The travel business has been consistently changing since leisure tourism started. The changes come with the culture of the time. Think back to the famous Pan Am era when flyers would get a first-class experience in every flight. But at the same time, the culture had more of an elevated lifestyle, men and women were dressed for success every day. That same generation still wakes up every morning ready for whatever the day could bring them. In the 90’s many of us can remember the ATA Your On Vacation commercials. It was a time where it seemed that everyone could afford a plane ticket to somewhere warm and fun. In the early 2000s, booking travel for oneself became more accessible. Then September 11th changed the way many of us thought about traveling. We wanted a sense of security. Now as we are in the first quarter of 2021, COVID is still affecting the way we travel. Travel advisors are starting to get recognition for how helpful they were when the pandemic shut down tourism last spring. There were horror stories of those who had to cancel their own trips by waiting on hold for hours with online-based companies and vendors they booked on their own.

Not all travel agencies are alike. Two years ago, The Travel Agent, Inc. changed the business model to make it our primary focus to create a trusting relationship with our clients. We don’t want to be an agency that you walk in to say this is what you want as if you are walking into a fast-food restaurant. We want to create a customized experience for you. All of our advisors specialize in customized experiences that fit your travel preference. They have the resources to assist you to most destinations worldwide. We take the stress out of keeping you up to date as needed during your entire process.

Our DASH club was started so we could create a relationship outside of “business” to get to know our clients on a personal level. It helps that we all have the passion to travel and that is what brings us together!

Our process is simple.

1) Call or go to our website to request an appointment
2) Have the discovery meeting with an advisor. It can be done in person, over the phone, or video chat. It is a meeting so we can get to know you, learn your travel style, and give you some additional information about The Travel Agent and how your advisor works for you!
3) When you are ready to start the planning process, we have you sign an agreement and pay our non-refundable professional fee. Then the advisor works with you creating a customized itinerary that fits your needs best!
4) Go on your trip and have a great time!

We are proud that we are not the traditional walk-in travel agency. We look forward to establishing a relationship with you!

By Amber Schwartzkopf