Typically when you are to travel you have two options: to book an organized tour or to hop on the plane and go.
The organized tour might be the most convenient having the hotels, meals, activity all booked in advance. You go to see or do what you like, but at the same time what you don’t like because the organized tour is designed to accommodate a common denominator.
Hopping on a plane and blindly going somewhere could be terrifying and time consuming when it comes to finding accommodations at your destinations. Then you spend time checking local travel agencies to see who has the best local tour at the best prices.
To make an exotic trip less stressful there is another solution: get in contact with local travel agents. First gather your information on the place you want to go.
Check the sites of Lonely Planet or TripAdvisor, along with their forums, to start with.
Once you have an itinerary in mind and the clear budget you are willing to allocate for this exotic trip, try to find a good, reliable local travel agent.
When you are pleased with your choice, gave the full information to your chosen travel agent and book your flight.
To find the cheapest flights, check out kayak which checks most airlines against each other and gives you the cheapest options. You can even set an alert to warn you if a cheap flight is advertised at the last minute.
If the flight is long, involving many hours and a few stops, maybe it’s a good idea to schedule a day or two to spend somewhere in the middle of the trip, Europe for example.
One important thing to remember is that is important to trust and listen your chosen travel agent, rather than second-guessing him. Often what you see in brochures or online bears little resemblance to what you find when you finally arrive at your destination, so having someone who has actually been there would be a valuable asset.
Your on-line agent will arrange all local transportation, including personal pick-up and drop-off at each airports and might provide you with a local 24-hour phone number in case you might experience difficulties.
One last tip: Cell Phones
You phone with a current Canadian provider’s card would be very expensive.
Take a GMS cell phone that takes a SIM card. Make sure that the phone is ‘open’, meaning that you can use any service with it.
Resist buying the SIM card before you travel.
You can get one at the airport when you arrive. I will cost you usually less than $20 and it will come bundled with several hours of connect time.