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Travel Websites Explained

By Marie Fisher

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. Wherever it is you want to visit, there will be numerous sources of information online at special travel sites. Many people use the internet now to plan even complex travel plans, never seeing a travel agent. Generally travel agents cannot compete, at least financially, with the wealth of sites that can offer amazing discounts.

There is obviously a great deal of trust required to use the internet this way as often the companies you deal with have never been anything else but an internet based business. However, I am still of the old school and prefer to sit down with a cup of coffee and plan my vacation with a professional, face to face. 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.

The difficulty comes with the aspect of trust and speaking to someone on a phone, who knows where, does not instill confidence. With a travel agent they are real and I can always go back to them and clarify points especially if something goes wrong. Although I do know someone who waits for the last minute cancellations to come up on travel sites and books them every time, saving a good deal of money. There are always huge savings to be had by waiting until the last possible moment to book but you have to be flexible with your travel arrangements to do this.

I have to say that I envy here but she has an understanding company that is far more flexible than mine which require more notice for a vacation. There are other discounts to be made as well if you are prepared to book your vacation through a travel site, like discounts on car hire, excursions and tickets for events for example.

Now I know I said that I book my vacation using a real travel agent but that doesn’t mean I do not take advantage of the internet to carry out research on my chosen destination first. I know it may seem unkind after all the help that my travel agent has given me but I know that if I have problems that need correcting when I return, it is easy to go along and see her to have sorted out.

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Fisher, Marie "Travel Websites Explained." Travel Websites Explained. 23 Jul. 2009. 26 Aug 2014 <>.

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