After I tried to book a vacation a few months ago, I realized how helpful a travel agent might be in the future. I had planned this cruise for my family to go on, but there were all kinds of gaps in our plan which led to some very real problems when we were on the road. For example, we hadn't arranged a place to stay during one of our layovers, which made it really difficult to enjoy our trip. After that experience, I decided to do everything I could in order to get some help from a travel agency. They were great at spotting inconsistencies in travel arrangements and scheduled our family the trip of a lifetime.