Travellers have access to many professional travel agencies. Each travel agency cannot be an expert at all things relating to travel. Choosing the right travel consultant is important as they will be arranging your holiday. You need to have confidence that the travel agent has your interests at heart. Here is a list of questions that will help you find the travel agent that will help you.
1. What is your main expertise? Do you specialise in my kind of travel? Do you have access to great deals in this area? Where d you get support?
2. Do you recommend any airline? Do you have any favourite airlines, tour providers or cruise companies? Do the airlines and travel companies send you information on monthly deals?
3. How long will it take for you to get back to me, after I give you the information that I have collected for my trip?
4. Do you provide access to your travellers during their travel? How? What plans do you have in place in exotic locations? Are you available “out of hours”?
5. What is the average response time to emails, phone calls and other methods of contact? Like Skype, Viber etc.
6. Can I meet you? Face-to-face? Chat room? Skype?
7. Can I read any testimonials from previous travellers?
8. How often did they communicate with you and did they have any problems on their travel?
9. How do you add value to travel plans? Can you give me an example?
10. Do I need travel insurance? Can you arrange it? What insurance companies do you access? Where else can I arrange travel insurance?
11. Do I need vaccinations if I travel to a particular country? Who can arrange them?
12. Have you travelled to any of these destinations? What is special about them? How do I stay out of trouble?
Of course there are many more questions that you can ask your travel consultant. You do not need to ask each one of them but the list to help you formulate your important questions. Write them down and have the conversation as soon as possible. Understand, that the travel consultant will also need to ask you a lot of questions to fully understand your travel needs. Good travel consultants research.
The successful journey to travelling starts with you. Then together with the travel consultant plans are made and you then get to experience the wonders that you have chosen to experience.