February is one of the best times of the year to travel across India. There are still traces of winter and summer is yet to begin. In some of the best inland domestic destinations like Goa, Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar the weather is great, the school-vacation-touristy crowd is yet to hit and the prices are not at their peak.
For travellers the next question then is how to pick the best travel agency. There is actually no simple answer to that. Picking the right agency depends on what you are looking for, what are your requirements. So, while one agency may suit person A, it may not work as well for person B. So, here are the issues that you must decide before you settle on one:
Decide the budget: Some agencies deal with luxury travel, while some specialise in budget travellers. The distinction is important because a good agency has its equation with the hospitality industry and will offer you special discounts. So, a luxury specialist will get you a 5-star room at a discounted cost, while a budget specialist will give you the best room at your budget.
Check the packages: Take the time to check all packages online. Prices are no longer uniform across platforms, neither are the perks offered. So, take your time to check competing agencies’ or travel websites.
Communicate: Remember that a travel agency is essentially a service agency. Are they ready and quick to answer all your queries? You don’t need an out of reach agency when you’re stuck in a state where you don’t know anyone.
Do your homework: Picking the best travel agency is not just about picking one from a list. You must put in some effort as well. Check the hotels, itinerary and other perks mentioned in the packages. The internet makes this easy. Take time to check if the itinerary covers all the places you want to see.