Booking a holiday can be costly in more ways than one – not only can it set you back some serious cash, but it can also be incredibly time-consuming. When you’re dealing with multi-city journeys or particularly complicated travel plans, travel agents can provide some much-needed assistance. While it might not always work out to be the cheapest option, it does come with several assurances. These are just some of the reasons to consider using a travel agent.
In Case of Emergency
Whether there’s a volcano plumbing or a storm brewing, weather can wreak havoc on your travel plans. And that’s not to mention the accidents of our own making – you aren’t alone if you’ve missed a midnight flight by confusing the day of departure. Any travel agent worth their weight has a direct contact with airlines and hotels and will be able to help you make last-minute changes and find accommodation when you find yourself in need.
For Logistical Nightmares
Two weeks, 12 cities? That might be a slight embellishment, but stopovers and multi-leg journeys can be complicated puzzles to piece together. Booking portals don’t always show you every option available for flights that involve two or more destinations, but a travel agent can piece together each stage of your journey, work around your schedule, and provide you with a range of options and alternatives, to help you work out your best route possible.
Some of us find ourselves putting in great amounts of research into our holidays and actually spending longer than we’re away piecing it all together. Outsourcing the logistics and research to an external party can do the brunt of the hard work for you, and get all the essentials sorted before you leave. This includes information about local festivals and holidays to help you decide the best time to travel (and blackout dates to avoid), customs and practices to be mindful of, and any visas or travel permits you may need to apply for ahead of time.
The Perks of the Trade
By forming relationships with hotels, airlines, and tour providers, travel agents can work to get you special perks thrown in. If you’re working with an agent to organise each and every aspect of your holiday, they can work to tailor your experience – from reservations at exclusive restaurants to a day trip at an eco sanctuary, and more.
When Time is of the Essence
When you need to make a change to your booking, or you have a last-minute trip to put together that needs to be completely finalised in less time than you have available, then passing the buck can be an invaluable opt out. Travel agents can also hold a booking for you for a finite period of time, allowing you to work your own schedule out before committing to the purchase.
Take Matters into Your Own Hands
If you’re travel-savvy and happy to set aside the time to form your own itinerary, there are dozens of comparison sites to help you on your way. Booking.com provides hotel options and often includes free cancellation, while sites like Expedia offer flight and hotel comparisons. Google Flights is a free service that lists available websites to book select routes on and the price difference between them. Even though it doesn’t have Hong Kong as a base, you can change your currency to HKD and you will still receive an accurate cost comparison.
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