Every year, I am amazed at the number of people who are using a travel agent to book their trip. If you are trying to book an inexpensive trip, you can often do it just as well (or even better, in fact) by divorcing your travel agent and looking yourself.
Now, if you are just looking for someone else to do it for you to save you time, then by all means use a travel agent. But, it's an easy process to learn. I did it, so anyone can! Each summer, I get inundated with calls from friends asking me to help them find a good deal on airfare. While I don't mind helping (in fact, I enjoy it), it's an easy skill to learn.
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