Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Part 17 of Series: 101 Reasons To Use A Travel Agent

Part 17 of Series: 101 Reasons To Use A Travel Agent

The internet provides us with a bevy of information, but when is the line crossed from great information to information overload? There is a Bing commercial where a person is searching for one thing, which in turn, triggers the search for something else. They keep spouting off random words and terms that are a product of the divergence from the original search. I think it is safe to say that we have all been there. How many of us have been looking for one thing, only to get the "something shiny syndrome," and be diverted to looking at something else? That is not to say there is anything inherently wrong with that; however when you are searching for something specific, and are under time constraints, it can be annoying to have so many distractions.

Working with a travel professional helps to redirect your time and attention appropriately, so you are not wasting your precious time running from one place to another. Once you speak with your travel professional and give them certain parameters, you can sit back, relax and await the information you need and want.

Immunizations That May Be Needed -To enter certain countries you may be required to obtain certain immunizations first. Your travel expert can advise you on the steps you need to take.

Special Deals Worked Out in Advance - Travel agents may have a relationship developed with certain tour operators and could be able to get you a special price that might not otherwise be available.

Make Travel Meaningful for Children - Travel agents can offer fun information about your trip for kids to make the experience exciting and meaningful.

Where to Shop - Travel agents can offer excellent advice on great shopping neighborhoods in your destination city.

Avoid Scams - Not all 5 star hotels are treated equally. Many times photos are outdated and information about the hotel you are considering may not be true. Travel agents can have a network of opportunities to make sure that what you are seeing beforehand is what you get.

*source information provided by ASTA


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