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«It relieved us of doing the research, it relieved us of doing all of booking of activities -- because that would have been just really labor intensive,» says Raimondo. «Considering how busy my partner and I were and are it just helped to just work with [a travel consultant].»
«[Our travel consultant] turned around and gave me everything all laid out for us,» adds Raimondo, who received three or more different itineraries for each destination they were considering.
That's a sign of a good travel agent, according to Bay Area's Consumer Checkbook. Travel Advisors recently received a 100% rating from the consumer advocacy organization.
The two women settled on Costa Rica's beautiful beaches and eco-adventures.
«We had a great time!» says Raimondo.
When a couple of things went astray during their Costa Rica vacation, in spite of being across four borders and nearly 3,000 miles away from home, Raimondo and Narayan felt Cassell's presence making sure they were taken care of and advocating for them to make everything right.
Another sign of a good agent and gives you a peace of mind is if anything goes wrong you can leverage their assistance to help you out of a situation.
Outside of handing off the legwork of planning your vacation to navigating visas and other essential travel documents, security and weather alerts, and other not-so-exciting details of planning a vacation your travel consultant many have actually been to a destination or work with trusted travel partners. That insider knowledge is invaluable, especially when it comes to hotels, tours, restaurants, and many other things many people do on vacation.
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