With the ease of access to many online options, why would you still use a travel agent? With the convenience of all of the information available at your fingertips via the internet, why would talking to an agent be the best option for your next vacation? A travel agent has insider knowledge and extensive training on all things travel and can be a great asset in your planning arsenal. Travel agents do all the hard work for you and provide you with choices that make choosing the right vacation easy. Here are the top ten reasons why you should use a travel agent for your next vacation.
1. Personalized service
In today’s world of call centers and automated phone services, sometimes it’s better to talk to a real live person. When you need information or have specific questions about a destination or vacation experience, calling us guarantees you will be speaking with someone on the phone who is listening to you and can handle your requests. We track your past vacations and special occasions and can make suggestions based on your feedback to improve your experience or suggest the best way to experience that bucket list destination.
2. Better value
With all of the options available to today’s vacationer, it is easy to wonder if you are getting the best bang for your vacation dollar. We make sure you get the best value for your trip. After all, they want you to come back to them for your next vacation. Instead of making a rash decision to buy something that you might not be familiar with, call us and we can explain the best option for you. Pricing, 99% of the time is the exact same whether you book your vacation with the supplier or with a travel agent. Since we work daily with cruise lines, tour operators, and hotels, we can negotiate with them for a “better deal” on your behalf. We have an established relationship with vacation providers and make sure our clients are taken care of for all of your needs.
3. Exclusive and unique offers
As I mentioned above, because of our relationships with vacation suppliers, we often have exclusive access to value adds that aren’t available to the general public. Whether it’s additional on board credit on a cruise, or a discounted rate with tour providers, it pays to work with us. Often large consortia, like Dream Vacations or CruiseOne, get better pricing and amenities on popular cruises and land tours.
4. Support small business
In today’s business climate, small businesses need your support to employ local workers and compete with large corporations, like Disney and Costco for example. We offer that cozy feel when dealing with our clients that large “big box” suppliers can’t or don’t offer. Every November, after Black Friday, there is Small Business Saturday for this reason. Do your part and support local businesses that don’t offshore jobs.
5. Ease of handling group vacations
If you’ve ever tried to organize a group vacation, you understand that it can be a daunting task. Tracking down your friends and family to make sure they’ve made payments or taken action on something is frustrating. Let a professional handle that for you and save yourself some stress. Also, much like reason 2, travel agents can add more value to group vacations by adding on extra perks and packaging tours and excursions so that the worry of deciding for everyone is handled and you and your group can just sit back and enjoy. That’s why you took a vacation in the first place. Check out why group vacations can be a great way to feed your Wanderlust.
6. Expert advice
We spend hours and hours in educating themselves in all things travel. We know the hottest trends and what is available for that “off the beaten path” trip that you are looking for. Instead of spending hours researching and combing through millions of google search results, call an expert. Whether it’s trying to find the right cruise cabin or the best hotel (restaurant, tour, tickets to special events) we can find all of that for you rather quickly. As I discuss next, your time is valuable. Don’t waste it by searching for hours and hours through the expanse of the Internet.
7. Save time on researching
On average, a vacationer will spend 5 weeks or more and visit over 130 websites before booking a vacation. We have access to software and materials that lets them do the work of researching in a snap. We can build out custom trips quickly for the unique experiences rather than you having to spend time on the phone with several different venues or tour operators. Agents like us provide their client with options based on their training and experience in the destinations or with the tour providers and make recommendations to their clients. After all that work is done for you by us, making a decision is easy on which trip to take. You can take your time back and spend it doing what you enjoy.
8. Access to professional planning
A travel professional, on average, plans three to five unique vacations per day. The average American however, plans and takes one to two vacations per year, if that. Many Americans don’t even take an annual vacation leaving their vacation benefits unused. Given the difference in frequency of planning vacations, why wouldn't you entrust a professional to handle all of the details for you?
9. Price tracking
Vacation pricing fluctuates much like the stock market based upon many varied market factors. We can track your trip pricing checking for price drops that allow you to save money or upgrade without paying extra. This is all done on the back end, behind the scenes, by us to make sure you get the best value. Why pay more? Insider tip: booking your vacation early offers the best opportunity to save money on the booking either through the price paid at time of booking or as price fluctuates. I personally, have helped my clients save thousands on their vacations by doing this.
10. Knowledge of additional options and excursions
When traveling to a foreign country or visiting somewhere for the first time, you might not be aware of all there is to see and do. Cruise lines offer their own excursion for each port, but in my experience, they are often crowded and overpriced. We can find that experience that moves your vacation from average to extraordinary. I highly recommend talking with us about all there is to offer in each destination you visit and find if there’s something that will make your vacation be more memorable.
Contact us to plan your next dream vacation and get the benefits of having a travel professional work for you. Go There With Us.