I have received this question time and again from concerned friends and family.
Thankfully, my first few months in business proved that many, many people still use travel agents and seek the advice of a professional in the industry. Why would you not want someone else to take care of the tedious details for free?!
Top 5 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent
“I love to travel, but I don’t want to spend hours figuring out which hotel/resort/cruise is the best. Can’t you just tell me where to go?”
On average, an American adult will spend over 5 hours researching, planning, and booking their vacation. I don’t know about you, but most people have their plates pretty full and would love an extra 5 hours in their life.
We can give you that. You tell us where you want to go and my team will research the destination and reach out to our local contacts to make sure you’re going to have a unique experience that fits your travel style perfectly!
“There’s so many online booking engines, won’t I get a better deal by booking there?”
Anyone can book a vacation themself. However, you will never pay more by using my agency. We can match deals you find online, but mainly have access to consolidators and charter flights that are unavailable to the public. We’ll be able to search back end systems for price drops and secure you the best value for the style of vacation you’re looking for.
We can actually guarantee you’re getting the best rate in a variety of ways. For cruises, we have a system that alerts us of every price drop on anything we have booked! If your price ever drops, we’ll refund you in full!
For other vacations, my agency has a system that searches hundreds of hotels or resorts in your area to figure out which one is the best value for your budget. We also often think outside the box and will suggest vacation rentals, RV’s, or trains if the option is appropriate for the destination. We’ll also price match anything that’s higher in our system, although this is a rare occurrence.
I can almost always get you to your destination for cheaper than you could on your own.
Did I mention that you won’t pay a dime for our services?!
3.) Safety and Security
“How do I know that I booked in a safe part of town or that I’ll get refunded if something happens?”
This is where the travel agent truly shines. If anything occurs while on your trip, we’re right there with you helping you rebook and get back on track.
Not only that, but we’re educated in these destinations. We’re not just googling, but actively taking classes to learn more about popular tourist destinations to make sure you’re in a safe area and don’t miss out on the hidden gems!
Lastly, we work with the same insurance company for all bookings, which means we have relationships and can help guide you through the process if you need to make a claim. We trust them to protect our travelers and they do just that!
4.) Unique Experiences
“I need to get away, but I don’t just want to sit on the beach all day!”
Some of us have better imaginations than others. My agency has extensive travel experience and goes out of their way to find hidden gems on their own vacations. This allows us to pass on the awesome recommendations we find!
No matter what type of vacation you request, we will be sure to at least let you know of the many activities available in that area. If all you want to do is lay on the beach, you’re more than welcome to do that, but you will be aware of the stunning waterfall about 20 miles away!
We want you to go on vacation armed with knowledge and choices!
5.) It’s Free!
Our agency handles every detail of your experience. We’ll do the research to ensure you’re getting the best value and ensure that we’re curating a vacation that perfectly matches your style. We’ll go in and book each component and deliver a full itinerary with all of your confirmation and reservation numbers in one place. Then, if anything happens while you’re traveling, you can simply give us a call and we’ll take care of the issue, so you can relax while we get you back on track!
We do all of this with completely zero fees to our clients!
So, next time you go on vacation, wouldn’t you like to save some time and money while knowing someone has your back??