Great Reasons for Using a Travel Agent

Why use a travel agent?

OK, with the Internet you can easily shop for airfare, hotels, cruises, and tours on your own without going through a travel agent. But is this always a good idea? Are you really saving money by doing it yourself? For simple excursions, such as a domestic trip that doesn’t require much more than an airline ticket, hotel, and a car rental, doing it yourself makes sense. However, for more complicated travel, an agent can make your life a whole lot easier and can even save you money.

When planning adventure travel, an agent can provide expert guidance on where to go, what to see, local customs, currency exchange rates, and any other important information that can help you decide on the details of your itinerary. The agent can provide multiple choices of tours, many of which may not be easily available to someone doing the research on their own.

A travel agent can customize a tour specifically to your needs. A tour operator will offer a selection of trips, but they will operate set itineraries that can’t be changed. An agent can work with one or more travel suppliers directly to put together an itinerary that fits well with your travel goals.

Using an agent can save you time and make the planning process so much easier. An agent can not only book your tour, but can also help with air fare, passports, visas, trip insurance, immunizations, and even currency translations.

Finally, a travel agent can save you money. You could book an adventure trip directly with a tour operator, but an agent may be able to set up tours directly with local tour guides. This bypasses the middleman and saves you a substantial amount of money for the same trip booked with an established tour company.

So, if you’re planning a journey to a faraway place, contact us at offtrailtravel@comcast.net and let us help you plan your next adventure.

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About Mike

I have a passion for adventure travel that began in 1989 with my first overseas trip: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Having never been to a foreign country, Africa felt like being on another planet; I knew then and there I was hooked on travel. Since that time, I have visited all seven continents and dozens of countries. I’m using the experience I’ve gained in planning my own trips to help my clients plan their own adventures through my adventure travel company (http://www.offtrailtravel.com). After working as a firefighter for the US Forest Service in California and Wyoming for three years, I moved to Durango, Colorado where I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting. After graduation I moved to the Denver area where I worked in a Big Eight accounting firm to obtain my CPA license; soon afterward I began a career as an auditor with the Colorado Department of Education. My background in accounting helped me develop detailed-oriented skills that have been extremely useful in researching and planning my own travel over the years. I think this provides a unique asset to my clients in putting together their adventure travel plans. I currently live in Golden, Colorado with my wife Valerie, who shares my love of adventure travel. I’m an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club where I lead trips for club members and have taught ski lessons in their Telemark Ski School. I enjoy skiing, mountain hiking, trail running, photography, and astronomy. I take any opportunity I can get to explore new places, whether it’s on the other side of the world or just down the road.
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