Why you need a travel advisor, even if you book your own travel

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Today’s travel scene is crazy, to say the least. With country closures and travel bans working with someone whose job it is to know the travel industry has never been more important. Here are the reasons why you need a travel advisor, even if you book your own travel.

Added Peace of mind

I have been a solo traveler for over 20 years. I had always booked my own travel. Then I became a travel advisor. When you book your own travel you typically don’t read the fine print. This is what travel advisors do. We look at the destination, determine what is needed for entrance, and help guide our clients to which features are best for them. Your travel advisor is also available while you’re traveling to help with any hiccups that might occur.

Before I was a travel advisor, I took a train from Bath to Edinburgh on a Saturday. The first leg of the trip went off smoothly but when I got to Bristol and was told my connecting train was canceled. I spoke with the ticket agents and they told me I would have to take two more trains in order to get to Edinburgh. I followed directions, even asked the conductor on the trains I was on to make sure I was going to Edinburgh…so then why did I end up in Glasgow? If I had been working with a travel advisor at the time they would have been able to find and book alternate transportation for me saving me the day-long trip and stress of ending up in the wrong city!

They are trained to be experts in travel

Travel advisors have access to a variety of continuing education that isn’t available to the public. They can become experts at navigating Disney, Cruising, Island destinations, and much more. They have education for all types of travel from Adventure to Wellness. Want to know the best times to go to Disney? A travel advisor who is versed in “The Knowledge” can tell you the best times and can help you navigate the parks once you’re there so that you can get the most out of your experience.

They can get you deals and trips that may not be offered to the general public

Working with a travel advisor will open up the possibilities of what can be available to you. Due to their continued education, they are offered excursions that might be labeled VIP to the general public for discounted rates. Travel advisors are also given first access to special deals offered by companies so that they can pass those savings off to you.

Their job is to make your trip painless and stress-free

All industries have their own set of lexicons. These are terms and acronyms used to conduct business on a daily basis and the travel industry is no different. Trying to wade through the muck can be daunting. That’s where a travel advisor can help you. They can look at a deal for you that “seems too good to be true” and let you know exactly what you’re getting.

That 7-day trip to Ireland for two which costs $500 may seem like a once in a lifetime deal but if you read the fine print, you may find that you’ll have to provide your own way to get to Ireland, you are responsible for any in-country travel, and the $500 actually only covers the hotel price per person. A travel advisor would be able to tell you what exactly is included and will help you book all the other components needed for a stress-free trip.

Many travel advisors practice what they preach

Many travel advisors get into this line of work because they love traveling and this type of job allows them the freedom to do that. I traveled on my own for 20 years before I decided to become a travel advisor so that I could speak firsthand about my experiences. Having that first-hand knowledge will eliminate a lot of the headaches travelers might experience, such as not knowing how to get to their hotel or what the local culture is like. Your travel advisor can educate you on what you need to know before you go because they have the knowledge of experience to draw from.

It’s always good to have a second set of eyes

I cannot tell you how many rookie mistakes I’ve made while traveling and booking travel on my own before I became a travel advisor. Not everyone is good at logistical planning and let’s face it all travel is logistics. You may think that you have a solid plan, you may think that you’ve got all your bases covered. However, it’s so easy to miss one thing that can ruin your whole trip. Perhaps you forget to book your transportation from the airport to your hotel, or you forget to book the hotel! Working with a travel advisor will give you a second set of eyes, whose job it is to think of any issue that might come up on your vacation.

It’s a safety net for your trip

Above all, a travel advisor will help you navigate any issues while you might have with your trip. From helping you cancel a trip due to an illness to working with a hotel to get you a better room/deal. These are all issues a travel advisor is trained to help you with so that you can go on vacation and enjoy your travels.

And it’s not as expensive as you think. Most travel advisors will charge a nominal fee of $25 to $50 to help individuals research their trip. It’s worth the price to ensure you have a great trip… unless the weather isn’t great, we can’t control the weather…yet. So get with a travel advisor to help you plan your next trip. If you have any questions or would like help planning your next trip, drop me a comment or send me a message, I’d be happy to work with you. Until next time.




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