Travel agents are thriving. In an age when you have too many options (Which website should you use? Where should you go? Where should you stay? How should you get there? And so on…), a travel agent is your best resource to cut through the noise and help you get what you really want. The problem though, is that you may not know what a travel agent even is. Or why you should use one.
It all comes down to the fact that traveling is exciting, but the planning for traveling can be time-consuming, complicated and sometimes beyond stressful. So, why wouldn’t you phone a friend, aka your travel agent, in order to have the best experience possible?
A travel agent, travel professional or travel advisor uses their knowledge, expertise and resources to craft vacations for their clients, who are travelers just like you. They’re a go-to person when a traveler wants to immerse themselves in unfamiliar places (and familiar ones), connect with the world and do so with offers and pricing that are sometimes only available through travel agents. Travel agents are experts in hospitality around the world, with many focusing on specific niches like destination weddings, group travel and multi-generational/family travel.
There is a plethora of reasons you could use a travel agent. If you’re booking a vacation somewhere for the first time or going on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, a travel agent is going to be by your side from beginning to the end. They’re passionate about sharing as much of the world as possible with you, plus they know the ins and outs of undiscovered and exclusive destinations, dining experiences and excursions on land and sea. Additionally, they’re there to manage everything during the booking process while finding the best options and offers out there with your preferences in mind. Whether that’s special assistance from the airline, a particular room amenity, a resort than can accommodate a large group, a budget hotel that’s close to the beach or ensuring that the resort can handle a certain dietary restriction, a travel agent is able to take care of these things for you.
Travel agents are available to answer questions, concerns and issues that may arise before, during or after you travel. If something unfortunately goes wrong with the airline, hotel or activity, they can turn your experience around. They’ve got connections to professional travel tools, people and businesses all over the world for that reason that you as a traveler may not have.
Honestly, all travelers could benefit from using an agent. As a traveler, all you need to do is tell them where you want to go, when you want to go, what you want to do, your travel style and your budget. Seriously – that’s it. Here are some specific types of travelers who would especially benefit from using an agent:
If you’ve used a travel agent, what did you find the most valuable from your experience? Tell us in the comments below.