Doing-it-yourself tour can be fun, but could be a source of headache. Good thing there is always the option to shove all the paperwork and research to a trusted travel agent. When torn between DIY tour and hiring an agent, here are a few things you need to consider.
DIY travel is great if you have the time to do the research, make inquiries, dial phone numbers and follow-up requests to various travel vendors. Otherwise, ditch the DIY planning and call your travel agent.
Cost is unfortunately a relative idea in travel because it all depends on the type of travel you choose. If you want a luxurious accommodation and total convenience, then prepare to pay a hefty price regardless of planning a DIY trip. On most cases, hiring an agent may actually save you money because the agency streamlines your trip and coordinates various suppliers to meet your travel needs. This is because agencies already have networks and can negotiate for special rates, something individuals cannot do.
Some find it fun to plan a holiday while others find it exhausting. Of course, if DIY travel planning is never a fun thing for you (do it once or twice before you decide), then you know what best to do.
As mentioned, agents have networks in the tourism industry. They know the bogus vendors and the reliable ones. They know the trends of travel that you may not. And the Internet does not always feature these itsy-bitsy details. If you want to avoid the trouble of doing business with scams, then hire a trustworthy agent to plan the trip for you.
At the end of the day, it is not about how much you spent on a holiday that matters. What matters is how much you get out of the whole experience. I bet you would not want to waste even a single penny on an awful trip, and would not regret spending a few grand on something that truly sticks to your memory. If you suck at DIY planning, get a reliable agent and have your trips planned for you. That way, you get the most value out of your travel budget.