When you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles or London, it’s natural to call up your travel agent, or a travel agent in your town if you’ve never worked with one before, and ask about flights, hotels and other needs. Even with online travel arrangements becoming so popular, many people still call a travel agent when they need help planning a trip. And when you’re planning your trip to China, a good travel agent can be just the right source for the information and assistance you need in planning your trip.
If you’re planning to travel to China, especially if you have never been to “the mainland” before, there is no substitute for working with a travel agency to make sure that you see all of the remarkable sights this country has to offer. You know about the Great Wall and the Yangtze River, of course, but there are amazing things that you may not know about, and using a travel agency will make planning your trip much easier.
Travel agents know about all of the amazing things available to do and see in China. They can ask you some questions, get a feel for what you want and who you are, and help you plan a trip that will encompass all of the wonders of China that you would not want to miss, including the Silk Road, Yangtze River cruises, and some of the more remote, or less known, sights that are simply unforgettable. And if you have a desire to see a lot of the Chinese countryside, your travel agent can help arrange that.
Whether you want to go on a bicycle tour, spend most of your vacation traveling China by train, or go with a guided tour to some of the more traditional destinations in China, your travel agent will be able to make the perfect arrangements and get you exactly the vacation you want, within your budget.
The budget part is important to you, of course, and it’s also one of the great things about working with a travel agent. Travel agents are paid by the companies they book arrangements with, and because they often get better rates than travelers can access, you can quite often work with a travel agent and still pay less than you would pay if you booked your arrangements directly.
Whether you work with a local travel agency, get a referral from your own agency to an agency that specializes in China travel, or simply spend some time online and find a travel agency that you want to work with, the very fact that you’re working with a travel agent means that you will almost certainly get better arrangements than you could get on your own, and pay less for your trip.
It sometimes seems like travel agencies are obsolete now that we can book our own travel, but the expertise a professional travel agency brings to your travel arrangements is hard to overestimate. You will almost certainly be glad you worked with an agent familiar with China travel.