There are 3 huge myths out there about travel agents, or travel professionals as most would prefer to be called – and quite rightly too. This word “agent” is the basis for Myth #1.
Merriam Webster defines agent as: a person who does business for another person; a person who acts on behalf of another. It implies no special skills or knowledge. If we go to the movies, and you hand me money to buy your ticket as you are off to the concessions stand, I am now your agent for this purchase. I don’t have to have special knowledge about the movie, the theatre or its ticketing procedures.
There is a reason travel agents prefer the word professional instead. The TP (for convenience) must have knowledge of what offers and specials are available for the vacation you have in mind, the value inherent in each (as price does not always reflect value), the other travel concerns such as transport and insurance that go along with your holiday plans, and must be able to field all your queries ranging from weather to attire to currency etc. All this occurs after a lengthy fact finding discussion to determine your likes, dislikes, budget and other practical limiting concerns. Then he or