Are you planing on going on a trip but unfortunately too busy to make the necessary preparations? Hiring a travel agent will definitely save time and money, as well as spare you from some problems. In fact, a good travel agent can do some things no search engine will ever do. They are still a great resource for information and can even provide you with an entire range of services, which will make your trip run smoothly. The problem is, how does one pick the right travel agent? You just don’t go to the first travel agent office you see, of course. The success of your trip will depend mostly on him or her so it’s definitely something to think about. Here now we present the proper step by step process in choosing a travel agent.
First, of course, decide where you want to go and when to leave. At the same time, try making an estimate of how much you are willing to spend for your trip. List down also some possible questions that you are most likely going to ask, either about the trip or the travel agent himself/herself. Then you can look around or ask around for the available travel agent offices within your area. Consider at least three travel agents before choosing the right one.
Now, visit each of their offices and inquire about your trip. It is better to see the person you are talking to personally rather than on the phone. Explain where you want to go and why, how you wish to travel, how long you plan to stay, and how much you are willing to spend. A good quality travel agent will ask you to outline your trip. Also, he or she will ask a lot of questions so that your needs may be identified fully.
Some travel agents have advanced degrees, the most common of which is the Certified Travel Counselor title. This certification requires five years of full time industry work. So, it’s a plus to see a CTC title in at least one of your travel agent options.
Once the travel agent has made an offer, do not be pressured to purchase it right away unless it really meets your expectations. Move to the next travel agent and do the same thing if you are still in doubt. You can always come back later if the subsequent deals are not as good as the first one.
Finally, the travel agent that offers the best deal will most likely be the “good travel agent” at the moment. On your next trip, your first consideration must be him. Establish rapport with him because you are most likely going to see him sometime soon. A good travel agent will be consistent in providing you what you really want.