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Travel agents versus self-navigation online travel services

With the perception of the internet saving you time and money, you may find that not really being the case. Advances in online travel services may make customizing your vacation more difficult. Along with various hidden fees, self-booking your travel has become more complex. One of the major reasons you want to use a Travel Agent over an online service is for their specialized knowledge. Travel Agents are able to match pricing of online travel sites as well as answer any questions you may have.

You may also find that with online travel services you have to deal with the headache of figuring out various rates and restrictions. A relationship with a Travel Agent can also save you from having to deal with oversold hotels, air, and natural disasters such as a Tsunami on your own. Your relationship with your Travel Agent isn’t going to leave you stranded; whereas the relationship with your computer won’t be able to offer you assistance when you are stuck at the airport half way around the world.

If you are planning a big vacation, you might want to reconsider giving that credit card information to an online source. Do you know how secure that source will be? Wouldn’t you prefer to have a real person hold your hand through the process of that once in a lifetime vacation experience.

From CNN’s, Are travel agents making a comeback? “It’s a cut-and-paste experience when you’re booking online. None of these sites are going to tell me what I can do with different options,” said Kaplan, who uses the Internet for many purchases, including his basketball shorts and music tickets. “Travel agents know what they are talking about. It’s more comforting to hand my money to someone who has the knowledge and experience.”

So, do yourself a favor. Look for an experienced travel professional who wants to work with you and make sure every travel experience is the best it can possibly be.

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