Why you should use a travel agent

IMG_6783The internet has wrought tremendous changes to all aspects of society, and the travel industry is no exception. With a few clicks, you can book a hotel or flight, rent a car, make dinner reservations in a distant city, and more. Therefore, it is reasonable to ask the question, “Do you still need to use a travel advisor (formerly called travel agents)?” At the risk of spoiling the end of the story, we will jump ahead and say the answer is an unequivocal yes! However, there are some very specific reasons why this is so, and we are going to take a few minutes to talk about some of the most important.
Travel is more complicated than ever these days. New cruise ships and resorts are coming online all the time, and keeping up with all these changes is a full time job. It is also more common for groups of family members and friends to travel together, which increases the level of complexity and planning needed for a successful trip. Working with a professional can affect both how much you spend and how enjoyable your vacation experience is.
Your travel advisor will also be much more knowledgeable about what is new and exciting in the coming year. Maybe you want to travel to the desert and star gaze in Chile but don’t know best times to go, or you want to experience a safari during the best weather or migration times. Travel professionals have access to the latest and best tour packages and events as well as a working knowledge of regions. They understand how to coordinate planning to make sure you have a great time. Keep in mind that travel advisors are professionals; they know more than you do about this topic. After all, it’s their job! Sure, you can cut your own hair, mow your own lawn, or provide other services yourself. However, a travel advisor can do it better and more quickly than you could and can quite possibly save you money in the process. Simply put, they know more than you do, that’s why you hire them!
A travel advisor can assume the hard work of planning your trip. If they haven’t personally been to where you want to go, they most likely know someone who has or have been trained on the destination or property. Let them deal with the stress and worry of trip planning so you can sit back and enjoy! Travel advisors will also have your back when something goes wrong. They will help you deal with cancellations, problems with check in, travel delays and other issues. A travel professional will be your friend and advocate, and, if necessary, will make alternative plans for you in the event of a problem.
Keep in mind there is no do-over for a failed vacation. Your vacation time is a valuable commodity and you don’t want to waste it sitting on hold with an under-staffed airline or resort. A professional travel advisor adds an element of trust and friendship that is lacking when you deal with large impersonal corporations like airlines, hotel chains or rental car companies. They will be with you before, during, and after the trip and will get to know your likes and dislikes and help you adjust your plans accordingly. The goal of your travel advisor is to make sure you have the perfect vacation experience.
Travel advisors are also your foot soldiers on the ground. They travel the world and bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. How has Puerto Rico recovered from a hurricane? What is the risk of terrorism if I want to travel to Egypt? What kind of documents do I need to visit Russia or Cuba? A travel professional can answer these questions and more, and their research and experience greatly reduce the risk of a trip going awry.
A travel professional can offer unique services for clients with refined tastes or those wanting something a bit more unusual and off the beaten path. Many unique destinations or properties may never market their product as they don’t want to be overrun by “tourism” but prefer to keep a more intimate traveler experience. Travel advisors attend trade events to learn about these hidden gems that the common traveler may not know even exist. In addition, they can often save you money, and even if they don’t, they will add a lot of value. Cruise lines and resorts often get the majority of their business through travel advisors and they reward those advisors with benefits that can in turn be shared with you. Upgraded accommodations, included meals, discounts, or complimentary services are just a few of the benefits that could be available to you. The expert travel advisors at Condor Tours & Travel stand ready to assist you in planning your bucket list travel experience. Contact us via our web site at www.condortoursandtravel.com or call us to today at 770-339-9961, and put our knowledge and research to work for you! Don’t be fooled by web sites that talk a great story. Who puts a bad picture of their property on line? Our travel advisors have connections worldwide to be able to offer that professional advice you need to insure a quality trip that meets your expectations. As winner of the Pinnacle Award for 2018, you are in good hands booking travel with an advisor at Condor Tours & Travel. Pinnacle photo