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In the past, if you wanted to book a trip abroad the only real option was to visit a travel agent, to browse their offers and book your flights, transport and accommodation. However, nowadays travellers have more opportunities; they could visit their local travel agent on the high street, book through an online travel company, or they could potentially book their flights and accommodation themselves through the internet.
This change in travel trends has of course affected travel agents and operators, in fact 53 such companies went bust in 2012, compared to 39 in the previous year. Not to mention the companies who came close to administration or who were forced to make mammoth job cuts, including Thomas Cook.
The internet presents so much freedom to travellers that there is no need for them to visit a travel agent. When you can research and book every aspect of your trip from the comfort of their own home, why would you want to pay a travel agent to do the same thing?
However, it is important to note that booking through an ATOL or ABTA registered tour operator or travel agent can have its advantages, for example most will offer protection if any part of the booking goes bust, for example the accommodation provider. Furthermore, if you needed to be evacuated due to civil unrest, it should fall to the agent company to get you home.
If you enjoy booking online, don’t forget to visit our online travel insurance site, where you can choose your policy, level of cover, screen your medical conditions, pay, and deliver your policy documents straight to your inbox – it couldn’t be simpler!
Visit Holidaysafe.co.uk for more information on our affordable travel insurance.Please note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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