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How to Find the Perfect Travel Agent for Family Trips

Traveling with children is a unique and rewarding experience, but it also comes with its own set of challenges and considerations. Will the hotel be kid-friendly? Will it be safe for everyone? Will there be enough to do and eat?

As a parent who has navigated the globe with a toddler, from African safaris to pool villas in Bali and the best resorts in Mexico, I understand the intricacies of family travel better than most. As a Millennial, I also have to admit I’d never thought of using a travel agent, until, that is, I realized agents can help get travelers perks and upgrades that aren’t otherwise accessible. Plus, drawing on an agent’s experience can be invaluable.

Whether you’re planning a relaxing beach vacation or an adventurous cultural exploration, finding the right travel agent can make all the difference. Here’s how to choose the perfect travel agent for your family’s next adventure and why my expertise could be exactly what you need:

Why Use a Travel Agent for Family Trips?

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With my son at our amazing resort in Bali

Travel agents can be super helpful for family trips, particularly when you have young children. They offer a wealth of knowledge and resources that can simplify the planning process and enhance your travel experience by making recommendations for the best places to stay, which flights to book, and knowledge that is best learned themselves on the ground.

I can’t speak for every agent, but as an agent myself, I also have a direct line to almost every major cruise, hotel, and tour company in the world. I can get your questions answered and find out the best cruise that has the most swimming pools, or the Mexican resort that has the calmest b each. Here are some key benefits:

  1. Personalized Planning: Travel agents tailor itineraries to fit your family’s specific needs and preferences. This personalized approach ensures that every member of the family, from toddlers to grandparents, has a memorable and enjoyable experience.
  2. Access to Exclusive Perks: Through affiliations with organizations like Virtuoso and other travel consortiums like Four Seasons Preferred, travel agents can offer exclusive perks and amenities at no extra cost. These might include room upgrades, complimentary breakfasts, early check-ins, and late check-outs, which can make your stay more comfortable and luxurious. We’ve benefitted from room upgrades (to family suites!) and late checkouts on several family trips. It really is the best to not disrupt nap time with a check out!
  3. Expertise and Insider Knowledge: An experienced travel agent, especially one who has traveled extensively with children (like me!), can provide insider tips and recommendations. This includes child-friendly accommodations, activities that cater to different age groups, and essential travel hacks that can make your journey smoother.
  4. Time and Stress Savings: Planning a family vacation can be time-consuming and stressful. A travel agent takes care of the details, from booking flights and hotels to arranging transfers and activities, allowing you to focus on enjoying your time with your family.

How to Choose the Right Travel Agent

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Selecting the right travel agent for your family trip is crucial. Here are some steps to guide you:

  1. Look for Family Travel Specialists: Seek out travel agents who specialize in family travel – ideally someone who has recent experience traveling with kids. They will have a better understanding of the unique needs and preferences of traveling families. Ask about their experience and whether they have traveled with children themselves.
  2. Check Credentials and Affiliations: Ensure the travel agent is accredited by reputable organizations like the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) or has affiliations with luxury travel networks like Virtuoso. These affiliations often come with additional benefits for clients.
  3. Discuss Your Needs and Budget: Have an open conversation with the travel agent about your family’s needs, preferences, and budget. A good travel agent will listen attentively and provide suggestions that align with your criteria.
  4. Inquire About Fees: Understand the fee structure of the travel agent. While some agents charge a fee for their services, others, like myself, offer free bookings for hotels and flights. For extensive planning and personalized itineraries, there may be a small fee, but the added value often outweighs the cost.

Why Choose Me as Your Family Travel Agent?

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Having traveled to over 15 countries with my two-year-old (and 65 myself!), I bring a wealth of firsthand experience and knowledge about family travel. Here’s why I could be the perfect travel agent for your next family trip:

  1. Extensive Family Travel Experience: From navigating the deserts of Namibia on a safari with a baby to road tripping through Norway, Italy, and Portugal with a toddler, I have done it all. This diverse travel background allows me to offer practical advice and recommendations tailored to families with young children.
  2. Access to Exclusive Perks and Amenities: Through my connections with Virtuoso and other travel consortiums, I can provide your family with exclusive perks such as room upgrades, resort credits, and unique experiences that you won’t find by booking directly or with your usual booking platforms.
  3. No Booking Fees for Hotels and Flights: I believe in providing value to my clients, which is why I don’t charge a fee for straightforward bookings of hotels and flights. If you’re looking for a detailed and personalized itinerary, there is a small planning fee, but it’s designed to be affordable and to reflect the time and effort put into crafting the perfect trip for your family.
  4. Customized Itineraries: I understand that every family is different, and what works for one might not work for another. I take the time to get to know your family’s interests, needs, and travel style to create a customized itinerary that ensures a memorable and stress-free vacation.
  5. On-the-Ground Support: Travel doesn’t always go as planned, especially with kids. I provide ongoing support before, during, and after your trip to address any issues or concerns that may arise, ensuring that your vacation is as smooth as possible.

Tips for Traveling with Kids

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At Six Senses Koh Yao, which I can get you perks at!

Drawing from my personal travel experiences, here are some tips to help make your family vacation enjoyable and stress-free:

  1. Plan Ahead: Start planning your trip well in advance. This allows you to secure the best accommodations and activities suited for families.
  2. Pack Smart: Bring essentials like snacks, toys, and a first-aid kit, but don’t overpack. Many destinations have stores where you can buy necessities if needed.
  3. Keep a Flexible Schedule: While it’s good to have a plan, be prepared to adjust your schedule based on your child’s needs and moods. Flexibility can help avoid unnecessary stress.
  4. Choose Family-Friendly Accommodations: Look for hotels and resorts that offer family-friendly amenities such as kids’ clubs, babysitting services, and child-friendly pools.
  5. Engage in Kid-Friendly Activities: Research and book activities that cater to children, such as theme parks, zoos, and interactive museums. Balancing adult and child-friendly activities can keep everyone happy.
  6. Stay Safe: Prioritize safety by keeping an eye on your child at all times, using child safety products like wrist leashes if needed, and being aware of health and safety guidelines in your destination.


Traveling with children can be one of the most rewarding experiences, creating lasting memories for the whole family. However, it requires careful planning and consideration. As a seasoned family traveler and experienced travel advisor, I am here to make your family vacations seamless, enjoyable, and filled with unforgettable moments. By choosing the right travel agent, you can focus on creating wonderful memories with your loved ones while leaving the logistics and planning to an expert.

If you’re ready to start planning your next family adventure, don’t hesitate to reach out. Whether you’re dreaming of a relaxing beach getaway, an exciting safari, or a cultural exploration, I am here to help you every step of the way. Let’s make your family’s travel dreams come true!

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