What Does a Travel Agent Do

By November 1, 2016 Travel Planning
what does a travel agent do

With so many online booking sites and options to book your own travel, it’s easy to wonder what does a travel agent do?

We love providing high touch concierge service for our clients to make their travel dreams come true, so we’re happy to tell you more about what we do and how we do it.

We Serve as Your Advisor

To start, it’s important to explain that we’re not so much travel agents now as we are travel advisors.

Anyone can find information on flights, hotels, and tours. But doing so takes a lot of time, and you can’t be certain you’re choosing the right options. Is the hotel as nice as it seems in pictures? Is that tour guide legitimate, or will they take off with my money and not show up for the tour? Can I book a special dinner by the water so I can propose at sunset?

The questions quickly add up, and as a travel advisor, the most common thing we hear from clients is “I am so overwhelmed, please help.” That’s where we come in. You get direct access to our knowledge, experience and supplier partnerships to advise on the right places to stay, tours to take, and restaurants to book.

We’re always one-step ahead, thinking of all the things you shouldn’t have to worry about, answering the questions before you have to ask.

We Help You Choose the Right Destination

Most people have a sense of where they want to go or how they want to feel on their getaway. Maybe you want to lay on a beach, zip line in a jungle, heli-ski, see historical sites, or visit wineries or volcanoes.

Maybe you want an all-inclusive trip with all food and drinks included, or maybe you want a destination with more flexibility. We listen to you and help identify your dream destination. Then we make sure you get the best reservation at the best price.

We help You Plan and Book the Best Outings

Booking outings is as much work as choosing the right hotel, flights, car rentals, etc.

You can shop till you drop. That’s why it’s so much easier to have your travel advisor provide ideas and recommendations and then add excursion packages to your booking.

Like many things you buy, the more you bundle into one package, the more you can save. We’re also able to take all the elements of your trip and put them together in such a way that the pieces of the puzzle fit perfectly.

We Simplify Complex Itineraries

The chance of something going wrong increases exponentially when you’re planning a trip to an international destination, or with multiple stops and a complex itinerary.

But we know how to combine all of those elements so that your itinerary will be seamless and your trip will be smooth and stress-free.

We Make Sure That It All Works Out

With the on-line do-it-yourself booking sites, you can always find a great deal. Everything may work out, but then again it may not. Have you ever been in a situation where you need some help and there is no one to speak to? Not a fun time, for sure.

When you let a travel agent help, your wishes and dreams are protected. If and when something goes wrong, you’re covered.

You don’t need to sit on hold and get transferred from one person to the next. You only need to speak to your travel advisor who can efficiently work on your behalf to make sure unwelcome surprises are fixed and your trip is back on track.

There’s a reason that more and more people are turning to travel advisors to get help with their trips. In the last year alone, the demand for travel advisors has increased by 50%.

Professional travel agents are easy to work with, know the industry inside and out, and have the power to improve your overall travel experience.

If you’re thinking about taking a trip, why not reach out for an initial quote?