Define your trip goals first and foremost. The more detailed you describe your travel needs, the easier your specialist can meet them.
Ask your travel specialist if they have been to the destination before you book your trip. Even if they booked something for you before, if they have not been there, they cannot possible give you the details you need to make your vacation wonderful.
Schedule time to meet your specialist face to face or talk at length on the phone. The planning process if very important and more than one conversation are needed to get the details perfect.
Get to know your specialist and be sure you allow them time to get to know you. They will ask so many questions you will think they are writing a book but honestly, in order to perform magic, they need to know your past likes and dislikes, problems you have faced, eating habits, special needs, etc.
If there is anything you dislike, speak up. The specialist cannot read your mind, and if you don’t want a strenuous tour of fifty sites in one day with a private guide, they need to know that. What is exciting to you could be a walk on the beach and pool chair to sleep in for two days.
I know I always hate to ask about a budget to soon, but keep in mind, everyone might like to stay at the Taj Mahal in every country, but most budgets in this economy just cannot afford it.
Be sure your specialist emails your the outline and goals of the trip. Review your dates, times, tours, hotels, cars, flights, just to be sure you didn’t make and error and hopefully neither did they.
Be prepared to pay a planning fee. Many specialists don’t charge one, but if you chase the elusive internet special for the same place they have spent hours researching for you and suddenly tell them you no longer need there services, it is not fair to have wasted there precious time with out first asking them why they couldn’t get the rate too, and second giving them a chance to make things right for you. But if you do cancel be prepared to pay the 200.00 feel. It is only right.
Ask your specialist to itemize the trip for you. Keep in mind that not all vendors break the costs down. And if they don’t then you should ask your specialist the added value you gain by using them instead of booking all 16 pieces of your trip on line one by one?
Lastly, if you are traveling to a destination where language is a barrier, it makes sense to confirm a guide and convey your agenda to them personally. Your specialist should be able to supply you with guides to use at any destination, and help you with the details. But what is good for the specialist might now be fun for you. So be sure to revise and discuss your personal needs with your guide who can make or break your journey.
All in all your specialist is your friend, confidant, banker, planner and clergyman. If you wait till you get home and two weeks later decide to tell them, all the hinges that could have been better, or that you had a problem but didn’t tell any one, you benefit now one. You have to let them know you need assistance and let them take care of you immediately.
Fun travels and Bon Voyage
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