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10 reasons why you still need a travel agent

10 reasons why you still need a travel agent

By Mark Murphy  Published July 28, 2014Foxnews 

Travel agents can use their relationship to get you prices and services you can’t get just booking online.iStock

In the age of online booking sites, using a travel agent may feel like going the way of the dinosaur.  But agents are more useful than simply selling trips to Disney World and cruises. Many agents still provide services or have knowledge that you just can’t get online –and sometimes, especially in times of crisis, working with a real live person is just plain superior.

Here are 10 reasons why they’re still useful:

1) They Are Educated and Have Personal Experience

Simply put, they know more than you. They can give you insider tips and advice, using their education and personal experience to guide your vacation decisions in a way that provides you with the best vacation possible for you and your hard-earned investment.  They have access to the personal feedback from hundreds of clients, and their own personal travel agent network, to provide insights you can’t get on TripAdvisor or other social media sites.

2) They Have Clout

Many travel agents develop personal relationships with individuals at the companies they sell.  They leverage these relationships to get you things you can’t get on your own.   That “sold out” room or the connecting rooms you want for your extended family trip when the online sites say they aren’t available.  They also have exclusive entrée to experiences you might not know are available to you.

3) The Fixer

In addition to getting you more on any particular trip, they can step in and fix things when your trip goes awry.  The average consumer books one or two trips per year, typically with different […]

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    30 Secret Small Towns That Look Like Fairy Tales – Brazil’s Morro de Sao Paulo Included

30 Secret Small Towns That Look Like Fairy Tales – Brazil’s Morro de Sao Paulo Included

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 30 Secret Small Towns That Look Like Fairy Tales. I Can’t Believe #2 Is Real!

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International visitors talk about their Brazil World Cup Experience

Very interesting video of tourists giving their opinion about their travel Experience in Brazil during the World Cup that just finished with Germany taking the big prize.

Congrats Brazil for a well organized event! About 95% of people who visited Brazil for the cup said they would return.


Brazil Welcomes One Million World Cup Tourists


Article published the Wall Street Journal today, says that Brazil pulled off a great Worldcup event, despite all initial concerns with violence and lack of infrastructure.

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Here is the full article from WSJ

Travel Guide to Rio de Janeiro – From Yahoo Travel

Yahoo Travel Guide to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    A “Brazillion” Reasons to Visit Brazil… World Cup or Not

A “Brazillion” Reasons to Visit Brazil… World Cup or Not

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Full Article

Tickets Winners are selected

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International tickets on TAM Airlines

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Audrey  Velazquez

 Domestic tickets on GOL Airlines

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