A vacation is meant to be a time of relaxation, free from worries and stress. You shouldn’t have to deal with unexpected problems. But no matter how precisely you plan for your trip, issues can arise. The best way to be prepared to deal with these issues is by hiring a Travel Agent. Check out just a few of the major nightmares you can avoid simply by hiring a Travel Agent.
Finding out a resort website lied
Nothing ruins a vacation more than arriving at a resort to find that it wasn’t quite what you expected. Maybe the “airport shuttle” is a civilian’s minivan, the website stretched the truth about how far from the beach it is, the photos look nicer online, or the listed price doesn’t apply to your dates. Regardless of the exact issue, finding out that the glamorous and updated resort that you booked isn’t what it claimed is a bad start to your vacation. It can end up affected your entire trip! With a travel agent, you can rest easy knowing that your resort will be clean, accommodating, luxurious, and within your budget.
Flying is stressful enough. You have to arrive early, deal with TSA checks, find your terminal, squeeze your carryon into the overhead bin, and try to find a comfortable position in seat 32B. The last thing you want to worry about is not having enough time between connections, missing your flight, or dealing with delays or cancellations. Travel agents know whether connecting flights are too close together to book, and have back-up plans in case a flight gets canceled. Rather than having to wait in line only to end up on the waiting list for the next flight, your travel agent will call the airline and handle making new travel arrangements for you.
Losing your passport, luggage, or credit cards
Imagine how terrifying it would be to realize you left your passport at some restaurant in Rome when you’re on your way to the airport. Or how frustrated you’d be if the airline lost your luggage. Or how stressed you’d be if you left your credit card on a tour bus or the company froze your account. Situations like these not only ruin your mood, but take up so much time to resolve! Whereas you could be lying on the beach, hiking the Grand Canyon, or climbing the Eiffel Tower, instead you’re calling your credit card company or talking to the US Embassy to get a temporary passport. Skip the stress, and let a travel agent handle these crises.
Fake or Canceled Reservations
It’s always a little nerve-wracking to book excursions with a company other than the resort or cruise line you’re vacationing with. With how easy it is to put things online, it’s hard to know whether or not a company is trustworthy and reputable! Realizing that you paid money for an excursion that isn’t legit is so discouraging it can ruin not only this trip, but vacations for years to come! Same goes for arriving at a hotel only to find that your reservation isn’t in their system. With a travel agent, you always know you are getting a trusted, reliable company who has years of experience satisfying their guests. You’ll have a confirmation number to verify as well as a responsible agent to rely on if something does go wrong.
Natural disaster strikes your destination
Mother Nature answers to no man. You can research the best time of year to travel to your destination as much as you’d like, but there’s no guarantee when it comes to weather. What do you do if a tsunami hits Thailand days before you’re supposed to visit? Or if a hurricane strikes while you’re exploring Honduras? The answer is: nothing, because your travel agent will do it for you! They can reschedule your trip or get you safely home without waiting on hold, pulling out your hair, or losing any money.
Besides hiring a travel agent, our best tip for travelers is to purchase travel insurance. Though we hope you never have to use it, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that if something does go wrong, you’re covered.
Now that you know just how many disasters even the best planned trips can be faced with, contact one of our experts to get started on booking your dream vacation, free of any travel nightmares.