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Customers want to know that the principals of a company are actively involved in carrying out the company’s work. More importantly, they demand that the person identified to work with the customer be there if problems occur. Our tour leader, was not there at the beginning, present at times during the diving Alor, and gone before the trip was over. In some respects the trip had no tour leader.
The cost of $1700+ per day (one day was lost upon arrival) for a mediocre trip has left an indelible mark on our mind in terms of other trips. Before engaging any travel one must go through the numbers via a cost/benefit analysis. For the tour what hidden costs will result from a poorly trained tour leader and organization and non-included activities? Tour companies are great in their presentations. This company was not so good in their delivery
Some points to consider before engaging the travel company:
1. Make sure the tour company is experienced, qualified, and can provide a list of satisfied customers. There is no guarantee that it will deliver a great tour, but at least you are starting off on the right foot.
2. Ask the company about its training, organization, and how it manages your travel throughout the trip. Does it know where you are the day you leave your state, and during your travels?
3. Find out about your tour guide. Is he or she conversant in the language of the culture, have experience, and recognized as a qualified tour leader?
4. Will the tour leader remain until the end of the trip?
5. What exactly is included in the meals?
6. If an emergency phone number is provided, try it before you pay for your trip.
7. If tips are necessary consider another consider another company. The leader and driver made a few thousand dollars in tips in addition to their salary.
8. Rent or buy an international phone if you do not have one. Your current mobile may only work in your country.
9. Compare the costs/benefits of a few qualified travel tour companies.
10. Evaluate choosing your airline or having the tour company arrange for tickets.
11. Try to secure non-stop flights. Stopovers eat into your travel time.