By Nahrain John @karryontravel15 Aug 2018Travel Agents are a lot like Fairy Godmothers because they have all the tools, contacts and skills to take travel dreams and turn them into reality. But despite all their magical abilities, even fairy godmothers need some help now and then. For example, Cinderella’s Godmother wouldn’t have been able to create a carriage without the pumpkin, horses without the mice and glass slippers without an existing pair of shoes. According to consultants at The Goldman Group, one crucial thing travellers can do to assist their Travel Agents is preparing a solid brief on their dream holiday because “communication is king”. Additionally, travellers are recommended to: 1. DON’T SPEND HOURS ONLINE DOING THE WORK YOURSELF Look, it’s okay to do some research and have a clear idea of the things you want to see and do on your holiday, but it’s important not to spend too much time trying to source travel ideas for yourself because Travel Agents are all-inclusive and can provide expert touches you can’t find online. It should also be noted that if you do find something online, your Travel Agent may not necessarily be able to book it because they may not know the operator well enough to guarantee your safety. 2. WRITE A LIST While this seems relatively straightforward, the Goldman Group says writing a wish list is the best way for consultants to plan everything from destinations to activities to budgets. 3. ENJOY THE JOURNEY Are you looking for a foodie tour across Southeast Asia or are you keen to experience high-end luxury around Europe? Before heading into the agency, decide what kind of journey you want to take. Narrowing yourself down to a niche helps consultants pair their clients with tours and accommodation. 4. A GOOD LOOKING DEAL ISN’T ALWAYS THE BEST DEAL It’s essential to have a budget in mind. However, it’s also important to remember that turning your dream into reality may cost a little more if you want to do it right. Try to be a little flexible when booking your holiday with an Agent and don’t just jump for the cheapest fare or accommodation. Additionally, remember that although consultants have an inaccurate reputation for being overpriced, it’s not true. Consultants have access to special fares; they can offer you hotel upgrades, complimentary breakfasts, credits and more. This will not only save you money but enhance the travel experience. READ: Why Agents say ‘no’ to booking something you found online READ: Agents, meet your newest clients – the Desire Customers READ: 7 things a Travel Agent can do that a website can’t What else can travellers do to help Travel Agents bring holiday dreams to life? Other stories you may like AGENT HACKS: How a Travel Agent made $300,000 worth of sales in 3 months AGENT INCENTIVE: Rail Plus is giving away $500, $200 & $100 gift vouchers WHAT DO YOU DO? Travel advisor, agent, consultant, expert, manager, counsellor or designer?