5/20/14

Communicating with your #Travel Agent

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If you want to plan your trip with as little hassle as possible, it may be a good idea to work with a travel agent. They can plan out all of the little details for you, putting together a package that you are going to love and ensuring that the trip gives you everything that you want. They save you a lot of time, and they can even save you money since they may be able to find accommodations or flights that cost less than the ones that you would find on your own. However, there are some important things to tell them about your trip before you leave.

Your Overall Goals
Start by explaining to the travel agent what your goal is for the trip. Is it a vacation where you just want to do nothing but relax? Is it a trip that you want to use to discover another country or another culture? Are you looking for something with a lot of adventure and fun, or do you just want it to be low-key so that you can unwind? When the agent knows what you want to get out of it, they can then plan a trip that matches up with your desires.

Your Must-Haves for an Accommodation
What is on your list of must-haves for your accommodations? Do you want to be near the coast, with a great view of the water? Do you need to have a place with an indoor or an outdoor pool? Do you want all of your meals to be included? These are just a few of the things to keep in mind. Make sure that the agent knows what things you would be disappointed to miss out on so that he or she can make sure that you get them.

When You Can Leave and Return
Of course, you also have to tell the agent some of the basic details about your trip, such as when you can leave and when you need to return. This simply helps them book everything to match your schedule. If there are any time constraints on the travels days themselves, let the agent know about that as well. For example, maybe you want to work on Friday before you leave, so you need a flight that leaves sometime after five. Just giving the agent your departure day alone may not be enough.

If You Want Any Extras
Finally, tell the agent about all of the extras and excursions that you are interested in, if any. Do you want to spend some time in town? Are you interested in any local historic sites? Are there tourist destinations that you told yourself you just had to see before you left? Often, the agent can set up excisions and outings in advance. You can set them up on your own, once you arrive, but it can be confusing and you might overpay. Putting them into the total trip package is a far easier way to do it.
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