Travel agents consider the kids

Using a travel agent

Several travel agents on Angie's List share the benefits of using this service as well as the pitfalls of planning a trip without a professional agent.

When you're planning a trip, you consider the destination, amenities, food, activities and price, but do you consider its safety?   A travel agent can help help you keep your kids safe when traveling.

Baby amenities

Traveling with a baby can present its own special problems. Travel agents can help you identify problems and take care of them swiftly. For example, an agent can check with your air transportation provider to get information on stroller and car seat policies. Some airlines allow you to use car seats or booster seats in the airplane to provide more safety for your child in case of turbulence.

Another important detail that an agent can take care of for you is finding a hotel that provides modern sleeping arrangements for babies and toddlers. Without checking with hotels regarding their equipment, you may find yourself in a hotel that has recalled or substandard cribs.

Considerations for special needs children

Finding accommodations for a special needs child can be particularly taxing. Considering that your child's well-being is a major part of a happy trip, planning is important. An agent can help with locating hotels that have wading pools for younger children or pools that have lifeguards to watch out for older children, for example. He can also help you choose a vacation location that provides high-quality child care programs for when you want to have a little adult time.

If you have a child with a sensory sensitivity an agent can find a hotel that provides simple, uncluttered rooms, or if you have a disabled child the agent can ask about any special flight accommodations that can be made for children in wheelchairs or that use other mobility devices.

A good agent can also find vacation activities that your child would enjoy with minimal risks. For example, travel agencies may be able to help you find Gulf Coast cruises specifically themed for special needs children.

A travel agency can take the worry out of travel planning, help your child stay safe and give you better peace of mind. There's no need to go it alone when there are professionals who can do the hard work, so all you have to do is enjoy the trip.

When looking for travel agents be sure to read reputable reviews online. Angie's List offers honest reviews about members experiences with travel agents. For example, of 193 travel agents in Austin, only 15 have received the highest ratings from Angie's List members.


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