Have you ever thought, “why should I use a travel advisor when I can just book the vacation myself?”
If you answered yes, you’re not alone. This is often the first thought in people’s minds, especially experienced travelers! But our question to you is, why would you want to? Vacations are supposed to be relaxing. They are supposed to be a time when you and your family can get away from the monotony of life and escape. Quite frankly, managing it all can be exhausting.
Travel Advisors provide a service to help make your life easier, relieving you of the headache of having to plan, build an itinerary, research the best prices, find the best companies, and manage the bookings. All that stress goes POOF, and you sit back like a well-deserving guest, receiving the best service you’ve ever had!
Still tempted to forego the process alone? Here are six reasons you should use a travel advisor for your next vacation:
Planning a trip can be stressful and time-consuming. We often hear that our clients are excited at the prospect of vacation planning but find themselves burnt out from wadding through unlimited booking sites and chasing deals. Ultimately, they continue to book the same vacation simply because they don’t have the time to research a new destination.
A travel advisor will research, vet the reviews, price compare, and complete the booking process for you. We can take the time to assess all options, so all you’ll have to do is say yes!
Savings and Perks
Who doesn’t want to save money? Many resorts, cruise lines, and hotel brands offer discounts to exclusive travel partners, giving travel advisors access to deals not found in the general market.
And even if they can’t find an unpublished deal for you, their longstanding relationship with travel vendors gives them access to exclusive perks such as early check-ins and room upgrades. So even if you pay the market price for your accommodations, you’ll enjoy all the perks, which often elevates the trip from great to I’m-never-coming-home kind of great!
Still not convinced that it’s worth the cost savings? Consider this – you’ll spend the same amount or less when you book with a travel advisor, but you will also get insider knowledge, exclusive access, and help when needed – all of which are priceless.
Peace of Mind
Travel is unpredictable. But when you book with a travel advisor, you have an advocate to help when things go awry, 24/7. If your room isn’t what the hotel promised, or perhaps your tour is different than advertised their knowledge, expertise, and connections will help to rectify any disruptions to your trip quickly.
A travel advisor will address your concerns, big or small, and eliminate long waits on hold with a representative that may or may not have your best interest at heart.
The success of a travel advisor relies heavily on their knowledge, including familiarity with worldwide destinations, staying up to date on current events, and understanding of cultural differences. Advisors gain this knowledge not just behind the scenes, but also alongside other travelers. They’re scoping out the best resorts for families, connecting with wedding planners, meeting with local tour guides, and ensuring they deliver on their promises.
We are vastly different, so why would you book a cookie-cutter vacation? Travel advisors take the time to get to know you and understand your budget, expectations, and needs, personalizing every detail along the way.
Just as a realtor meticulously searches for their buyer’s perfect home – a travel advisor will climb the highest peaks to ensure that your vacation is as unique as you are. You can expect a champagne welcome waiting, a waterfall excursion booked (if that’s your thing), and any dietary or medical requests you may have communicated before you are checked in!
Travel advisors are unbelievably passionate about travel. They are as excited about your trip as you are, likely counting the days and looking forward to your photos and stories! Having someone as invested in your experience as you are is invaluable. They will go above and beyond to ensure your trip is as wonderful as possible and would never take advantage or steer you wrong.
Now that we have your attention read more about what booking services travel advisors offer here.