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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.

February 8, 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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A screenshot of the Ravel Trips application including some small elements of the design

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A screenshot of the Ravel Trips application including some small elements of the design

In comparison, when you book a trip with a travel agent, you may still have to do some of the research and planning yourself in order to tell the agent what you would like to do. You also might have to take care of any additional activities or changes in your plans yourself. Finally you might need to give up some things you hoped to do, because it is outside the range of offers the agent has access to.

Saving Time and Money

Another advantage of working with a travel planner is that they can save you time and money. Trip planners may have access to deals however this is not their main incentive. Their only goal is to make your trip the best and most efficient plan, and they are experts in finding the best prices to achieve that. They can  help you avoid costly mistakes and ensure that your itinerary is efficient, reducing the amount of time and money spent on travel, especially when a big mistake is made in your own planning! Overall, however, you may not save money, but you will be rest assured that your itinerary is the more personalized and efficient plan possible.

In contrast, when booking with a travel agent, you will have access to deals and discounts within their partnerships, at the expense of customization in your itinerary. If you want to add some customized parts of your trip, you may also end up spending more money on flights, accommodations, and activities due to a lack of insider knowledge and expertise.

Flexibility and Control

With a travel planner, you have full control over your itinerary and can make changes or adjustments at any time. This is especially easy to do in the Ravel Trips trip planning platform. Your travel planner will work with you to ensure that your itinerary is exactly what you want it to be.

In comparison, when booking with a travel agent, you may be limited in terms of the changes and adjustments you can make to your itinerary. You may also be stuck with pre-packaged tours or set lists of activities that you can't change. Great for saving money but not so great for personalized experiences!

Agents can be Planners too!

Okay, we've been a bit harsh to travel agents, and the truth is we love them too and it's not their fault that it is this way. The truth is that the industry is changing whether agents like it or not. Traveler behaviors and needs have changed in the past years while technology has made a giant leap forward. Many agents are already using apps like Ravel Trips to plan trips for their clients in order to collaborate and stay in touch.

If you're a travel agent looking to join Ravel Trips as a trip planner, here's our post with more information how to monetize your knowledge as a planner through Ravel Trips. Or go straight to our businesses page to get started!


In conclusion, paying for a travel planner to create a fully customized itinerary is worth the money and is the better option than booking a trip with a traditional travel agent. With a personal touch, a fully-customized itinerary, expert knowledge and insights, peace of mind, and saved time, a travel planner offers a truly unique and personalized travel experience.

At Ravel Trips, we offer a handpicked personal travel expert to every client who wants to plan a trip with us. Our planners will research and plan a fully customized itinerary based on your interests and requirements. So why not request a trip to be planned by Ravel Trips today and start your journey towards a stress-free, unique, and memorable travel experience.

If you're ready to start planning your trip with a trip planner, head to our trip planning page and fill out the questionnaire!

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