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How to plan a trip?

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How to plan a trip?

I am assigned to plan a trip for my family, 2 adults, 2 young adult and a kid.

May I know how do you start from? How do you show your "clients" the cost of the trip? Do you plan it in detail of just a rough quote?


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1. Re: How to plan a trip?

Welcome to TripAdvisor, Penny;

You appear to have a mis-understanding of what TripAdvisor is.

TA staff only operate, maintain and administer the site. They are NOT travel agents and will not plan a trip for you. They will not answer your request for assistance planning your trip, or provide you with "quotes".

TA is a database website ONLY, 100% self-serve.

If you need someone to sit down with and discuss your ideas, plan your trip, discuss options, pricing, etc, perhaps you should contact a local travel agent.

Best Regards

Edited: 8:21 pm, March 16, 2014
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2. Re: How to plan a trip?

Hi Penny and welcome to the forum ~

First of all TA is not a travel agency or booking website (in general) and neither the staff nor volunteers like myself do not plan or book travel for others. It really is a Do it Yourself website.

Here is some information that I got from somewhere else. It helps get started on the research process. TA is a fantastic resource for planning your own travel. But from this forum, you would have to move on to other Destination Forums (see later.)

First, it's a good idea to make up your mind about a destination which depends on your family's interests and priorities. No sense going to the seaside if your family likes mountains, or vice versa. Its a good idea to make up a list of your "must see's" and "want to see's" - prioritise what is going to be important to your family on your trip. Then have a look through Trip Advisor on the various destination forums and see what the average number of days people recommend for the locations you want to visit.

To find the Destination Forums, you can: 1. go up to the green menu bar and choose "More", then "Travel Forums," at which point you will see a directory of forums, both Destination and Beyond Destination. Explore those a bit. 2. You can also get to the same result, by clicking on the blue print word "All" which is just above your avatar. 3. You can simply type in the name of the location + Forums in the search field above the green menu bar, e.g. Toronto Forums or British Columbia Forums.

On each and every forum, you can then look out for the Top Questions to the right side of the forum page. There you will find the top tips for the location. And you might luck out with Trip Reports as well.

Another valuable research skill is to read the questions and answers already posted on a given forum. Absolute nuggets of information by doing that.

As well, go to the library or a bookstore for a Travel Guide book for the destinations that interest you and get reading.

So this is your starting point:

Fly/drive in this date.

3 days here. Visit this, this and this. Hotels recommended here are.....

4 days here. Visit this, this and this. Hotels recommended here are.....

5 days here. Visit this, this and this. Hotels recommended here are.....

Fly/drive home this date.

Add notes, for available public transport options, or areas where you might need a car.

It comes down to doing a lot of reading and research, keeping track of the costs of things that you find out as you go. Coming up with a cost estimate, revising, asking questions on the forums, revising, until you finally come up with an itinerary you would like to do.

Where are you thinking of going? I could get you started by providing a link to click on here to that destination so that you can get reading. By the way, all blue printing on TA is a clickable link to a new page.

Think about distances from airports to hotel and plan a budget for taxis, shuttle buses, rental cars.

If this DIY style of planning does not appeal to you, you might consider going in to a human travel agent for help with your planning.

Edited: 8:26 pm, March 16, 2014
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