Key Benefits of Using a Travel Agent

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Travel has resumed with a flourish, with many industry insiders predicting this summer to be the busiest travel season on record. To ensure you book the trip you’ve been dreaming of, for a price you can afford, you should turn to the experts for help. Travel agents offer much more than help with reservations. From designing your dream vacation to saving you money, there are many benefits of using a travel agent to book your next trip. 

Benefits of Using a Travel Agent: Deciding Where to Go 

Knowing you need a vacation is vastly different from knowing where to go on vacation. One of the key benefits of using a travel agent is that they can suggest locations you may have never considered. For example, if you’re dreaming of a tropical escape, you may think that Hawaii is perfect, never considering that a Central American or Caribbean trip could also offer you a warm, sunny seaside escape. Likewise, if you’ve always wanted to visit Europe but don’t know which cities or countries will offer you the experience you’re seeking, a travel agent can provide guidance. 

Travel Agents Get You a Better Deal 

Many online sites promise the lowest rates available for travel. Sometimes this may be true. Unfortunately, as a recent court case revealed, advertisements can also be misleading. In contrast, because travel agents book so many trips, they have established relationships with a variety of partners across the globe. This translates into upgrades and cost savings for you.  

Travel Agents Know Small Details 

Because travel agents book trips every day, they are privy to details that can make an enormous difference in your travels. For example, if you’re planning multiple stops on a trip, requiring multiple flights on small carriers, they will be aware of limited flight schedules. They can confirm that the second flight you need will be available when you need it.  

Likewise, travel agents know about amazing experiences that may not come up in an online search. They know local guides for tours, the best rental companies, hidden-gem restaurants, and much more. Indeed, a huge benefit of using a travel agent is that they can often set up personalized, special experiences that aren’t necessarily widely advertised.  

Travel Agents Often Have Flexible Cancellation Policies 

No one wants a trip to be canceled, but things happen. Most travel agents offer generous, flexible cancellation policies that are incredibly accommodating. 

Travel Agents are Your Greatest Ally When Things Go Wrong 

Occasionally, despite careful planning, obstacles can arise. A water pipe could break in a hotel. High winds can ground flights. When things go wrong during your travels, it can create stress, frustration, and anxiety. One of the biggest benefits of using a travel agent is the support they can offer. This makes travel agents worth their weight in gold.  

Book Your Dream Travel Today 

Founded by award-winning travel professional Gary E. Smith, TravelPerks provides custom travel planning to the Caribbean, Central America, Australia, Africa, and everywhere in between. Services include destination wedding planning and group travel. To learn more, or to begin planning a vacation you’ll never forget, call 541-349-0036.

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