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Travel Agent to Plan a Vacation

Monday, April 19th, 2010

You may wonder why you need a travel agent – after all, doesn’t the Internet have a lot to offer? Yes it does, but for many people it has too much to offer. Without a travel agent, planning a trip, especially an overseas trip, can be a confusing and tedious task. It can also occupy a great deal of your time, more so if you have never been to that destination before. This is where travel agents come into their own. A reliable travel agent can save you both money and time while offering you their in-depth expertise.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of using a reliable travel agent is if something goes wrong. Well, if you booked through a travel agent they could help by either confirming the booking by phone or getting you another hotel – plus a refund on the first booking. Remember, many hotels and resorts require the full payment by credit card at the time of the booking, and many will not give a refund if you cancel for some reason.

A travel agent will also help you when other disasters strike; disasters such as lost passports, illnesses, and missed or cancelled flights. Another advantage of using travel agents is their access to special deals such as package deals, discounted hotel rates and airfares, specials and promotions, and sometimes airline upgrades or upgrades in hotel rooms.

These are all bonuses that can add spice to your trip. What if you decide not to use a travel agent? Well, be prepared to put in a lot of time doing research. But there is one common mistake to avoid… Many people, once they have decided on the dates of their vacation and where they will stay, rush in and start booking online. However, there are still vital things you have to decide yourself, such as the purpose of your trip, and when you will travel. But even if you decide to make the bookings yourself, just speaking with a travel agent may give you a totally different perspective on your trip. And at no cost!