Why Use a Travel Agent? Here’s 6 Reasons They Beat the Internet.

By Marley Braun | Travel Tips

"Why would I use a Travel Agent when I could just book online myself?"

For the longest time, I spent hours planning trips for myself.  I loved every second of it, and I honestly thought a Travel Agent could not plan my trips as perfectly, or as economically as I could.  

When I finally decided to ask a travel agent for help, I realized how was awesome to have someone take my ideas, and build an itinerary around them.  Not only did I get a fantastic cruise through the Mediterranean, I came back with a job offer I couldn’t resist.  Now I'm a travel agent, and I get to do what I love every day."

So, I get asked a lot:  Why do people still use travel agents?
Here are my top 6 reasons.

Travel Agents are the experts, and they have the information at their fingertips.

Just because you can find it on the internet doesn’t mean it is easy to find.  There is a lot of information out there, and some of it is incorrect or is misleading. My job is to keep up with the latest information, and I have the backing and resources of American Express travel services.    

Travel Agents are educated specifically on travel, and have personal experience.

Going on a honeymoon? I have planned many and know the best locations.  

Need a cruise that grandma will also enjoy? I know who to use (and who NOT to use).

Going to island XYZ, and not sure if it is safe to drive around yourself?  I know the answer, or I can find you first hand knowledge from one of the thousands of Cruise Planners agents that have been there.    

Travel Agents have first-hand knowledge of the best deals available.

I have access to daily deals sent straight to my inbox.  I can get you international airfares at consolidator rates that are WAY better than anything you can find on the internet.  

Travel Agents will give you insider tips and advice.

My job is to travel. (Tough, I know).  By focusing on travel, I can give you honest advice.

I won’t tell you what you want to hear.  I will listen, and then give you best travel advice and tips to help you make the best decision for you.  

Let your travel agent do the work, and save you time.

I spend between 8 and 15 hours planning the perfect trips for my clients.  You're most valuable asset you own is your personal time. Spend it doing something other than getting lost on the internet.  My services are at no cost to you. I value your time.

Lastly, your travel agent is there for you.  They are your biggest advocate!!

This one is a biggie.  No one on the internet is looking out for you.

You’re delayed, stranded, or your hotel room is not as promised-- who are you going to reach out to?  I am here to be your travel advocate, and make your trip my number one priority. 

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About the Author

I am a mom first, and a wandering (but not lost) soul second. After years of planning travel for friends, I became a Cruise Planners Travel Advisor. You can learn more about the services I can offer you by visiting me at Memories by Marley

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