When to Hire a Travel Agent to Plan Your Trip

Even do-it-yourselfers may want a pro’s help with an elaborate vacation or a complicated itinerary.

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Before the internet put trip-planning tools at your fingertips, you might have popped into a travel agency to shop for airline tickets or flip through brochures. Now, online booking engines and review sites can spark vacation ideas and point you to everything from a cozy B&B to the best wine bar in a city.

Post-COVID, traveling looks a little different. At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, only 23 million Americans traveled 50 or more miles from their home during Memorial Day Weekend, per AAA. Cut to May 2023, and AAA predicts 42.3 million Americans will take a vacation, with 3.4 million travelers planning to fly. With pre-pandemic crowds on the roads and in airports, mapping out a stress-free trip could get complicated.

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Miriam Cross
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Miriam lived in Toronto, Canada, before joining Kiplinger's Personal Finance in November 2012. Prior to that, she freelanced as a fact-checker for several Canadian publications, including Reader's Digest Canada, Style at Home and Air Canada's enRoute. She received a BA from the University of Toronto with a major in English literature and completed a certificate in Magazine and Web Publishing at Ryerson University.
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