10 Misconceptions About Using A Travel Advisor

  1. “No one uses travel advisors (nee agents) anymore.” This couldn’t be furthest from the truth.  Travel Advisors are needed NOW more than ever.  After coming out of 2020, travel consultants are more in demand then ever before to assist with clients’ vacation needs.  At Getaway Dreams Come True (GDCT) Travel Agency, we offer our clients an added assurance by knowing the latest details on all the travel changes (especially concerning destinations open & covid-19 protocols). This is a big value to our clients, with so many changes going on day to day it’s hard for clients to keep up.
  2. “Travel advisors are trying to rip me off if they don’t quote the lowest price.”  This is simply not true.  I know the ins and outs of different itineraries and tour packages. While you might find one that is a little lower, that itinerary or package might involve a whole a lot of headaches for you and poor value. For example, longer waits at the airport, or your resort is located further than you wanted it to be, etc.  At GDCT, we are looking to get you the best value for your money and time so you can enjoy more time on your vacation (with your family).  
  3. “I can easily book the same trip on my own.”  Although travel advisors have access to most of the same outlets you would use when looking to book, they also have access to exclusive pricing and packages that are not available to the public. I also have more leverage in helping out in situations such as hotels claiming to be booked, when in fact they may still have rooms available (on hold for advisors). So when everyone else tells you “no”, I probably can get you a “yes.”
  4. “Travel advisors are a waste of time.” Although you can find a lot of the same information that a travel advisor provides for you on your own, you are going to spend a LOT of valuable time doing so. At GDCT we actually save you hours of research and value comparison shopping.  We have the value offers, know the resorts, and all the fun and new activities waiting for you.  Our knowledge gives you the ultimate upper hand in trip planning and is your greatest value when booking your vacation with us.
  5. “It is expensive to use a travel consultant.”  This may be the biggest misconception of all. Basic fees to an advisor such as myself save you time & money and get your perks for their services. Our price is usually lower than if you booked direct, and we will get you nice benefits – you will be taking advantage of our experience, knowledge, training and connections!  We provide every vacation with our Travel Concierge Service.   This is something you will not receive when you book on your own.
  6. “Travel advisors don’t have information as updated as the internet.” This is completely incorrect.  My agency has amazing partnerships with the Travel Partners we work with, which keeps us current and up-to-date via receiving daily emails and updates with new offers from our suppliers that will not be published on the internet. We have a direct line to them when issues arise, or to check on better offers, something the internet cannot do for you. If any component of your trip is not up to your expectations, we will step in to make it right through the travel partner.
  7. “The need for travel advisors is being replaced by the internet.” There are things technology can never replace, and personal touch is one of them. The internet can be a valuable resource and we appreciate our clients using it for research; however, it cannot replace the expertise, guidance and personal service of myself. Our agents have spent hours training and researching with the travel partners we offer and this allows us to offer insider tips, based on personal experience.
  8. “Travel advisors have lost their influence.”  At GDCT travel, we book resorts, tours, cruises and other travel activity every day and have great connections with our travel partners (suppliers). We are always looking at the latest trends, finding the best packages for our clients, etc. so that we can bring the very best experience to them. 
  9. “Travel consultants can only book hotels and flights.”  That is a minor part of what I do – I arrange car service, personalized tours, activities, honeymoons, vow renewals, family reunions, group travel, family vacations, travel insurance, and more! The agency is an excellent resource of information and can create private experiences for superb resorts, activities, and more!
  10. “The hotel you book online is the same hotel your travel advisor will book for you.” While this may be true, it’s definitely not created equal, especially when it comes to value and specialization. As the availability of rooms diminishes, the prices go up. One of our Travel Concierge Services we provide our clients is, value pricing, which in the end saves our clients bigtime.  You will never receive a call for services, nor will you get any assistance with, any direct booking or through the internet once payment is completed. We service your booking all the way through completion of travel and your return home.

We at Getaway Dreams Come True are happy to provide you a vacation consultation where we will determine the best vacation type for your lifetime memories and will provide assistance through your travel and beyond.

You may wish to learn more by reading other published blogs –

What Sets Getaway Dreams Come True Travel Agency Apart from other Travel Agencies

Is A Cruise Travel Vacation For You?

Should You Pass on the Travel Insurance?

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