Why Choose a Travel Professional
Does planning a trip stress you out?
You don't need a therapist, just a good travel agent. In this day and age, everyone thinks relying on the internet is the most convenient way to get things done. That is not always the case! While planning your own trip may sound great in theory, TripAdvisor and Yelp reviews can only take you so far ---- sometimes experience is just plain necessary.
In today’s fast-paced and connected world, we have access to loads of information about travel. And, to make matters worse, if you dare search online for a “Caribbean cruise” or a “European vacation,” you will get a list of over 10 million responses.
So, where do you begin?
Now more than ever, a local travel professional can help you and sort through this information overload and plan your next vacation. Here are my top 5 reasons why you need to call a travel consultant:
PRICE: One of the greatest misconceptions in the world of travel is that a customer saves money by booking directly with the travel supplier, cutting out the middle man.
For the most part, no matter how you book your next cruise, tour vacation, Disney trip, or hotel stay, the price is relatively the same, and could cost less.
However, travel professionals are frequently given extra perks for their clients, things like complimentary breakfast for your hotel stay or a complimentary shore event on your cruise; amenities you definitely would not get by booking direct, or with an online mega agency.
And, with so many promotions available, the travel professional will make sure that you are getting the best price available to you, all at no additional cost to you, so that you know you are getting the most for your money.
VALUE: Saving money is not just about price, but more about value.
If the hotel was in the wrong location, or the cruise line was not the right fit, it does not matter how much you saved. You can save a ton of money and be miserable, or spend a little more to be in heaven.
A travel professional will recommend relevant offerings and provide cost savings strategies. Moving your date, changing the location of your room, and being open to different flight options can all save you money. Nobody wants to pay more than necessary, and a travel consultant will help you find the best value without the sacrifices of a cheap trip.
KNOWLEDGE / EXPERTISE: Today’s travel professionals are constantly learning.
We love to travel and will happily share our experiences, acquired as a result of personally visit 147 different countries on all seven continents, with our clients. This first-hand knowledge of a place, or of a cruise ship, or of a hotel can only enhance your vacation, possibly in ways you never even imagined.
We know the best rooms at hotels, and the best cabins on cruise ships, and we know which rooms and cabins to avoid. We know the best time of the year to travel to Europe on a budget, and the best time to plan a family reunion aboard a cruise ship.
If we have not personally been to a destination, we know someone who has. We work for our customers, and not for a travel supplier, so we provide unbiased information and recommendations based on your personal preferences and needs.
TIME: If you have a travel professional that you trust, then you do not have to spend your valuable free time scouring the web through millions of pages to put together all the pieces of your next vacation.
And many travel sites only offer rates and information for the companies that have contracted with them. A travel professional has ALL the information at their fingertips, saving you hours in front to the computer. One call to your local travel professional, and you don’t have to make planning your next vacation our second job.
“Without a Travel Agent, You’re On Your Own.”
If you have a problem with a part of your travel experience, your travel professional will act on your behalf to make sure that restitution is made.
And, while on vacation, we are here to help or just to listen when things out of our control go awry.
Flights are delayed, weather happens, and your travel professional is just a phone call or email away, if you need us – no matter where you are in the world.
Editor’s note–– I recently read this article on line. It was written by a travel professional I did not know, but the comments made deserve to be shared because they say what needs to be said.
Jay W. Silberman
(210) 493-7700 / (800) 533-9001
"Travel is A Life Enhancing Experience"
All of us at Cruise Consultants Company look forward to assisting our friends and clients with many different types of travel and are careful about using only the finest cruise and tour suppliers so that they will enjoy every element of their vacation.