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The Value of a Travel Advisor

The discussion of the value of a travel advisor comes up quite frequently.  This is understandable in today’s world with our technology and connectedness.  You have many travel sites offering the lowest airfares or the cheapest hotels.  You have warehouse stores even offering travel services to save a few bucks.  

We believe that the value of a travel advisor is like every other profession.  Below I have two real life scenarios for your consideration.   

First Scenario

You have a plumbing project in your house.  Do you call a plumber, or do you decide to do it yourself?  After all, there are plenty of friends and family who have some experience, there are experts in the store who can help.  You can save a buck or two by going to a warehouse store.  But what is the true cost of doing it yourself?  Are you up to state and city codes?  Did you do the research?  How many trips did you make to the store because you didn’t get the right part?  How long did it take?  Did you break something else while trying to fix the first problem? How quickly would a plumber have had it done? 

Second Scenario

Say your daughter is getting married.  Do you plan and carry off the wedding yourself?  How big will it be?  Where will you have it?  What about the guest list?  Does a wedding planner help, but do you get a lot of input?  What about the other details that you haven’t thought of?  Do you want the stress?  How much time do you have?  How many trips to the florist are you going to make?  Do you want to spend all day on the phone while living a busy life, or do you want somebody to craft a great wedding? 

Now imagine this because it is not too far off the mark.  When you’re traveling and something goes wrong, who do you call?  The warehouse store that employs the cheapest labor out there and has layers of bureaucracy to address your concerns?  Do you attempt to call the travel site that states if you bid out a room, you’re stuck with it?  

Travel advisors like plumbers, lawyers, doctors, nurses, etc., work in the field every day and have a wealth of knowledge that can limit the wasted time of doing it yourself.  Travel advisors cut through various options and craft the right trip for you.   Travel advisors listen to your wants and dreams and work directly for you.  You also get to be a large part of the planning process. 

 Travel advisors also have access to group pricing unavailable to the public.  They have access to experts in specific areas that they use to help plan your travels.    Travel advisors have the insider knowledge and training to cut through the red tape when there is a problem with your flight, and they act as your advocate when planning or traveling. 

So yes, you can do it independently, but know that you assume all the research, risk, and time it takes to make the plans. 

Or you could trust the experience and expertise that Travel Advisors bring daily. 

It’s your choice. 

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Sue and Andy Ball of Sphera Travel in Budapest

Sue & Andy Ball

Travel Experts | Grand Rapids, MI


Sphera Travel is a luxury travel design company founded in 2020.  We serve Empty Nesters and Retirees from all across the USA.


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