You would be surprised how often a travel agent picks up the phone and with a new potential client and has a conversation like this:
“Hi I’d like to book a vacation.”
“Wonderful! Where would you like to go?”
“I don’t know.”
“How long do you want to go away for?”
“I’m not sure.”
“What’s your budget?”
“As cheap as possible I guess.”
“So can I book?”
I’m sure almost everyone has done this with something at some point be it asking help finding a new favorite book, a new physical activity to enjoy, or the perfect gift for a friend. We know we want or need something and we assume an expert can walk us through picking the perfect version of this thing that we want. They are the expert, aren’t they? The problem is there are scores of trips to choose from and, travel expert or not, a TA doesn’t know you as well as you do.
Before you call or email a travel agent, ask yourself:
- Where do I want to go?
- This doesn’t have to be incredibly specific, but think of a general environment you want to vacation in. Do you want to go somewhere tropical? Are you curious about European art or Asian culture? Think of what you want to accomplish or explore when you travel and discuss that with your travel agent. This will give them an idea of places that would interest you specifically.
- What is my budget?
- Of course we all want to get the best deal possible, but when creating a budget you are looking at how much you’d be willing to spend more than how much you want to. Remember to factor in not just the overall cost of the trip but also how much you will be spending once you get there in souvenirs, dining, and day trips. Be sure to ask your agent about dining and day trips that may or may not be included in your vacation package.
- When should I go?
- Vacations can be booked anywhere from a few months to a week in advance, depending on the type of trip and the season. (If you plan to book one for a popular holiday like Christmas, I would suggest taking care of it in advance!) Factor in the best time for you to travel and how long you’ll have to prepare. If you do book a fairly expensive trip be sure to get cancellation insurance. No matter how silly it sounds you never know what might change in your life or where you are going that would make you want or need to cancel last minute
Although this may seem daunting, remember that your answers don’t have to be incredibly specific. Once you get a general idea of what you want a travel agent can start piecing together what travel experience would best suit your needs and nothing is set in stone until you book your trip!
Starting at the beginning of August, we at onsite travels plan to promote a different country or place each month to help our readers learn about the many places waiting to be explored. If you have any suggestions on places you want to learn more about, please contact us!
image from pixabay: https://pixabay.com/en/sunset-sky-clouds-guy-looking-925995/