Updated: Jul 15, 2020
There are so many travel websites out there where you can book your own vacation, so why use a travel advisor? That is a great question. I guess it comes down to a few important factors: time, experience and money.
1. Travel is more complicated than ever.
With constant changes in travel from Brexit to new cruise ships and the never ending changes in the airline fare categories, just to name a few, keeping up with the options is a full-time job. Having a professional to help with the planning and logistics can have a big impact on how much you spend on — and how much you enjoy — your vacation.
2. Travel advisors are on top of what’s new and exciting.
The world is full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. If you’d like to see The Passion Play at Oberammergau, the Tokyo Summer Olympics, the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, the cricket World Cup in Australia or the inaugural sailing of Virgin Cruise, travel professionals have access to the best tour packages and exclusive events, and they understand how to navigate the logistics.
3. They save you so much time and stress.
Sure, reading about places to go is fun — but planning a trip is hard work, and you never know what to believe. Travel agents travel the world, looking at everything, from the size of the rooms in hotels and cruise ships to the dining options on-site and nearby. If they haven't personally been where you want to go, they know someone who has. They can answer your questions quickly and correctly.
4. Travel advisors have your back when you need an advocate.
Things don’t always go as planned. Whether it’s missed or cancelled flights, closed attractions or unexpected circumstances, your travel advisor is there to help you when problems arise.
5. There is no do-over for a vacation gone wrong.
Life is busier and more demanding than ever, and vacation time is more valuable. Travel agents can save you hours, not just in doing research to find you the perfect vacation, but also just sitting on hold with short-staffed airlines and resorts to make your vacation perfect.
6. Travel Advisors Care.
Travel advisors are invested in their clients' happiness and satisfaction and want to make sure each and every trip is packed full of positive lifelong memories. They listen, suggest, adjust, understand and become a friend ... not just a search engine or an anonymous voice. They are with you before, during and after your trip.
7. The world is constantly changing, and travel agents are on the ground experiencing it.
Has the Caribbean recovered from Hurricane Maria? Is it safe to travel to the Middle East? Travel advisors don't just sell a destination. They discover, research and experience the places they offer, over and over.
8. They often save you money — and if not, they deliver more value.
Even if your travel agent charges a fee, the value you receive will be bigger than what you paid. Cruise lines and many resorts get the majority of their customers through travel agents — and they reward the best ones with perks to share with you. Suppliers don't pass on savings to you for booking direct, they just keep more in their pocket.
9. Travel agents offer unique services for discerning clients.
It all comes down to who you know. And odds are, they know that guy or gal.
10. Like any professional advisors, they really do know more than you do.
You can cut your own hair and do your own taxes and perk your own coffee, but a professional can do it better. You can plan your own vacation, too by why would you?
In a world where everything is constantly changing, it’s nice to know that you have a professional in your corner when it comes to planning your precious vacation. My question for you is why NOT use a travel advisor?