In today's world, you can get anything you want with a few clicks on your keyboard. But if your dream is to see Africa, you might want to forego the Internet and book your trip with someone who knows the continent. Here are ten reasons why using a travel agent who specializes in African travel will give you a better trip experience.
1. Less Time. There are 54 countries in Africa, and there are countless safari camps and lodges. You might think you can handle paying these camps and lodges, booking flights, setting up transfers and pickups to and from airports, but it's very time-consuming. Leave the work to the Africa safari specialist, who is familiar with the process and accustomed to doing it all.
2. Cut Out the Confusion. If you don't know Africa, you are sure to be confused by all the logistics involved in the planning. It is so much easier to let the expert sort it all out.
3. Less Expensive. If you're planning a stay of more than a few days, it will be cheaper to book through a travel specialist. Travel agents receive a commission from camps and lodges to book travelers, and they might even get you preferred rates or other offers available to them through their relationships with these businesses.
4. Advice From the Pros. These specialists have an expertise that comes from regularly booking safaris. Let their knowledge work for you!
5. Fewer mistakes. If you are unfamiliar with the continent, you could make some mistakes when booking on your own that could lead to a disappointing trip. Use an African travel specialist to avoid these mistakes.
6. Let Their Relationships Work For You. Specialists have connections with other experts in the business who could help make your trip a lot smoother, whether it be a tour guide or someone to greet you when you get off the plane.
7. Detail-oriented. When you are booking a trip on your own, it's easy to forget essential details. But an African travel specialist won't let slip visa requirements, immunizations, attire, the type of electrical plugs you need, etc.
8. Added Insurance. You will still need travel insurance, but you'll make fewer mistakes that you might have to use insurance to fix if you use a specialist.
9. Someone to Fall Back On. You can fall back on your African travel specialist if anything goes wrong. You don't have that protection if you book on your own.
10. It's Just Easier. It's much simpler to get someone more knowledgeable about Africa to do all the work for you, so all you have to do is enjoy your trip!
Most of the above pointers works for almost any destination you choose. Do yourself a big favor....always use a Travel Advisor - a good one will be someone that gets to know you, and your travel style, and will be looking out for your best interests from start to finish!
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