Planning a trip abroad can seem like a daunting task – but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to help you travel like a pro.

6 tips to help you travel like a pro

  1. Ensure that your travel plans are protected by booking with a licensed BC travel agent. In BC, travel agents must be licensed and meet certain requirements. You also have access to extra protections if you don’t get the travel services you bought – but only if you booked with a licensed travel agent! Check if a travel agent is licensed with us 
  2. Travel during the week and plan ahead. Plan ahead and book your tickets at least two or three months before you leave. This allows you to track price changes and get ahead of the last-minute rush. Make sure you know the routes you need to take for local travel. If you travel during the week, flights are often cheaper and most businesses and attractions will be open, especially in parts of Europe.
  3. Be an adventurous eater. One of the best ways to experience a new culture is through its food. Try new and authentic local options at restaurants and consider signing up for a local cooking class. This will give you a chance to connect with the locals and other travelers, who might have some great food recommendations!
  4. Prioritize attractions. Make a list of things you “must see”, “want to see”, and “might want to see”. This will help you plan out your time effectively. Just be sure to leave time to relax and explore.
  5. Travel light. Try to travel with only carry-on luggage. This could save you money and the potential hassle of missing baggage.
  6. Seek out extra benefits. Seek out accommodation with a kitchen or free breakfast, ask for student rates (if you are a student), and look for package deals on transportation and attractions.

Where to go for more information

We aren’t travel experts, so if you’re looking for more advice on how to make the most of your next trip, consider speaking to a licensed BC travel agent or doing some research yourself.

Our organization licenses and regulates travel agents in BC. When you book with a licensed BC travel agent, you have access to certain consumer rights in BC if your travel doesn’t go according to plan. Visit our consumer help page to learn more about your consumer travel rights in BC.

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