The world has changed a lot in the last ten years. Many of the things that used
to require the services of a trained professional with experience in the business
can now be done even by amateurs, as long as they have access to the World Wide
Web. You can look up anything from insurance agencies to bankruptcy attorneys,
Southern California hotel rates and airfares.
The availability and diversity of information on the Internet has led many
to ask whether or not they need the services of a travel agent when it comes
to planning, booking, and making an itinerary for their vacations. A lot of
the reason behind this is concerns over the pricing that comes with using a
travel agent. Like other sales agents, a travel agent will usually
have some kind of commission fee earned from your business. People tend to balk
at using a service they have to pay for when they feel they can do the work
What you may not be taking into account if you focus solely on the travel agent's
fee are all of the headaches and hassles that the agent may be shielding you
from. Planning a vacation is a lot of hard work on its own. You have to come
up with a destination and then find all of the information on how to get there,
and that includes transfers of planes, from a hotel to a pier for a cruise,
and so on. Hotels have to be booked, cars rented, and on and on. An agent can
save you a lot of time when it comes to putting the entire package together.
Agents can also help eliminate some of the guess work of a vacation. Any time
you go to somewhere new, you stand the chance of going to a location that simply
is not worth the time or the money to get there or spend time there. There are
plenty of businesses in tourist hot spots built to rip off the unwary, when
a better spot might be just around the corner. An agent will know which restaurants
and attractions offer the most bang for your buck.
Part of the appeal of the travel agent is that a lot of the time, they have
travelled to the destinations themselves and thus have firsthand knowledge of
what they are talking about. Failing to heed their advice is akin to buying
a house without taking a tour yourself; you don't really
know what you may be in for.
Finally, most of the time travel agents can end up saving you time and money.
Sure, you may have subscribed to the email list on an Internet site offering
cheap tickets, but you can never really be sure that these are the best deals.
An agent will have the background to compare prices to and tell you if you are
really getting a good deal or not.
Buying a vacation is not like spending money on bird seed. It's
a big monetary commitment, and one that you don't want to take lightly.
We recommend using the services of a travel agent at least for the first time
you take a trip somewhere; relying solely on the Internet can be a bit like
flying by night with unproven navigation systems.