Vacations are supposed to be fun, enjoyable, and memorable in a good way. As a travel agent, I have heard far too many stories from my clients about vacations that quickly turned into nightmare situations.
There was the mother who had saved up for months to take her children on a mountain vacation, only to fly to her destination and learn that, even though she had already paid for and reserved her room, someone at the hotel and messed up and gave the room away, thus leaving no vacancy.
There was the young newlywed couple who had booked their twelve hour flight to their honeymoon without realizing that their seats were on opposite sides of the plane. There was also the couple who had booked their cruise to celebrate their retirement without realizing that they booked a room which only provided bunk beds – that certainly didn’t make for a very romantic vacation.
Enlisting the help of a travel agent will eliminate worries about the details of the trip, and allow you to fulfill the purpose of your vacation – enjoyment and happiness.
How will you get to your travel destination? Plane, train, or automobile? Amtrak or bus? What is the most time and cost efficient option to suit you and your companions? While the answer may seem simple to you, travel agents are able to compare your different options and provide you with the advantages and disadvantages of both. It is also important to remember that many travel agents have built strong relationships with transportation companies, are may be more savvy when it comes to higher discounts. It is quite possible that in they end you will pay less money, even after paying your travel agent, than you would have without one, due to the deals he or she can swing for you.
Another topic that may seem simple, but is actually quite complex, is hotel accommodations. Beyond just booking your room, a travel agent is able to help you realize what you’re actually looking for. Where you are going to eat for breakfast, check in/out times, size of beds, etc., may not be issues that originally cross your mind when booking a hotel room. Travel agents are able to ascertain exactly what you want out of your vacation shelter, and ensure that the little details, such as a hotel which provides complimentary breakfast, are in line with your wants.
While on vacation, chances are you or your companions may want to learn a new hobby, take lessons, rent equipment, etc. This is another situation where travel agents very likely have a bond with the companies providing these services, and they may be in a situation to build a custom package for the things you want to do, and save you a pretty penny while doing so.
The above are just a few of the countless reasons why travel agents are a wise investment when planning a vacation. Saving you money, ensuring you receive what you desire, and doing all of the busy work of planning your vacation will leave you with more time and money to make life long memories of your next vacation. Bon voyage, sayonara, hasta la vista – enjoy your trip!