Here are six travel agent misconceptions debunked, brought to you by Cruise Planners.
Myth 1: Travel agents are expensive.
Truth: Not for you, theyre not! Travel agents are usually compensated by the hotel, cruise line or tour provider they are booking for, which means you probably dont have to pay them a penny. They also have insider access to deals and a large buying power since they are searching and purchasing travel year round, and have strong relationships with each travel brand, which is a benefit to you. In reality, it can be less expensive to use a travel agent.
Myth 2: I have the Internet, so why would I need a travel agent?
Truth: The Internet is a great tool for researching travel, but when you have 25 different windows open and you cant figure out which ones to close, you are bound to get stressed. Travel agents can help break through the overwhelming clutter of so many options, offer tried-and-true recommendations based on their personal travel experience and help narrow down choices to create a customized vacation experience based on your desires.
Myth 3: A travel agent will cut me out of the research and planning process.
Truth: Its all about teamwork. Working with a travel agent allows you to be as involved as you would like to be in the travel planning process. Vacations are investments, so just like you would want to hire a professional to manage a cash investment, you should consider using a professional travel agent to help with your vacation investment. Find a travel agent that has a robust website with information about destinations to make you an even more educated, savvy traveler.
Myth 4: Travel agents only recommend products that will earn them the highest commission.
Truth: While some travel agents might have a favorite cruise line or destination, its most likely their recommendation is based off of personal experience. Many travel agents take familiarization trips, so they are knowledgeable about the products they are offering and can give you insider tips to make your vacation even more special.
Myth 5: I won't be able to find a travel agent specialized enough to help me with my trip.
Truth: Have a specific country you want to travel to? Dying to go on a cruise, safari or food tour? Travel agents specialize in every type of travel imaginable. Cruise Planners is a good resource to find a travel agent who knows your market and who understands your travel needs. Its important for you and your travel agent to click.
Myth 6: I can book a vacation myself and save time.
Truth: Dont lie to yourself
you are insanely busy. Why spend four weeks planning a four-day vacation all on your own when a travel agent has the resources, knowledge and often personal experience to help you?