Why should you use a travel agent to book your trip instead of booking it yourself on the internet? Many web visitors now prefer independent and personal travel agents, for a variety of reasons.
The number one reason people are returning to agents is to save time. Why would you want to spend hours, days, even months researching? Cover all of your bases with one call to a travel agent. Agents help organize your trip by having all the important information stored and ready at their fingertips. You can focus your attention on other important matters if you leave the research and planning to a travel agent.
It’s their job, so professional travel agents are trained to do this. In a fraction of the time you can do it yourself, a travel professional can do all the research, coordinate all the logistics, and put together a complete itinerary for your trip. Because you are planning with a seasoned agent, they can often times get you better deals on flights, hotels, vehicle rentals and activity packages that you couldn’t get on your own. Planning with an agent also helps you find specials so you can go to more than one location.
The knowledge and resources of an agent are more extensive than you think. Travel agents are professionals who are trained in travel. Knowing the ins and outs of popular travel destinations is their job. Travel professionals have first-hand knowledge of many or most of the destinations you may choose to visit, even if there is a ton of information on the internet readily available to the public.
The power of local knowledge is not to be underestimated! Good travel agents will know your travel destination like the back of their hand. They understand how to design a tour that considers the particular details of a selected location. Here’s one example: for a tour in Peru, they would consider how seasonal weather could affect cancellations of afternoon flights, or how altitude will affect the client and the tour route. These small details are hard to know, if you are travelling independently.
It goes without saying that your travel agent is your advocate should something go wrong on your trip. In most cases your travel agent will have a local operator who you can call on should you need them. You might need help with translation in a medical emergency, or assistance with changing your tour, or want to complain about something you are not happy with.
Last but not least, you benefit from a customized trip and personalized service based on your particular preferences, special attractions you may wish to see or visit, budget, and dates available to travel. Travel agents are working on your behalf.