Agent do the work for you while you start packing?
It’s easy to ask Google a question, but you have to scroll through countless websites and reviews to determine the perfect answer, so why not eliminate this step and ask an expert?
Wondering when to go, the best way to get there, the best hotel on the beach, and where to eat? You can gain a lot from a Travel Agent’s first-hand experience and the travel style you prefer. A Travel Agent will not only have been to your chosen destination, but can use that experience to create a seamless itinerary that’s well-organized with attention to all the details that matter to you. They can also tell you where you’ll find that delicious meal you’ve been anticipating the moment you arrive.
Access To Unique Experiences
Travel Agents build experiences as their profession, so if you want to step outside of the cookie-cutter trip everyone else is creating on Google, a Travel Agent can help you out with a whole world of options.
Travel Agents know reliable, local companies and individuals who can provide you with unique experiences and, if you want it, the VIP treatment. Like any professional, they know what they’re doing and what would work best for you.
Coordinating A Group? No worries!
If you’re traveling with friends or trying to arrange an event, like a destination wedding, it can be a time-consuming nightmare trying to coordinate the arrangements. Travel agents have extensive experience planning for groups and they can easily coordinate all arrangements.
Want to sit together on the plane to Australia, dine together on the adventure sailing in the Galapagos, meet up at Heathrow, and have adjoining hotel rooms? Travel agents can arrange the entire vacation for everyone involved and take care of those small and important details.
It’s About Who You Know…
Having friends in the right places goes a long way towards getting that exclusive treatment. Search engines can’t build those relationships, but Travel Agents can and have many all around the world.
With so many travel companies and offers promoted online, how do you know who you can count on and what is the best buy? Will there be a hotel room available when you get there and will it look like it did in the online photo gallery? Travel Agents are part of a network of travel companies, hotels, and cruise lines. They’ve done the research and background checks so you know you are buying from a reliable and reputable source providing the services you’re looking for.
Maximize Your Budget
Travel Agent’s give you value where affordability and experience meet perfect harmony.
Did you know you can miss out on exclusive deals and special perks offered to Travel Agents when you book online yourself? Travel Agents have access to the promotions offered exclusively by their travel partners, which will save you money and maximize your budget. They can pinpoint the right deal for you from offers not available anywhere else.
There’s nothing easy about planning your own trip! After the 300+ visited websites, the 10 printed confirmation documents, and the self-made excel itinerary, you’ve put in a lot of work for what should be a leisure activity!
When you use a Travel Agent, you discuss your travel plans and let them take it from there. You’ll be free to get on with other things while your agent builds a customized vacation at the best price. They’ll present you with the documentation you require and make sure you have the legal and health requirements covered – it’s the vacation you want without any confusion, hassle, or wasted time.
Expecting The Unexpected
When you find out your connecting flight has been cancelled, or the hotel room reservation was actually for the wrong date, stress-levels go through the roof. When you have a Travel Agent, you’ve got support on your side.
You know the world is a busy place and things don’t always go according to plan, but when things go wrong with your trip, a Travel Agent can assist with alternative arrangements quickly and efficiently without you having to contact multiple companies yourself or stand in endless queues. They can also put you in touch with people on the ground to assist should an emergency arise. It’s good to know you’re not alone in a foreign place.
Spotlight On You
Opting for an individualized travel experience is one of the most popular trends in travel today, and Travel Agents offer just that.
Travel Agents don’t just take orders like booking engines, they give you a personalized service and work with you to create a superior vacation experience that suits your needs. So, got a detailed dream vacation in mind but not sure how to make it happen? Consult your Travel Agent today and make it a reality.
Peace Of Mind, From beginning To End
When it’s time to start planning your vacation, here are your choices: Turn to the Internet and book every step yourself, or turn to a professional Travel Agent who can enhance the entire process from start to finish with insight, recommendations, access to special programs, promotions, and support while you’re away, and follow up on your return home.
When you’re tired of planning your own trip, or you’ve realized that you aren’t very good at it, contact a Travel Agent and experience the countless benefits that will keep you travelling with a smile.
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