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How much extra is a travel agent worth vs booking on your own?

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I normally research and book my own trips, but this time around with everything going on, I decided it might be easier to go through a travel agent. The quote I received from one of the more popular outfits came in higher than I expected. So I went through their entire itinerary, and just did a quick check on how much it would cost if I booked it all directly with each suggested option. After only ten minutes of searching, I found out that if I just followed their exact itinerary and booked it myself, I would save almost $1500!

I feel a little guilty for moving forward and booking it on my own, since they did all the research and suggesting for me, but $1500 sounds like enough reason to go that direction. Am I missing something where that $1500 can actually be worth still sticking with the agent? I expected to pay a little bit of a surcharge for the convenience and follow up support in case something went wrong, but that sounds like a lot. Should I feel bad for just "stealing" their suggested trip?

A little more info: my trip is very straightforward (one safari, two hotels, one domestic flight) and I did factor in all taxes and fees when I did my follow up pricing validation. Thoughts?

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