SHOULD I JUST BOOK DIRECT WITH THE RESORT OR CRUISE LINE?
You could, by why would you? The rate is the same or better using a travel agent. We often have access to package rates and payment plans that are not available when you book elements of your trip individually. If something goes wrong, do you want to wait on hold for a call center employee to come on the line to try and assist you or would you rather the personal attention of a travel agent trained to quickly and efficiently solve problems? By using an independently owned travel agent you are also supporting a local business. Book locally, travel globally.
HOW DO YOU COMPARE WITH GROUPON, LIVINGSOCIAL , EXPEDIA AND SIMILAR DISCOUNT SITES?
The simple answer is – I don’t! If you want to buy a trip from one of these sites and are comfortable with having zero assistance before, during or after your trip, that is entirely up to you. I find that in most cases the “deals” are really not that discounted, use sub-standard accommodations, come with heavy travel restrictions or have substantial financial add-ons. So just be careful and make sure you read all of the fine print before you purchase.
I provide a professional service offering advice, insight, logistical prowess and over 20 years of knowledge. I know the right hotels, the right airline connections and what makes the most sense logistically to make sure you get the most out of your hard earned vacation time. There is no website or “app” that can do what a professional travel agent can do. Without a travel agent, you are on your own.