In the age of technology, booking trips online can be overwhelming and confusing.
Here are 10 reasons why Travel Advisors can help!
Travel Advisors are accessible -- they are a real person that clients can speak with.
Travel Advisors have been doing their job for years and they know all the ins and outs. Traveling to Europe for the first time? Instead of deciding where to go based on anonymous comments on a website, speak to someone who does this for a living and knows what they’re talking about.
More for your money.
When booking an expensive trip, you want to see everything and experience the best a city has to offer. A Travel Advisor can ensure that your dollars go a long way—and make sure you don’t miss that amazing restaurant down the street, or the special event going on the day you will be in town. A Travel Advisor knows where to go and when.
Setting an Itinerary.
While some people enjoy “just winging it,” a Travel Advisor can give a clear-cut schedule of what will be happening on a day-to-day basis, and keep clear records of everything that is included in the trip.
A Travel Advisor can help map out exactly how much a trip will cost, so there are no surprises. Does that excursion on Monday include lunch, for example, or do you have to buy your own? Does it pay to take the drinks package on the cruise ship, or pay for the excursions in advance? A Travel Advisor can guide you and save you money.
Things happen. A Travel Advisorcan offer Travel Protection in a number of ways, from guaranteeing that your hotel is safe and the company running the excursion won’t rob you, to actually advising on which insurance policies you need, from trip cancellation to medical emergencies. They also insure that you have the correct travel documents, so you don’t end up missing your plane or cruise. And when things do go wrong, Travel Advisors have the resources and the contacts to get you to the head of the line.
At the touch of Travel Advisors’ fingertips they have resources a traveler simply does not. Yes, we have the internet, but there is so much still left unknown, especially in places that are undiscovered.
Let’s face it, we all want to be a little bit different. A Travel Advisor knows the new destinations and the new places in them —and often they can get you in. Through their partners, they also often get Added Value for their customers.
Spending hours and weeks researching the perfect trip can take up a ton of time during a busy work week. A Travel Advisor will spend a little time getting to know you and what you are looking for, and then put together an entire vacation customized for you.
Can’t book a room at a place you really want? Had a last minute addition to a trip but all the rooms are booked? No problem. Travel Advisors spend years developing long-term relationships, and travel companies understand how important their repeat business is. Travel Advisors have leverage with most hotel companies and resorts, and they are more likely to get what they want than a single consumer.
In short, if you have never visited a travel agent, you are missing out on a chance to save time and hassles and aggravation—and often, money as well.
Credits - by Anna Gleksman / November 23, 2015
Travel Market Report
Ixtapa Travel Staff