The best travel agents are a wealth of information, knowledge and experience. They can help you determine which trip is going to suit you best, find a price that’s right for you and help you iron out all of the details to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
In the age of the Internet, many people assume that online is the only way to book a holiday. But, as booking online can often be confusing, a travel agent may be just what you need and even better – find the best travel agents or travel agency.
What makes the best travel agents?
Is it something easy to measure— travel sales volume, perhaps?
Or is it something less tangible—pure dedication and willingness to go above and beyond for a tourist needs?
Or is it some combination of the two?
The best travel agents often have access to special travel discounts or perks – or know best where to find them – and as the tour operators pay their commissions, you don’t pay more for their services and expertise.
If you have special needs of any kind – whether it’s help in arranging a wedding ceremony onboard of a cruise, ordering gluten-free or kosher meals, or dealing with accessibility issues – the best travel agents should be able to make the proper arrangements for you or advise you on how to handle the issue yourself.
Among other things, the best travel agents should be able to find the best travel deals, answer all your questions, and have general knowledge about your travel destination. The travel agents should lay out several options for you if you are uncertain, and provide brochures and information from different hotels and accommodations.
Travel agents can serve as advisers, planners, and negotiators. However, remember that even the best travel agents make their money through sales commissions. As with any “sales” person, be aware of any travel agent who seems to be “pushing” one trip or hotel over others. It may be only because the commission is higher!
How to find the best travel agents?
The best way is by referral. Ask family, friends, co-workers and on-line buddies who they use. I have always found this to be the best way to procure professional services of any type.
So, what really makes the best travel agents?
A good travel agent should be a combination of the following: Honest, friendly, courteous, caring, knowledgeable, detail oriented, and efficient with a touch of tenacity.