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The internet has made it possible to arrange separate elements of your holiday yourself but is this really the best option? There are a number of compelling reasons why using a travel agent to book your break could prove to be hugely beneficial.

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Get more for your money

There are numerous ways in which using a travel agent can help you to save you money. The cheapest deals can be tricky to find online but travel agents have up-to-date access to this information and can help you to find a break that won’t break the budget. They can also give advice as to any added extras that can be added to your package that may make a big difference to your holiday without blowing the budget.

Local knowledge

This is especially useful if you are travelling somewhere you have never visited before. Good travel agents will be able to advise on the must-see attractions; help you to arrange great excursions; and recommend the right hotels to meet the requirements of your party. They will also have suggestions on local shops or nearby restaurants that they think you will enjoy. If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary then travel agents can suggest up-and-coming destinations or some which you may not have previously considered.

Save time

Sourcing the best deals for separate flights and accommodation on the internet can take up a great deal of time, especially if you are trying to compare numerous different sites and match available dates. However, if you give your travel agent an idea as to when you need to travel and any thoughts on destinations, they will be able to access this information quickly for you to find your ideal break. In addition, they will take care of all the laborious booking information for you.

Security and peace of mind

Booking your holiday through a reputable travel agent belonging to ABTA and ATOL means that should anything go wrong you are protected. You can also arrange insurance through them so that if you need to cancel or something happens while you are away, there is somebody accountable and an advisor who can help you.

Power of persuasion

As travel agents spend so much time building up a network of contacts, they are effective at sourcing deals that may not be available elsewhere. Your own searches may tell you that a hotel is fully booked but a travel agent may well have a strong relationship with that venue and be able to negotiate for you to stay. They may also be able to arrange discounted prices or added extras that are not available when you book the same break yourself. Using a travel agent can help you to create a discount holiday that is tailor-made to suit your requirements, in most cases at a lower overall price than one you could create yourself by assembling the different components.

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