Traveling independently or hiring a travel agency – which one is better.
With all the information provided through different sources, the options available for people to choose from are endless. Travelling has been made easier because of all these options available but at the same time, it has become more difficult because all the information available can sometimes confuse and overwhelm the traveler. This article will highlight the pros and cons that revolve around hiring a travel agency and will identify the difference in the experience that a traveler may experience in both ways.
Let us start by talking a little about the travel agencies and what their basic role in our lives is. As a traveler, hiring a travel agency would automatically make your life easier. All you have to do is tell them your requirements and provide them will all the information required to plan your trip, pay them and think about enjoying your trip. Hiring a travel agency would mean that everything related to your trip or vacation is being taken care of. From fulfilling all the formalities of visa application to flight bookings and hotel reservations, everything is taken care of by a travel agency that you have chosen to hire. In a shorter sentence, hiring a travel agency is more like a one-stop-shop where you can avail and enjoy all the services that you demand or require. Not only will choosing the correct travel agency help in saving a lot of hassle that the traveler might have to go through, but it will also help the traveler to save a lot of time and not. It will also help the travel agency to generate more business. These days, all the good travel agencies have bought different software that can help them meet the demands and requirements of the customers that can help the travel agency make all the decisions on the clients’ behalf. A big benefit to travelers in hiring a travel agency is that they can avail of many different discounts and offers and save even more money.
With the wide variety of travel agencies available from which a traveler can choose from, some people still prefer to travel independently as they feel that they are more comfortable when they are on their own or when they are not associated with any travel agency. Traveling independently means that you get to make all the major decisions yourself and not only the major decisions but also the smaller day to day decisions that you might have to make when you are traveling. A study conducted showed that by traveling independently, a person can spend their entire day with less than 25 dollars of expense. Some people also have the perception that by traveling independently, they will be able to save up a lot of money as they would not have to pay for the services that they might have availed if they hired a travel agency to do all the work for them. Not only does the traveler has to pay for the services but a part of the costs of the organization and a part of the profit margin of the organization is also borne by the traveler. Another advantage that travelers seem to enjoy when traveling independently is that they are not restricted to a particular routine or a schedule that has been designed for them. They get to eat, sleep, and go wherever they want whenever they want. However, this can also be a disadvantage because a person naturally needs some form of guidance when they are traveling alone on foreign land.
When a traveler decides to hire a travel agency, choosing the correct travel agency that fits your needs and requirements is the first and the most important step that needs to be taken extremely cautiously. First and foremost, you need to finalize and list down all of your needs and requirements that you expect the travel agency to fulfill. After you have shortlisted all of your needs, requirements, expectations and most importantly your budget, that is when you start searching for an appropriate travel agency.
In today's world, research can be done through multiple different mediums but the best and the fastest way is to Google the most suitable travel agency. Once the traveler feels that the correct travel agency has been found, that is the time when the traveler should reach out to the travel agency, talk to the agent and try to negotiate the price and work upon the rest of the requirements. This is also the time when the travel agency can identify and educate the traveler about how they function and what to expect from them. Most travel agencies are in association with different organizations or institutions, for example, hotels and airlines, in different countries. Once the traveler has provided the travel agency with all the relevant information that is required, the travel agency starts to plan and organize the trip for the traveler to enjoy. When it comes to the travel agency to provide the services that they have promised or the services that have been demanded by the traveler, it is important that there is an effective and efficient communication network between the travel agency and the traveler themselves. That is because it is important to provide the traveler with constant updates as to how much work has been done. Not only an efficient communication network is important between the traveler and the travel agency but it is also essential to have an efficient and effective communication network between the travel agency and the different organizations globally. This is important because the travel agency will be aware and will have access to the inventories of different organizations, for example, hotels and airlines, and can make reservations for the traveler accordingly.
Traveling independently is always an option for everyone. As long as you have done an ample amount of research that is related to your desired trip and if you are confident enough to deal with any possible inconveniences or handle and organize the entire trip on your own, then traveling independently should not be a big problem for you. However, hiring a travel agent also has its’ advantages as mentioned above and it is always the best and the safest option one can go for.