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Maybe Travel Agents Aren’t Obsolete After All?

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As a child I remember sitting at Liberty Travel with my mom. It was in the mall, right next to the arcade I spent way to many hours playing Mrs. Pac Man and Paperboy in.

Remember that blast from the past?!

Man, I loved that game.

Sorry, I’ve been in a reminiscent mood lately. Anyway, we didn’t travel all that much back then, but when we did, I’m pretty sure an agent was involved for anything over a weekend jaunt.

Now I do all the leg work for every trip my family takes. I print maps, research flights, read reviews, compare hotel prices, even check the weather. For short weekend getaways, it’s fairly easy. I’d even call it fun, but as the trips get longer and more out of my comfort zone, planning becomes more time consuming. I can handle family trips to Disney or a week at the beach, but I’m starting to plan something bigger, something really different, and I’m thinking I may need help.

Yes. Help! Even in the age of the internet with every resource as my disposal.

I honestly thought travel agents were obsolete, but I’m changing my tune. I contacted one today and welcoming all the help the can give me.

Have you used an agent? Or do you plan all your own trips?

Note: More on this exciting trip coming soon. I promise. :)

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    October 18, 2012

    I do all of my own planning. I usually pick up one travel book like frommers an use tripadvisor. There is also a program/app called tripit that I used to plan our recent trip to Boston and it worked perfectly!! Reply


    October 18, 2012

    We used a travel agent for our wedding and honeymoon travel, it was so great not worrying about anything and we ended up at a small resort that I'm not sure I would have found on my own! Best decision ever! Reply


    October 18, 2012

    I should add that I have tried a travel agent a couple of times and I have always been able to get a better deal online. AAA is a great resource as well and sometimes has some great deals. The other thing I forgot to mention is that if you are going to a big city look for an attraction pass like city pass or a go card. We recently used the go boston card and it was fantastic and we have used city pass in New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta. Reply


    October 18, 2012

    It's so interesting that you wrote this because I am hitting a wall when it comes to trip planning for next year. South American airlines are not so internet friendly. I heard from my uncle this one airline actually requires you to go to the airport to buy the ticket. I don't think so...if I go to the airport I'm either going somewhere or picking someone up. I think I will give the travel agent a try. I was wondering if any were still around! Reply