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Travel agents can save stress and allow you to relax from the start

In an age where the internet is at our fingertips in nearly every situation (I’m looking at you, bathroom Googlers), it’s easy to think travel agents have gone the way of the dodo bird.  Quite the contrary!  When there are limitless options planning can soon overwhelm and travel agents become an essential part of any vacation.  

Recently I chatted with Maralee and Abigael Striker, owners of Magic Mouse and Off to Anyland Travel and asked them the benefits of working with a professional travel agency.    

  1. Flexibility – a travel agent can plan your entire vacation from A to Z offering guidance on specific destinations to making payments on your behalf to vendors you choose be it a hotel, all-inclusive resort, or cruise. 
  2. Representation – as we all learned this year, sometimes things go sideways.  Why sit on hold for hours when your agent has a direct connection to vendors and will advocate on your behalf.  Agents specialize in finding the best deals and researching amazing and memorable experiences.  And for those mid-trip disasters like a lost passport or missed connection, a good agent can help smooth the way to resolution quickly.
  3. Save Money – think a travel agent is pricey?  Think again.  At Magic Mouse, agents are paid by a commission from the vendor, not you.  Often agents can find hidden pricing promotions that are unavailable to the public because of their connections and access to agency exclusive rates and discounts. 
  4. In-depth Experience – the Striker’s have been to the Walt Disney World Resort more than 300 times.  THREE HUNDRED TIMES!  Not only are agents travel experts, they are also expert travelers and each has their area of expertise.  Not into Disney?  No problem.  Longstanding agencies have a large network of specialists to ensure you are paired with the best agent for your dream vacation.   As Maralee says, “It’s important each family understands our responsibility is to plan the perfect vacation to suit their wishes.  Well meaning friends and family can offer advice and the internet affords a myriad of options all of which can overwhelm anyone. We work side by side with guests to design the perfect itinerary and alleviate information overload. 
  5. Service – want to dine with Elsa?  Done.  Hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley? No problem.  Agents can reserve experiences you didn’t even know existed and love exceeding client’s expectations.     

My takeaway as to what travel agents bring to the table – peace of mind.   When getting ready for your next adventure e-mail

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