Travel Agency: Which is Safe?

Pre-travel arrangements are always difficult. It is rather tasking to go through the entire process of planning, researching, booking and reserving. What’s more is that it actually takes that extra time for far more essential things. Given the constraints of travel preparations, some people actually go for travel agencies. A travel agency makes sure that ever detail essential to the traveler is covered. They prepare for the person’s itinerary, provides him/ her with tickets and does all of the hotel reservations. Although this does sound convenient, it is important to note that travel agencies are not altogether competent. With that, one must ask, “Which agency is which?”

A travel agency, first and foremost, survives against competition through the establishment of a good name. In fact, an established name is their best advertisement. With that, the first thing that a person has to consider before availing of an agency’s services is it’s name. One may inquire directly to family members and the likes. The internet also holds certain reviews when it comes to the best agencies around.

A further consideration is a travel agency’s guild membership. If an agency is part of a prominent group with members belonging o the same business, one is sure that there is a certain degree of service quality and reasonable pricing. What’s more is that these groups provide for inter-agency linkages. This is beneficial to the travel agency inasmuch as it is to the customer. This is so because, the linkages enables a kind of sharing method for things which one agency cannot accommodate. This will also ensure the customer that what he/ she is getting is the best available service.

Another quality to look for in a travel agency is customer relations. Since the business requires planning a trip and getting the necessary purchases, accommodations and reservations done, one should know that an agent should be concerned with the personal preferences of his/ her customers. A business relationship based on this is good for the person employing the agent’s service. It is only in this way that the person is assured that the trip will go according to his plan.

Finally, one should be aware that a travel agency charges not according to fixed rates but, according to travel cost percentage. Thus, a small percentage of what one spends is the rate that the agency will get. This is so since, the tickets one purchases through them already have rebates for the agency.

On a final note, any person must know that the benefits brought about by employing the services of any travel agency still requires some participation from him/ her. This is so because, at the end of the day, the entire trip isn’t exactly the agency’s feat but, the customer’s. With the right and good agency and the right information feed, the entire trip will be well worth it.

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This post was written by JB on August 4, 2008

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Online Travel: for the Fastest Post-Trip Business Ever

The information highway provided for by the world wide web has actually made a lot of things possible to people. Among the things that the internet has transformed into a matter of a few clicks on the mouse is online travel. Through the internet, a prospective traveler may plan his/ her trip, book his/ her plane tickets and reserve his/ her hotel in no time.

The mechanics of online travel is relatively simple. One only needs to find the right and reliable sites to ensure that one’s online payments are genuinely paid to the right companies.

The first thing to keep in mind in planning the trip online is to look for the official tourism site of the country of destination. With very rare exceptions, all countries have their own sites that highlight their hot tourist spots. What’s more is that they provide for helpful information on which hotels are nearest to this spot and that. One may also be able to accurately estimate the cost of the entire travel. Yet, the greatest help of these sites to the traveler is the fact that he/ she may be able to inquire via e-mail.

Online travel may also give the traveler a sense of definite direction in his/ her travel. This can be done through travel guides offered on the internet. What’s more is that the traveler may be able to surf up travel packages that will cover the major sites of the country of destination on a single payment.

Another benefit of online travel is the simplification of transportation and hotel bookings. One may simply reserve and pay his/ her tickets online. This eliminates the time and effort one has to spend on waiting in ticket booths. This is also true with hotel reservations. The traveler need not hassle himself/ herself in finding the right place to house himself/ herself in the trip. He/ She may immediately look for a good hotel according to his/ her destinations and his/ her budget.

Although online travel is very convenient, one should make sure that the site that one is dealing with is legitimate. The problem with the internet is that it may be a venue for some anomalous transactions. When it comes to financial matters, the traveler may be placed at the losing in the end.

There are several ways of ensuring that one is transacting with the right site. First, one should check the tourism sites of the country of destination. Second, one should book or reserve only in well known airline companies and hotels. Third, all transactions should be made only at the official site of the companies. Fourth, one shouldn’t trust sites that fix the reservations and bookings. If the traveler opts for a travel agent, he/ she must inquire about the legitimacy of the company first. This can be done by inquiring at the tourism site of the country of destination.
Online travel is indeed one quick and sure way to get those bookings and reservations without the usual hassles.

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This post was written by JB on August 2, 2008

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