Be your own travel agent
Nowadays, we’re well and truly used to booking our own holidays when we know what we’re doing – and using a travel agent when we’re less sure. But as technology develops, more complex websites have sprung up that offer the best of both worlds.
These tools allow intrepid travellers to custom-build their holidays online. Pick a place, a type of holiday, your hotel comfort level and voila, you’ll have a holiday that you can book, or go back and edit if there’s something not quite right
If that sounds like a potential plan, here are the Flexicover team's five top sites where you can play travel agent for your own holiday.
“Find your perfect tour here” they promise, and for those who have Norway in their sights, this site helps break down the activity-packed country into an easily-buildable holiday. The most helpful aspect is that rather than build a trip from scratch, their existing tours are readily altered, meaning that you’ll benefit from their expert knowledge, but be able to have your own preferences built in.
Intrepid travellers will adore the ease and range of holidays at iSafari, which specialises in African adventures. It checks information that’s key when planning a safari, like when you’d visit, the group size and whether children will be present. Then it’s a case of building your dream holiday. An overview (and TripAdvisor reviews) on each hotel, place and activity means you can sift through a mass of information quite simply. You do have to create an account to get your itinerary and cost, so it’s not as immediate as other sites, but certainly one for those who have the call of the wild.
This handy travel agent is ideal for travellers to East Asia. Though it’s a sizeable destination, the company breaks it down so you can pick your stops and accompanying hotels – TripAdvisor links are on hand so you can suss out the range they offer, and decide accordingly. The itinerary and cost is sent to you by email, but we love that the difficult decisions can be made and edited at the touch of a button.
The comprehensive Inspirock works well on a mobile enabling you to plan your trip even when you’re out and about. It builds suggestions based on personal factors, like pace and whether there’s a preference for popular activities or hidden gems. You can edit any part of the journey and you can also share the itinerary with your travelling companions for their input or even send it on to a well-travelled pal to cast an eye. Note that they’re not booking agents so you’ll have to book tours, travel and accommodation separately, but that aside it’s still a great resource for travel planning.
Scotland for Golf
Golfing holidays are ever-popular, and even more fun in large numbers. But as anyone who's organised a group trip can confirm, it's well worth the money to bring in a specialist. Scotland for Golf's tailor-made tours just make life a little easier, just let them know how many people are in the group, the average handicap, the type of course and location you'd prefer and whether you want to take part in any extra activities (whether they're golf-related, or especially for the non-golfers in the group, cultural activities) and they'll create the ideal itinerary.
Scotland for Golf
Wherever you plan to head to this year it’s good to know that Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of cover to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.
Please note that Flexicover is not linked to, or responsible for the external websites, pricing or the availability of the products featured in this article.