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Are Travel Agents Really Essential For Travelers?

Travelers Today       By    Czarina Ara Lasco

Updated: Mar 21, 2017 06:43 AM EDT

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In this generation where people can access all that they need in just a simple tap on the internet, are there still rooms for travel agents?
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From airline and hotel bookings, museum and amusement park tickets, to restaurant reservations, travellers can already access, book and pay all in the comfort of their own homes. All they need to need to do is to search on the internet, choose whatever deal they want, and voila! Everything is set.

Because of the convenience provided by the internet, many travellers do not consider hiring a travel agent. Many of them say that travelling without a travel agent will help them save a lot of money. But in reality, there are actually many reasons why travellers should still get a travel agent for their trip. Here are a few reasons why.

Travel agents will not be in their chosen profession if they do not master the do's and don'ts of travelling. Therefore, they are literally more proficient than the usual travellers when it comes choosing the best travel strategies. With collective experiences coming from their hundreds of patrons, seeking an advice from a travel agent will eventually put your hard-worked travel investment into an ultimate travel experience of your life.

Travel agents will help you lessen the stress and time that you need to exert in planning for your vacation.A survey conducted by the I.B.M. Institute for Business Value for over 2,000 travellers all over the world revealed that 20% of the respondents spent more than five hours in searching and booking their travel through the internet. Online bookings cannot always bring the convenience that everybody expects. Hence, a travel agent will actually decrease the burdensome for travellers in such cases.

3. There is a number of deals and discounts from resorts, hotels and other tourist destinations that cannot be found online. Some of them are only offered through travel agents. Aside from these deals, travel agents also have access to the best and latest offerings from their travel partners. They have their own access that keep them updated about restaurant openings, hotels, tours, and attractions. So if you want to have a trip that is more special (and cheaper) than the others, travel agents will definitely help a lot.

4. If you are the kind of traveller who finds it hard to choose the "best" place to go to, consulting a travel agent will actually do the work for you. While there are a lot of good places to visit, best foods to taste, and luxurious places to stay into, the "best" place to travel is the one which suits your personality, as well as your desires so as to avoid experiencing a mismatch. 

5. There are also some instances where travellers do not anticipate the costs that they encounter in their travel destination. However, hiring a travel agent for your trip will stay you away from being trapped to the high tourist costs in hotels, restaurants, attractions, and even for souvenir item shops. According to Travel Market Report, travel agents can help travelers determine how much their trip will cost. This way, you will prevent yourself from experiencing budget shortage.

Aside from these, there are still many reasons why travel agents are still necessary in planning for a hard-earned travel - from insurance, plotting your itinerary, to your food and drinks packages. To simplify things, you might want to contact an agent on your next trip to save more time and money. 

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