Wouldnt it be nice if someone else could take care of all the details for your big getaway and you could actually enjoy that lunch break instead of using it to Google travel packages?
Why not consider handing over the reins to a travel agent? It supports the local economy and, surprisingly, its anything but old hat.
Bayless Travel (6430 N. Western; 842-4464), formerly Seagrave Travel, has been in business since 1936. It offers a variety of services from travel packages to vacation property management. Follow Bayless on Facebook and Twitter for updates and specials.
Another option is Travel Agents Incorporated (9415 N. May; 752- 5252). If you arent sure what kind of adventure you want, just ask one of the agents for information on upcoming excursions.
Isobel Zweifel, travel consultant at Travel Agents Incorporated, said that the good thing about working locally is that youve got a connection to home, especially if your trip isnt what you expected or something goes wrong. Even if youre out of town, you can still call home to let your agent straighten out the snafus.
Bentley Hedges Travel (10011 S. Pennsylvania; 237-3333) has everything mapped out for you, perhaps the inevitable result of experience the agency has accrued more than 42 years in business. September marks Bentleys anniversary, and it has a plethora of packages and prizes to dole out.
People think they can get by without a travel agent, said Bonnie Bentley, vice president of sales and marketing. But she explained that people shouldnt settle for getting by.
After an initial deposit secures the trip, its easy to then make installment payments; there arent any additional fees involved.
For group travel, each person can pay separately (worth it right there!) and the agency prepares all travel documents needed for the trip.
If youre planning a honeymoon or destination wedding, a travel agent is a good idea, as well. Set your destination and add it to your registry. Guests easily can send checks to Bentley.
If youre yearning to go on a vacation but dont want the stress of all the arranging, leave it in the capable hands of a local travel agent.
Youre stimulating the local economy, reducing stress in your life and booking a vacation, so its really a win-win any way you look at it.
Pack your bags and buy travel-sized bottles of everything. Lets shop, OKC!