Why should you use travel agency services when planning your next trip? Their experience and expertise can make all the difference. However, you must also take an active role in thinking about your trip and deciding which agency to use.
How to make the most of travel agency services:
Know what you want to get out of your trip before you reach out to an agency
Your travel agent will not be able to plan a successful trip for you if you cannot provide him or her with basic goals for your trip. Do you want to see museums? Explore hidden neighborhoods? Go on food or wine tours? What are your priorities? Do you want to stay in a 5-star hotel? Not only will these questions help your agent create a truly personalized experience for you, but they will also help you pick your agent or agency. Different agencies are good at different types of trips. For example, if you are only looking to see the main tourist sites, maybe a package deal would be a better fit for you than a tailored trip.
Pick an agency that works in your price range
You will be incredibly frustrated if your travel agent is continually recommending hotels, restaurants, and experiences that are either too expensive or too cheap for your taste. Don’t expect an agency that provides cheap deals to be an expert in couture travel. Similarly, don’t expect a luxury travel agency to provide you with lower quality recommendations. Be up front about your budget during your initial contact with agencies and be sure to check reviews from past clients to get a sense of the price and quality of their trips.
Chose an agency that is familiar with the region you are travelling toPhoto Credit: Kurman Communications Inc.
If you are looking for a “local” travel experience, pick an agency that specializes in and is located in the region to which you are traveling. If you pick an agency with a global approach, check to make sure that they plan trips to your destination frequently. You want to make sure that your agent will have the necessary connections and expertise to make your trip special and smooth.
Trust your agent but stand your ground when necessary
You hired your travel agent for a reason. You should trust their expertise and opinions and really listen when they hint that one of your desires or suggestions should be altered. However, remember that this is your trip. If you are not happy with their ideas or with the itinerary, say something! Only you know your tastes and what will make a trip memorable for you.
Think about the questions your agent is asking you
In order to create the best program possible, your agent is going to ask you questions about what you want to see and the personalities of the people you are traveling with. These questions are extremely important and allow your agent to make a trip that fits you like a glove. Provide as much detail as possible about your expectations and travel circumstances.
Form a relationship with your agent
If your trip was a success and you and your agent meshed well, consider using them again. Stay in touch and provide them with feedback. Overtime, they will come to know your tastes and will be able to design even better programs for you in the future. Plus, you won’t have to go through the stress of finding another agent you trust or that fits your budget well.
Even when you think that you can plan an entire trip on your own, an agent may provide you with invaluable advice and ideas and decrease the stress of planning. We recommend using a travel agent whenever you travel to an unfamiliar destination and hope that this article has provided you with some guidance on how to make the most out of travel agency services.