The best travel agents are experts in their field, and ATAS-accredited ones have passed rigorous standards to prove it. Whether you’re planning a bucket-list trip to Asia or a business trip to Europe, they can help you find the right itinerary for your budget and style.

From navigating COVID restrictions and advising on vaccination requirements, to securing the cheapest rates and first-to-market offers, an Aussie Specialist can help you plan and book your perfect holiday. They receive extensive training from Tourism Australia, most have travelled extensively themselves, and are a great resource to tap into for advice on your next Australian adventure.

As the COVID epidemic continues to escalate, Australian travellers are relying more than ever on their local travel specialists. According to Dean Long, chief executive of AFTA, the industry body, it’s a “really complicated situation” and there’s a severe shortage of travel workers. He says cutting commissions would ultimately push passengers towards booking online direct from airlines and take away valuable revenue from local agencies.

CNBC Travel asked two travel agents to put their skills to the test by helping us plan a trip to Melbourne, Australia for four people in their mid-20s. Here’s what they came up with. Australian Travel Agent

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