A Journey with a Group of Travel Agents

The trip to Gujarat was a journey with a group of travel agents. There was no other travel blogger in our group. There were five travel agents from West Bengal, one from Delhi, one from the Netherlands, two from the UK, and one freelance photographer from UK. We had two people from Gujarat Tourism traveling with us. Most of my FAM trips have been with either other bloggers or with media people. I have been on trips where we had a mix of travel agents and media people but somehow I did not interact much with them!

Initially I was unsure as to how the trip would go but by the second day I realized that we were going to have a blast. For one, Gujarat Tourism knew how to show us places! And the group made sure that we had even more fun!

Show Us a Lot of Hotels is their Motto!

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We want to See More Hotels!

If you ask bloggers or media people seeing hotels is not very high on our lists! After all I am going to write only about the hotels I stayed in unless there is something really special about one of the experiences. But travel agents get upset if you do not show them enough hotels! Heck people in my group got the itinerary changed to visit two hotels in Little Rann of Kutch. And for the first time in my life I was able to understand why some tourism boards show us a lot of hotels on FAM trips!

From now on when I see a lot hotels, I am going to look at them with more kindness rather than getting stressed about writing every bit!

Show us Around is their Slogan!

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Show Us More was their Slogan!

On our way back from LRK the visits to Modhera and Rani ki Vav were optional. Once again our super group made sure that the visits happened and that we still reached Ahmedabad at a reasonable time. How did we manage that? We had a packed breakfast at LRK, we did a light brunch at 11.00 am and we skipped lunch! That is how we managed to fit in both the places. We stopped on the outskirts of Ahmedabad for evening snacks and tea! It was their super enthusiasm that convinced our organizers that none of us really cared for lunch! और दिखाओ और दिखाओ was written for them!

Good at Organizing 

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Good at Organizing Stuff!

On this trip the business of giving tips was taken care by our travel agent friends from West Bengal! They were super efficient at collecting a small amount of tip from everyone in the group and giving it at the places we stopped and to the driver and his helper of the bus. There was no fuss, there was no confusion.

Conversations

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Debolina and Kanta Enjoying the Swing and a Conversation!

I had so many fun conversations with all the members of my group! I remember Debolina saying she worked only with senior citizens as they had willingness to spend but no one to travel with them!

I also got to hear about customers who called at all hours of day and night! They took it in good humor but they were extremely happy to be on a break! For once they were not organizing the trip, it was organized for them.

Ease of Photography

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Bernard Photographing the Flamingos!

This was one of the most relaxed groups I ever traveled with when it came to photography. I learned a lot from hanging around Bernard. He never made me feel uncomfortable for clicking the same pictures as him. Some of the group members didn’t even bother about a SLR.

I have been on trips where people snap at you, worse still push you (and I am not kidding) for accidentally getting in their frame! No such nonsense with my group in Gujarat, everyone was welcome to copy everyone else’s frame! No was in a hurry to click their shot, no one even said anything about being in the other person’s frame! Pushing and shoving did not even enter the scene, ever.

Next time I end up on a journey with travel agents I am going to look at it as an opportunity to have even more fun!

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32 thoughts on “A Journey with a Group of Travel Agents”

  1. I have never travelled with the travel agents. Like to explore the place on my own. But I love to travel with people who are nice & accommodating just like your group 🙂

    • Garima on a FAM I don’t have a choice about the group but this one was a super group 😀

  2. Such a difference the company makes… enjoyed reading about your experience Mridula… awesome post!

    • Thank you Anks, I was quite surprised with their enthusiasm about seeing a lot of hotels but in their profession it makes sense!

    • Thank you Anita, hopefully we will meet on one of the FAMs.

    • No ravish, that was a photo op while walking to the Rann of Kutch, they are called Chakda.

  3. Traveling with travel agents would remain a new experience for you . Enjoyable trip.

  4. I can so understand your frustration about visiting hotels on FAM tours. However, I also understand the travel agents need to get to know them. I was working as one at one time and it’s so frustrating if one has to rely solely on the information one finds on their website. Lot’s of things are left out there like how the locations looks, how easy it is to find them and the vibe of the hotel itself. Looks like you enjoyed the comradery though 🙂

    • Yes Fida and now that I understand it better I would tolerate it better too! 😀

  5. Interesting. I, for one, have never considered travel agents to be fun. Or maybe I just ran into all the wrong ones the few times I went to one 🙂
    For a layperson, what does FAM stand for (I get the picture, but what is the acronym for)?

  6. I get to know about small things about traveling and I find it very comfortable to ask silly questions… That’s Mridula and her blogging 🙂 Inspired by you!

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