Many of us are absolutely longing to travel some place (near or far – just anywhere but the backyard or grocery store!) once the first opportunity presents itself. No matter what’s going on in the world, it is so important to have someone by your side to help you every step of the way when it comes to travel.
Whether you’re a cruise lover, an on-the-go solo traveler, a parent with little ones to entertain, or a sun seeker, a travel advisor is there to listen to your needs and wishes, answer all of your questions, and ensure your hard-earned money takes you exactly where you want to go (and help bring you back home if anything goes wrong).
Here are five reasons why you need a travel advisor by your side when you book your next vacation:
1. First, and foremost, when you are ready to travel, travel advisors are there to make YOUR travel dreams come true and provide you with inspiration.
A travel advisor will listen to your wishes to plan the vacation you’ve always dreamed of. Or, if you’re stumped for ideas, they can stoke your wanderlust with loads of travel inspiration. No matter how big or small your budget is, or how long or short you want your itinerary to be, they’ll make your once-in-a-lifetime getaway happen. Plus, they’ll take into consideration any special needs (e.g., dietary, mobility) so that you stay safe and can enjoy your time away. And, if you want to incorporate your passions, interests, or lifestyle into your travels – whether it’s food, art, biking, yoga, or something else – they can do that, too!
2. Travel advisors can save you money and offer you free amenities.
Contrary to popular belief, the best travel deals are often not available on the internet! Because they have relationships with many top travel suppliers and a strong network of trusted on-location contacts, travel advisors have access to exclusive offers and deals you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, they’ll often be able to include free perks and amenities to elevate your experience.
3. A travel advisor’s job is to plan travel.
Think about what you know about your job that no one else does. Then, think about how nice it would be to have similar, insider knowledge when it comes to planning your next trip! A travel advisor can not only save you money but also a lot of time and effort. If you’ve ever booked travel by yourself, you know how many hours, and often days, you can spend digging through the avalanche of options and (mis)information available on the internet. Travel advisors are master planners who can efficiently coordinate everything from flights and hotels to tours and transfers to create a seamless and worry-free journey. They also can advise on things you might not have considered, like visa requirements, vaccinations, and current travel advisories, to help prevent any troubles while you’re in destination.
4. Travel advisors take you to places where only insiders go.
A travel advisor can suggest countries, cities, tours, and excursions that you wouldn’t have thought of yourself. Because they have contacts all around the world, they’re the first to know about up-and-coming and exciting destinations, so you can experience them before everyone else flocks there. And, they can make sure someone of trust waits for you and guides you to the best places to see from a local’s perspective. This is the type of unique, personalized experience you can’t find on the internet. Plus, they might have been there themselves and be able to offer insider tips and suggestions on what to pack and what to do before your departure.
5. Most importantly, travel advisors offer you peace of mind.
From the very beginning of the planning process to the moment you come back home (head full of memories), a travel advisor is with you to ensure that you can focus on one thing: having the time of your life. Despite perfect planning, if anything goes wrong while you’re traveling (or even before you leave on your trip), know that you have someone by your side who’s just an email, text, or phone call away.
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