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Why Everyone Needs a Travel Agent

March 27, 2019

Many travelers might not realize what they are missing out on when they don’t use a travel agent. After many years of planning the perfect vacation, I can shed some light on the topic. Here are several reasons why you should leave the planning to the professionals.

Experience + Knowledge (We kinda know it all) 

Travel agents know the market and we are able to match you with a better product than you can find on the internet.  We narrow down choices based on your desires.  Online booking engines have actually made it more confusing to plan a vacation.  The explosion of options, sites, hotels, airports, airlines, insurance plans, tours, restrictions and fees, is overwhelming. What might appear like a great fare online could actually have tons of fine print restricting you from selecting seats, checking luggage or having a carry-on, and no option to cancel or rebook. Not to mention, the long layover you weren’t planning for or the hefty, mandatory, daily resort fee you did not budget for.  The big online travel sites package their data for what they want you to see, but not always what you really need to see.  

Advocate (We got your back!)
If something goes wrong on your trip, we are ready to bat for you – no matter who is at fault.  G World Travel is available before, during and even after you have completed your travels. Need assistance during your trip but it is 2 am EST? No problem! We have a 24-hour help desk that is ready to help no matter the day or time. 

Convenience (Easy as 1,2,3!)Let’s get real, it’s 2019, who has time to sit for hours and research.  People are exhausted after their work days, attending to their children, juggling school and household duties.  Your time is valuable! Why waste another second staring at a computer screen and why wing it if we can guarantee seamless perfection? Travel agents take care of every aspect of your trip, from your flights and hotel to ground transportation and excursions. Your travel agent does the work for you, saving you invaluable time along with the headaches of scouring the internet.    

Relationships (This is getting serious)As you develop a relationship with your travel agent, they are able to target the right trips for you without even having a conversation. I get to know my clients on a personal level.  Ideally, a quick phone call or email could result in your next vacation – already planned.  We grow with you.  We learn what it is that makes you happy.  Looking forward to the swim up bar, or prefer the beach over the pool, rather do sightseeing than lounging in the sun, we get you.  We can even keep your information on file so you’re not hunting down your wallet and passport information again.   

Resources (We got this.)Travel agents have access to a variety of tools that the average consumer is not able to use or are not privy to.  We can sometimes get you better seats on a flight, added amenities, room upgrades and event tickets. We are also happy to make restaurant reservations and plan popular tours and activities.  Looking for restaurant recommendations, travel insurance or assistance planning an event while on vacation? No problem!  

Save Money (Cha-ching)Often, travel agents can save you money or at least match the price you find, all while saving you time and effort. There are also hidden savings built into trips. A travel agent will likely book transfers for you, included in the price. Sometimes a package that you book yourself won’t include those, making the experience appear cheaper. Don’t assume that using a travel agent will cost you more than if you booked your trip yourself. This is a common misconception.   

Added Value (Show me the money!)There are a lot of valuable add ons that consumers don’t even know about that can be added only by a travel agent. Ever wonder why the couple in the cabana next to yours got champagne or a free upgrade and you didn’t? They probably used a travel agent.  Using a travel agent provides you with unparalleled peace of mind.  In the event something goes wrong, your agent will be an invaluable resource.    

Better Options (Quality Over Quantity!)Travel agents have inside information on the best times to go to avoid crowded destinations and they sometimes even know what the new hot spots are before the masses. Want to get there first? Use a travel agent.  And, sure, reading about places to go can be fun and enticing but after narrowing it down to 20 hotels and 6 different destinations on your own, you’ll end up with a headache rather than a vacation.  

Exclusive Access (You can’t sit with us.)Some tours and experiences are only available when booking through a travel agent.  Then there are the destination weddings and corporate travel groups that most hotels will request you refer to your travel agent when looking for group rates and perks.  

Accessibility (Press 1 to talk to someone in another country.) I invite you to call, text or email me anytime and you’ll always reach me! Travel agents are real people.  You won’t have to call a 1-800 customer service center with an automated sequence.  At G World Travel you are a person, not a number. We invest in your happiness and satisfaction! We are in charge of some of your most favorite memories so we take our job serious.  You’ll always reach a familiar voice when calling or receive a quick response to your emails and messages.  

Read the Fine Print (Get my glasses!)A lot of online travel deals can appear too good to be true and many are. Working with a travel agent ensures that you won’t be the victim of a scam or that you won’t be deceived in any way.  Is it me or is the fine print getting finer? Work smarter, not harder.   

Support local (Small Business, Big Heart)Small business survival ensures the livelihood of communities, the creation of meaningful jobs, the support of dreams and families, and the preservation of traditional production methods. When you invest money in your local economy, you’re not just helping local business owners – you’re also helping yourself. You’re making your town a better place to live in, with a rich character, a thriving economy, and a tightly knit community. And the more local businesses prosper, the more new ones will open – making it even easier to continue shopping locally in the future. 

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