Should You Use a Travel Agent?

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These days, the Internet has turned would-be vacationers into their own travel agents. Sites such as Kayak, Expedia, and a host of others allow travelers to book with ease. Travel agents — once a necessity to get to some far-off destination — are often overlooked. But, for those of you who don’t want to spend time planning your vacation, travel agents could be a valid option — it’ll just cost a little bit more. According to the American Society of Travel Agents, the average service fee for booking airline tickets in 2009 was around $20, while the fee for booking a cruise was $50, USA Today writes. So, to book through a travel agent or to book online?

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Travel agents are meant to be your vacation advocate. They’ll find you the best prices, and if by chance something bad happens, they’ll be there to clean up the mess, USA Today says. “Online booking will show you the prices of tickets at the moment, but prices may change daily.” What’s more, travel agents take all of the stress out of vacations. Imagine not having to worry about arranging travel, hotels, meals, and excursions.

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