Earlier this month, Karen Davila (in Bandila) reported about a scammer who sells fake online travel packages online. The victims paid almost 500 thousand pesos for a Hongkong & Macau travel package. This problem is not only common among international travel packages but for local packages as well.
Today, booking online is the most convenient way to plan a vacation. If you are planning a trip to Palawan, make sure to do your research first on the Palawan travel agency you are dealing with before paying for a Palawan package.
Here are some tips you may follow when getting a Palawan package deal online.
Be Careful with Internet Ads when Booking a Trip to Palawan
Be careful when looking for Palawan package deals in websites that allow users to post advertisements. If a seller or travel agent does not provide enough information about his business and the packages he or she is offering, you may be better off looking for other trip to Palawan deals.
Also, remember that there is only a limited number of tourists allowed to visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River every month. Permits can be difficult to acquire, especially during peak season. If a Palawan travel agency assures you that you will be given permit, even if you don’t book your Puerto Princesa Underground River tour package early, you may want to reconsider dealing with that agency.
Only Transact with a Registered Palawan Travel Agency
Just like other businesses, a Palawan travel agency must be registered to operate. To make sure you are dealing with a legitimate agency, you may want to ask the agency’s license or registration number. If you are still having second thoughts, you may also verify the details given to you with the appropriate government agency before paying for your trip to Palawan.
Verify the Palawan Travel Agency’s Details and Credentials
Don’t be easily deceived by an agency. Always verify what they tell you. If they say they are a member of this or that organization, why not spend some time searching for that organization and its members? If a travel agency has a physical office, you may contact the building administration and verify if a certain Palawan travel agency transacts businesses in that location.
Look for Customer Feedback
The easiest way to determine if an agency is legitimate is through customer feedback. Knowing what past clients have to say about a travel agency’s service and Palawan package inclusions will also help you decide whether or not you’d like to push through with the transaction.
Be safe when booking a Palawan package online. Spending time researching and verifying details given to you will go along way.
If you need help booking a trip to Palawan, contact Hopping Buddies Travel & Tours, a registered Palawan travel agency that offers affordable Palawan packages.
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