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Learn2 Shop for a Hotel Room (continued)
Step 6: Call a travel agent

Overwhelmed by the search process? Travel agents can take care of all the legwork, proposing options, securing reservations, even organizing door-to-door ground transportation. In addition, they can generally negotiate prices below the standard rate. They may even be able to offer you especially attractive package deals (see Step 2). And best of all, their services cost the consumer nothing--they make their money from sales commissions.

However, you should avoid relying exclusively on the services of a travel agent. First of all, your options may be limited because agencies generally don't handle truly low-end budget accommodations. In addition, they tend to favor chain hotels over quirky local establishments.

By following these tips, when your head finally does hit the pillow in the hotel room of your choice, you'll be sure to have a good night. Sleep tight!

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Step 1: Define your needs
Step 2: Consider package deals
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Step 6: Call a travel agent

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