When I graduated college in 2009, I came down with a case of the traveling bug and, a year later, I still havenât kicked it. In 2009, I ventured to Madrid and Barcelona; this year I tackled the painfully long flight to Australia. Even while on these vacations, I would catch myself dreaming of where I would go next. But with the joys of traveling I have always experienced high volumes of stress that comes along with planning and coordinating the trips. So when I saw in todayâs Wall Street Journal an article titled âPlanning a Dream Trip with Travel Agents,â needless to say, I was less than intrigued.
Every time I make a purchase online, I suffer a deep-seeded fear that Iâm being had. Like there is an angry leprechaun at the other end of my internet line claiming to have the cheapest flight and best 4-star hotel deal, when really he is just stealing my money and identity and ruining my credit. I know thatâs a little over the top but with all of the schemes out there you just never know.
Thankfully, WSJ writer Jane Hodge and her travel agent research has helped to erase my âevil leprechaunâ fears help me begin to feel more comfortable with the assistance of someone who knows exactly what they are doing. Not only do travel agents know the best time to travel and help you find the cheapest flights, but they have the hook-up to hotel bundle packages and activity packages at a much cheaper rate than if youâre planning a vacation by yourself.
So, if youâre beginnig to plan a trip, take a look at the following article to help make sure you are making your arrangements in the most âwallet-friendlyâ way. From there itâs happy travels!