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3 Ways Agents De-Stress Your Travel

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Asian businesswoman on her cellphone while looking at her watch,Travel can be a great way to relax, but travel also comes with its own kinds of stress. Think about the last time you went somewhere. Were you tired when you got back? Exhausted? Feel like you needed a vacation to recover from your vacation to Morocco? That was the end result of the stress of travel. Some of the stresses can’t be avoided, but here are five ways a travel agent can help you to de-stress your future travel.

Activity Selection

Activity selection can induce stress in travelers in two ways. Some travelers take a hands-off approach to activity selection, assuming that they’ll just figure it out when they get to their destination. Once they get there, though, they spend half their time trying to decide what to do and wind up feeling like they wasted their trip. The other stress-inducing approach is to schedule every minute of every day. This approach crams the activities in, but often leaves travelers feeling like they didn’t take time to enjoy their trip. A travel agent can help you strike a balance between too few activities and too many with recommendations or even constructing an activity schedule for you.

Sane Travel Planning

When you’re committed to travel and doing it on a budget, your first impulse can be to take the absolute lowest price you can find. Low prices often come with the pitfall making you change planes repeatedly or forcing you into layovers that are too short to do any sightseeing, but too long to let you safely take a nap. In addition to being stuck in airports with nothing to do, multiple plane changes can put a serious drain on your energy, leaving you tired and groggy before you ever reach your destination. A travel agent will help you decide which tradeoffs are worth taking a hit on price and which aren’t worth it.

Upgrades

One of the best ways to reduce stress in your travel is through upgrades that make your trip more comfortable. Travel agents can do a lot for you in these terms. They can often get you bumped up into a better seat, secure a complimentary meal or at least a drink to take the edge off, and even get the hotel to leave a bottle of champagne for you in your room. These little things can make the difference between a barely tolerable travel experience and one you don’t mind telling people about.

There are some stresses that go with travel that you can’t avoid, like the kid that insists on yelling for the whole flight, or that person in the next seat that insists on telling you their life story. Some of the stresses can be avoided by using a travel agent to help you choose the right number of activities, the right flight options and getting you a few upgrades. Take a pass on unnecessary travel stress with help from the agents at 52 Grumbacher Road Suite 1, York, PA 17406.

Use a Travel Agent to Beat Holiday Travel Anarchy

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CrowdWhile travel isn’t always pleasant, there is a certain rhythm and order to it. Most of the delays you experience are expected and accepted elements of the process, such as layovers between flights. When the holidays roll around, however, the normal rhythm and order to travel gives way a kind of naked anarchy. Airports are filled with inexperienced travelers, many of whom are unintentionally bringing along forbidden items or don’t understand the normal order. All of this can turn your travel experience into a kind of horror movie experience, but using a travel agent can help you beat holiday travel anarchy.

Avoid Middle Seat Madness

As noted in the Chicago Tribune, the closer you get to the holidays the more likely you are to get stuck with only middle seats available. This can be a real problem if you find yourself unexpectedly needing to travel during the holidays. Middle seats, while sometimes unavoidable, are always problematic. You get jostled on both sides and you must always inconvenience someone to visit the lavatory. By using a travel agent, you stand a much better chance of getting a window or aisle seat. While you’re limited to the options a website shows you, your agent can put in a call to the contacts at the airlines and see if they can use a little pull on your behalf.

Logistics

The huge influx of passengers makes the logistics of holiday travel more complicated. Major hubs are going to be stuffed to the rafters with extra travelers trying to make a connection to somewhere or from somewhere. If you’re not particular about where you pick up a connection or you’re a little less price sensitive, your agent can probably find you a route that helps you avoid some of the major hubs and the crowds that will be at them.

Getting Family to You

Sometimes the biggest challenge of holiday travel isn’t that you need to get somewhere, but that you need to get people to your home. If you’re trying to make arrangements or help make arrangements for several family members, a travel agent can take on the heavy lifting. They book the flights and probably even set up a block of rooms at a local hotel for your family much more easily and possibly at a discount you couldn’t get doing it on your own.

Holiday travel and the anarchy it creates can be extremely stressful and radically alters the culture and rhythms of travel. The normal rules that make domestic travel a thing you can easily book for yourself often become moot for the better part of a month. If you don’t want to try to manage the anarchy and logistical issues by yourself, touch base with a professional travel agent at 52 Grumbacher Road Suite 1, York, PA 17406.