When taking the reins in deciding to arrange your own trip, you may believe that the incentive of saving a little money makes the work you put in all seem worth it. However, is the task of organising everything yourself and being responsible for so many individuals’ hard-earned cash really worth the additional stress and time?
To help guide your decision, we’ve compiled some key reasons why you should stick to booking a holiday through an operator…
When booking through an operator, your package is protected under the package travel regulations. This means that if a supplier goes out of business, the operator is responsible for protecting your package with an alternative supplier and can’t pass on any additional costs for the same inclusions you were promised. Have you considered what you would do if a supplier you’d booked wasn’t able to fulfil their contract with you? What about if you had already paid deposits or in full?
And you don’t need to worry about your money when booking through a tour operator. Just look out for reputable companies who have ABTA bonding and/or an ATOL licence – this means that your money is protected in the event of the tour operator itself failing.
We all know how stressful and tiresome admin can be, and organising international travel is no different. When booking through a tour operator, you have access to a wealth of experience and knowledge which will speed up dealing with all the boring paperwork. This includes guidance on how to prepare your risk assessments, as well as advice and help getting sign off from international advisors. Trust us, it’s no simple task.
Exchange Rates & Cost
Cost is always going to be at the forefront of your mind. When booking through certain tour operators, the exchange rates are locked in at the point of sale. This is more important than ever with the current volatility in exchange rates associated with Brexit. Ultimately, it means no nasty surprises, especially when booking a trip ahead of time!
Have you thought about how you would pay suppliers in other currencies? Will you lose out in bank charges or with a poor exchange rate?
Tour Operators also have a great network and strong relationships with suppliers across the destinations offered. This means they can often get better rates than the general public due to greater buying power associated with larger block bookings. They may even have exclusive allocations!
A package holiday removes any stress that comes with organising international travel. When using a tour operator, you can relax in the knowledge that every aspect of your trip will be meticulously planned and organised by an expert.
An operator can take care of things such as protecting group members’ funds, providing comprehensive insurance and an overall commitment to safety. This also includes 24-hour support for any ongoing travel issues you may encounter whilst away.
How will you ensure that the accommodation or activity providers you use are reputable and safe? What support will you have if something goes wrong in the middle of the night? Do you have a contingency fund?
The Venture Abroad Experience
At Venture Abroad, we know our destinations like the backs of our hands, so we can ensure you get the most out of your holiday. Our dedicated and passionate team has helped thousands of uniformed groups over the years to have an amazing and safe international experience. We have given peace of mind to hundreds of group leaders enabling them to concentrate on the exciting bits of trip planning and the enjoyment of being away!
Ask yourself this, is a minimal cost saving worth the hours you’ll have to put in and the responsibility you’ll shoulder? If the answer is no, contact Venture Abroad to get the ball rolling on your next international adventure.
Still think you could do a better job?
Take a look at what our past customers thought to their experience when booking through Venture Abroad…
‘’The experience we’ve had with booking our adventure through Venture Abroad has been amazing, we can’t fault anything. Everyone who has been involved has helped us at every stage which has enabled each and every one of our group to create magical memories. A big thank you to everyone. Would certainly recommend you.’’
“We have used VA before and received an excellent service, so it was an easy decision to do so again. Whilst it is more expensive to use a tour operator, we are willing to pay the extra for someone else to do the ‘stress’ on our behalf.”