I first stumbled upon AirTreks several months ago when I was doing some research on online round-the-world travel services. Strangely enough, I landed on their About page. AirTreks is an agency that is specialised in multi-stop international air travel services: exactly what I was looking for! I was about to head to the main home page when one of their values (they have an admirable list of values) caught my eye. It read:
We believe that international travel offers a wealth of opportunities for personal growth, cultural exchange and peace.
I thought, “wow, that’s awesome!” because that’s exactly how I feel about travel. I delved a bit further into the site and discovered an excellent trip-planning tool and loads of valuable advice on planning a multi-stop or round-the-world trip. Visitors are invited to launch the trip-planning tool or check out the Learn page before proceeding with the trip-planning phase. Topics such as ‘Things to Think About’, ‘Saving for the Trip’ and ‘Passports & Visas’ are covered on individual pages. Each individual page contains excellent pointers for planning the trip.
The next tab, the Plan page contains more handy pointers for budgeting, planning an itinerary, packing and safety.
Then comes the best part: the AirTreks Trip Planner! The AirTreks site allows you to go straight to this tool from the home page if you wish. I saved the best for last! This tool is really cool. It takes a few seconds to launch. The first thing you see is a map of the world. You can do two things: use the map to plan your trip by clicking on a certain region or city, or use the region/city lists below the map. Add the destinations to your route, then click Get Prices and within a few moments, a suggested itinerary (in most cases, several) will appear along with the ticket rates. Brilliant. I had lots of fun with it by connecting cities like Auckland and Reykjavik.
Customers are then requested to fill in the start/end dates of the trip and contact details. An AirTreks consultant will then get in touch with the customer to sort out the details and provide more advice. I like this touch as I prefer to know whom I’m dealing with when arranging a complex trip. I’m fine with booking a straightforward return ticket to a certain destination online, but when the trip involves multiple stopovers, over a considerable length of time, and which may change along the way, or if I get stuck somewhere, I’m more comfortable with the idea of being able to call or email someone I know for assistance.
AirTreks also creates customised itineraries for Business Class. In addition, they provide lists of partners who can assist with travel insurance, tours, accommodation and ground transport. Oh, and don’t forget to check out their Specials page for an extensive list of multi-stop rates! This page is certainly an inspiration for the avid traveller!
In short, I found the travel planning tips handy and I especially liked the trip-planning tool and the fact that an element of personal contact is included. AirTreks receives a thumbs up from velvet!
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