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My Travel Agent Rocks!

Name:  Evan McElligot
Company:  Longer Vacations
Date: November 13, 2014

An Irish native, Evan has been a member of ASTA for years and is an active participant of the Young Professionals Society (a subcommittee of ASTA geared toward agents who are under the age of 40).

When I told Evan that I was going to Ireland, he immediately jumped in to offer his services.
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Tips on Traveling with Kids

Tips on Traveling with KidsIt’s that time again. Time to gather with family and friends. Create long-lasting memories and new experiences. But traveling with children can sometimes be a test of preparedness - and of patience. Whether you are traveling with small children or teens, ASTA has suggestions to help make the sometimes daunting task of preparing for a trip more manageable for the entire family.

Maintaining a good sense of humor while traveling makes the trip fun for everyone, including you. Remember that problems do arise and delays do happen, but being prepared and keeping ASTA's Travel Tips in mind may help avoid hassles and undue stress.

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Travel Tips: Tipping Etiquette

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Travel Agents Improve Your Travel Experience

Professional travel agents actively seek ways to take the hassle out of travel. For example, they want to make sure that all of an airline's "hidden" fees are disclosed up front, no matter how you choose to purchase your travel. You are entitled to full and honest disclosure of all fees and charges associated with air travel before you purchase a ticket, whether you choose to purchase directly from an airline or from a travel agency. ASTA member travel agents are working to make sure that is available to you.

In fact, 2014 research shows that travelers that use an agent travel more and are more satisfied with their trip. The research also shows that over half of Millennial, Xer and Boomer leisure travelers who used travel agents believe that vacations planned with travel agents were better than those organized without their assistance.

FREE Trip QuoteASTA member travel agents are the lead professionals in the field and are dedicated to providing you with great service. Use this with FREE Trip Quotes online or on your iPhone. A good travel agent will provide you with a broader knowledge and an entire range of services and information up front so that you, the traveling public, can make informed decisions.

Travel agents are there to answer your questions, help you save money, offer suggestions and ensure comfort throughout your journey. Travel agents have an abundance of helpful traveling tips. They can assist you in last-minute changes to your travel plans, provide trip quotes, and save money on hotels and air. The bottom line is that travel agents have a vital interest in providing you with an unforgettable experience.

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'CBS This Morning' host Gayle King states that she swears by travel agents. The national business travel correspondent for USA Today says that travel agents "serve a vital service."

Consumer advocate and USA Today journalist Christopher Elliott's #1 travel recommendation is - "WORK with a travel agents".

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton - "I have a deep appreciation for the magic [travel agents] work every single day. [Travel agents] help Americans follow their dreams."

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