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I’ve noticed that some readers disdain the use of travel agents. My wife and I have traveled extensively (several trips yearly, to a total of 75 countries) and we’ve found our local travel agent invaluable and well worth the modest air travel booking fees.

There are rotten agents, so-so agents and excellent agents, and a traveler would do well to solicit recommendations for the latter from other travelers.

We use one particular agent at our local Carlson Wagonlit agency, so she knows our preferences for seating, connection times, quality of lodging, etc. Even so, I have learned over the years that it’s best to check all details in your travel documents. Even the best agent can make a mistake.

KENT SHAMBLIN
Afton, MN

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I’ve noticed that some readers disdain the use of travel agents. My wife and I have traveled extensively (several trips yearly, to a total of 75 countries) and we’ve found our local travel agent invaluable and well worth the modest air travel booking fees.

There are rotten agents, so-so agents and excellent agents, and a traveler would do well to solicit recommendations for the latter from other travelers.

We use one particular agent at our local Carlson Wagonlit agency, so she knows our preferences for seating, connection times, quality of lodging, etc. Even so, I have learned over the years that it’s best to check all details in your travel documents. Even the best agent can make a mistake.

KENT SHAMBLIN
Afton, MN