Travelers, here’s what to expect in 2018

Fellow travelers, it’s not too soon to start thinking about your 2018 itineraries. Read more “Travelers, here’s what to expect in 2018”

How to tell if you have a qualified travel agent

Yarisa Smith knows she has a good travel agent.

“He’s made cruises and European trips special,” says Smith, a manufacturer’s representative from Dallas. “His itineraries and attention to detail have made every trip flawless. He’s even managed to successfully intervene when acts of God have waylaid my plans.”

Yet you might not know by looking at Clark Mitchell, who works for Dallas-based Strong Travel, whether he’s the real deal. Yes, his agency is cited as a source for its travel expertise by mainstream news outlets. It also prominently lists its membership in Virtuoso, an exclusive travel agency consortium.

But until now, there’s been no instantly recognized certification that says an agent is legit. That may be about to change. Read more “How to tell if you have a qualified travel agent”

Why you should use a travel agent

Next time you travel somewhere, consider talking to a professional first. Read more “Why you should use a travel agent”

Why you’re the journalist of the year

The American Society of Travel Agents yesterday named me its journalist of the year. I still can’t believe it. It feels like it’s happening to someone else.

Actually, it is.
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Why bad travel agents are being outed — and why that’s a good thing

Now we know the bad ones.
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