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Monday, October 10th
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Join us in our office for a fun and informative presentation on River Cruising with our River Cruise expert from Avalon River Cruises.

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With over 52 Years in business, Wilson Travel and Cruise is the Fox Valley's #1 name in travel! Our staff is comprised of award winning, world-wide travel specialists, group travel pros and destination wedding experts. We are committed to saving you from "internet overload" by providing you a comfortable, time-saving, one-stop vacation planning experience.  We strive to search for the best "value" and greatest adventure for your vacation dollars. We are excited to start planning your next vacation!

Once again, Wilson Travel and Cruise was voted "One of the Best" Travel Agencies in the Fox Valley for 2013 by the Readers Choice poll!

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 Why Use A Travel Agent?

A Harvard researcher recently reported that 96% of responders they interviewed about travel experiences said, the best trip of their life was planned by a travel agent!!!

Excerpts From: April 30, 2012 RSS Feed Print  

Booking a trip often proves to be an extremely stressful, grueling undertaking. You can spend hours online searching for deals on flights and hotels, bouncing from one website to another in pursuit of the perfect price. Most "do-it-yourself" travelers worldwide said it took them more than five hours to search and book travel online, according to a recent survey by the I.B.M. Institute for Business Value.

To avoid the hassle, and feel secure in thier purchase, consumers are turning back to travel agents. 

Faced with countless choices for flights, hotels, car rental, and tours, some consumers are dumping the DIY approach. "There are simply too many travel products in the market today for individuals to decipher on their own," says James Shillinglaw, editor-in-chief of Travalliancemedia, a media network for travel agencies. "You need a guide to help you cut through all the different things out there that are available."

"There's a difference between price and value," adds Arnie Weissmann, editor-in-chief of Travel Weekly, a newspaper that covers the travel industry. The more travelers realize that, he says, the more they're opting to use a travel agent. Here are six reasons to consider booking your next vacation with a travel agent:

Save time. An agent can save you time by vetting thousands of flight and hotel options to find the right fare at the lowest rate. "There's just a glut of information, and you need someone to make sense of it all," says John Peters of

Save money. Most agents do charge some additional fees (for example, a $35 fee to issue an airline ticket), or a planning fee for an intricate day by day itinerary, but most make their commission through the travel suppliers they represent. Agents have thier pulse on the best value (not neccesarily the "cheapest deals"), available. "You're going to get more value and a better experience for your money by booking with a travel agent," Peters says.

Get the experience that you really want! "Very often, people don't really know what kind of trip they want," Shillinglaw says. It's the travel agent's job to provide you with a number of options they think you'd enjoy. Not only will they help you book a trip, they'll help you build the experience.

Connections. Don't underestimate a travel agent's extensive Rolodex! Agents may have people on the ground who you can connect with, such as a local tour guide, as well as people you can reach out to if you encounter any problems. "Having access to a travel agent's insiders makes it just an overall better customer service experience than going at it alone," Peters says.

Authenticity. The right travel agent will enlighten you about trip options you may not be able to find online. "It's about knowing what the real local find is, whether that be a great dinner at a small café or tickets to a private show," Peters says. "When people travel, they don't want to travel like a tourist. So it's about the travel specialist being able to help people find unique life experiences that they'll remember."

Knowledge. Flawless travel plans lie in the details, and travel agents are experts when it comes to handling those details. "It could be a pretty picture online, but what if there's construction going on? What if it's in a bad neighborhood?" says Meyer. "Agents have that kind of background knowledge." "In the future, I would take all of their advice, rather than just picking and choosing to save some money."

Troubleshooting. Despite extensive travel planning, you might encounter some bumps on your trip. Having a travel agent handle them for you can make your travel experience a lot less stressful. "In almost any rough situation, you need a travel agent," Meyer says.  "If you encounter problems along the way or if the cruise, tour or hotel room doesn't match your expectations and you don't have a travel agent... you're on your own!"

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