Are ‘real live’ travel consultants, who you can actually talk to on the phone and who know you by name, becoming obsolete in today’s modern world of online airline booking engines? This is the question that many are asking, and I’d like to answer it with a resounding ‘No’! Travel consultants are, if anything, even more essential now than they have ever been, and I’d recommend anyone to work with one when considering your next vacation.
So, why should you consider working with a real travel consultant?
NOT ACTUALLY MORE EXPENSIVE
I have to get this said right away – using a travel consultant DOESN’T make your trip more expensive! Most travel consultants get their commissions and therefore their profit from the suppliers that they use, not from you, their valued client. So, with that out of the way, read on to discover all the great perks of working with a travel consultant.
First and foremost, because it is far, far less stressful! When you decide to go online and do your own research for a vacation, you are faced with an absolute barrage of information. Separating the truth from the fiction, and the out-dated from the relevant, can be a full-time job. In fact, it IS a full time job, and travel consultants are professionals who practice this skill every working day of their lives. Using a travel consultant can take all the stress out of booking your next trip, since the consultant will do all of the legwork.
MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT DESTINATIONS
Travel to places you never even dreamed of, because a professional was able to ‘match-make’ you to a fabulous new destination. Let’s face it, the world is an enormous, diverse, and fascinating place, and it’s just impossible to know about all the amazing spots unless you’re a professional and do it every day! With a travel consultant, you could find your next dream destination just by describing your travel preferences and what you look for in a destination. For example, if you’re a cultural traveller did you know that you can find an incredible blend of European, Middle-Eastern, and Asian cultures in the little regarded country of Georgia? And the food and wine scene there is second to none? And it’s safe, comfortable, and affordable to travel there? Travel consultants can match your interests to destinations that you may never have heard of.
Added to this, travel consultants are absolutely passionate about travel, and understand how the industry works. They’ll often be able to give you advice from personal experience about your chosen destination, and can be
With unstable economies, civil unrest, and increasing occurrence of disruptive natural phenomena, the risks you take when booking travel alone are increasing every day. With a reputable travel consultant, you can normally be sure that the suppliers your holiday is booked through will offer the best possible levels of protection. Not to mention the fact that travel consultants are able to offer professional advice on travel insurance purchases, all resulting in your trip being better protected against those potential mishaps.
Working with a travel consultant means that someone who knows your itinerary and has the skills and experience to manage travel mishaps is generally available at the end of a telephone. If you have a cancelled flight, or miss your train, or any number of potentially annoying travel mishaps, then your consultant will be able to help you with getting your travels back on track again.
SO WHY WAIT?
All in all, it’s amazing that more people don’t book with travel consultants. It’s hard to find the downside of having a trained professional working on your behalf, for little or no extra cost, removing all the stress and hassle of booking and coordinating a vacation for you!
Wondering how to choose the right travel consultant for your personal needs and desires? Watch this space, we’ll shed some light on this soon.