Travelling can sometimes be a bit stressful especially if you’re just starting out. Those  seeking to discover the joys of independent travel may find themselves uncertain of how to begin effectively organising their trip. The travel consultants at Seamless Travel Agency are pleased to offer the following recommendations for first-timers to facilitate a smoother and more enjoyable travel experience:

Best places to go for first-time travellers (locally or internationally)

For local trips, we recommend a self-drive that’s 2-3 hours away in the mountains. That way you avoid flights and just need to book a place to stay. 

For international trips, look at places you don’t need a visa for. Countries that require visas often doubt first-time travellers and rejecting visas happens a lot. Getting rejected really messes with your international travel plans.

When deciding to travel, what are some of the things you need to consider?

Weather greatly impacts travel plans. Can you imagine booking a vacation to Mauritius only to have it rain the whole time? That would ruin everything. Also, it’s cheaper to avoid travelling during big holidays, school breaks, and long weekends. Lots of people book way ahead for those dates, so last minute costs can be crazy high if you go then.

Tips for solo travellers?

For individuals embarking on their initial solo trip abroad, we’d really recommend signing up for a guided tour. That way someone else has already taken care of planning your whole itinerary. You don’t have to stress about finding your way around in an unfamiliar place where you might not speak the language. A tour guide will take you everywhere you need to go and explain everything, so you can just relax and enjoy your trip!

What are the advantages of booking a trip through a travel agency?

For first-time travellers, we wouldn’t recommend trying to do it all on your own. There’s just so much that can go wrong when you’re booking travel for the first time. Trips involve many variables that could potentially go awry. Something as minor as misspelling a name or confusing Venice, Italy with Venice Beach in Miami can result in significant unnecessary expenses when arranging travel. 

A travel agent does this for a living, so they know all the little details that can save you a ton of hassle and money. Things like catching a misspelt name before it causes problems at the airport. So, yes it’s definitely worth talking to a professional the first time you plan a vacation, just to make sure everything goes smoothly. They’ve seen all the possible pitfalls and can help you avoid them.

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By Muzi Ndziba

Muzi Ndziba | Joburg-based freelance journalist | content creator | Istyleblaq founder

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