#1 You are Traveling Internationally
If you are planning to travel internationally, especially if you’ve never been there before, you should definitely look into booking your trip with an experienced travel agent. Why? Well, first of all you can ask them a million questions and get quality, educated answers from an expert who has likely been there or who has done a whole lot more research that you have. It's a travel agents' job to stay up to date and in the know about top destinations, and if you find a really good one, they will be 100% upfront with you if they are no experienced in a destination and either get the information for you from someone who is or refer you directly to that person.
When traveling internationally there are many working parts from your flights, to ground transfers, hotels, dining, activities and the biggest of all...a possible language barrier. Why not let a travel agent help you to make sure all aspects of your trip are flawless? Best of all, it's usually at no additional cost to you. That's right, for no additional cost a travel agent will plan your flights, accommodations, ground transfers and even assist you with your activities on the ground such as restaurant suggestions, tours, sightseeing and must do activities.
#2 You Aren't Sure Where or When You Want to Travel
Okay, so you've made the decision that this year is going to be the year you take a big, exotic amazing trip. BUT you have no idea where to go, or you know where but you aren't sure when the best time is to go. Online reviews are a great place to start, but this really is the most perfect time to lean on your travel agent. Use their expertise to help educate yourself and make the best decision possible for your upcoming vacation.
Let's face it, vacations aren't cheap, so if you are going to make the investment it should be to a destination that will be well suited to you and at a time of year when you can experience it at it's absolute best.
At the end of the day, even though the travel agent likely will not cost you anything, it's a business for them and a happy customer equals a return customer or a referral. So you can bet your bottom dollar that a travel agent has your best interest at heart much more than the users at an online review site or in a travel forum.
# 3 You Have Specific Travel Needs
Traveling with specific dietary needs, a health concern, mixed ages or with a very specific itinerary in mind? Don't leave these important aspects to chance or trust online research alone, let a travel agent act as your advisor to ensure that your needs are not only met - but exceeded.
Peace of mind is priceless, and a travel agent not only provides that for you, but also gives you the safety net of support while you are traveling in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong.
#4 You Are Traveling With A Group
Whether it's a family reunion, girls getaway, bachelor or bachelorette party or even a destination wedding - planning travel for a group (especially if you are the organizer) can be time consuming, stressful and cause friction between you and the other travelers. Working with a travel agent to book your group travel will not only save you the headache but will ensure that you and all your guests have the absolute best trip possible and for best price.
What you might not know, is that travel agents often have connections with properties and, especially for groups, can secure you special package deals that you would not be able to get on your own. This means special treatment for you and your guests; and what can be better than that?!
#5 You Want To Save Money
One of the biggest myths (which we hope to have broken by now) is that travel agents cost you money. When in fact, the vast majority of them cost you nothing at all! Travel agents have spent years building their networks and securing special rates with hotels, resorts, vendors and airlines and work off commissions from their bookings. What this means for you is that you benefit from the lower rates, the travel partners benefit from repeat bookings that they aren't spending advertising dollars on and the travel agent benefits from the commissions of booking your travel. It's a win-win for all parties.
#6 You Don't Have Time To Do The Legwork
These days with work, school, kids, family and social commitments finding the extra time in any day can be a challenge - and as fun as vacation planning can be, it can also be a huge time suck. From researching destinations, to sorting through the various resorts and deal offerings to booking airfare and ground activities - planning travel can be quite overwhelming.
Using a travel agent can not only save you time upfront, but also while you are on your vacation as well. Travel agents will start by getting to know you and what your travel needs are and after that initial investment of your time to discuss this with them they will go out and do all the research for you. This means all you need to do is review your carefully selected options and choose which is best for you.
Travel agents can also assist with your activities once you arrive to your destination including reservations for meals, activities, excursions and spa services so that all you have to do is arrive and enjoy!
Bottom line is if you are looking to save time, money and choose the best vacation destination possible for your personalized needs - a travel agent might be your best fit.
Still not sure if a travel agency is the best fit for you? Give us a call or shoot us an email - our travel experts will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.