When we are planning to travel there are some things that we must prepare. Such as the itinerary, hotel reservation and booking for flight or bus. But all these work is a lot of work for the average person. And could consume a lot of time we are a very busy person or businessman.
We are also in the risk that these parties are not synchronized together. This means that our flight schedule is not in accordance with our hotel reservations or our tour schedule.
So a wise solution is to hire a travel agent to do our work for us. This could really much reduce our stress in planning our travel. We will discuss the benefits of using a travel agent to plan our traveling.
The benefits are :
- A good travel agent will save us some money. Could reach up to 15% than regular booking by the individual.
- Because the good relation of travel agents with their counterparts such as transport service, tour services and hotels. As a customer we could get a good deal, not just cheap but also the best features.
- We could save time and concentrate on the sight touring then consume time to think of our next schedule in our itinerary.
- We can delegate managing our travel should something happens and we must change our plan.
Now we have decided to use a travel agent in managing our travel. Now lets find a good travel agent. Finding a good travel agent is not an easy task. There are certain criteria that must be owned by that travel agent so we can give our trust to the fullest.
What are the key points? Let’s mention some :
- We can see from the physical point of view that the office exists, has employees and has costumer support.
- We see that this travel agent is a member of the national travel agent association. For example ASITA (Association of Indonesia Tours & Travel Agencies) or American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
- Has a computerized reservation system or linked to a national computerized reservation system. In Indonesia, ABACUS is on of these systems
- The travel agent has a 24 hour Call Center or Online Support.This is crucial especially when we have a last minute change of our plan
- Has a variety of destination options and airway companies.
- The travel agent also acts as travel consultant that gives free consultation and solutions for customer’s diversified problems.
So when you finally found your choice of travel agent then its time for you to start packing.
Have a nice journey !