What is your time worth? Do you spend it trying to make travel arrangements on the Web? How much money could you earn if you had an extra hour or two?
If you are one of the millions looking for the promised savings of online airline, hotel and car rental bookings, you've likely been disappointed. The deals are just never there for your destination. Or upon arrival, you find your "deluxe" room is more shabby than chic.
But doesn't everyone use the Internet for travel arrangements? Well, no. It's true that the online travel market is rapidly growing.
In 1991, 15.1 million U.S. adults booked their travel reservations online; in 2003 that number jumped to 42.2 million. By 2011, it is expected that 38% of all travel reservations will be done online. Yet that leaves over 60% of travelers who will continue to prefer the personalized service only a travel agent can offer.
In the same way that merchant level salespeople are the go-to experts for retailers, travel agents are experts at making sure your travel plans turn out exactly as you desire. Whether it's a business trip or a family vacation, a travel agent has insider knowledge and experience.
Of course, some of us like to waste a bit of time noodling around the travel sites because they offer the vicarious thrill of "virtual" travel. A mini mental vacation. But few of these Web sites are a joy to visit. Often they are an exercise in frustration. Looking for value and convenience, you plug in destination cities, dates, and times over and over again, with dismal results. For that reason, The Green Sheet Inc. has teamed up with Tara Travel to create the GS Travel Advice Web site.
A simple click on the GS Travel Advice logo in the right hand column of GS Online's home page (www.greensheet.com) can whisk you off into a marvelous world awaiting your exploration. For both armchair and actual travelers, the site offers profiles and stunning photos of places around the globe, with an array of tips on everything from packing and currency conversion to embassy locations and local customs.
The Web site also has a direct link to Tara Travel, an agency The Green Sheet founder Paul H. Green and his family have used for years. You can use the online form to query Tara Travel or contact the agency directly to experience the expert travel advice that has helped thousands of people discover the joys of exploring new locales near and far.
And check out the Travel Forums page while you're there. It's a great place to tell others about your travels, to look for suggestions or to read about all the enticing places others have visited. So, come for a visit soon!
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