Like a kid in a candy store, sometimes we are faced with too much choice when it comes to vacation destinations. And with so many travel agents promising travel bargains, it can be difficult to know just who to book with to get the best deal. To give you some guidance, we explore the pros and cons of some of the best travel agents of 2016.
In a nutshell, Vantage Deluxe World Travel offer ultimate comfort in traveling anywhere in the world, as well as offering unique tours and experiences that other travel agents do not. Specializing, as the name suggests, in world travel, Vantage is a family owned business. Established in the 1980’s, it has the advantages of a longstanding reputation and loyal clientele who rate it highly. They don’t get quotes from airlines and hotels through a 3rd party, which keeps costs lower for their customers. What’s more, also cater for and specialize in group tours and group experiences – making it useful for group bookings. So, whilst perhaps not the most wallet-friendly option out there, Vantage certainly has other advantage’s other agents would struggle to compete with.
With a tagline of ‘see the world in a meaningful way’, Global Work and Travel Co. is a working travel company. This means that customers get to see the world whilst working at the same time, giving a wholly different experience to that of a tourist. Plus you get to stay for much longer! The agency helps to organize your travel and find you a job when you have arrived in your country of choice; they also have a 24/7 emergency helpline if you run into any complications. Global Work and Travel Co. are also supported by many accredited traveler associations including ABTA. If you’re looking for a way to travel the world while earning look no further – but be aware that your trip will involve more work and less play, so this travel agent may be unsuitable for families.
The most seasoned and long-standing agency on our list, YMT Vacation have been going since 1967, so they must be going right! YMT have ensured that over 1 million customers have had a holiday experience to remember: from Hawaii to Alaska they offer a broad range of tours and trips, and all their tours are fully escorted so you don’t have to worry about a thing once you get there. They tend to cater for the more mature traveler and offer holiday experiences that would suit that age range. All in all, this travel agent has an excellent reputation and are fully comprehensive: you don’t need to worry about a thing once you’ve booked! However, if you want a holiday with a bit of spontaneity or adrenaline rush, perhaps book with someone else.
There’s no disguising this companies’ intention with a name like CheapOair, but the name is warranted: the proof is in the deals! Ideal for budget trips and vacations, this travel agent is very popular with regular and seasoned travelers alike. Its reputation has won CheapOair a whole host of awards, and it is regularly featured in Top 10 lists for travel agents. They deal with over 450 airlines and have over 20 million monthly visitors to the website, so you can’t argue with the numbers either. CheapOair also has a handy app for on the go comparison and bookings which also offers exclusive mobile deals. However, this travel agent does mainly focus on airline travel rather than the whole holiday experience – so if you’re looking for a more complete package, they may not be for you.
Despite being top of the travel tree, HotelPlanner.com is a relatively new travel agent: it’s been around since 2003. They have a long running history of customer satisfaction and frequently feature in newspaper articles as a result of this. HotelPlanner.com specializes in group bookings for national and international destinations. They cater for all sorts of group bookings from weddings and sports teams to class reunions and business conferences. Their customer reviews for these wide-ranging and varied bookings is second to none! Hotel Planner allows you to peruse many different offers for different hotels and receive quotes directly from the hotels themselves without going through another comparison website – thus keeping their costs low. They also have the added guarantee that they can find you the lowest group rate or, claim ‘we’ll pay for your hotel room’ if they can’t! Well, you can’t say fairer or better than that! No obvious cons and a handy mobile app which lets you access their exemplary service on the go rounds this travel agent off perfectly!
So there you have it! Who to book with and why this year. A variety of agents offering completely different services, so the only thing you need to do now is decide what kind of vacation you want!
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