One would be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that with the online facilities available to the average holiday maker, the use of a travel agent is not necessary for booking cruises, flights, accommodation, travel insurance and other extras. However, there are a few things you should consider before you rush off and book the first ‘good deal’ you find online. Travel agents have access to exclusive deals, which are not available to the public. They are also able to ensure peace of mind by ensuring you have everything taken care of before you leave, and offer advice, tips and inside information that you wouldn’t get by booking on your own.
Travel agents get the best deals
Travel Agents receive certain specials and deals from airlines, cruise companies, hotels and lodges. These deals are sometimes advertised online, but not always. The travel industry is a connected network of service providers who are able to negotiate and find deals, prices and specials from their affiliates. When it comes to taking your family to a foreign country, the value of a consultation with an experienced travel expert can’t be beaten. You can push them for the best possible deal and be sure they are looking out for you and your family’s best interests.
Personalised travel tips and service
Travel agents have a natural passion for travel and adventure. Because of this they have probably done a fair bit of travelling themselves and with them being in the industry they probably know others who have done the same. They are your source of inside information to the destinations you want to explore. They can tell you more about fantastic restaurants, hotels, activities and give you tips on how to make the most of your holiday.
When you book online and a problem arises, who do you speak to to get it sorted out? You would need to call the service provider and hope that they can assist you timeously. However, with a travel agent, you simply call them up and wait for them to sort the issue out for you.
Peace of mind
Your Travel Agent will ensure you are aware of the necessary documentation such as visas, destination laws and other customs that you may need to keep in mind when travelling. With a Travel Agent, booking a holiday is a simple process of telling them where you want to go, what you want to do and when. It is their job to make it happen as smoothly, efficiently and as enjoyable as possible. You don’t need to worry about a thing, as everything is done for you, you can have peace of mind, knowing that all of the admin and red tape has been taken care of. If something does go wrong, you have a direct line to someone who is experienced and willing to help you in any situation.
With a Travel Agent you have one point of contact for all of your travel needs. From flights, to accommodation, cruise bookings to extra activities. You arrange everything with one person, make one payment, and everything thereafter is taken care of. The problem with doing all of this online is you have a number of service providers to deal with and if something should go wrong; it’s your situation to rectify. Your Travel Agent will explain your travel arrangements, visa requirements and deal directly with those service providers on your behalf.
Credit: Cruises International Mar 2016
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