Thursday, July 7, 2011

Travel Agent Virgin: The Conclusion

As some of you may recall, part of this blog winner weekend included an experiment with using a travel agent, something I hadn't done before. In Part I and Part II we covered the initial meeting and the planning of our trip to Jamaica. I thought I might also share with you my thoughts about the whole process now, as we have completed our adventure.

The things I liked about using a travel agent were:
  • She helped us find an alternative to a cruise for our crazy schedules
  • We didn't have to bother with transportation or exit tax hassles as they were both included in our package
  • It was nice to have someone answer questions without a foreign phone call charge to the resort
  • Discount codes!
The things I didn't like:
  • I really had no idea what the resort would be like - I was pleasantly surprised that it was nice, clean and on the beach - but it was still weird to have someone pick something like this for me
  • I really enjoy checking on prices and figuring things out, but I didn't get to do any of that
  • It was a very impulsive transaction - I am not sure how long it is supposed to take from start to finish but booking this in about 4 hours total, planning everything to paying, seemed a little crazy
Overall, I think it was a good experience but I am not sure I would do it again, except for maybe some international group plane tickets. There is definitely a certain type of traveler who would benefit from this way of booking a vacation. So, if you like some help, take it, it's free!


  1. Jenn,

    Thanks for taking the time to write about your experience with us here at Ambassador Travel and definately your experiences in Jamaica.
    It looks like you had a great time, despite not doing a whole bunch of research prior to jumping feet first into booking your trip. I know you are an experienced traveler so maybe next time, you can do all the research and email me what you would like to do and I can see if I can find some sort of discount for you. (I promise not to talk you into something else) heehee.
    One more thing, on a personal note. If you ever decide to have kids and you have to be home more and travel less, might I suggest a career change to a travel agent?? You would be fantastic with all your travel knowledge!!
    Thank you sooo much for everything!

    Your Travel Agent,
    Casey Green

  2. That sounds like a great idea Casey, I will definitely contact you in the future to talk travel plans. It was so helpful for you to redirect our ideas - we needed it. Thanks again for everything. We had a blast! I think it would be awesome to be a travel agent but I would want to put myself in everyone's suitcase! Take care.

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