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Posted on: Tuesday July 16, 2019
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Do You Live in the Country?(How to get the best travel deal)

Do you live away from a major airport?

Canada's big and a lot of us don't have easy access to international airports. Air travel gets a little more complicated for you but, if you love that winter get away, or have a yen to travel abroad, don't let the challenge of the first part of the trip deter you.

I don't live near an airport of any size so I get what it's like. I also work remotely, often times from my country home, which is even more challenging. But to make life even more interesting I have travelled, and plan travel for people in some of the wildest places like Panama, Ecuador, Honduras and Belize and I have learned how to get people around in non-urban areas in the most comfortable and economical ways. Here are few things I can do to help you.

First of all, there are a lot of ways to skin an airfare. If you live in an area like, southern Alberta, or BC, or Saskatchewan, where you are hours from an airport of any size and you try to figure out an airfare using our friend Expedia, you can get some bizarre prices and routes. Especially when you actually go on to complete the booking, rather than just look at the shopping list presented. Its quite disappointing. (read about using online travel agencies here. All the things in this article happened to me and if I didn't speak Spanish, I'd be hooped.)

It's not just the airfare though, it's all the other costs that go into a trip like your gas, parking, hotel, meals, taxes, bad weather, delays etc. Sometimes its worth it to fly from a regional airport, sometimes it can be worth it to make that longer drive to a bigger airport. I solve this decision bottleneck with a cost comparison program I developed to manage logisitics for long haul destinations. It lays out the facts pretty clearly and lets you decide the optimal choice for you.

Since travel from country areas often means an over-night enroute, I can offer you hotel rates from our Flight Centre Holiday collection. We contract with hotels around the world, and many are near airports. There may be some local transfer services available as well and I can build them into a trip package.

Same thing when you need to come home, if you've tooling about Yucatan, or coming from a dive vacation in Belize, I can set up the whole package for you with transfers back to the airport, and a hotel if you need it.

Third, what if you don't have the internet or just don't want to waste your monthly data trying to find "the deal"? Give me a call by phone. I'm toll free. I actually prefer the phone as I like to get to know my clients in a more personal way. We can do everything by phone and I can even get you documents in paper if you want. Still the most reliable.

Can't pay by credit card? As a Flight Centre Independent agent, I can offer you some options to pay through other means too. Call me and I can explain the various non-credit card options available.

But, my thing is really budgeting. I like to know in advance pretty much what it's going to cost me to travel, and I'll do this for you as well. I've been pricing private tours and packages (and scheduled ones too) for years and I will give you a very good idea what everything will cost.

Want to save a little more? Have a look at my "Specials" page. I often have personal promotions here. Also don't forget to check FCI Travel Deals. You can also check our "Deal of the Month" page. These are a good start and you can request more info right from those pages.

Last thing, you want to know what I charge for all this because you've heard that travel agents don't work for free. Here's how I work. I'll present you a preliminary program, with price estimate, at no cost. If you like what you see and you want to dig in, I ask for a non-refundable "plan to go" deposit of $250 CAD that gets applied to the vacation program you take. This will allow me to devote the time needed to provide the service with the assurance of a final sale. If you decide not to travel that deposit is used to cover my development costs. Does that sound fair?

If you live in the country or a small town without an airport, and you want to travel, let's talk. I speak your language.


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