Why it is Essential to Book With a Local Travel Agent During Covid-19
The global pandemic Covid-19 has us changing the way we go about our daily business, but things that can get complicated, like travel, needn't be a headache. Now, even more than ever, entry and exit through different countries has become a bit more complicated beyond visa requirements and regulations for travelling minors. It has become even more important to have an experienced agent on the ground to help you take care of your travel plans, and assist with vital information so that your holiday doesn't get spoilt.
Do you know that instead of dealing with multiple companies then trying to piece everything together, you can actually get someone, who does this kind of thing every day, to do all of it for you, and AT NO EXTRA COST? Travel consultants such as Victoria Falls Guide do not charge you a fee, but instead make our commission which is paid by the supplier, so you don't have to worry about extra costs. And, you get vital tips from someone who knows the area very well.
Easy Process and Payment
We ask our clients questions that give us an idea of what they want out of their holiday, including your top must-do activities, and work within your budget if required, as well as time limits. You get a single invoice for all your accommodation, transfers and activities, rather than making payments to multiple destinations. Payment is a breeze, and it is secure. There are various payment options too, so you can choose what you are most comfortable with.
Did We Mention the Advise is Free?
At Victoria Falls Guide, we live and work in Victoria Falls town, and also travel around the surrounding region to gain knowledge of what's on offer. It is our job to be able to give our clients the best advice according to their needs, whether you're going on family vacation, or if you are a solo traveller, and whether you are visiting just the Victoria Falls, or if you plan on going cross borders like to Chobe or Livingstone.
Save Yourself Valuable Time
Using the service of a local travel consultant, means that you only have to work with ONE person, and not several operators (which would require a more sizeable to-do list). Why not make holiday planning easy, saving you a serious amount of time that you could spend shopping for your holiday, spending time with loved ones, or putting in extra hours at work? Working with a travel consultant means that we plan the logistics for you, and help make your holiday unforgettable – in a good way though.
Everything that you need to know, from flights, transfers, hotels/lodges that are open or ones that have closed, what activities are running, entry and exit requirements, cross-border access, etc., are things that your travel agent should know. Covid-19 requirements do change and all these most certainly will affect your holiday plans. Your local travel specialist has access to the latest information and will be able to advise you on what's possible and what isn't. Imagine all your visa, PCR and vaccination information at your fingertips, no matter how many destinations you plan on visiting. This is especially useful if you are going on safari and visiting various places.
Help, Should You Need It
Things can go wrong, or plans may change while you're on your way, or after you have arrived to your holiday destination. With a local travel agent, you will easily be able to reach an actual person, unlike with those big booking sites. So when something unexpected happens, and you need to make changes to your itinerary, we can quickly work with you to make sure things run smoothly again.
You Could Even Save Some Money
With Covid-19, travellers now have to fork out extra costs for multiple PCR tests, especially when going through several countries. As travel agents, we are in constant communication with our suppliers, and testing facilities. We can pass onto you any special packages or discounts that our suppliers give us. We can also tell you where you can get the least expensive PCR tests. If you're planning any cross border activities, we are able to advise you on the best visa to use. These discounts and savings may help ease your finances and make your holiday more enjoyable.
But Why LOCAL Travel Consultants?
As mentioned before, your local travel consultant will be well-versed with everything that you need to know about the destination. At Victoria Falls Guide, we have come across international travel agents who had no idea in which country (Zimbabwe or Zambia) a hotel was located. We have also had many people who had made bookings with these big online travel sites such as Agoda and Expedia, only to realise that they do not have any information on their transfers (which they paid for), visa's or Covid-19 entry requirements. When you book with your travel consultant, you get all that information for free, working around your plans to make sure that your holiday runs smoothly.
As a local travel agent, we get our income from the fun hours of hard work that we put in organising our clients' holidays, through commission paid to us by the operators. When you book your holiday with local agents, you are contributing to their livelihood, as well as the local economy and community.
You Don't Have to Take Our Word For It
Our website is full of valuable information, but also has testimonials from our clients, who have offered their honest feedback about their experience with us as Victoria Falls Guide, as well as the holidays that we have put together for them. Have a read on Client Feedback and Travel Reviews.
Did We Leave Anything Out?
We hope we have answered all your questions regarding why local agents are the way to go, but if you have queries, feel free to Contact Us.
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