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Old 12-20-2017, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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Planning on a trip to London late May of 2018. Taking my sons and their two cousins. I've always used a TA for trips outside the states but I'm thinking London should be fairly easy to research and book on my own.

Thoughts? any potential problems booking myself on line. I always heard that if you have problems a TA can bet you help where as a individual maynot be able to access information and get help as reliably.
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Old 12-20-2017, 08:52 AM
 
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1. Are travel agents still a thing?

2. Personally I would book a straightforward trip to London myself. But I'm me not you.
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Old 12-20-2017, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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You could easily do it on your own, from the flights to the hotels without a problem
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Old 12-20-2017, 10:02 AM
 
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I see zero reason to enrich a travel agent for a trip like this. I haven't used one in like 17 years and we travel to Europe all the time.
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Old 12-20-2017, 10:15 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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If it makes you feel better, do it, but no real need.
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Old 12-20-2017, 11:42 AM
 
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Personally, I would only involve a travel agent if I were trying to coordinate a large group of travelers.
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Old 12-20-2017, 11:43 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Unless you have some very peculiar requirements in your travel needs I don't see what you need a travel agent for. Use a credit card for any billing/service problems. Outside of work I'm not sure I've ever used a travel agent (except in SE Asia 20 years ago when they could book hotels for me cheaper or deal with flight changes.)

But if you feel better about having them arrange everything, why not?
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Old 12-21-2017, 06:33 AM
 
Location: World
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After reaching London, you can book a local tour from a Travel agency for sightseeing or a one-off guided trip to Windsor / Stonehenge. It can be arranged in minutes once you reach there-often your Hotel concierge/reception desk will help on that.
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Old 12-21-2017, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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1. Are travel agents still a thing?

2. Personally I would book a straightforward trip to London myself. But I'm me not you.


I also thought travel agents were obsolete!
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Old 12-21-2017, 09:22 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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First, realize that the royal wedding (Megan and Prince Harry) is scheduled for the 19th of May, which will probably make prices go up during this period.

That being said, I have planned several trips to London. I have never used a travel agent and think things went pretty well. However, depending on your time constraints and comfort level, a travel agent could be very helpful.
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