As a travel agent I am often asked, I mean like a lot, whether people still hire travels agents and the answer is a resounding-YES. Despite the rise of online booking platforms, travel agents offer personalized service and insider knowledge. In this article I will cover some of the benefits of hiring an agent and answer some of the questions I am frequently asked.

First and foremost-is there a cost in hiring an agent? And the answer is, it varies. Some travel companies and individual travel agents have a flat fee, charge by the hour, or don’t charge at all as they earn a commission from the booking (at no cost to you). For example I don’t charge for cruises, travel packages, all inclusive but I do charge an hourly fee ($40/ph) for short trips or when I am planning your wine country trips as we earn no commission. Always make sure fee’s are discussed in advance.

Why hire a travel agent-

Advocacy: If things go wrong travel agents can act as your advocate in the event of disruptions or complications.

Convenience: Working with a travel agent saves time and effort. If you are traveling to a new area we can save you hours of research.

Insider access: Travel companies like working with agents and when available will often give an upgrade to our clients.

Resources: We have resources that turn your family vacation into memorable experiences.

From planning multi-generational family vacations to organizing solo adventures, travel agents cater to the specific needs and preferences of their clients.

If you would like me to help you plan your next trip I offer a free 15 minute conversations to all future travelers. If you would like to join our group of women over 50 that travel contact me-there is no cost to join.