Travel with a Travel Agency vs. DIY

A Guide on which to choose for yourself

Travel Agency vs. Do-it-yourself

One of the greatest adventures you can embark upon is a trip through all of the countries in Central America. Between the eight countries, the distinct cultures, traditions, and environments create a whirlwind experience for even the most seasoned traveler. Before you start your trip, make sure to take a look at our stripped down guide to all the practical information you may need when traveling abroad.

Table of Contents:

Why should I use a travel agency?

What are the benefits of booking a tour with Mayan Gateway?

What does a travel agency costs?

Travel agency VS. do-it-yourself

Why should I use a travel agency?

🖥 Planning the best itinerary: Deciding where to go can be overwhelming and time consuming. Luckily, Mayan Gateway is here to provide information about various destinations and make you a personalized itinerary. Contact us with your wishes and we will be happy to help you create your dream vacation. In addition to the holiday offers, which you can find on our website, we can also customize your itinerary to fit your individual desires. As local experts, we provide you with information about the destinations and help you create an itinerary based around your needs and interests.

What are the benefits of booking a tour with a Mayan Gateway?

✈️ Experience, Network & Happy Customers: Mayan Gateway was founded in 2005 and in the meantime we have built an extensive database of contacts and resources. We have had hundreds of happy clients and dozens of reviews online.

🇬🇹 🇧🇿🇮🇹 Multi Country Tours: Central America is so big yet so small! We have a wide variety of destinations and an unparalleled number of choices of trip styles and countries. We work with you to design a trip that will meet your tastes, age and budgets. We are certain that all your travel needs will be met when you combine our trips and tours with a customized itinerary from our friendly agents at Mayan Gateway.

🏨 🏡🏕 Accommodations: From unique hotels, B&B’s, private homes, and apartments to sleeping in a camping tent under the stars in a tranquil bay, our options will provide you with the best and most authentic travel experience possible. Our accommodations will always reflect the local character and spirit of your adventure or preferences. They will be very well located considering the places to visit on your itinerary.

What does a travel agency costs?

We believe an unforgettable trip does not have to be expensive; this is the reason why we keep on striving to offer the most competitive prices around. Our local supplier’s contracts provide a more affordable way to travel therefore giving us the ability to deliver a travel experience of a lifetime at a great price and value. Our  travel agency fee is around 10% – 20% which covers the salaries of the agents who work on your tour before arrival and during the duration of your trip, among other office and direct expenses. We have great deals with suppliers and most of the time we can at least match the total price you would have booking everything online on your own.  

Travel Agency vs. Do-It-Yourself

The internet has made it easier for everyone to do the jobs that professionals have done for years. Nowadays you can find a YouTube video for just about anything you can think of. Do-it-yourself has become a worldwide trademark. However, when it comes to travel abroad, should you really do it yourself?

Travel Agency – benefits

  • Knowledge. Our travel agents are very knowledgeable about all things concerning travel in Central America & Mexico. Besides having a University degree, they have a lot of experience with hospitality. Our guides are all of them certified by the Institute of Tourism. We are the experts of our field.We can also customize your itinerary to fit your individual desires. We provide you with information about the destinations and help you create an itinerary based around your needs, interests and budget. We can customize and offer things you may not know to consider.
  • Budget. In order to confirm your trip we will ask you to pay a deposit of the total, you will be able to pay a payment plan with us. If you are unable to prepay for your tour in full at once, having a travel agency like ours will greatly benefit you.
  • Personal Service. We will provide you the human connection that makes the planning and travel experience pleasant and meaningful. Our professional travel agents tailor the itinerary to suit specific requests and put together packages and tours that suit your unique wants and needs. We take care of all the planning to ensure your trip is as seamless, stress less, and hassle-free as possible. You will not have to worry about logistics, and instead can enjoy the sights and travels to the fullest. You will be on a holiday after all!
  • Time Saving. We have a world of travel information about Central America at our fingertips, saving you countless hours of online searching and frustration. We will ask you specific questions which will help you with decision-making.
  • Customer advocacy. If you experience a problem while travelling, we will act on your behalf, and is there to rectify any travel-related issues you encounter. What if you feel overwhelmed because your flight was cancelled, delayed or something happens that you have no control over? Call us and we will handle everything on your behalf, we will be available during your trip for you. We know the ins and outs of the travel world and can help in ways you may not know.
  • Expert guidance. Our travel agents and guides are trained destination and product experts and know how to sort through the myriad of travel information available. Our knowledge and our network means we also have access to the best deals.
  • Local insight into the Mayan Culture. Mayan Gateway attempts to make a low impact on the environment and Mayan culture, while contributing to generate future employment for Mayan people. We create your holiday alongside the Mayan people who live and work in the places that you will be visiting. Due to this, our agency and the guides working with us really care about giving you an exceptional experience.
  • Safety and safe experiences. We understand this part very well: being far away from home it may seem scary not knowing how safe it is here. In general when you travel to another country you need to be careful especially when you are not familiar with the country or language. However, in most places in Central America there is relatively little crime and it generally occurs away from the areas that tourists explore. Just as in many other tourist cities of the world, tourists will occasionally be targeted, but there have been very few violent crimes against tourists here. For this reason we recommend that you travel with an expert because it will be safer. The most important part of our job is ensuring that you have a safe and fun time. For more information visit our Travel Safety page.

Do-it-yourself – PROS and CONS – Trips Abroad

Do-it-yourself DIY – PROSDo-it-yourself DIY – CONS
Booking holidays DIY could work out cheaper.You may be able to find a cheaper deal on your own, but cheaper does not necessarily mean better.
Researching and booking your own trip abroad gives you the flexibility to browse lots of options at your own leisure. You’re in control instead of needing to trust someone else. However, if you use a good travel agency you can always check customer reviews online.If you experience a problem while travelling, you won’t really have an agent to contact who can rectify any issues you may encounter.
If you would like to opt for independent travel, you also get to experience the pre departure fun of planning and researching all the little details. The more complex, long or luxurious the trip is, the more useful an agent can be. You may have to solve problems or change plans while you’re on your trip.

Advice: there is a risk when booking on your own. Our advice when booking a trip abroad is to contact us and then compare it with what you have found online. You don’t have to book with us but it never hurts to have a second opinion. Choosing between a travel agency or DIY may just come down to your appetite for research and need for control. At Mayan Gateway our travel agents work closely with you when putting together your travel package. You will be able to participate in the planning and respond with questions and feedback.  We are here to customize the trip to your wishes, needs and interests.