I am sure every travel agent has been asked “How hard can it be to book some flights, a hotel and a few daytrips?”
You might want to consider the below before organising your next trip yourself.
1. JUST TRIPADVISOR IT
I love scrolling through reviews for hours on end while my mates are down at the pub watching the game – then when I find out the hotel is nothing like what the reviews said I can chalk it up to experience!
2.WEBJET HAS SO MANY MORE CHOICES
Don’t just stop at Tripadvisor! After I find my hotel I’ll make a list of the lowest 89 airfares and itineraries, then I’ll take two weeks off work so I can study Seatguru reviews on the airlines.
It’s also totally lucky that I love to spend more time away in airports than actually at my destination – yay airport food!
3. MEET MORE PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Those pesky Travel Agents steal all the fun by speaking to the super-helpful reservations staff in Manila and Mumbai. Two hours on hold? Not a problem these days with unlimited calling phone plans!
4.TRAVEL INSURANCE CLAIMS FORMS ARE FUN
When something goes pear-shaped when I’m overseas I simply pull out my insurers PDS and read the small print before passing to my solicitor to check for discrepancies. Then I can’t wait to get home and fill out all the forms myself. I haven’t had a claim accepted yet though as I always forget one little thing… Oh well, experience right!
5. LONELY PLANET GUIDES HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION I’LL NEED
Why bother with personal advice when I can rely on a three-year-old review of the best café in town? Surely it will be an authentic experience full of locals and not other tourists.
6. CONSULATES ARE JUST THE BEST
Surely the Russian Embassy is full of smiling fellows who’ll help me fill my forms in correctly just in case it gets knocked back. To think that Travel Agents charge only a small fee to handle all of this red tape boggles my mind!
7. BEING STRANDED BECAUSE OF A NATURAL DISASTER MADE ME A BETTER PERSON
While other travellers simply had their hotels extended and waited to hear from their Travel Agents I camped at the airport with my wife and three kids and yelled at the check-in staff for a few days. I definitely had the last laugh though when I posted a nasty comment on Jetstar’s Facebook page!
So, you can spend your day trolling the internet and getting stressed when you are stranded abroad, or you can leave it to the experts and get on with your day. We are ready to serve you contact us on 02 9751 0100
Credit to KarryOn