It seems like every few months, a new travel app comes out, or some new website pops up promising the best deals ever. And while certainly technology can make many things about travel more organized, the secret to the best trip of your life has been around much longer than aggregate travel sites or sites that offer great airfare deals. Because the secret to an awesome trip isn’t an app — it’s a human being, a travel agent to be exact.
A great travel agent has the experience, the know-how, and the connections to help you design and plan a vacation that will create the best memories of your life. Here are just a few of the things that make using a travel agent the #1 key to the perfect trip, everytime.
Your travel agent can save you time
Like hours and hours of research, emails, and online searching. Your travel agent knows the best spots to catch that breathtaking sunset on the beach.
Your travel agent has the inside scoop on which resorts give the best bulk discounts. They’ve tracked the best time to look for plane or train or ferry tickets to your dream destination and the right companies to use for a high-quality and reliable trip.
Your agent the one who knows when the crush of tourists will let up enough to allow you the most authentic experience possible. The agent has the answers to all those nitpicky questions about openings and closures, vaccination requirements and necessary documents, local customs and dress codes.
There are so many little details that require somebody with experience. Somebody who has walked the streets and helped many others to do the same.
A great agent can point out all the little details to perfect your journey in the best of times, and be there to help you out and fix things in the worst of times. It is like having a great local friend, but everywhere you go.
Travel agents can often get the best deals
Your agent has access to deals and bookings that are not available to the general public and sometimes can even snag free upgrades for you.
Agents are constantly researching the best ways to squeeze in a bit more fun, an extra tour, or another night free for the money you spend.
We find professionals are indispensable throughout our daily life, so why would we risk our precious couple weeks of vacation we get each year trying to go at it alone?
People often assume that using a travel agent is more expensive than planning a trip on your own, and they are skeptical that hiring an agent can actually save them money. But this is the key: your agent has connections that you don’t.
They have the inside track.
The deals you spot on a website might be great — but they are also hit-and-miss, and they may or may not be in the sweet spot of what you’re looking for.
So you might think you got a great deal on a hotel, but it might also be miles away from where you actually want to be. Your agent knows exactly where to go to find the real deals — and has access and the ability to find bargains that line up with your ideal vacation.
If you’re planning a group trip, your travel agent is indispensable
Who else can find a way to accommodate health concerns, a variety of dietary needs, and account for a fun trip for a variety of children, adults, and seniors on one amazing trip?
Who else can make sure that the aunts who are best friends get adjoining rooms? Who else can ensure that all 16 of you get an unforgettable experience?
All the little details that give most of us headaches — these are the very things that a good agent thrives on taking care of and providing.
Planning a group trip can often be a headache to make sure everyone is happy and well taken care of. From bachelorette trips to family reunions, Awaken Travels specializes in making group trips one-of-a-kind and a lifetime of memories.
If these last two years of interrupted travel have taught us anything, it’s that planning that group trip you’ve been thinking about for a decade should happen now and not get put off for later.
Many travel agents are on call 24/7 while you’re traveling
There really is no price you can put on this kind of assurance and help.
If you find yourself in Munich and you left your medications on the train, your agent can help you get set up again. If your passport gets stolen, your agent can help you get a replacement.
If an emergency comes up and you need to re-route your trip, your agent is the one who can make those arrangements so you don’t have to stress about it.
Could you do all of these without an agent? Absolutely, but when you’re on vacation, we don’t think it’s a great use of time to sit huddled over your phone searching for the nearest embassy to get a new passport that fell into that stunning fountain in Italy.
With the help of Awaken Travels, you can relax knowing that any emergency that arises will be dealt with promptly and won’t require you to take an entire day out of vacation.
Planning trips is so much more than just a job
We love what we do.
We’re genuinely passionate about great travel, which is why we chose to become travel agents in the first place!
We love people, and we love creating the vacations that live on and on in fond memories and family conversations.
We spend each and every day tailoring the vacations that we dream of, for others. We value the precious time that goes into a truly inspiring time away from the stresses of work and everyday life, and dedicate ourselves to ensuring that you can get the most out of that precious commodity at the best rate we can find.
Ready to take the best trip of your life?
From the biergartens of Munich to the temples of Southeast Asia to the beaches of the Caribbean, we’re travel experts. We hire experts for so many facets of our lives, it only makes sense to hire a travel expert to plan your perfect vacation.
Think about it this way – you wouldn’t decide to take on the project of entirely re-plumbing your house, right? You’d hire a plumber. In the same logic, let us take the reins of getting you the best deal in the best location for your best vacation. Get in touch with us and let’s get planning!
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