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10 Reasons Travelers Still Need a Travel Agent

In the age of technology, booking trips online is an easy choice for travelers. and yet the business of travel agents in the United States soared last year (ASTA reported) that more of half of all agents saw an increase in clients, transactions, and revenue in 2014 over 2013, and their profits are expected to grow 12% in 2015.

Here are 10 reasons that help explain why that is, from a customer’s perspective.

1) Accountability – A travel agent’s job is on the line with every trip. They are a real person clients can speak with to work things out.

2) Knowledge – Travel agents have been doing the job for years and know all the ins and outs.

3) More For Your Money – When booking an expensive trip, a travel agent can ensure that your dollars go a long way.

4) Setting An Itinerary – A travel agent can give a clear-cut schedule & keep records of what will be happening on a day-to-day basis.

5) Budgeting – A travel agent can help map out exactly how much a trip will cost, so there are no surprises.

6) Insurance – Things happen. A travel agent can offer insurance in a number of ways, from guaranteeing that your hotel is safe and the company and the company running the tour excursion won’t rob you, to actually advising on which insurance policies you need, from trip cancellation to medical emergencies. They also insure that you have the correct travel documents, so you don’t end up missing your plane or cruise. And when things do go wrong, travel agents have the resources and the contacts to get you to the head of the line.

7) Resources – At the touch of a travel agents’ fingertips, they have resources a traveler simply does not. Yes, we have the internet, but there is so much still left unknown, especially in places that are undiscovered.

8) Exclusivity – A travel agent knows the new destinations and the new places in them – and often they can get you in. Through their partners, they also often get freebies for their customers ranging from a free drink to an exclusive admission to a hot event.

9) Time Savings – A travel agent will spend time getting to know you and what you’re looking for, and then put together an entire vacation customized for you.

10) Leverage – Travel agents spend years developing long-term relationships and travel companies understand how important their repeat business is. Travel agents have leverage with most hotel companies, resorts and cruise lines, and they are more likely to get what they want than a single consumer.

In short, if you have never visited a travel agent, you are missing out on a chance to save time, hassles and aggravation – and often, money as well.

Please contact Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 and allow our 40+ years of experience guide you to your next hassle-free and relaxing vacation!! You can also submit a land vacation request or a cruise vacation request and we will respond immediately with information on your next getaway!!

10 All-Inclusive Resorts Worthy of the Name

There are all-inclusive resorts and then there ARE all-inclusive resorts. The difference lies in the details; going above and beyond the standard amenities. These ten hotels are the best of the all-inclusive resorts that offer fun and exciting ways for travelers to indulge. World-class food, beautiful décor and fantastic activities to be had — and everything built into one single price-per-day, making planning out your budget a simple feat. From Cabo to Cancun and back again, these are the ten all-inclusive resorts that are truly worthy of the name.

  1. Zoetry Paraiso de la Riviera Maya (just south of Cancun)
  2. Marival Residence & World Spa, Riviera Nayarit (just outside of Puerto Vallarta)
  3. Half Moon, a Rock Resort (Jamaica)
  4. One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
  5. Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic
  6. Dreams Tatum Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya (just south of Cancun)
  7. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa, Cabo San Lucas
  8. Fowl Cay Resort, Bahamas
  9. Parrot Cay & Como Shambhaia Retreat, Turks & Caicos
  10. Excellence Playa Mujeres, Cancun

If you would like to visit any one of these ten incredible all-inclusive resorts, let us make it happen. Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land vacation request-a-quote form and allow us make this dream vacation a reality!!

The Top Five Luxury Al-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean

All-inclusive resorts used to be synonymous with buffet overload, bottom-shelf drinks and boorish behavior. Times have changed, and today’s all-inclusive resorts have continually raised the bar in effort to attract a well-heeled clientele. Top of the line all-inclusives now offer such luxe perks as butler service, pillow menus and private plunge pools. Here are five of the finest in the Caribbean.

1. Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa (Grenada)
2. Zoetry Agua Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
3. Hard Rock Hotel & Resort Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
4. Curtain Bluff (Antigua)
5. Palm Island Resort (Grenadines Archipelago, Grenada)

To book your next vacation to any of these exotic all-inclusive resorts, please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or submit a land vacation request form and let us plan your next exotic all-inclusive getaway today!!


The 10 Best World Wine Destinations

“It takes more than great wine to make a great wine destination”, says Susan Kostrzewa, executive editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Travelers also want good food and enjoyable interactions with winemakers and locals. “It’s really about the tone and vibe of the place.” The magazine has identified the following ten most promising vintage wine destinations for 2014.

