Using A Travel Agent vs Booking Online

With the rising popularity of travel discounts websites, many have forgotten about the tried and true source that has always been around for great travel deals. The travel agent is someone who can not only help you find a great deal but you get so much more with an agent than you get with an online site. Some online sites offer extras and can be helpful, but nothing beats having a real live person who can help you whenever the need arises. The next time you want to plan a trip, think about talking with someone at a travel agency before you go online.

When you go through a travel agency, you have someone to help you should anything happen to you or your travel plans. For instance, if you miss your flight, they will get you on the next available one. If you find out that your reserved room was given away due to your missed flight, your travel agent will get you another and maybe even an upgraded one, at no extra charge to you.

Your travel agent will also do all they can to find you the best deal. They have access to specials and packages that you can’t find anywhere else, and they will be more than willing to set you up with a package that you can afford. Your agent can also book tricky flight times and stopovers that you may not want to have to deal with when booking your own flights online. They take much of the hassle out of planning a trip.

Travel agents are also very attentive and detailed oriented. Many also do extras for their clients such as getting them complimentary upgrades, sending a bottle of wine to their rooms and much more.  You can always book online but remember that going with a travel agent might be the best choice you ever made. Vacations are about relaxing, and the last thing you should have to worry about is making your own arrangements and trying to fix things when something goes wrong. Let someone else do the worrying for you.

Top 10 Benefits of Purchasing Travel Insurance

Top 10 Benefits of Purchasing Travel Insurance

 

Most travelers spend a lot of time and money on planning the perfect vacation, but forget the #1 most important purchase, Travel Insurance.  Below we will outline the benefits of purchasing travel insurance.  There’s nothing better than having that peace of mind while you are traveling!

  1. Cancelation Fees and Lost Deposits: Often vacations are sold as packages, and when they are, there are parts of your trip that can be canceled causing you to incur cancelation fees and lost deposits.  This also covers you if life happens, and you need to cancel your trip for any reason.
  2. Medical Expenses: While you never intend on getting sick on vacation, a situation can arise that requires more attention than the in-house doctor at a resort.  This will cover you if you have to go to the hospital or clinic in the area
  3. Overseas medical expenses: Traveling overseas can be daunting when you get sick and/or get hurt and require immediate emergency medical attention.  Medical expenses in foreign countries can be very expensive.  Your travel insurance will cover you.
  4. Dangerous Activities during your trip: If you are the adventurous type, it’s a great idea to purchase travel insurance.  Again, not that you intend to get hurt, but it’s always a good idea, especially if you plan on hiking up a mountain, hiking up a volacano, zip-lining, etc.
  5. Accidental Death or Permanent Dismemberment: Unfortunately, things like this occur to travelers. You will have access to the help you need should this tragic event occur.  It may cover additional travel, additional room and board, change of flights, etc.
  6. Car accidents: While traveling you may rent a car to get around.  Travel Insurance may cover if you get into an accident and any repairs or costs that are associated with it.
  7. Loss of luggage: We’ve all been there.  We get off the plane and our luggage isn’t there.  Having insurance can help replace your belongings for the duration of your trip in the event that your luggage becomes lost.
  8. Lost or Stolen Cash: While traveling, there may be people that prey on tourists.  It’s always a great idea that you keep track of your wallet and your cash.  In the event that your cash gets stolen, travel insurance may replace your stolen cash so that you can enjoy the rest of your trip.
  9. Legal Expenses: There are some countries that have strict laws we may not know about.  If you happen to find yourself incarcerated in a foreign country, travel insurance will help you recoup any charges for lawyers, bail, etc.
  10. 24 hour assistance: Most travel insurance companies offer a 24 hour hotline to answer any questions that you have or if one of these incidents should occur.  They will help you find local resources that offer assistance during times of emergency.  This is especially invaluable in countries that do not speak your language.

As travel insurance goes, not all policies are alike.  It is important to read your entire policy BEFORE you leave on your trip and to know how and what you are covered for.  It is also very important to take a copy of your policy information with you as well as the contact information for the travel insurance company.  While travel insurance cannot help people avoid misfortunes during their travels, purchasing travel insurance provides that extra coverage you need to give you peace of mind that if things were to go wrong, you’re covered.  #travelinsurance #travel #jusadventures