If you've decided to take some time off and invest in a trip, you should consider meeting with a travel agency before you book anything. If you're someone who tends to book online, here are 5 reasons you should consider booking your next trip through a travel agency.
1. The stress-free experience
Planning and booking a trip can be a stressful experience. From finding the best flights for your budget and schedule, to ground transportation, travel insurance, excursions and more. It can be difficult to know where to start and how to make the most out of your time away. A travel agent will plan out all these details for you and provide a few options that you can choose from. And, chances are they have been to your destination before and will have helpful recommendations they can pass along to you.
2. The cost savings
One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that your trip will cost you more because you have to pay your travel agent. This isn’t true. Your travel agency works hard to build relationships with their suppliers (who are the ones who pay them). Through this relationship, they are able to negotiate for you and get the best deal out there. In fact, you might even end up saving money if you’re booking with a travel agency who has years of experience and has built strong relationships with their suppliers.
3. The peace of mind
Travel agents can help you throughout the entire vacation experience. Sometimes flights can be delayed, cancelled or you might have personal reasons that require you to cancel or change part of your trip itinerary. Your travel agent will be there for you and is just a phone call or email away. You won’t have to worry about sitting on hold for hours or trying to email a generic email address at a large company and hoping for a response.
4. The fine print
There are often a lot of terms and conditions that come with the travel deals you find online. Booking with a travel agent will give you peace of mind because they will explain all of the details to you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. They will take the time with you in person, on the phone or through email to make sure you understand everything and have all the answers to your questions.
5. The perks
Because travel agents are well connected and have built strong relationships with their suppliers, you will often be on the receiving end of special perks, upgrades, VIP access and more.
If you are thinking about taking a trip, contact us. We’d love to give you some ideas, our recommendations, help with your research and answer any questions you have.