Why Should I Use a Travel Advisor to Book My Vacation or Honeymoon?
These days, anyone can book their own trip using various resources that are great for people with a lot of time and a sense of adventure – as well as a willingness to accept some risks.
But how many travelers personally know the staff at resorts in desirable locations, such as Tahiti? How many people feel comfortable calling around to different destinations in hopes of finding useful, honest travel suggestions to help them plan their international trips?
In their often exceedingly busy lives, travelers rarely have the time, energy or know-how to do this. Booking a quality vacation with custom-tailored services is not straight-forward for individuals. In fact, Google research has identified that it can take 32 visits to 10 different sites to buy a single airline ticket. And this doesn’t include searching for transport and accommodations.
And even if you do the legwork, checking reviews, and confirming travel plans before your arrival, it is nearly impossible to ensure that everything will be as stress-free as it should be during your highly-anticipated vacation. This is one of the reasons my clients – and many other travelers – continue to ask for the assistance of travel consultants when planning their trips. Below are the top five reasons why I believe you should use a travel advisor to plan your vacation or honeymoon:
1. A professional travel planner is your personal advocate.
All of the moving parts that comprise an international trip virtually guarantee that something will go wrong. When you’re in a foreign country, often with limited cell service, it is critical that you have a dedicated supporter in America who will quickly and effectively intervene on your behalf – at any time of day. From hurricanes to health emergencies, I am here for my clients. Always.
2. Travel advisors identify exclusive luxury experiences you wouldn’t otherwise know about.
As TravelMarketReport.com aptly suggests, an experienced luxury travel advisor offers discerning clients the most unique opportunities available during their world travels. We don’t just find you the most desirable spots: We also arrange for the unmatched, signature experiences that will stay with you and your fellow travelers for life.
3. Travel experts coordinate seamless transportation and safe accommodations.
A friend’s daughter and son-in-law had always dreamed of visiting Egypt’s pyramids. The daughter, a savvy business woman, planned everything herself, using guidebooks, websites, reviews, and even communicating with staff at Egyptian hotels. Nonetheless, the issues they encountered during their trip were rampant: The hotel driver who was supposed to pick them up at the airport went to the wrong terminal. The travelers didn’t understand the airport system, so accidentally gave the hotel the wrong details. They waited around in a sparsely-populated, somewhat shady Egyptian airport at midnight because of this communication gaffe.
When they finally got to the hotel, the couple was distressed to note the bars on the windows, and the heavy metal front door, both of which were conveniently missing from website pictures. In the daylight, they realized that they were located in a part of town in which they could not feel safe walking around. These issues would have been entirely avoidable with the help of an experienced travel agent. As a travel advisor, it is my job to ensure that all transportation seamlessly gets you from place to place, and to further guarantee that your accommodations are safe, centrally located, and comfortably opulent.
4. Certified travel agents are more desirable than ever because of the knowledge and experience they bring to the table.
According to a recent Forbes.com article, consumer use of travel agents has been rising for the past five years. Forbes points out that travelers are very comfortable paying for expertise, and view agents as people who can help them improve the quality of their travel experiences.
5. A travel advisor uses your personal preferences to book a bespoke vacation for you and your companions.
A skilled travel agent will learn what’s most important to you and your fellow travelers, then will use his or her years of experience and connections to build a handpicked and perfectly-tailored vacation that will meet – and often far exceed – your expectations. How about watching humpback whales while aboard a private yacht in Polynesian waters, taking an exclusive wine and cheese tour through Tuscany’s rolling hills, or even embarking on a personalized bike tour to the most beautiful parks and landmarks in Paris? Whatever your individual vision for the perfect holiday, as an experienced travel agent, I know how to make it happen – even if you’re not certain what it is you want!