Christmas in Hawaii? Talk to a Travel Agent

Christmas in Hawaii? Talk to a Travel Agent

President Barack Obama and his family celebrated Christmas in Hawaii by singing carols before spending the afternoon on the beach.

The first couple also made time to visit with troops and their families at a Marine Corps base on the island chain.

Not a bad holiday, huh?

If you spent a chilly Christmas in Washington, D.C., this year longing for the tropics then you may want to start making plans for next year.

It’s never too soon to be thinking of next Christmas and where you want to spend it.

The first step to making sure your family is gathered around a palm tree come December 2015 is finding a highly rated travel agent.

How does a travel agent get paid?

It's important to properly vet a potential travel agent. There are steps you should take to make sure you hire the right professional.

While most travel agents receive payment through the cruises and hotels they book, it's always important to ask if there are additional fees associated with booking. Take time to make sure everything you need for your vacation is included in the agent's plan.

If you're buying an all-inclusive package, your travel agent should be able to show you all the available variations of the package. This way you get what you truly want.

Find a travel agent that has been in business in the D.C. area for many years, if possible. You can rest assured this person will be in the office if you need to stop by and discuss your trip, or require assistance mid-trip.

Travel agents usually don't need to a license to do their job, but you should still check with your local or state government.

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