Why Hiring a Travel Planner is Better Than Booking with a Travel Agent

Planning a trip can be a stressful and time-consuming process, but with the help of a personal travel expert, it can become a smooth and enjoyable experience. This blog post explores the benefits of hiring a travel planner to create a fully customized itinerary and why it's better than booking a trip with a traditional travel agent.

Ravel Team
May 28, 2023

Vacation time is supposed to be a time of relaxation and adventure, but the process of planning a trip can be overwhelming and stressful. With so many options for flights, accommodations, and activities, it's easy to get lost in the details and forget about the bigger picture of your trip. That's why many travelers opt for the convenience of booking a trip with a travel agent, but there's a better way.

By working with a travel planner to create a personalized itinerary, you'll receive a more customized, unique, and memorable experience. Here's why paying a travel planner is better than booking with a traditional travel agent.

The Personal Touch

A travel planner works with you one-on-one to understand your specific interests and needs. They get to know you as a person and use that information to create an itinerary that is tailored to your unique preferences. This personal touch ensures that your trip is exactly what you want it to be.

In contrast, travel agents often have a one-size-fits-all approach to planning trips. They may ask you a few basic questions about your preferences, but the itinerary they create can be generic and lacking the personal touch. This is a generalization and may not always be the case since travel agents have a wide range of offers and fee structures.

Customized Itinerary

A travel planner will research and create a fully customized itinerary from scratch based on your interests and requirements. This means that your itinerary will be unique and tailored specifically to you. You won't be limited to a pre-packaged tour or a set list of activities.

Here is what a Tanzania trip planned with Ravel Trips looks like. Check it out in the app: Tanzania Trip

Itinerary of a to Tanzania, planned by Ravel

In comparison, travel agents often rely on reselling pre-packaged tour products created by tour operators and set lists of activities that may not align with your personal preferences. You may end up spending your time doing activities that you're not interested in, simply because that's what the travel agent has available.

Expertise and Insights

Most travel planners are truly experts in their field and have extensive knowledge and experience in travel planning. They have access to insider information and can provide valuable insights and recommendations that you wouldn't otherwise have access to. For example, they may know about local festivals, restaurants, and activities that are off the beaten path and can help you avoid tourist traps.

When you plan a trip with Ravel Trips, we connect you directly with the trip planner that is best suited for your interest. That means if you want to go to South Africa, you will have a trip planner who knows the country well. Our trip planners are vetted by our team before you work with in order to make sure you get the best quality trip possible. Make a trip request now if you want to get started!

Travel agents, may have the same level of expertise and insider knowledge, but they may not be able to provide the same level of insight and recommendations as a travel planner because generally their business model relies on commissions from existing tours.

Peace of Mind

One of the biggest benefits of working with a travel planner is the peace of mind that comes with having a professional handle all the details of your trip. You won't have to worry about finding the best flights, accommodations, or activities for your specific needs. Your travel planner will take care of all of that for you.

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