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Why use a Travel Agent?

We all love to travel.  Every excursion opens new worlds, providing experiences and opportunity for exploring. But planning a trip can be daunting. A quick internet search will reveal millions of options, but how do you know who to trust?

Before you pay any travel agent, always do your homework. I’m Douglas Burns, owner of Culturally Creative Travel. Not only are we a licensed travel agency, but for the last six years, we have been voted Reader’s Choice Travel Agent by the readers of The Leader News Houston Texas.

Planning the average family vacation takes 40+ hours. That’s a full-time job on anyone’s schedule.  Travel agents have access to vendors that most are unaware of and this is key to planning your dream vacation.

When it comes to planning your vacation, I recommend starting early.  Assuming we aren’t talking about the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, running with the bulls or something equally time-sensitive, planning six to nine months ahead is sufficient. For luxury trips, nine to twelve months is what I normally recommend.

When working with a travel agent a good starting place for planning is to figure out where and when you want to go and then crunch the numbers for your budget.  But if that’s all you know, rest assured, you will quickly run into more than one brick wall. The more you know about what you want to do and the experience you desire, the better a travel agent can help you plan.

A vacation is more than how much money you spend. At the end of the day, your vacation should be about the memories – time spent with family, the places discovered and the interesting tidbits learned.  That’s a vacation.  If your only memory is how much money was saved, then you didn’t have a vacation.

The Culturally Creative Travel website,, is a great place to start researching where you want to go. Our site is currently showcasing vacation packages to Europe, Africa, Asia, Central and South America, with plans to add a dozen more. At Culturally Creative Travel we take great pride in helping you customize your vacation.

If you find a package that fits what you want, then, by all means, purchase it.  If, however, you like a package and want to change it, we can personalize it to your exact wishes. Listening to our clients’ wants and needs is a priority for making your dream vacation happen. One of my favorite travel experiences is river cruising. You can explore the world by boat with all the luxuries. We can customize packages for international or domestic travel, group trips, escorted tours and more.

Culturally Creative Travel is currently offering a chance to win free trips to Argentina, Croatia, Ecuador, Morocco, Mexico, and India. Entering is simple. Go to our site,, click TRIP GIVEAWAY on the home page and fill out the form with your choice.  Additionally, our website has resources like TRAVEL BLOG, which offers travel tips and shares interesting experiences.

We are passionate about getting to know you and helping plan your next vacation. To reach Culturally Creative Travel, you can call our office at 713-688-6793 or email us at  We look forward to the privilege of helping you plan your next vacation.