When’s the last time you used a travel agent to book a trip?
Last year when my parents went on a trip, my mom actually booked it through a travel agent instead of doing it online like we always do. I thought that it was strange. I asked my mom about why she went through a travel agent. Her logic was simple. The prices were the same and she wanted someone to do the research for her. She paid the agent to look for the best rates. So now whenever my parents think about a trip or doing anything out of town, they contact a travel agent to arrange everything.
Earlier this week we put together the ultimate piece on how to plan a trip. Now we’re going to look at the idea of using travel agents to get a trip going.
What’s the case for using a travel agent?
They do all of the work for you. Some of us don’t want to do the work when it comes to creating a custom workout routine or a vacation. That’s cool. It’s your money. A travel agent will do all of the work for you.
They send you to the right place for your needs. When you just want to get away and have specific demands in mind, you can just show up at your local travel agency and ask them for help. They’ll take your needs into considering and send you to the right place. You don’t have to worry about every single detail. You just pay, pack, and show up.
The last time I used a travel agent was in 2009. Truthfully, the only reason I did so was because they had a price beat guarantee. So I found the cheapest price possible online and then brought it to an agent so that they could beat the deal, saving me money. Since then, I’ve always done my own thing. When I researched the art of vagabonding (long-term wandering) I learned that anyone can plan an extended trip. A few years ago I ended up buying a ticket to Warsaw, Poland and I showed up with no real plans. At that point I realized that life is one huge adventure and the onus is on you to enjoy this adventure.
Why should you NOT use a travel agent?
They are in the business of sales. Their job is to promote offers that make them money. Actually, I view everything with a critical eye because anyone in the business of sales will naturally want to promote the sales that pay the most. Can you really trust the person working on commission to fully cater to your needs?
You can also easily book a trip totally on your own. This article is the foreplay for a colossal piece that I have coming on how to become your own travel agent. It’s actually really fun and sort of cheap. With the world wide web at our finger tips, we don’t need personal trainers to show us how to train properly nor do we need to pay a travel agent to help us book a trip.
I must admit that I’ve become a pretty solid travel agent for myself and my friends. I help them save money, yet I don’t get any thanks. All I get is strong vodka shots. Okay, I can’t complain.
What’s the most important aspect about planning your trip? You must start saving up as early as possible. You need to check out my piece on the best financial tools that will help you save HUGE money. Until you start sacrificing and earning your freedom, you shouldn’t even be considering any sort of trips. Getaways are for those that earned them. Not for those that use their credit card to buy it and then don’t pay it off for years.
Have you ever used a travel agent before? What about recently since the Internet has made traveling so easy?
Tomorrow we’re going to look at how you can be your own travel agent. Get ready for lots of videos, pictures, and damn good times!