Vacations are about time away from work, from stress and from the many headaches that come with the daily activities of planning and executing your day-to-day life. So planning the vacation itself should not pile more stress and headache onto your already full plate. This is where travel agencies come into play. A bad travel agency will hand you a few brochures and tell you to do the work and come back to them. A good travel agency will find out what you are looking for, then make all of the necessary arrangements, plans, schedules and so forth so that you don’t have to. Here are a few of the good travel agencies.
Going Places
28 Mountain Road
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
(410) 284-9200

Also with an office in EastPoint Mall, Going Places is a travel agency that goes out of its way to get you to your destination. The specialty of Going Places is cruise vacations, but if you have some other kind of trip in mind, don’t hesitate to contact them at either of their offices. Their agents pull strings to get clients out of the house and on-location — wherever that may be. One quick way to check out what they can do is the Vacation Search from their website. Just enter your vacation information (location, date, method of travel, price range, etc.) and it will pull up packages from which you can select.

Roeder Travel Inc.
9805 York Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
(410) 667-6090

Roeder Travel is a smaller travel agency, but like most small businesses, this means personal care. The ability to deal with agents directly rather than having to do most of the work yourself (filling out fields on a website or going through FAQs looking for a fix) makes Roeder a valuable resource for travel, especially since you can contact them during your trip to help you to clear up any snags you may run into in booking or travel. This includes booking flights, renting cars, booking rooms, tracking luggage and so forth.

Summer Travels & Tours
4903 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
(443) 642-1827

Summer Travels & Tours is named after its owner, Summer, who prides herself on focusing on the often neglected small travel — such as bus trips and shopping excursions — as well as big cruises or world tours. Summer Travel & Tours doesn’t shy away from the big stuff either. It has a number of reasonably-priced cruise packages, and will work to get you whatever kind of vacation you had in mind. But with reasonable rates, feel free to approach them about any kind of travel or vacation planning you may have in mind. And as a small and personable travel agency, they are very approachable.

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Cruise Maryland
2001 E. McComas St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(866) 427-8963

Dealing specifically in cruises, as the name suggests, Cruise Maryland works with all of the major cruise lines, including  Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, AIDA Cruises and the Amadea Shipping Company. Locations you can expect to find cruises to include the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Canada, Bermuda, New England and more.
Since Cruise Maryland deals specifically in cruises which dock in Maryland, you may call or visit their website for a schedule of cruises, select the one you like on the date that you like, and book from there.They also accommodate parking while you are gone, and, if necessary, hotel stay in the area prior to or following the cruise.

Caves Travel Inc.
1308 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
(410) 653-9369

Caves is a small-business travel agency specializing in personalized services. They offer a variety of cruises, vacation specials and deals. Possibly one of the most unique things about Caves, though, is their Holy Land Pilgrimages package. More than most other travel agencies Caves specializes in trips to Israel and the surrounding area, making it a valuable resource to individuals or groups wishing to tour that region for any number of purposes. However, if the Holy Land isn’t your thing, Caves still offers all of the personal services, dedication and amenities for most destinations, just as a good travel agency ought to.

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Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.