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How to find a Travel Agent
Maybe you’ve read articles like this Forbes article talking about why you need a travel agent now more than ever. But how do you find a Travel Agent? In this post, I’ll talk about how to find a Travel Agent and some of the many benefits of working with a Travel Agent.
If you want to know more about the benefits, check out why to work with a Travel Agent in 2020.
1. Ask for referrals
The best way to find anything is to ask for referrals. Ask your friends and family who they use as a Travel Agent. If they don’t use a Travel Agent, ask around online.
Sure, some people might book travel themselves or through large online travel agencies (Expedia) just do you get a personal cell phone number when you book through Expedia? I didn’t think so.
2. Search for specialized travel agents
If you’re looking for a travel agent who specializes in a particular area, you can do a simple search for “Disney Travel Agent” or “Hawaii Travel Agent.” That’s how most people find me! I am a luxury travel planner specializing in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, Florida, the Caribbean, and more.
If you’re planning a vacation and finding it tricky, searching for a travel agent specializing in that destination is your best bet. You can look on Google, Pinterest, Facebook, or even hashtags on Instagram.
3. Look for local agents
Although many agents are home-based, there are still travel agents in brick-and-mortar buildings. If you enjoy in-person meetings, check around your city for a local travel agency.
Supporting local is important, so consider that you may be able to find a home-based travel agent that is local to you. They may even offer the opportunity to meet in person; you won’t know until you ask.
You might also enjoy reading why you need a Travel Agent in 2020.
Three things to know before talking to a Travel Agent
There are three tips for how to find a travel agent, but that’s not all! Before you find a travel agent, you’ll want to have a few things in mind.
1. Know your budget
Your travel agent is going to need to know your budget. Some agents only work with clients with certain budgets per day or overall. Even if this isn’t the case, we need to know your budget to make the best recommendations for you. A ballpark number is fine.
2. Be prepared to pay a small fee
The best travel agents charge fees for their services. Travel agents with expertise in certain areas have spent a lot of time (and likely money) learning as much as they possibly can. The service that you’ll get alone is worth the fee, but remember that travel agents often have access to better deals or perks that you wouldn’t otherwise get.
3. Be open-minded
The best travel agents ask about you before making recommendations. I have clients fill out this form before I send any quotes or recommendations. The more info that we have, the more we can personalize your experience.
Remember to stay open-minded. Travel agents often know things that you don’t! For example, I always tell my clients to rent a car in Hawaii unless they’re only staying in Waikiki. If you want to know more about why to rent a car in Hawaii, I explain that here.
I’ve had some clients decide against it, and then call me later and tell me they needed a car! Things like this happen, so keep an open mind when your travel agent makes suggestions. But don’t worry, we won’t be offended if you don’t take our advice!
How to find a travel agent
Thanks for checking out this post about how to find a travel agent. I hope that this post will help you find the perfect travel agent and know what you’ll need before you do.
If you’re interested in learning more about Aloha Travel Co’s vacation planner services, I’d love to talk to you! I don’t do any cookie cutter packages; everything is fully customized just for you. Make sure to contact me or go ahead and fill out a custom travel request, and I’ll get back to you to start planning ASAP!
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