It really is a terrible shame that many travel agencies have been forced to close over the last 20 years or so. Up until the early- to mid-nineties, you could pretty much guarantee that there would be a good choice of travel agents on every main high street in the country, but with the advent of the internet, those times are a thing of the past.
The travel agencies that have remained tend only to be associated with the largest tour operators today and it is fair to say that even they are struggling to compete with online bookers. However, many people do still realise how invaluable the experience of physically visiting a travel agency can be.
The main perk is the very fact that you can usually guarantee that at least one member of staff would have visited and have extensive knowledge on the destination you have in mind. So, for example, if you were keen to discuss Venice travel and holidays, you could have a good face-to-face chat.
The travel agent would also make a note of all of the main criteria that are important to you; ostensibly, this would allow them to come up with suggested holidays that are ideal for you. In turn, this really can save considerable time in you undertaking the research yourself.
The other main benefit of using travel agents is the fact that they are very often able to arrange all of the little extras that are required alongside your holiday: e.g. airport parking, airport hotels, foreign currency and travellers cheques etc. This one port-of-call idea is very popular with many people.