Chat Plus: Finding a Good Travel Agent

Sunday, October 11, 2009

During our online chat (most Mondays at 2 p.m.), you ask your travel questions and we answer them -- mostly. Here's one we couldn't get to last week.

I'm considering using a travel agent to plan our honeymoon in the Seychelles. How do we go about finding the right agent? We usually book our own travel, but it seems as if this might be the time to get some professional help.

Good travel agents are right up there with tax preparers, lawn services and computer geeks in the pantheon of Experts Who Can Make Life Easier. The key word being "good." Just as with tax preparers and the rest, the best way to find one is by word of mouth from someone you trust. Ask well-traveled friends, relatives and colleagues for recommendations. Barring that, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has a "Find a Travel Agent" feature on its Web site, http://www.travelsense.org; you can choose by location or specialty.

Embassies and national tourism offices of foreign destinations can also make recommendations.

-- K.C.S.

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