Booking Travel Online Vs Travel Agents

Booking Travel Online Vs Travel Agents: This is a really heated topic.

My previous profession was as a travel consultant for one of the world’s leading travel consulting firms,

and over the last eight years, I’ve visited over 22 countries and booked travel using every available method.

The truth is that it all boils down to how much time and effort you’re willing to devote to organizing your trip.

It’s never been easier to plan and buy something as basic as a round-trip flight online,

and I highly recommend it to save money and time.

It only needs a small amount of information and thought.

Travel agents are compensated for their services, which can range from $20.00 to $200.00

depending on the trip and location.

Furthermore, there is nothing a travel agency can provide you that the internet cannot.

If you’re planning a longer vacation that includes many destinations, internal flights, or tourist sites,

buying online may be more difficult.

Having said that, it isn’t all that difficult.

It’s simply a matter of doing your homework. If you’re planning a trip to Spain and then a boat trip to Italy,

all you have to do is look up information on buses or trains for your overland travel in

Spain and ferry information for your boat voyage to Italy.

You may be able to purchase internal transport or tourist attraction tickets in advance online,

or you may be able to do so when you arrive at the destination.

A travel agency, on the other hand, maybe the answer for you if you don’t have time to

do your own research or if you feel more confident having your trip booked by someone who does it for a living.

They can make use of a variety of travel resources as well as their experienced coworkers,

but this will come at an additional expense to their service.

Here is an example of a fairly significant trip I organized as a travel agent.

Two of my clients intended to spend three weeks in the United Kingdom.

They asked me to organize everything, including international and domestic flights, hotels, and travel insurance.

The clients ended up spending around $500.00 more than they would have paid online by the

time the full vacation was planned and paid for.

As a travel agent, you are required to mark up your items in this company, as in many others,

and you will be fined if you do not. Because the markup was disguised in the grand total,

the clients were unaware of it.

I could have booked everything I planned and booked for these clients online.

As a travel agent, I had access to a few cheaper hotels than clients could find online,

but as a travel agency, I was supposed to mark them up!

For these senior citizens, the security of having them reserved and paid for when they came was worth it.

Travel agents are not swindlers, but it is part of their job description to “mark it up.”

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