In times of crisis, such as hurricanes or the Covid-19 pandemic, using a travel agency can be a great way to save time, stress, and even money.
Travel agentsoften have access to deals that are not available to the general public, or they may know of upcoming sales that can help customers save. Booking with a travel agency is not an outdated idea and can be beneficial for many reasons. To explain the advantages of using a travel agency to book trips, I've partnered with Sandy Haddick, owner of Dreams are Forever Travel. More complex trips, such as safaris, cruises, and remote destinations, can be much better if planned by a travel professional who has access to industry experts and destination specialists.
Even for travelers who don't care about luxury, they can rely on a travel agent to find the best airplane seats, resort rooms, and private arrangements for their trip. One of the best advantages of using a travel agency is the assistance you'll get when working with a real person, compared to the Internet. People often think that travel agents are expensive, but this is not always the case. Travel agencies have access to suppliers that offer benefits such as hotel upgrades, free spa sessions, and more.
Additionally, booking online can save you money compared to a travel agency due to low-cost providers. Some agents even charge an advance reservation fee that only applies to the reservation if the customer makes it with the agent. For secluded places like Mongolia's deserts or Greenland's fishing villages, travel agencies can provide reliable suppliers and research information about their clients' travel plans. They can also transmit important details such as travel advisories, recent news, weather conditions, and documents needed for their destination. Having the help of a professional with the planning and logistics of your travel plans can have a big impact on how much you spend and how much you enjoy your family vacation. A travel agent can act as a personal travel advisor and do the heavy lifting for you quickly and efficiently, leaving you time to live your life or care for your family.
Read on to see the pros and cons of using a travel agency, booking online, or possibly both.