If, when planning your travels, you prefer ready-made tours, then the tourist market has prepared good news for you - now you can choose and book tours without leaving your home. Large agencies on their websites increasingly offer online booking service, which gives tourists the opportunity to see the whole variety of tours at once, and not choose from several offered by the manager. In addition, buying online significantly saves time, especially when it comes to visa-free countries or if your passport already has a valid visa - then you will no longer need anything other than printed documents.
Application and booking
Travel agencies and tour operators offer two types of internet services. Some offer online selection of a tour and the ability to leave a request, others provide an opportunity to book and pay directly on the website. In the first case, you set certain parameters that correspond to your wishes regarding the upcoming trip, and you will receive several options for ready-made tours in the issuance. After studying the proposed packages, you can leave a request for the one that suits you. Further, by e-mail or by phone, the manager of the travel agency will contact you, and the further registration of the voucher will go offline.
If online booking is possible, the search engine, as a rule, immediately checks the relevance of the offer and the availability of seats and sets the final amount to be paid to the client. You can pay immediately here by credit card. All documents required for the trip (contract, insurance, e-tickets, hotel voucher and transfer), the tourist can immediately print out, having received them from the operator by e-mail after confirming the payment for the tour.
Online booking and buying tours significantly saves time, but do not forget that if you buy a ticket to a visa country, and you do not have a visa, in any case, you will have to deal with it yourself or through a travel agency.
Features of online booking tours
However, there is an important point to consider. With the existing variety of operators and their offers, it is quite difficult to maintain the relevance of the tour database. At that moment, when you are just planning to click the "Pay" button, the manager can already issue the same tour to a person who came directly to the office. If you paid for the tour, but did not receive confirmation of its availability, you have the right to refuse to purchase. The money will be returned to your account in accordance with the terms of your bank. Or you will be offered other options at a similar price.
Of course, in order to avoid unpleasant situations associated with refunds, tours can only be booked on the websites of large travel agencies that have been operating on the market for a long time and have all the necessary certificates and security systems for online payments.
Search and booking process
The procedure for searching for tours and buying them online from all operators that provide such a service is almost the same. In the search form, you need to fill in the dates, select the direction and indicate all the other parameters that interest you, and select the tour from those offered on the site. Next, you need to enter information about tourists, which includes the data of Russian and foreign passports, contact phone number and e-mail, and pay for the tour by card. After successful payment, you will receive a confirmation of payment, and a little later the operator will send you all the necessary documents by e-mail.
And finally, remember that once you have tried your own selection and purchase of a tour, you will hardly want to give up this opportunity. Don't be surprised if internet travel planning becomes your hobby - this is what all travelers face after their first trip on their own.