Are you looking to go to Paris, but don’t know how to get the best deals? Here’s a guide to finding the best vacation packages for your journey!
STEP 1: LOCAL VS. DESTINATION TRIP PLANNER
When planning your vacation in Paris, you have two options: 1) a trip planner in your home country, or 2) a trip planner in your destination location.
Choosing a trip planner in your home country allows you easy access to their services as you are planning your trip. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about a potential language barrier. However, they are typically not as familiar with the location as a true local and cannot as easily provide assistance should you have a problem during your trip.
Choosing a trip planner in your destination location gives you access to insider information and deals that a home-country trip planner cannot provide. Additionally, they have a larger local network and can offer you a more unique experience. They can take care of communications between you and other service providers in the native language and prevent potential misunderstandings.
STEP 2: CHOOSE YOUR TYPE OF TRIP PLANNER
Once you have decided between a home-country and local trip planner, you need to choose between a tour operator and a travel agent.
A private tour operator takes care of all bookings and creation of the package that you’re looking for, taking into consideration your desires and interests. They tend to be focused on a specific destination, and their responsibilities are generally limited to destination-only details, not including transportation to and from your destination.
A travel agent generally handles a wide range of travel destinations, so they may not be as familiar with your destination as a tour operator. However, they do take care of all aspects of your trip, including transportation, and choose packages (provided by tour operators) based on what you are looking for.
STEP 3: IDENTIFY YOUR TRIP PLANNER
Now that you have decided what type of trip planner you wish to use, it’s time to identify the company you will go with.
When choosing your trip planner, it is important that you do your research. Be sure to read prior client reviews, looking for a high satisfaction rate. If you are choosing a destination trip planner, be sure to call them in order to ensure that there are no language barriers and that they understand exactly what you want.
No matter which type of planner you decide to go with, stay in constant contact throughout the planning process. If you have established a good relationship with them prior to your trip, it will be easier to address any potential problems that come up.
ParisByM can help you plan your trip and save on your hotel in Paris : we can book your tickets for the monument visits, spare you time waiting in line, help you find a hotel in your budget, and provide you a full itinerary of what to do in Paris for the length of your stay.