• Bethany Atkinson

What's the Benefit of Using a Travel Specialist?

If you're reading this, then you're probably a kindred spirit and love to travel. Travel is one of my favorite things to do. To be able to see new places, experience other cultures, and eat and drink your way through a location is so satisfying.


Some of you may love planning every aspect of your trip (like me), and some of you may have just had a panic attack at the mention of "planning" or "details." Well fear no more, because here's your friendly Travel Specialist to the rescue. Here are my top 5 benefits of using a Travel Specialist.

#1: You Save Time...

Travelers spend an average of 23 hours planning their vacations. From researching locations, hotels, flights, things to do, restaurant recommendations, rental cars, transfers, and any other logistical hoops can be incredibly time consuming, and overwhelming if you're not a details person. A travel specialist does the leg work of this for you, giving you well-recommended options to choose from and all you have to do is choose which option works best for you. The only main decision you'll have to think about is whether you want a beach vacation or go abroad!


#2: And You Save Money

Travel Specialists on average save travelers over $450 on their vacation packages. That's a lot of money! I can think of a lot of things I could do with $450, couldn't you? As a travel specialist, I receive compensation for my services directly through the resorts and travel vendors, which means it doesn't cost you anything extra (and it saves you $$$) to book with a Travel Specialist. We also have access to better deals than Expedia, Priceline, and Orbitz online travel agencies do, with the option to pay a deposit to secure your trip and then pay the remaining balance 30-60 days before departure.


#3: Support Before and During Your Trip

Ever had a flight cancelled? Or the hotel doesn't have your reservation? This is one of the benefits that a Travel Specialist can provide that you won't find with an online travel agency. If there are any issues with your travel plans, you call us up and we'll rebook your flight, confirm with the hotel, or help with anything during the planning process or while on your trip.


#4: What You See Is What You Get (Or More)

Have you ever tried to book a resort, hotel, or airfare only to see a ton of asterisks at the bottom of your bill with 15 line items of additional fees that weren't communicated upfront? It's a real bummer when you see a hotel listed for $100 only to find out there's a $25 resort fee (to use the pool that almost every other hotel has as well), a $37 valet parking fee, and the 27 different types of taxes that don't make sense, turning the $100/night hotel into a $200/night hotel. With a Travel Specialist, the price we quote is the price you pay. That is all. No hidden fees, extra costs, etc. And when we quote your price, we can guarantee it for 24 hours, unlike online travel agencies whose prices change every time you return to the site. When you use a Travel Consultant, the only surprises you'll get are possible upgrades and amenities, not extra costs.

#5: You're Supporting Local Businesses

We are your neighbors and your local travel representatives. When you enlist the services of a Travel Specialist, you are pouring into your own communities and into local businesses. So when you book a trip with Simple Travel Co., it will save you money, time, and the stress of putting together all of the puzzle pieces to create an unforgettable vacation. Where do you want to go?


-Bethany

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