Post # 1
My fiancé and I are ready to make a decision on our honeymoon and book the trip. We’ve decided on 5 nights in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. We found a flight and hotel through tripadvisor.com and I’m really happy with what we found, price and quality. I’ve read online that you should use a travel agent for international travel, but I’m not sure why. I don’t have a travel agent currently, so I would have to find one to talk to. Should we just book the trip ourselves, or is it advisable to work through a travel agent?
Post # 3
We tried to, but found they didnt do anything we couldnt do ourselves. In fact, the flights they found were the EXACT same ones we found.
They are better for ideas for things to do and recommended vendors/company’s etc. or if you have large groups, complex schedules or they dont speak english.
We found we didnt need one for Bali, Indonesia at all.
Post # 4
My fiance and I are also planning on going to the Cook Islands for our honeymoon- I travel a lot between USA and Australia and only use a travel agent to get flights and travel insurance. Which I highly suggest you buying. World Nomads and STA Travel have inexpensie quotes for travel insurance that I’ve used over the years.
Post # 5
You certainly don’t have to use a travel agent for international travel. I’ve been to several foreign countries and our weddingmoon next year will be the first time I’ve ever used a travel agent. However, it will bar none the most expensive trip I’ve ever booked and I liked the security of having a travel agent ‘in it with me’. What she booked for us really wasn’t much different from what I would have been able to find on my own but I was able to get cancel for any reason travel insurance through them and the grand total was the same as if I booked it myself. Do you have AAA? I do and used their travel agent service and have been very happy so far.
Post # 6
I love to travel and have been to about 20 different countries, and the only time I used an agent was to plan our safari. (Most safari camps don’t allow you to book directly.) If you already identified your hotel and flights, there is no reason to spend money on a travel agent.
And I wouldn’t even worry about travel insurance unless it’s an impossible-to-reschedule trip. Most hotels allow you to cancel until a few days before check-in, and most airlines will allow you to rebook your flight for a small fee. The cost of rebooking is probably cheaper than the travel insurance. The only exception is if you might need medical insurance. Even that is only really necessary if you are traveling someplace extremely remote and doing a risky activity. Then you might want insurance in case you need to be medivac’d. We did buy cancellation and medical insurance for our safari because we did not expect to be able to rebook that trip for a variety of reasons. If you decide you want travel insurance, you can purchase that directly too; in fact, our travel agent recommended a provider but we had to make our own arrangements.