Is an African safari on your bucket list? Do you dream of seeing elephants, lions, and other animals in the wild? It is one of those destinations that many people want to visit but haven’t gone to yet. Perhaps the reason for procrastinating is that planning a trip to Africa seems daunting.
In today’s world, you can get anything you want with a few clicks on your keyboard. But if your dream is to see Africa, you might want to forego the internet and book your trip with a professional. Here are ten reasons why using a travel advisor who is familiar with African travel will give you a better trip experience.
1. Save time
There are 54 countries in Africa, and there are countless safari camps and lodges. You might think you can handle paying for these camps and lodges, booking flights, setting up transfers and pickups to and from airports, but it’s very time-consuming. Leave the work to a Travel Advisor, who is familiar with the process and accustomed to doing it all.
2. Cut out the confusion
If you don’t know Africa, you are sure to be confused by all the logistics involved in the planning. It is so much easier to let the expert sort it all out.
3. Better value
If you’re planning a stay of more than a few days, a travel specialist will be able to put together a package that offers a better value. Travel Advisors leverage their supplier relationships to put together the right package for each client.
4. Advice from the pros
Travel Advisors have access to resources and information that you can’t find on your own. Let their knowledge work for you!
5. Fewer mistakes
If you are unfamiliar with the continent, you could make some mistakes when booking on your own that could lead to a disappointing trip. Using a Travel Advisor who is accustomed to the process can save you some headaches.
6. Let their relationships work for you
Travel Advisors have connections with other experts in the business who could help make your trip a lot smoother, whether it be a tour guide or someone to greet you when you get off the plane.
7. Detail oriented
When you are booking a trip on your own, it’s easy to forget essential details. But a Travel Advisor familiar with the regulations won’t let visa requirements, immunizations, attire, the type of electrical plugs you need, etc. slip.
8. Fewer issues
You will still need travel insurance, but a professional travel advisor can help you avoid issues in the first place.
9. Someone to fall back on
You can fall back on your Travel Advisor if anything goes wrong. You don’t have that protection if you book on your own.
10. It’s just easier
It’s much simpler to get someone more knowledgeable about Africa to do all the work for you, so all you have to do is enjoy your trip!
I have been working on building my knowledge of Africa. I have completed a travel advisor training course about South Africa and have started a course about Kenya. I am planning my own trip to Africa in 2022 and would love to plan one for you too. Read about how my services work here.