Information on New Travel Search Sites

By: Marcomaseko
We all love our annual vacation but there are those that never go too far from home and then you find the adventurous types that will travel the world. However, one thing is for sure, whatever location you think of there will be many travel sites that devote space to it, if not whole websites themselves. Not only this but many people have given up going to a travel agent altogether (unless they are after a brochure) and make all their travel, car hire and accommodation arrangements online. The main problem is the convenience of it all and the huge savings that can be found using the internet.

I know it is the norm now but I am not comfortable planning my once a year vacation like this. I'm old-fashioned and still want to sit down with a travel agent, letting them make my plans for me and I always feel like I will get better results than on a website. With a travel agent, I can change my mind about my plans several times, call and ask questions, and have someone to blame should my vacation not turn out to be what I was hoping for. Travel sites on the other hand tend to just be computerized and it is rare that you actually get to speak to a person and then if you do get to speak to a real person, you have no clue where they are.

Even if you are lucky enough to talk to a person, how do you know they are telling you the truth about the situation? It is because of the number of things that can go wrong I still prefer to use my local travel agent even if it does take a little more time and there may be more to pay. One of my friends only ever uses the travel sites to book her vacations but she does like the last minute discounts that can be found which are much easier to find using the internet. Admittedly, she has save a small fortune this way as she will just look at the sites and be patient until the right vacation comes up at the right price.

It would be nice to do this but my career does not allow for impulsive travel arrangements. I don't doubt for one minute that by using a travel site can be less expensive as you can also get discounts on tours and car hire by booking this way.

Although I actually spend time with my travel agent, I do actually carry out a great deal of research on prospective locations before I make up my mind. Perhaps it isn't fair because I know that it will be my travel agent that will hear my complaints if my vacation doesn't go according to plan.
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