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Are you like me and you've spent your life avoiding travel agents because you think you can get a better deal on your own, you enjoy planning and don't want to give it up, or because you think its going to cost you more?  Well, I needed some schooling on the subject, so I invited Jessica and Samuel Bouter of Away On Voyage to discuss the purpose of using a travel agent, and specifically a bespoke travel agent.

In this episode we'll discuss:

  • Meeting at the travel club
  • Orient Express route
  • Malta
  • Northern Italy and Venice
  • Romainian accent
  • Differences in travel agents (Bespoke travel)
  • How do you differ from traditional agencies?
  • the differences between planning for agent vs planning for someone else
  • Why use a travel agent?
  • Fitting to personality
  • Relationships with vendors
  • Relationships with destinations (hotels, events)
  • Relationships with local guides (website says you’re looking)
  • Cost difference / Perks? Upgrades
  • Help while on the road - desperate calls!
  • Travel insurance? Health (Mexico)
  • How an agent makes money?
  • School groups, weddings, family reunions, couple's retreat
  • Why book a cruise through an agent?
  • Where do you find the dividing line between choosing a bespoke, standard travel agent or DIY?
  • How you see your own travels changing with a growing family

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