Today some people choose to organize and book their trips alone and with the help of the internet only, rather than going through an agency. However, this practice involves significant risks and efforts. Here are the 10 reasons to use a travel agency:
- Experience and knowledge
Travel agents know the market and will be able to offer you a better product than what you can find on the Internet.
- Security and advocacy
If something goes wrong on your trip, the agent will fight for you - no matter who is at fault - and try to get your vacation back on track.
- Resources and benefits
Travel agents have access to a variety of tools that the average consumer can't use or doesn't even know exist. They can sometimes get you a better seat on a plane, extra amenities at hotels, room upgrades, tickets to events, and plan activities for you.
- Time saving and collaboration
Your time is valuable and you shouldn't have to spend it searching for the vacation you want. A travel agent can do that for you. He or she can offer you the vacation you really want, not the one you saw on TV. There is a difference between travel inspiration and actual travel desires. Destinations may look good on television but may not be ideal for you personally. Travel agents can help you define what you want from your vacation.
- Human relations
As you develop a relationship with your travel agent, they are able to target the right trips for you without even having a conversation. Ideally, a simple phone call or email could have your next vacation already planned.
- Financial Economy
Often, travel agents can save you money through their relationships with suppliers - or at least match the price you find - while saving you time and effort. Hidden savings are also built into travel. A travel agent will likely book transfers for you, included in the price. Sometimes a package you book yourself does not include these transfers, making the experience seem cheaper.
- Added value
There is a lot of added value that consumers don't even know about that can be added by a travel agent. Ever wonder why the couple in the cabin next to yours got champagne and you didn't? They probably used a travel agent.
- Better destinations
Travel agents have inside information on the best times to go to popular destinations, and they sometimes even know what the new "hot" destinations will be before the masses. Want to be the first to go? Use a travel agent.
- Exclusive access
Some tours and experiences are only available through a travel agent. Many companies offer many elements and just want to make sure a client is right for their experience. Exotic tours, treks, private jet products are often only available through an agent.
- Because they are simply great
Travel agents are some of the most versatile, fun, friendly and knowledgeable people you will ever meet. They come from all walks of life, but they all have one thing in common: they are passionate about sharing the world with you. Take advantage of their services.