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Do you love the feeling of scoring a great deal online? Who doesn’t, right? There’s nothing quite as satisfying as getting your hands on that “massive” discount on a 5 star hotel package at your favourite travel destination. But how can you really know what you’re paying for?

Picture this… you stumble across a hotel-booking site offering the top floor, pool-view room at the Hyatt Regency in Nepal’s beautiful Kathmandu for only $90/night (when it would generally cost upwards of $200/night). What’s that? Bargain, you say? Of course, how could you click past such an offer? Little did you realise however that your hotel booking website doesn’t quite possess the capacity to inform you that the current official advice of the Australian Government is to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to Nepal*. Or perhaps the resort you just booked is also undergoing major renovations (read: the pool is closed and there will be jack hammering). And now you’ve already booked your room – but it was a bargain, right? And that’s where booking through an experienced travel agent can really help you get the most out of your next holiday.

Not only does a great travel agent have the tools to find the answers to give you a holistic view of your destination of choice, i.e. is it the right time to travel to Nepal? But more often than not, a travel agent can get you the same, if not better pricing! And with an extra wealth of insider knowledge than you can probably find online too. So what’s the greatest part of working with an experienced travel agent? It’s all about…

Peace of mind

We Aussies are well-known for being lovers of travel. And with the number of travellers from our shores always on the rise, there’s a growing demand to find the best deal possible in a very competitive market – of course, flight deals are generally where it all begins.

Have you ever turned up to the airport, bag in tow, ready to check in only to find out your discounted fare, was discounted so because it only allowed for carry on luggage? Oops. But really, who can travel to Canada for a two-week ski trip with only hand luggage? If you think something’s “too good to be true”, it generally is. And there’s a fair chance you’ve missed some small print along the way.

Of course, booking with an experienced travel agent gives you peace of mind in that you can rest assured that they understand your needs for travel. I.e; your ski jacket is going to consume any space you had available in your carry on and you just can’t hit the slopes without the rest of your attire.

Plus…

An experienced travel agent will run you through your allowances and booking itinerary and make sure that you are aware of, and happy with, what you’ve booked. There’s nothing worse than turning up to the airport to find out your flight has been cancelled. Yes, “The Terminal” makes for a great movie plot, but unlike Tom Hanks’ character, no one actually wants to have to sleep in airport, do they? So if your flight is cancelled, rest assured your travel agent will be available to help you find another. Online deals may look appealing, but if something goes wrong (which sometimes happens) is it really worth the hassle to find an alternative last minute? All on your own? We guess not.

Of course, if you’re thinking about planning your next holiday and you’d like to chat to an experienced travel agent, we’d be delighted to help! You can always give us a call on (02) 6041 5577 or book an appointment with one of our expert travel agents today.

*As at April 04, 2016 – You can find more on the official travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade here.

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