With the internet providing a vast amount of knowledge about destinations and many tour operators selling direct to consumers, some people are feeling confident that they can book their own vacations. Why should you use an agent? There are many reasons.
TIME - While the internet is a never-ending source of information, it doesn’t know you and what is on your wish list. Sifting through all the vendors out there and understanding what services they offer and to what demographic, can be very overwhelming and honestly takes hours of time. An agent will know after having a discussion with a client which vendors will be best suited to deliver their ideal trip.
ONE STOP SHOPPING – depending on the complexity of a trip, you may have to use multiple vendors for flight, hotels, transportation, excursions, insurance, etc. An agent can create a full package for you and work within your outlined budget. He will also provide costs in your currency (or identify upfront if they aren’t) so there will never be surprises with exchange rates. She will think of all the necessities and ensure you never have a piece of the trip unplanned.
PEACE OF MIND – if something goes wrong you have an agent to call. Booking through a website and then having to deal with an issue can be a nightmare. If your flight is cancelled and you need help, calling these online companies can be difficult and in some situations they are completely unreachable. An agent will work to resolve issues so you can continue on your trip.
Next time you are planning a vacation, discuss it with an agent. In most cases, it won’t cost you anything more than what you are paying online so why not work with someone who knows the industry, vendors and promotions available. Your time is precious and your money is valuable – ensure you put both in good hands.
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