Planning to go on a trip to another country requires a lot of work for FIlipinos, more so if it’s one where a visa is required. To ensure that you’ll be all set when the date of your flights comes, it’s a must to secure everything you need including a travel insurance from the Philippines.
As organizing a trip takes a lot of time, some of our kababayans just opt to avail travel packages and services from travel agencies. While this proves to be helpful, Filipinos should be aware of the risks of not checking if the agency is legitimate or not.
Here are ways one can avoid being scammed by this modus operandi:
Updated business license and permits
Make sure to check that the agency has the legal paperwork to operate. Once verified, you can then ease your worries about availing their services.
Remember, if it’s too good to be true then it probably is. Before you hand out your money, determine whether the packages you want matches the price. Even if travel agencies offer incredible deals, it won’t be up to the point that it won’t pay out. Do your research aside.
Recommended by family and friends
If someone you know vouches for their travel agent, then chances are they had a great experience with them. After all, who would recommend a bad experience right?
Once you have paid the agency you have chosen, ask for the confirmation documents right away. Double check whether all the details of the package or service you have availed are there. Don’t wait up until your flight to verify it. This way, should there be issues, you still have time to address it with your agency.
There’s nothing wrong with double checking, remember that. While some find confrontations uncomfortable, remember that your hard-earned money is involved. Rather than risking of having problems while in another country, do everything you can to ensure there won’t be any problems ahead.