Travel Agents: Why Use A Travel Agent To Plan Your Holiday
With the convenience of Internet search and the cheap holiday deals that can be found online, you might be thinking, “why should I use a travel agent to plan my holiday?”
It’s a good question when you consider all that the Internet has to offer in terms of the wealth of information and the range of choices that are available. However, for many people, sifting through all of this can be an overwhelming task. For instance, where do you begin? How reliable is the information you find? And do you even have the time to explore each option thoroughly?
This is where the expertise of a travel agent can be invaluable to you.
By asking a number of questions up front, an experienced travel agent can provide you with a manageable number of options that are tailored specifically to your needs; saving you from the pain of having to sort through all of those irrelevant and sometimes unsuitable deals that you might find on the Internet. A travel agent can also give you access to discounted package deals, hotel upgrades or other special promotions that would otherwise have not been available had you booked directly.
As well as being able to provide you with advice about such things as available dates, quality of locations and standard of facilities, a travel agent can also give you the benefit of their knowledge on a range of more complicated issues. For example, cancellation policies, visa requirements and other legal matters.
Possibly one of the biggest advantages of using a travel agent to help plan your holiday is if something should go wrong. Imagine you have booked your holiday online, only to find that when you arrive at your hotel there is no record of your reservation. Or perhaps your flight has been cancelled and the airline cannot find you a seat on another scheduled flight. What would you do?
Of course, scenarios like these occur quite rarely, but by using the services of a reliable travel agent, you would have the reassurance of a knowledgeable professional on hand to provide you with valuable assistance should you find yourself in a similar situation.
On the whole, there are advantages to using the Internet to plan your holiday and you can get some great deals if you are prepared to spend some time investigating the wealth of options that are available to you. However, the right travel agent can save you time, money and give you peace of mind; allowing you to relax and enjoy your holiday the way you would want to.
If you do feel confident enough to book your holiday by yourself online, remember, you can always speak with your local travel agent first just to get a professional opinion and some useful advice – and it won’t cost you anything!
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This article was prepared on behalf of Sally Swain, an independent travel consultant at Birmingham Travel Agents, Walmley Travel www.walmleytravel.co.uk. They are an ABTA certified travel agency and provide a range of travel and holiday services for all kinds of people. For friendly, independent travel advice, contact Sally on 0121 351 7707.
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