  1. Umbria, Italy
  2. Aegean Islands, Greece
  3. Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California
  4. Hill Country, Texas
  5. Mendoza, Argentina
  6. Sonoma, California
  7. Baden, Germany
  8. Barossa Valley, Australia
  9. Walla Walla, Washington
  10. Languedoc, France

Why not make your next vacation to one of these great wine destinations? Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land vacation request quote and let us make this unique and wonderful trip a reality!!

The Six Best Caribbean Resorts for Families

The Caribbean has some of the best sands and the friendliest family resorts. At these six diverse properties, you and your children can encounter dolphins, ride horses in the surf, snorkel through schools of tropical fish, learn sailing or simply sit and chat.

  • Atlantis Paradise Island (The Bahamas)
  • Club Med Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
  • Half Moon Resort (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
  • Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort (Just South of Cancun, Mexico)
  • Coconut Bay Resort (Saint Lucia)
  • Beaches Providenciales Resort (Provo, Turks & Caicos)

With this harsh winter 2014 season in full swing, let us plan your next family vacation to one of these six wonderful destinations. Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us an air/land vacation request form so we can make this next family getaway a memorable reality.

Five Best Places to Dive & Snorkel in the Caribbean

Choosing the Caribbean’s five best dive/snorkel destinations is like picking the best five places to live in America. Everyone wants something different. At least divers and snorkelers usually want the same essentials: easy entry, clear water, healthy corals and lots of marine life. Four of these sites possess these in abundance while Bimini’s distinctive wild dolphin swimming focuses on animal encounters. Below, are the five best Caribbean dive/snorkel destinations:

  • Bonaire – Bari Reef
  • Little Cayman – Bloody Bay
  • British Virgin Islands – Wreck of the RMS Rhone
  • Bimini – The Bahamas
  • Saint Thomas, USVI – Cow & Half Rocks

To plan your next Caribbean dive & snorkel vacation, please contact Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land request quote so we can make this memorable vacation a reality!!

Ten of the World’s most Adventurous Cruises

Adventure & Expedition cruising is a travel niche that is growing each and every day. These floating adventures take the form of anything from five-star Champagne explorations to ambling along in a tramp steamer. Here are ten of the world’s best Adventure & Expedition cruises:

  • Island Safari, Hawaii (USA) – Extreme Rating: 6/10
  • Across the Northwest Passage (North America) – Extreme Rating: 6/10
  • Through Ancient Kimberley (Australia) – Extreme Rating: 7/10
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (The Amazon) – Extreme Rating: 7/10
  • Jungle Book Tour (India) – Extreme Rating: 7/10
  • Into Wild West Africa – Extreme Rating: 8/10
  • Following Scott, Amundsen et al (Antarctica) – Extreme Rating: 8.5/10
  • Island Hopping in the Pacific Ocean – Extreme Rating: 8.5/10
  • Ice-Breaking to the North Pole – Extreme Rating: 9.5/10
  • Down to the Titanic Wreck (Atlantic Ocean) – Extreme Rating: 10/10

If Adventure & Expedition cruising is something that peaks your interest, please contact Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a cruise request quote so we can plan this adventure of a lifetime!!

Five Perfect Winter Honeymoon Destinations

Planning a winter wedding this year?
Here are five perfect destinations for that winter honeymoon.

  • Saint Kitts & Nevis (Caribbean)
  • Thailand
  • Turks & Caicos Islands (Caribbean)
  • Australia
  • Iceland

Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land request quote so we can plan that perfect winter honeymoon vacation today!!

10 of the World’s Most Beautiful Ice Skating Rinks

With the 2014 winter season in full swing, what else could be better than putting on some ice skates and visiting one of these beautiful international rinks:

  • Baniff Lake Louise (Baniff, Canada)
  • Bondi Winter Festival Ice Rink (Sydney, Australia) [Late June – Mid July]
  • Eiffel Tower Ice Rink (Paris, France)
  • Evergreen Lake (Evergreen, Colorado)
  • Red Square Rink (Moscow, Russia)
  • Rideau Canal Skateway (Ottawa, Canada)
  • The Rink At Rockefeller Center (New York City)
  • Shichahai Lake (Beijing, China)
  • Somerset House (London, England)
  • Vienna Ice Dream (Vienna, Austria)

For more information about any of these special destinations, please contact Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land request quote so that we can make this memorable vacation come true!!

10 Places To See Before They’re Gone

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world’s most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists say climate change has been affecting oceans, reefs, beaches and even cities. Development is another danger for once-pristene, off-the-beaten-path spots and their cultures. Here are 10 places on the brink of forever changing, and some threatening to disappear altogether:

  • Easter Island, Chile
  • Antarctica
  • Machu Picchu & Choquequirao, Peru
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Culebra & Vieques, Puerto Rico
  • Dead Sea, Israel & Jordan
  • Taj Mahal, India
  • Venice, Italy
  • Tibet

For a memorable vacation to any of these historic destinations, please contact Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land request quote and allow us to plan what will be truly a getaway to remember.