5 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent Travel by Corey Grant - Travel Agent - April 3, 2016April 3, 20160 Online travel websites allow travelers to be a DIY travel booker but despite what would seem to be a technology tool designed to eliminate the travel agent, more than half of all travel agents saw an increase in travel clients. This increase resulted in a 12% growth in profits for 2015 revenues. As a customer here are just some of the reasons why you should use a travel agent to book your next trip. Knowledge Travel agents have been doing the job for years and know all the ins and outs. Traveling to Europe for the first time? Instead of deciding where to go based on anonymous comments on a website, speak to someone who does this for a living and knows what they’re talking about. More for your money When booking an expensive trip, travelers want to see everything and experience the best a city has to offer. A travel agent can ensure travelers dollars go a long way—and make sure they don’t miss that amazing restaurant down the street, or the special event going on the day their in town. A travel agent knows where to go and when. Setting an Itinerary While some people enjoy “just winging it,” a travel agent can give a clear-cut schedule of what will be happening on a day-to-day basis, and keep clear records of everything that is included in the trip. Budgeting A travel agent can help map out exactly how much a trip will cost, so there are no surprises. Does that excursion on Monday include lunch, for example, or do you have to buy your own? Does it pay to take the drinks package on the cruise ship, or pay for the excursions in advance? A travel agent can guide you and save you money. Most times the services of a travel agent are free or come a minimal costs as they are supported by the travel industry partners. Insurance Things happen. A travel agent can offer insurance in a number of ways, from guaranteeing that the hotel is safe and the company running the excursion won’t rob a traveler, to actually advising on which insurance policies are needed, from trip cancellation to medical emergencies. They also insure that travelers will have the correct travel documents, so they don’t end up missing their plane or cruise. And when things do go wrong, travel agents have the resources and the contacts to get travelers to the head of the line.