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Kaleel makes a point but as one who has been led astray by a travel agent whose recommendations were based on the largest, most rapidly paid rebates I would take the average agent's recommendations with a full saltshaker. A good, well-traveled agent can help immensely, but you can run through a lot of disappointing bookings before you find one.
Expert opinions from frequent travelers who was been there, done that enough to make legitimate comparisons will always matter. Time and travel dollars are priceless and no one wants to waste them on a bum steer or blind luck.