We thought it would be interesting to know how many hours the typical person spends looking at their screen trying to find the best deal, the perfect resort and the most convenient flights for their next vacation. With the help of a little tool called Google, we found that on average, the answer is 20-40 hours. Whoa! Who has that much spare time these days?!? After all that time investment, surely this adventure seeker can guarantee their choices are perfect because they found pictures and reviews on the internet, right? (insert sarcasm!) Don’t risk a week of vacation days and thousands of dollars when a phone call or email to a travel professional is all you need to do to ensure a well-executed, memorable vacation.
Why yes, yes we do, but we have long since outgrown the name “travel agent.” We are smarter, and more experienced and capable than ever before. You may not see many storefront agencies on Main Street anymore, but we found that being onsite and learning first-hand what a property has to offer is what our clients expect and appreciate from us. The smart professionals have developed a deep niche to excel in, such as our romance and destination weddings niche. In fact, the more specific the niche, the greater the expertise.
There is something special about having your travel professional’s number saved in your contact list. It is exciting to think of all the possible itineraries they can put together for you. As you begin describing your next vacation to them, they should be able to hand-pick resorts and destinations based on what they know you like. They are a professional who anticipates your needs, saves you time and has your back. In this do-it-yourself world, it is important to put a value on time and expertise. What is the true price of a do-it-yourself vacation? Is it worth the risk? If you haven’t worked with a travel professional before, now it the perfect time to start.