Travel Agent Myths Busted!
Back in 1997, I spent a few weeks shadowing a local travel agent. Surrounded by travel posters and brochures, I watched the agent book flights on a system that seemed antiquated even back then and listened as she discussed exotic vacation locations with her clients. I LOVED it and desperately wanted the travel industry to be my career path.
But then, things changed. By time I completed college, the internet, for better or worse, had allowed everyone to become their own travel agent. My dreams were crushed, and I moved forward with a career in the corporate world. Nearly 20 years later, I started Travel Plus Family to somewhat fulfill that dream from long ago.
During this time, I have acted as my own travel agent for both my family and friends. I’d spend hours researching travel plans; creating spreadsheet after spreadsheet to find the best vacation options. I refused to even consider using a travel agent. However, all of my travel agent misconceptions were changed when we recently booked our extended family vacation through an agency. Continue reading to see how this experience has changed my opinion entirely.
Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. My opinions about working with Megan at Paradise Travel have been based on my own experience.
Travel Agent Myths (and Why They Aren’t True)
Travel planning is my jam and I love doing it; so honestly, I was skeptical of using a travel agent. In addition to loving the planning process, I thought I could do it better; I thought I could do it cheaper. And I was oh, so wrong.
Myth: Travel Agents are Expensive
Fact: Travel agents have connections and resources to help find the best deals ever. Before we booked our Puerto Vallarta with Megan at Paradise Travel, I took her quotes and then price checked her. In fact, I spent hours researching, combining different versions of the flight and hotel, using all the discount codes I could find and I didn’t even come close to the price she quoted us. The truth is, using a travel agent saved me money!
Myth: Travel Agents Take the Fun Out of Planning
Fact: A good travel agent is always going to give you choices based on the information you’ve provided them. When we started the vacation research process, we asked for locations in Cabo, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta. Megan provided us fact sheets for several hotels in each of the three areas. My husband and I sat down with a bottle of wine and researched all the options she provided us. She saved us time and which allowed us to research a few locations meeting our specifications vs. endless options.
Myth: Travel Agents Will Force Travel Plans
Fact: Travel agents today get new clients by word-of-mouth; therefore, they have a vested interest in serving the client! Wonderful travel agents, like Megan, use all information available to them to help you plan the vacation of YOUR dreams. Listen to their opinions, review their options, but at the end of the day, the choice will still be yours to make.
More About Paradise Travel
Paradise Travel is a group of travel lovers who specialize in dream destinations such as, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, the South Pacific, Asia, cruises, and everything Disney. They aren’t affiliated with any resorts, so you will receive advice and suggestions for your vacation solely based on your specifications, price range, and either personal or client experience with the destination. Visit www.yourparadisevacation.com to learn more!
p.s. If you reach out to them, please tell them that Tara from Travel Plus Family referred you!!