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As winter is winding down and the spring travel season is winding up, early indications point to a big year for travel. Many leisure travelers are planning and booking more trips in 2012 than in past years. However, while travel is intended to be a leisurely activity that provides refreshment and respite, it can often be more stressful than it can be stress-free. That’s why we’re talking today about the benefits of using a leisure travel advisor to plan and book your trips.

One of the biggest advantages of using a travel agent is having continued support beyond the booking process. When using the Internet to plan and book trips, there may be some level of support up until the booking process, but not afterward. By having a travel advisor, you have a trusted expert who can provide support and answers when you need to change your itinerary. Furthermore, travel advisors are available to quickly assist when factors outside of your control change your itinerary, such as inclement weather or flight delays. A travel advisor follows you much further than just the transaction.

Another benefit of using a travel agent is having that one-on-one contact from a trusted travel expert. Travel advisors can provide real-time information, tips, and insider advice. You not only have that trusted resource upfront when planning and booking your trip, but also throughout the process when questions no doubt arise that you didn’t previously think of. Travel advisors can help head off some of the problems and concerns you may have, providing peace of mind before, during, and after your trip.

Lastly, an advantage of using a travel advisor is having that weight of planning a trip off your chest and in the hands of someone who does this professionally. Planning your dream trip can be an overwhelming and stressful task. A travel agent can help ease that stress by providing a full itinerary and detailed trip based on their expertise and insider information. Ultimately, this can be the best bang for your buck, giving you that carefree vacation you’ve always wanted that seems so elusive.

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