Hello again! Thanks for coming to visit my blog. Have a seat on that couch over there. I think you really want to be sitting for this.
Listen...it’s time we had a serious talk. Now, don’t give me that look, you’re not in trouble. We just need to have a frank discussion. Yes, I wish it were about Frank Hardy instead, too. But now you’re just stalling.
Dearest Fellow Traveler (can I call you that?), you need a travel agent. In case you missed it because you rolled your eyes too hard, I’ll repeat: you need a travel agent. Hear me out! Unless your hobby is working out travel logistics, booking reservations, calling to confirm, making sure your visas/passports are all up to date, researching which food & beverage plan is best for your cruise, finding transfers to & from the airport, and dealing with the airlines when they inevitably do something to mess up your flight, luggage, or seat, you need a travel agent. (But if that is your hobby, maybe you should become a travel agent! We can talk about that later; I digress…)
I know not all of your travel is always that complicated. Sometimes you just need to buy a round trip ticket to visit your friends or family. I have complete confidence in you that you can buy a plane ticket all by yourself and not get ripped off. And until very recently, I wouldn’t have even dared to suggest that you need a travel agent to buy an airline ticket for you. You’re not an idiot, and frankly I don’t want to spend all my time trying to find the cheapest ticket for you, especially since airlines no longer give travel agents commission; that’s just no fun. But now I really believe that you need a travel agent, even when you only buy an airline ticket.
Because airlines suck. Airlines are soulless money-making machines that don’t care about your needs (unless you happen to be flying first or business class, and then they're good at faking it). This is what they see when they look at you: $$$$$$, or more likely $$. They don’t care why you’re flying somewhere, so if your flight is no longer profitable, they can just cancel the flight. Going to a funeral? Too bad—nobody else wanted to fly to Milwaukee on a Wednesday. Flying out of the country for the first time? Well, your flight’s been overbooked, and if no one agrees to leave the flight you could be bumped.
Airlines legitimately do not care about you. But I do.
I know how important it is for you to reach your destination, even if you’ve only booked a round-trip ticket through me. My job is to make sure you don’t have to deal with all the airlines’ crap. The next time the airline delays your flight, you can sit in the terminal, all comfy & cozy, after having gotten off the phone with me, knowing that I’ve got you covered.
Maybe you like dealing with the airlines. Maybe you really like getting into arguments while advocating for yourself. But looking at your expression, I'd that you really don’t. That’s why I’m here. I’ll take care of all the icky parts of traveling (and enjoy it)!
Okay, serious talk over. Let’s talk about something more fun, like where you’re going on your next trip! I’m always excited to hear!!
Now get out there and go!