Are feelings of wanderlust kicking in as 2020 comes to a close? With the ever-changing landscape, travel agents have become a vital part of the vacation planning process. Make the most of their expertise with these insider tips to guide you on your next adventure.
Book Your Vacation Now
While you may be waiting to see how things change in January 2021, now is a great time to book your vacation. Many airlines and hoteliers are offering flexible deals that are too good to pass up. Travel agents suggest that you start considering spring or summer travel now to get the best bang for your buck.
Socially Distant Trips
Travel agents are seeing a surge of clients looking for more exclusive vacation options. All-inclusive resorts offer a unique solution for those who are wary of off-property hygiene standards. Additionally, groups should consider villas or mini buy-outs for a more intimate gathering. They allow you to travel in your social bubble with confidence.
Understand All Policies
Travel agents recommend having a healthy understanding of refund, cancelation and rescheduling policies before handing over your credit card. It is important to ensure flexibility for whatever the future holds. Those who work through a travel agent can rely on their expertise to navigate unforeseen circumstances.
Insure Your Travel
Insurance does not only protect you from non-refundable trip costs, but also for other stressful situations like being stranded during an airline delay, getting sick far from home or even fender-benders. Travel advisors can recommend travel insurance plans to meet your needs. If booking directly with the hotel or airline, speak to a representative to see if they can offer or recommend any supplemental insurance service like AMResorts’ Travel Protection Plus through Trip Mate.
Know Before You Go
Listen to the experts and do your research. A great resource is the destination’s official tourism website. With entry policies changing rapidly, travel agents insist you don’t just check before you book but also stay informed leading up to your departure date.
Many travel agents suggest the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This free service allows U.S.citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You can receive important information from the Embassy about your destination country's safety conditions, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
Travel agents are an ideal resource to plan a trip during these unprecedented times. However, if you book your plans yourself, you can still leverage their insight to make it a seamless and stress-free travel experience. Use their best practices and tools above to ensure a great vacation.