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travel-agentSometimes planning travel can be overwhelming and infuriating. When trying to plan multi-week trips I tend to get in a little over my head. I mean, c’mon, keeping track of rules, hotels, flights and trains can be a bit much!

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For times like these I rely on my travel agent, DeAnne Petritz of CI Travel. This week, DeAnne has helped me put together some fool-proof tips on how you too can find the perfect travel agent to fulfill your wanderlusting needs!


1. Get Referrals 

Ask your friends! Personal referrals will always give you honest insight into their customer service experience and satisfaction with their travel consultant. A good friend will never recommend a bad travel consultant.

2. Do Your Research 

Experience matters. When considering a travel consultant or agency to work with, be sure to ask how long they have been in business and what affiliations they have. A reputable agency should belong to one or more affiliations, like ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) or IATA (International Air Transport Association).

 3. Find a Local Expert 

Sometimes the best consultant for you is the one that is an expert in the location you want to travel to. First-hand knowledge and experience can elevate and personalize your trip. especially for off the beaten path destinations or experiences. A specialist will know the hidden gems and must sees and do’s for even the most discerning traveler.

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