Never worked with a travel agent? That’s okay, because we work differently.
As certified travel designers, we develop Cohica designed trips and custom designed travel experiences centered around culture, learning, nature and food. Unlike traditional travel agents, we work independently and are not tied to big hotel chains or corporate rental car contracts. This allows us to have complete flexibility and design trips that are inspired and unique.
Cohica designed trips Thoughtfully designed trips to destinations around the world. From food-focused weekend adventures, to weeks long country-wide explorations, each trip includes a complete itinerary and pricing (subject to seasonality).
Contact us with the basics about your travel plan: destination(s), estimated travel dates, budget, interests/travel style, and any “must do’s.” If you'd like, we’re happy to schedule a short video chat to learn more about you and your travel style. Based on the information you've provided, we'll put together a few trip ideas with destinations, activities, etc., for you to consider.
You look at the outline we’ve provided and tell us If you want to move forward. If the answer is yes, we'll design a completely unique, custom travel plan for you, including hotel recommendations, transportation options, experiences and activities, recommended sights & restaurants, and price estimate for the trip. The cost for your customized travel plan is $100 for 7 days or less of travel, $150 for 1-2 weeks of travel, or $200 for more than two weeks of travel. For groups exceeding 4 people, there will be a $25 fee per additional traveler. Contact us for an example of a custom travel plan.
At this point you have two options. (1) Book your whole trip through Cohica based on the price estimate provided in your travel plan, and we’ll secure, manage and confirm all your reservations. We'll provide support and information on what to expect and will be available for any questions you might have during your trip. Or (2) use the travel plan to make your own reservations and book your trip independently.
If you choose to book through Cohica, we’ll collect a non-refundable deposit (typically 60-70% of your total trip cost) and secure your reservations. After your trip is completely booked, we’ll send you a final invoice for the remaining balance along with your complete itinerary, confirmation numbers and all relevant travel information.
As certified travel designers, we often have access to unpublished rates on hotels & activities. So while we do charge a small fee, it usually ends up paying for itself based on the discounts we can secure on your behalf. This fee, 10% (plus a 2.9% processing fee if paying by credit card), provides the time and flexibility for us to thoughtfully design a unique travel experience specifically for you. At times we also earn a small commission from some travel suppliers (hotel partners, activity providers, etc). However, unlike traditional travel agents, we’re not tied to any corporate suppliers, allowing us to seek out independent and non-mainstream activities to better connect you to the places you visit. Throughout the booking process, we clearly communicate all of the costs associated with your trip so you always know where your money is going.