The world of holidays and tourism is constantly changing. There are hundreds of websites and services, which make the life of the tourist easier, as well as numerous applications helping to save some money. At the same time, many tour operators are barely working, while their customers have to face a lot of complex situations even abroad. The world of tourism switched the attention to the field of independent traveling, while many people can’t get used to it, being scared of the independent traveling. Is it really so scary?
Shall I try to make an independent trip?
Of course! According to the practice, it’s not harder than working with a tour agency, while your trip will be ten times more interesting and exciting. Forget about the package tours and crowded tour buses. You can discover the country, and plan your holiday. Choose whatever you want: beach, relaxation, culture, extreme and so on.
What shall I do now?
First of all, you can try to make a trip to the nearest country. You need to choose a popular destination, where you can fly with a low-cost airline, and book one of the small boutique hotels. Try to find a country where you don’t need a visa.
It turns out that you need to do the following things:
- Buy an airline ticket (use various searching engines or the website of the company)
- Book a hotel or an apartment (use Tripaways.com, Airbnb.com, Booking.com, Expedia.com)
- Make a visa
If you managed to use tour agencies before, all visa formalities were made by them. You can make it on your own too, and you just need to collect several documents.
The most difficult part of an independent trip is to make the first step.
You can be even more detailed. Try to check each of the stages making a couple of local trips. You can book tickets to the nearest city, go there, and rent an apartment on Airbnb. When you understand all the features, you will be able to travel abroad.
Can they cancel a booking when during my travel?
They can, but that happens extremely rare. Hotels and airlines don’t really want to lose customers. Anyway, you need to read information about the cancellation before booking a ticket or a room.
Isn’t it too complex and expensive?
It won’t take longer than your average visit to a tour agency, but everything depends on your attention. Be careful with dates and names. When you make your first trip abroad, you will see that such travel is much more interesting than a package tour! In the future, you will be able to use all the services to book a beach holiday without having the need to go to an agency.