Part 1 of Series: 101 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent
There are a lot of questions that travelers have in this day and age; especially since the TSA and airlines seem to change the rules on a daily basis! First and foremost, I think security is extremely important, so if that means they delay my flight so I don't fall or get shot out of the air, I'm all for it; unfortunately, there are many people who may agree with that in theory, but when they are traveling, they don't want to hear about delays of any sort. Over the next few weeks, I will post some of the 101 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent (Source: American Society of Travel Agents - ASTA).
I hope these reasons can shed some insight into the invaluable service travel professionals can provide. Granted, just like in any industry, there are those who are neither knowledgeable, nor professional about the job they do, but I can say from meeting countless travel professionals over the past year - some are on the ball and go above and beyond. It makes me proud to be a part of a community that values their commitment to provide others with the best leisure or business travel experience possible; despite all of the nuisances that have come into the fray over the past ten years. I want people to travel; whether it's in their own backyard (so to speak) or abroad. I want people to get out and get going! People may not enjoy everywhere they go, but at least they can say they have been, and then NEVER go back!
- Convenient One Stop Shopping - Travel agents can handle every aspect of your trip from airline tickets to lodging, ground transportation car rental, activities, tours and more.
- Consumer Advocate - If you should have a problem during your trip, travel agents can act on your behalf to see that proper restitution's are made.
- Expert Guidance - Travel agents are experts in helping travelers get where they need to go and helping to open up possibilities most people never would have dreamed were possible.
- Save Time - Avoid the headaches and let the travel agents call around and do all the time consuming work of looking for prices, activities, and flights for you planning a complex itinerary.
- Choice - Travel agents offer you an array of options and price quotes from a variety of travel suppliers, giving you the upper hand when making your final travel decisions.