My first job in the 80’s was in a travel company in Athens, that provided planning services to clients at a time when airline tickets were only issued in-person, and navigating distant cities required industry know-how or a close friend who was willing to meet you at the airport. But as we all know, times have changed.
Today’s travel planners are pioneers in new ways, seeking out under-the-radar places and experiences that match clients’ wants and needs. Most importantly, local agents offer first-hand knowledge of airlines, destinations and travel logistics that’s unmatched by any web algorithm.
Her are some of the benefits to planning a trip with a local travel agent you can rely on every step of the way.
AGENTS HELP MANAGE COSTS
Travel agents have access to the lowest available flight, hotel, transfer, tour rates. They know where to find the best discounts, early bird offers, etc, and are able to offer additional perks and amenities depending on where clients want to stay.
A local travel agent has better knowledge of his area of expertise, and is always up to date with changes taking place. They travel regularly to the destinations they sell, and have on the spot knowledge of many factors that can influence the outcome of a trip, from changes in hotel ownership or management, new tours, new accommodations, and also changes at the destination itself.
YOUR TIME IS VALUABLE (AND AGENTS RESPECT THIS)
They save you lots of time and anxiety. After the first communication (by email, phone, or skype), and after discussing your expectations, budget, and trip details, we are able to send a detailed offer usually within 24 hours. We are then open to any further information required to finalize a great holiday package in less than a week.
We also cater to last minute requests, and have confirmed holiday packages with clients in less than 48 hours.
TANGIBLE & RELIABLE TRAVEL ASSISTANCE
From flight delays to cancellations, and ferry / flight changes due to unexpected weather, there’s no crystal ball that can predict what will happen during travel. Agents know this and make themselves readily available to book new flights and offer alternatives for those times when a trip hits a snag. We are here 24/7 to cater for any last minute amendments, leaving you free of hassle, to enjoy your vacation.
Working with a travel agent in Greece doesn’t only mean having someone contact hotels and making reservations for you – anyone can do that. Instead, we become the client’s best advocate and plan their trip as if we were in their shoes. This covers everything from creating a personalized schedule of activities, sourcing the best tours, restaurants, things to do, and secret locations only a local can inform you.
WHAT SHOULD NEW CLIENTS LOOK FOR IN A TRAVEL AGENT?
Reputation is first on the list. Take a look at client reviews on TripAdvisor, or even ask for contact details of previous clients.
A good agent will take into consideration how you like to travel, your budget, your preferred style of hotel and level of activity, and offer options based on the parameters that you set.
Look for someone who has experience in your location of interest, and don’t underestimate a well-connected agent.
Last but not least, work with an agent who’s well-versed in the activities and experiences that you’re looking for, whether that’s culinary travel, boat tours, nightlife, or group travel, just to name a few. Most importantly, you should choose to work with someone who you feel a connection with.
LET YOUR GREEK TRAVEL AGENT KNOW YOUR PREFERENCES
Every agent-client relationship will be different, but in almost every case, communication is key. Here’s what to expect at the beginning:
1. Describe how you and your travel partner(s) like to travel
2. Share the things that interest you, ie. Culinary attractions, cultural experiences, interests, etc.
3. Tell your agent which past trips were your favorite and why
4. Remember that agents aren’t mind readers, so be sure to tell your agent what you love and don’t about your itinerary. The sooner you catch a flaw, the quicker she or he can learn your preferences and adjust course!
Kivotos of Aegean Travel - your travel partner for Greece