One of the most common question that we receive at As You Wish Luxury Travel is: “Are travel agents needed when there are so many online travel booking sites?” Does the Internet helps or hurts travel agents? What are the benefits of using a travel agent? First let’s look at a bit of what has happened since about the year 2000.
As a well-known liberal arts college town, Oberlin, Ohio has people constantly traveling to and from it. About 25 years ago there were two bricks-and-mortar travel agencies in Oberlin. One was Oberlin Travel and the other was AAA. When the Internet boom took over in about the year 2000, it put a damper on these type of bricks-and-mortar travel agency businesses and they closed. Online travel began to boom and as a result it seemed unnecessary for a person or organization, like Oberlin College, to use a travel agent to book what could easily be completed online in a few minutes. But travel agents are making a comeback and the Internet is a benefit to travel agents.
At one time the Internet was a useful way to book travel. However, there is so much information online that booking a new and different trip online can be overwhelming. It can take at least five hours for an individual to research a vacation online. Isn’t a vacation supposed to be relaxing and stress-free? Once the vacation is booked you hope and pray you made a good choice for all the money that is being spent.
When booking your vacation online, all you have are pictures and online reviews. Is that enough when spending hundreds, even thousands of dollars for a much needed vacation? What do you do if something goes wrong before, during, or after your vacation? Who are you going to call for assistance if there is a problem? Just think, if you book through your trusted and well-resourced travel agent – most of these concerns will vanish or be resolved.
If you schedule the same vacation, year after year, then perhaps you don’t want to use a travel agent. However, if you are seeking new and exciting adventures such as high-end all-inclusive resorts worldwide, Hawaii, Ocean & River Cruises, romance travel such as honeymoon or a destination then let As You Wish Travel Agency help you. We can offer low-price/price-match guarantee along with peace-of-mind before, during, and after your travel 24/7 to assist you if there is a problem.
Contact As You Wish Luxury Travel for your next group or family vacation, if you love going on vacation but hate all the planning that goes with it. We are a Lorain County based home-business, is a proud member of Oberlin Business Partnership and Lorain County Chamber and is your trusted travel consultant and adviser. We are bonded, insured, and just a phone call away to help you take the stress out of planning your next trip.
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Sharon Pearson & AJ! Clonts
Sharon Pearson and AJ! Clonts, are Travel Information Consultants and co-owners of As You Wish Travel Agency. This husband and wife team love to travel and have been working in the travel industry for 4 years. AJ! & Sharon do not charge fees for their services. They focus on premium brands that provide luxury travel Worldwide; including River & Ocean Cruises, Hawaii, and all-inclusive resorts around the world with a specialty in the Caribbean and Mexico.