As the cool weather sets in, many of us are turning our thoughts to winter getaways on ski hills or basking on the beach in warmer climates. These days it is easy, although time consuming, to hop online to seek out the best deal at the best resort. Weather we’re bidding on last minute vacations wherever we can find them or taking the time to thoroughly research and book an exact destination, there are hundreds of resources at our fingertips.
That being said, travel agencies still exist. In fact many travel agencies still exist. When I first considered this post I thought, maybe we’ll have a list of 3 or 4, but a quick Google search shows me that travel experts are still alive and well in Kingston. So, what are the benefits of using an agent versus doing it yourself? The cost of an agent can range anywhere from $20-100 whereas online booking fees can be as little as $5, so what are we paying for? The main feature that a travel agent can give his or her clients is experience. Agents travel a lot themselves and can offer a more personal touch by sharing their own experiences, something a brief online description can’t really provide. While online services allow for customer reviews, it can take hours to sift through the many opinions and often times, they can leave you more confused than when you started.
In a world where we like to do things on our own, often with limited personal interaction, online resources for travel will continue to have a place on the web but there is definitely something to be said for speaking directly to someone who has been on the very trip you are looking for. If you are someone who still prefers the personal touch or has used a local agent in the past, we want to know:
Which Travel Agency in Kingston is the Best?
- Merit Travel (68%, 501 Votes)
- Marlin Travel (27%, 196 Votes)
- Maritime Travel (3%, 21 Votes)
- CAA Kingston (2%, 14 Votes)
- Sears (0%, 1 Votes)
- The Travel Broker (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 734
How did you vote? Do you use/have you used an agent recently? Why or why not? Perhaps you choose to work with an agent to save yourself the time of wading through the plethora of options, or maybe you don’t because you truly enjoy the process of seeing what’s out there. Perhaps it’s a generational thing. I know my in-laws have used agents in the recent past but my septuagenarian parents are all about the net (although once my mom finds what she wants, she typically completes the transaction over the phone). Let us know what you do when you travel and if you do use a local agent, give them a shout out in the comments below.
Thanks to Katie for today’s photo.