A legitimate travel agency has direct contacts with lodging facilities in most major cities and destinations that attract tourists. Clients are guaranteed to get comfortable rooms and avoid false advertising schemes usually shown on websites promoting foreign hotels. All transportation accommodations are also taken care of by the travel agency. This includes airfare tickets, transportation to and from the airport and shuttle services to and from hotels. Tourists are encouraged to buy tour packages that show the best of any city or destination. There is no need to wander away from major attractions when visiting new foreign tourist sites.
Travel agencies may also set up interesting tours through amazing landscapes such as deserts or forests. Tourists have to trek through different landscapes and should be prepared. For example, visiting exotic locations in Africa and Asia requires getting certain vaccines to avoid contracting some viral diseases. For safety reasons, travel agencies encourage tourists to purchase travel insurance that covers expenses related to airfare ticket refunds and medical costs that arise during emergency situations requiring possible hospital visits.