I was perusing a few traveler forums last week and came across one that specialized in beach resorts. The posters wanted Caribbean or Mexican vacations and were asking questions about them.
What struck me was the questions…
- Which resort has a nice beach?
- Who has a great pool?
- Where can I rent a bungalow on the beach?
With no qualifying questions, how could anyone give acceptable answers? They couldn’t, the answers were subjective and very well could have represented properties or amenities and locations that were miles apart from the experience the original poster had envisioned.
I was discouraged that these were possibly about to make a very important decision by listening to complete strangers on an obscure Internet site, trusting an anonymous person who portrays themself as the “Queen of Travel.”
I am always eager to see where these conversations will go. And,with some amount of fascination, I read on. I regained my faith for a minute when a poster began to talk about uncertainty in the choices she had for her honeymoon; but that she felt OK because she knew her travel agent would have these answers and would find just the right resort for her and her new husband!Internet-0 Travel Agents-1
It was here where I probably should’ve stopped reading. But…
I read just a little bit more. Here is the advice given to a woman looking for the perfect honeymoon on the beach. “I would ditch the travel agent and book everything online by myself, as easy as it has become, even a Chimpanzee could do it.”
I know that there are a huge number of people who will never call a travel agent. These people love the hunt. They feel like they have “won” if they think they have found a good deal on a vacation.
Often, they celebrate their victory right up to the point where they realize they booked a red eye and a connection so short that it can’t be done. The Rocky Balboa dance continues until they find out they booked the room over the kitchen with one window facing the dumpster. What is their recourse? They have none–after all they got a good deal! Right?
I had had enough and left. I can only pray that the bride to be understood the perils of listening to online advice. I hope that her gut instincts told her that the way to go was to hire a professional. I hope her gut instincts told her the need to invest in someone who is really “in the know.” Let’s hope she listened to her gut.
Now, what was that about a Chimpanzee?
Carla Boscarino is the owner of Beaches and Boats Travel located in Houston, Texas. They specialize in planning unique and custom anniversaries, birthdays, romantic getaways, honeymoons and family holidays.