The Travel Question: Travel Advisors vs. Do It Yourself

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In today’s world, the joy and utility of the Internet continues to be a boon to our lives. From education and research, to shopping and browsing products, our online world gives us vast resources absent to previous generations.

For travel, a very important question everyone should be asking is: Do I need or want a travel advisor? As self-booking travel is a very doable proposition these days, has the day of the travel advisor gone by or are they needed now more than ever?

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On the ‘no’ side of this question, airlines have made self-booking easy and secure. It also takes little effort to compare hotels and to find the right one for wherever you travel. It’s pretty much the same for rental cars, too. So, what’s the point of complicating your life, you may ask?

However that may be, there are many benefits to utilizing travel advisors that many people don’t know about (be sure to read to the end of this article!). Like anything else, all travel advisors are not equal in skills and knowledge, as well as the results they provide. Some are newbies to the field, some are veterans, some provide more thorough results and others are more accessible.

Therefore, once you decide to find a travel advisor, take the time to explore different advisors, different companies, and focus on those advisors that provide superior service. You can always change advisors but finding a good one the first time around is the best way to go.

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A travel advisor can bring you a literal world of knowledge … about the world! From hidden treasures and little-known hideaways to popular destinations and chic spots, a travel advisor will have – or will be able to find – information that you may not consider on your own.

Travel advisors also should make your life easier. If you’re planning an international trip or an extended getaway, then you could devote a lot of time to planning. Using a travel advisor will not only save you time but will provide you with a bevy of options to choose from. The goal is always to work together to create the best travel experience possible for you and your family.

In addition, there’s one BIG benefit to having a travel advisor that is oddly unknown to most people. It’s odd because this should be shouted from the rooftops by everyone in the travel industry. The public needs to know this – and remember this. That being … travel advisors have access to special deals, discounts, and travel options that are not available to the general public. Read that again. It’s true.

If you want to spend less money and get more out of your travel experience, then using a travel advisor is the best way to do this.

These cool perks from using a travel advisor will not cost you extra money in most cases. Hotel resorts? Yep. Cruises? Yep. Group travel? Yep. Travel advisors can get you better deals at less cost and with more benefits.

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How and why? This is because travel advisors earn commissions from these types of bookings. Also, remember that these commissions do NOT add to the cost of your booking. This is all the result of the travel industry supporting and encouraging travel advisors to get bookings because it’s a win-win situation for everyone. For you, too!

So, the next time you’re planning an adventure, consider retaining the best travel advisor you can find. A great travel advisor will save you time and money and will help you have the most fulfilling travel experience possible.

Published by Paul Hardersen

I am the CEO of a startup nautically-focused travel company, former associate professor and research scientist, traveler, lobster lover, and now doing what I can to help preserve the planet for future generations. The ocean is the key.

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