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  • Writer's pictureChristine Hardenberger

What Travel Agents Do (Beyond Booking Your Trip)

You probably know that a travel agent can book your trip for you, and you may wonder why you actually need a travel agent - after all, can't you book everything online these days? While it may be true that you can book a lot of things online these days, you're often losing out on a lot of additional value and services! Travel agents can assist with making recommendations for accommodations, narrowing down the best options to book for your trip, and finding the best values and extra perks for resorts and hotels. But, there's more value to booking with a travel agent than just booking your vacation! Here's what travel agents (like us at Modern Travel Professionals) do for our clients!

Travel Requirements

Now more than ever, it's important to be up-to-date on travel requirements for your vacation destination, especially if you're traveling out of the country. Many of these requirements change frequently, and keeping up with them can be tricky. Have a travel expert on your side who keeps up with these changes for you and lets you know what you need in advance, so that you're not scrambling for required documentation.

Reservation Assistance

The planning doesn't end once you've booked your accommodations - whether you're headed to an all-inclusive resort, on a cruise, or to a theme park destination, there's plenty more to do when it comes to planning your trip. From dining reservations, to excursions, to airport transfers, your travel agent is there to make recommendations and book high-demand reservations for you.

Navigate Common Pitfalls

When planning a vacation to somewhere you haven't been before, you often don't know what you don't know. Different destinations may have their own requirements, terminology, planning tools, or offerings that you may not know about unless you know the right questions to ask. An experienced travel agent knows the questions to ask, and how to avoid common mistakes. Your travel agent can guide you through everything from scheduling flights around your cruise to planning your days at popular theme parks.

All in the Details

If you're new to visiting a destination, there can be a lot of questions that might come up. What is there to do at your resort? Do you need to make dinner reservations, or get show tickets? What's the best way to see high-demand attractions? Is there a dress code? Do you need transportation from the airport? Is there transportation to get around, or do you need to rent a car? What should you pack? What's the weather like when you're visiting? Instead of poring through websites or waiting on hold for answers, your travel agent is there to answer these for you, and we have resources ready to go to walk you through what you need to know.

Personal Experience

The best travel agents don't book every destination - they book destinations that they personally know and have experienced, so that they can pass on up-to-date, first-hand knowledge to their guests. Here at Modern Travel Professionals, we do the same! By only booking destinations we know intimately, we can provide the most current knowledge and best insider tips to our guests. You'll benefit from our first-hand experience, and because we get to know you and your vacation needs, we can make recommendations that can truly provide our guests with what they're looking for in their vacation.

Your Vacation Advocate

If something goes wrong during your trip and you need assistance, we're there for you to assist in modifying travel arrangements and answering questions. Now more than ever, it's important to have someone on your side as you travel.

A Personal Touch

There's one big thing that no online travel booking site can offer: someone that truly cares about you and your vacation. The best travel agents are truly invested in making sure you have the best travel experience possible. All of the advice and planning assistance we offer is personalized to you and what you want out of your vacation, whether you're going out on a quick weekend getaway, celebrating an extra-special birthday or anniversary, or getting the whole family together.

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