Do you want to go to Fiji, but you don’t know a thing about the island? Want to trek through the Serengeti National Park in Africa or lay on a private beach in Bora Bora? If you’ve never done any of these things before, you don’t need a map or a guidebook (yet). You need a travel agent.
A travel agent provides travel expertise. In most cases, they’ve been there, done that. If you want to take an adventurous trip down the Colorado River, you can find a travel agent who specializes in adventurous trips down the Colorado River. If you want to go on a once-in-a-lifetime safari, you can find a travel agent who has taken that same safari and can tell you exactly what you should pack, what you shouldn’t miss and what isn’t worth your time.
While being a travel agent seems like a glamorous job because travel agents get to jet around the world to fabulous locations, they really do work hard analyzing properties and providing valuable information for you – their clients. This information helps you to make the right decisions about your travel. Travel agents do not get “free” trips. They invest their own time and money to see properties and venues where you might stay. Based on these trips, there are places they will recommend, and some they will not.
If you do not think that this experience is important, think about it this way. Imaging going to a mechanic who has never opened the hood of a car. You want him to fix the car that you spent thousands of dollars on. You hand over the keys and walk away, right? No. An inexperienced mechanic is not someone you want working on your car.
Imagine hiring a beautician to curl your hair, but she’s never used a curling iron or given a perm. Would you hire her?
Travel agents are no different. Experience means something. Ask your travel agent questions that he can answer because he’s been there. Take advice from someone who has stayed at the hotel where you are staying. A travel agent asks the right questions and gets you the right information.
Here’s another reason why you should use a travel agent who knows the area where you are traveling. Because you’re not one. You don’t know how to navigate the area. You don’t know how to negotiate deals with the resorts and you don’t know the places that aren’t worth your dollars. An experienced, knowledgeable travel agent does and, as they say, knowledge is power.
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