The key to a perfect Maldives holiday is in planning. Part of the task is choosing the right travel agent. While you can book everything yourself – and become your own travel agent – it is much more convenient to leave it to a travel agency. If you have been in this situation before, you can just pick up the phone and call the travel agent who prepared your previous trip – the process is much easier. But if this is your first time to travel, landing on a right travel agency is something that involves a bit of your time.
Because many travel agents, both big and small, maintain websites, online is the best place to start. The good thing about this is that, you do not have to actually talk to a representative to know the services these travel agencies offer. Play with the keywords like, ‘travel agency Maldives,’ ‘list of travel agencies Maldives,’ and ‘best travel agencies Maldives,’ will lead you to several websites that offer Maldives holiday packages. Browse to as many websites as you can and trim down your list to the ones which suits your needs.
Also, learn as much information as you can about Maldives by reading articles and resort reviews online. At this point, you should have a good idea about the places to go, things to do and where to stay in the Maldives.
Identify important details before talking to a travel agent
Set your budget. List down when and how long you plan to stay, how do you wish to travel, what type of accommodation you wish to have and what type of activities you want to do. Also, you should be able to know why you want to go to the Maldives. Have a travel outline. These things shall be asked by a travel agent in order to find good deals to your advantage.
Ask the right questions
After you have pointed out your needs to a travel agent, make sure that you clarify issues such as services, price, extra charges, etc. Ask if they have an (800) number and if they are available 24 hours a day for phone calls. Also know which services have an extra charge and what kind of travel they specialize in. A good travel agency must be able to answer all your questions and can give you more information about the things you need and can expect when you are in the Maldives.
Select a travel agent that fits your need and answers all your queries with confidence.
When you schedule a meeting with a travel agent, don’t feel obliged to purchase anything. Your aim is to know everything about the trip and about the agency, not to finalize a booking. Just like shopping for other commodities, jumping on a deal right away can be costly, not to mention dangerous. Feel free to talk to other agencies.
Remember that a good travel agent will do necessary adjustment to consider your needs. If this does not the case, walk away and find another one.
Once you have chosen your travel agent, deal carefully. Do not rely on verbal agreements alone. Always ask for a copy of the things that you have agreed on. Read the fine prints carefully before signing on it, especially if you are booking for a package deal.