In the world of internet everything, a lot of people may feel that using a Travel Agent is pretty old fashioned. Maybe you have in mind photos from years gone by where there’s a travel agent sitting in an office surrounded by maps and destination brochures, out of touch with what’s going on in the “real world”.
We hope that this article will dispel some of those myths and help you see why using a Travel Agent to plan your next adventure is a great idea!
Myth # 1 – Using a travel agent will cost me more money
I think this is probably the # 1 thing people think of when deciding whether or not to use a travel agent to help them plan their vacations or trips.
Some travel agents do charge a fee, but you will find that, unless they’re a luxury agency, the fees are quite marginal. Some agencies, such as Wander The World charge no additional fees, because they are paid directly from the travel suppliers (i.e., hotels, cruise companies, etc.)
Remember too that places like Orbitz and Expedia can charge a booking fee as well.
Myth # 2 – I can book my own trip online without using a travel agent
While this may be true, travel agents also have access to exclusive pricing and packages that are not available to the general public or on booking sites. We also have more leverage in situations where a hotel is claiming to be booked, when in fact they have rooms set aside for travel agent reservations. We can turn that “no” into a “yes”!
Myth # 3 – I don’t have time to deal with a Travel Agent
If you’ve ever researched and booked a trip, then you know exactly how much time it takes. Between checking the destination for available hotels, researching recreation or dining options, booking transportation whether it be flight, rental car or both…you can spend hours preparing for your next trip. Why not let a travel agent do all that research for you? Letting us do the research saves you hours of time and frustration.
Myth # 4 – Travel Agents are being replaced by the Internet
We all know just how much information is out there about travel and everything else. Although the Internet is a valuable resource, it can’t replace the personal touch that you get with a travel agent. It also can’t replace the expertise, guidance and personal service of a travel agent. We can even offer insider tips based on personal experience, which could potentially save you money and hassle!
Your travel agent will also be available to help you handle any mishaps or confusions on your journey. Instead of trying to find phone numbers or contact information for hotels, transportation companies, etc., to deal with something that has happened along the way, you can just call your agent and they will work as hard as they can to set matters straight.
A travel agent can also help you purchase traveler’s insurance for those unforeseen occurrences that can pop up. Life is unpredictable and sometimes emergencies happen at the last minute that can ruin even the best made travel plans. Travel insurance can keep you from losing the money you’ve spent on a vacation you now can’t go on.
Myth # 5 – Travel Agents will never quote me the cheapest price.
A good travel agent knows the ins and out of different itineraries. While you could find one that is cheaper, you may be trading money for headaches! Things like longer waits at the airport or odd travel times can ruin what should be a great vacation.
A travel agent aims to bring you the best value for your hard earned money. This includes the most direct and time friendly itinerary, so you can be out there enjoying your destination! Unless you’ve specifically stated you want the cheapest option, expect that extra value to be a factor included in whatever trip they present you with.
Using a Travel Agent can save you time, money, hassle and headaches! The team at Wander The World would love to help you plan your next adventure! There is no fee for using our service to receive a quote and perhaps you’ll end up going on the best vacation ever!
If you don’t need a vacation right now but know someone who is planning…please consider referring them to us! If they book with us, you’ll receive $25 for the referral!
The Team at Wander The World