How a Travel Expert Can Plan a Personalized Vacation
While the internet has brought travelers the technology and information necessary to plan a vacation themselves, there are certain vacations that you just can’t plan independently. Travel agents are experts in helping travelers get to where they need to go and in helping to create possibilities most people never would have dreamed were possible. That sort of expert guidance is essential in planning an once-in-a-lifetime vacation. A travel agent can prepare you a personalized trip based on where you want to go by using their first hand experience in the kind of trip you want to take. No amount of research on-line compares to having been there. That’s what agents pass on to you.
So, you have an idea of where you’d like to go and are ready to start planning. What next?
What do you need to know before you leave?
Did you realize that there might be certain travel documents required to visit your destination? Travel agents can help you to prepare and organize any necessary documents that you may need in order to get there. They can direct you to your local passport office, and they know where you need a visa, as well as any other documentation that you might need along the way.
Also, to enter certain countries you may be required to obtain certain immunizations first. Your travel expert can advise you on the steps you need to take to protect your health.
Experienced travelers can attest that what you pack may make or break your trip. Some activities you choose to partake in may require different layers of clothing throughout the day. Your travel agent can advise you on what to bring. A bike trip down an extinct volcano in Hawaii, for example, may require you to start out with jackets and wool socks, but when you get to the bottom you may be down to shorts and a tank top.
Also, the time of year you travel can dramatically impact your vacation. Travel experts are adept and helping you avoid the busiest travel times if you want a quiet trip. They know what dates you should avoid and can help you plan your trip accordingly.
Does flying make you nervous? Your travel expert can give you helpful answers on what to expect long flights to be like, and maybe some interesting activities to do while flying. They can also help you obtain the best pre-seat assignments possible. Travel agents can talk directly with the airline to arrange for you to get the seats with the most leg room, seats that might not otherwise be released until the day of the flight. Starting and finishing your trip with a comfortable flight helps make traveling less anxious.
So take comfort in knowing that travel agents are constantly communicating with the travel community, thus giving you the most up to date info on airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, travel visas, and other travel services to consider as you plan your trip.
Location, Location, Location!!!!
You can tell a good travel agent by how well they can describe the customs of the location you’re interested in going to. Obeying local customs is important to observe. Travel specialists can help bring you up to speed on the local laws and regulations of wherever your travels take you. Many countries have laws that are very different from your own. Travel agents can help give you a quick rundown of what you need to be aware of before you go. Just as important, they can update you on all local traditions and customs of places you are visiting, so you make a good impression. For example, in Japan many people expect their visitors to take their shoes off before entering their homes.
One of the not so fun parts of traveling is getting lost! It’s a major energy and time waster. However, you can get around that by using a travel expert to arrange all your transportation and travel needs, especially in those smaller countries where you may not know if cabs or van services are safe. Not really good at reading maps? A good travel expert can help you to map out any basic directions you might need on your trip ahead of time.
Knowledge of All the Ins and Outs
Are you interested in off the beaten path type travel? A travel expert can give you a great list of not- to- miss hikes, waterfalls, and cliffs that may or may not be published elsewhere.
Or are you considering an exotic trip? Travel experts can help to recommend great once in a lifetime experiences. They can help you to find the best/safest shark cages to dive into and the highest free-fall bungees to jump off.
They can also help you to find a place to stay pretty much anywhere you desire. If it’s a hotel with a view of the ocean in Hawaii or a jungle hut in the Nilgiri foothills, a travel agent can help you make it happen.
Where to go and what to do?
Travel agents can offer excellent advice on great shopping neighborhoods in your destination city. If not more important, it’s important to know who are all the top chefs at your destination. Travel specialists give great advice on the best restaurants to hit on your trip.
It’s equally important knowing what not to eat. Travel agents can help give you some forewarnings so you don’t accidently order the local delicacy (which may or may not be specially prepared bugs) without meaning to.
Many restaurants have different types of dress codes. If you are interested in dining at specific places on your trip, your travel expert can advise you on appropriate dress wear for the occasion.
Let’s be honest; much like being home, things can go wrong while traveling so it is important to be prepared for the unexpected.
Inclement weather can pose a major problem when trying to enjoy your vacation. Travel agents are extremely useful if you are planning a trip to a known weather-troubled area such as the hurricane plagued Caribbean islands. In the event of a natural disaster, your travel agent can work to immediately reschedule or cancel your trip so there are no worries for you.
Ever heard of Montezuma's revenge? Falling ill impacts more travelers than you would imagine. We are always told when you travel be careful of the water. Travel agents can advise you on when it’s safe and when it’s not safe to drink the water. If you do happen to be unfortunate enough to get hurt or fall ill while on your trip, your travel agent can help you find somewhere clean and safe for medical attention.
Packing the right items to wear is just as important as knowing what to wear and what not to wear. Travel agents can help you to be in the know of local dress code restrictions. So if a thong is part of your favorite beachwear, you should know that they are illegal in places like the Isle of Palms.
Another travel reality is lost baggage. If the airline should lose your baggage, your travel agent can get on the phone and make sure the airline works as quickly as they can to solve the problem allowing you to at least go relax at the hotel.
If something negative occurs, a good travel agent will send a letter to the airline or hotel for you if you should have a bad flight or poor service at a hotel.
Above all, travel experts do have your safety in mind. They are great at informing you about questionable parts of town that you may be heading to and can give you tips on what to look out for.
A personal touch
Remember that you are working with someone who is considered a travel expert and specialist. Wouldn’t you rather have a travel expert plan your trip rather than a preprogrammed website?
Keep in mind; sometimes you can’t always get online to plan your vacation. Even if the internet goes down your trip can still be put together. Your travel agent is still getting your trip planned even if your internet at home or at the office is not working. They can be your backup; give them a copy of all your travel documents so if anything were to get lost you have someone to call that can send copies.
If you have already booked your trip but want to change some details your travel agency can help get all the necessary steps done, leaving you without the headache and confusion.
So make travel easy on yourself. Start planning your next vacation with a travel expert. Once you find a good travel agent, your dream vacation is just a phone call away.
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