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How The Internet Is Competing With Travel Agents For Vacation Planning

Aug 17, 2007
Travel agents once were the only way to go when booking a vacation. Today there is the Internet, which makes booking your own vacation easier than ever. While that may be true for some, travel agents are still the best way to go.

Travel agents have spent their entire career learning how to book the most satisfying vacations. They can tell you the best place to go for you as an individual or with a group. Travel agents are specialist in customer service. This is completely unavailable when you book your own vacation. Travel agents often have inside information on the hot spots, knowing which is best for a single person versus a family or couple. They can also help you plan for the best time of year for your trip whether you want to be there when the large crowds are or if you would rather have a bit more privacy.

Another thing that travel agents can do is provide an incredible amount of information. For example many people are unaware the fees for entering certain areas and what kind of documentation will get you through the customs area quickest. They can also inform you of local laws and regulations regarding things such as fruit and souvenirs.

When a person books a vacation on their own they have no way to know what the service or even the state of the hotels. A travel agent will know which hotels to avoid, and which ones are hidden gems. There are many other benefits of a travel agent. Such as information about the area you plan to travel to. Travel agents can let you know which places are welcoming and which one is a bad place to visit due to crime or violence. They are well studied to answer any questions or concerns that you may encounter about a trip.

Often when you go online or use the phone to book a flight on an airline, you may encounter some deals but most are nonrefundable. However booking your vacation through a travel agency is generally not only refundable but also guaranteed. Since travel agents work to satisfy their customer's interests, they will try to make your experience with them as pleasurable as possible.

Even if you choose to book a vacation independently of a travel agency, you can still use a travel agent. They are excellent at answering questions you may have about an area of interest, or may be able to recommend other locations. A lot of travel agents spend a lot of time answering questions about travel for no charge. Travel agents are very useful and well worth the extra money for the vast amount of services they offer.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as cheap airplane tickets at http://www.cheapairplaneticketsonline.com
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