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Top reasons to use a travel agent

Next time you plan a beach vacation, consider taking advantage of the benefits a travel agent can provide you
Heather Leigh

Many travelers are booking their vacation adventures online through various websites, including those owned by hotels, resorts, cruise lines and destinations. Did you know you could be missing something by taking care of your vacation planning by yourself? There are many reasons why you should work with a real person through a travel agency while planning a vacation.

According to a report by Fox News on July 28, 2014, there are 10 reasons why travel agents are still useful, even in this world of advance technology. Here is that list of reasons:

Educated and experienced

Travel agents are very knowledgeable about the type of vacation you would like to plan. Plus, many agents have taken the same trip themselves and/or have hundreds of clients who have given feedback about the trip.

Relationships

They have personal relationships with the different companies they work with and will be able to use these relationships to leverage things for you that you might not be able to get on your own. TravelPulse.com says that by using a travel agent you might discover vacation options you would never have discovered on your own.

Ability to fix things

If something goes wrong in your travel planning our while on vacation, your travel agent will be able to find out what went wrong and determine how to fix it. Through their personal relationships with travel vendors, a travel agent will be able to pull some strings and use his or her leverage to make things right.

Money

Travel agents are knowledgeable about different specials and experienced in findings specials that will help you save money. Your travel agent will be able to help find you free room upgrades, spa credits, food and beverage credits and much more. These extras will give you more for your money.

Time

A travel agent already knows about the best destinations, including hotels, travel tips and local activities. Using a travel agent will help save you time that would be wasted on searching for ideas and tips yourself.

Reliable

If anything goes wrong during your vacation, you know you have your travel agent to call for help. He or she will help deal with any type of travel emergency you may encounter while on vacation.

First to know

Travel agents are always researching looking for the latest in travel news. Plus, they are the first to receive press releases and updates from cruise lines, resorts, tour guides and local travel associations.

Same price

It does not cost you any more money to use a travel agent. You will pay the same price if you booked it yourself through an online company or directly through the resort. So, for the same price, you get all of the many benefits associated with using a travel agent.

Perfect match

The travel agent will be able to match the perfect vacation up with your personality and your travel needs. He or she will also be able to match you with the perfect excursions, tours and extras you want during your vacation.

Ongoing benefits

Just like a reliable mechanic, when you find a reliable travel agent, you will find yourself going back for your next vacation.

As you can see, there are many benefits to using the services of a travel agent. So, the next time you want to go on vacation, make plans to use a local travel agent’s services and expertise to help plan the best vacation ever.