I am amazed at the number of people that want to travel to an exotic far away destination for their very first trip out of their country and want to book everything themselves online. I have been a travel agent for 11+ years and it astounds me that people do that. You won't believe the phones calls I get from people begging me to fix what they did on a website that won't help them after taking their money.
Is that what most people here do aswell?
Nope. But it's probably because they come here and ask people who have done it already, and they do alot of research BEFORE they jump into something.
There is nothing like being prepared, and finding out from those who have already done it, made mistakes, found the best deals, gone off the beaten track, etc...It is the BEST way to go.
Welcome to TP!
Cupcake is right - most members are a little more savvy here. We do get the occassional posting of something gone awry, but it's usually to inform others not to do the same thing. People visit TP to gather information and ask questions before they make a "fatal" error. That's one of the nice things about this site - the flow of information.
Welcome again, and see you in the forums!
[ Edit: Edited at Jul 25, 2006 8:37 AM by mikeyBoab ]
I used a travel agent the first few times I travelled, and realized they were more expensive than booking on my own - and they didn't do a lot of footwork, either.
I'm not saying all travel agents are the same, but I find I can save a lot more $ and get something geared to me if I book it all myself. For example, I'm not a hotel person and I don't like organized tours, and most travel agents aren't equipped (or simply don't have the time) to look up a gazillion bus routes and B&Bs/hostels.
Don't underestimate, either, how comfortable a lot of people are with travelling. To many it's not a big, scary, exotic place - but rather an adventure waiting to happen. A lot of people simply don't want everything planned down to a "T".
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