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Of course, you don’t always need a travel agent. If you’re going from Colorado to California for a generic week in Disneyland, you can find hotels, flights, and theme park tickets in a few clicks. No problem. If, however, you’ve been bitten by the traveler bug and are looking to travel the world, stay in resorts, and visit obscure locales, do yourself a big favor and get a travel agent. I’m not talking about the travel agency that comes as part of your credit card rewards package and does nothing more than book your flight and hotel for you. I’m talking about the real deal—a travel agent that can tell you why one five-star hotel is better than another, is friends with the managers of airline companies, luxury hotels, and tourist agencies, and knows of secret restaurants that serve the most delicious cuisine.
Why are travel agents a necessity? Well, for one thing, they know more. A lot more. More than you and, if you can believe it, more than the Internet. They’ve been there. They’ve seen it. They’ve done it. They know your destinations like the back of their hand, and if they don’t, chances are they have a colleague nearby that does. They will make your vacation a thousand times better than it would be if you planned it online yourself. If you find a travel agency you love, stick with them and they will come to know you, too. They’ll know of your affinity for scuba diving and book your hotels near the ocean. They’ll know you don’t do well with intense physical activity, so they’ll arrange tours with appropriate accommodations. These details are the difference between a stress-free and a stressful vacation.
Great travel agents are connected. They know people. With a five-minute phone call they can get you VIP status in hotels, restaurants, and on tours. It’s the difference between general admission and a backstage pass. This also means they have access to the best deals. Yes, better than anything you can find online. They have good business relationships with hotel managers, restaurant owners, and tour agencies. These people want the business your travel agent throws their way and are willing to cut amazing deals to get it.
Some may shy away from travel agents because they think they’re expensive. I’m already spending all this money on my vacation. I’m not going to pay someone to plan it for me, too. This is a misconception. Because of their connections, travel agents can save you buckets of money—literally thousands of dollars on your vacation. They can get you a first-class $6,000 flight for $4,000. They can get you hotel upgrades at no extra cost. They can get you on a VIP tour for the price of the regular. In truth, travel agents practically pay for themselves.
A travel agent is your safeguard. You’re the acrobat and the travel agent is your net. When you’re taking the vacation of a lifetime, you don’t want to be bothered by those irritating, yet unavoidable, nitpicky details. You don’t want to worry about what will happen if your flight is delayed or your rental car breaks down or a show you had tickets to is unexpectedly cancelled. If you have a travel agent, they take care of any surprises for you. If your flight is delayed, your agent will get you on another in a flash, and probably upgrade your seat for free at the same time. Their job is to make your vacation as unforgettable as possible, and they will. They take care of the headaches so you do nothing but relax and enjoy.
If you’re planning a big budget excursion to an unfamiliar destination, a travel agent is truly a necessity. At Holliday Adventures, we provide this kind of service. We specialize in travel to Australia, New Zealand, and Africa, but will help you plan the vacation of a lifetime, no matter the location. We do all we can to understand and meet your travel expectations. If you let Rosie help you plan your next vacation, it promises to be unforgettable!
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