Until I entered the travel industry and became a travel expert, I did not realize the benefits of using a travel agent, or as I prefer to be called, a travel counselor. Having used a travel agent only twice for my vacations over the years, once for my honeymoon, and again for a celebratory trip to Acapulco, there are a few reasons I did not use an agent:
1. The travel agent never contacted me again. This made me feel the travel agent did not want or appreciate my business.
2. I did not notice the benefit of using the travel agent. Our travel agent never mentioned these as extras so I assumed everything included was something I paid for.
3. I thought I could do my research and book a great vacation without assistance from a travel professional. That was until I had my heart-broken on our family vacation to Disney 10 years ago, and I missed a very special opportunity for my children that I know would not have happened with the help of a travel expert.
Now that I am the travel “professional,” it is my responsibility to make travel as easy and experiential as possible. I feel guilty when I find that someone who shares their story of a travel mishap I know I would have been able to prevent; or when I hear about the 20+ hours it took for them to research their dream vacation only to have missed the major sights or attractions. Vacations are an investment in ourselves and in our families, just like going to the doctor for a checkup or taking a class to improve your life.
So, why should you use a great travel agent?
1. We have the connections and access to benefits you can’t get otherwise.
2. We can beat any other prices available (even online, yes).
3. We offer a safety net during your trip that you won’t get by booking yourself or buying insurance.
If you have any questions, or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am here for you.
As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences. I hope that by sharing my experiences you find strength, hope, and solutions when you make your commitment to live beyond your illness.
Carmen M. Perez, Travel Counselor
Your Florida Travel Expert and Gal Pal Bounce Back Getaways Specialist
“You dream it, I plan it, you deserve it.”
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