When you can suss out the best plane fares through online comparison sites, and book tours and research the best places to stay online, why is there a need for a travel agent?
With the proliferation of sites allowing you to research, compare and book everything from the comfort of your own lounge room, it may seem as though professional travel agents are no longer in demand.
However, while the number of travel agents employed at agencies has steadily declined over the past decade, people are still going to see them to plan their trips.
Travel agents are an invaluable resource when it comes to planning complicated trips, when you have specific travel needs and when you need someone to help you sift through the vast mountain of information available online.
They are experts in knowing where to go, how to get the cheapest possible flight with the fewest stopovers and what the experience is really like if you go with that particular tour company. They are also important people to know if you’re planning to go travelling overseas for the first time and don’t want to miss out on any important planning details.
Travel professionals can really prove their worth by tailoring travel to an individual. They may be experts in a particular geographical region and can find interesting inclusions to sweeten a packaged deal.
Travel agents can also save you hours and hours of planning and researching time: by telling them what you’re looking for, you can just sit back and relax while they do all the hard work for you, then come back to you with their findings.
It’s easy to feel completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information out there, and dealing with a whole range of different websites can be a headache-inducing task. A travel agent can tell you if your ideas are realistic or over budget, and they can find creative solutions you may not have otherwise found through searching online.
A travel agent’s expertise and knowledge is still highly relevant, even in the digital age. It rarely costs you anything more to visit one compared to doing the research yourself, so why not save yourself the hassle?