There is no one-size fits all approach when it comes to how people opt to choose and book a holiday.

While some may take months researching a variety of possible packages or destinations, someone else may be meandering across a store front and spot a fantastic deal to a destination they have always wanted to travel to, and book there and then on a whim.

Thanks to the number of online platforms and portals, researching and booking a holiday in this day and age has never been easier. However, says Flight Centre, the fact remains that when it comes to peace of mind and booking a holiday where what you see is what you get, nothing beats obtaining the advice of a travel expert. Not only do they have first-hand experience of the destination and packages on offer, but will best be able to advise you as to whether your destination or package deal is in line with your holiday experience expectations. Here is some handy points to consider when next choosing and booking your dream holiday:

For South Africans in particular, who are looking to make their Rand go further, obtaining expert face-to-face advice is an absolute must. Even though some may argue they don’t have time to go in-store and consult an expert, the good news is that certain travel retailers offer 24-hour online advice and support when making an online booking.

This essentially means you have the best of both worlds where you have the convenience of making a booking anytime and from anywhere, you also have the added benefit of being able to gain insight and advice from a travel expert every step of the way.

After all, no one wants to be in the situation where they are faced with unforeseen, and in certain instances, nasty surprises. Too many people who book via anonymous platforms are still caught out by unforeseen costs and face disappointment when their chosen holiday package doesn’t meet their expectations.

We’ve all heard of stories where someone we know has booked directly with an airline or accommodation venue, only to be faced with sub-standard accommodation and exorbitant prices for items that they thought were included in the package.

It’s therefore essential to ensure you make use of a trusted travel expert who has your back at all times and will be able to advise you that the magnificent seaside villa you’ve spotted on an online site is in fact a wooden shack on the beach.

So, if you’re looking for complete peace-of-mind, support and advice every step of the way, whether it be in-store or online, make sure you opt for a travel retailer, that can provide you with this type of all round, superior service, ensuring you are well equipped to enjoy every moment of your well-earned holiday.

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Jeanette Philips

Jeanette Phillips joined the team in 2016. She developed a passion and love for all things-travel related in her role as travel journalist, a position she held for over seven years. A brief exodus into the corporate marketing sphere proved that there is no better industry than the travel industry. Research and writing are two of Jeanette’s greatest passions, but she is always open to new challenges and different ways of doing things.