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to think that booking a holiday was actually easier before the age of the internet?

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bibbitybobbityCAT Mon 19-Oct-09 10:53:22

You went to the travel agent. You got an armful of brochures. You browsed, you drew circles around the ones you liked the look of, you went back to the travel agent and they booked it for you. Easy peasy.

TheDemonicButDandyLioness Mon 19-Oct-09 10:58:49


DH and I spend AGES on the internet researching holidays. The searching doesn't stop once you've found your destination either. There is such a wide range - often double the amount - of prices on offer on the internet for the same hotel/package.

Nettee Mon 19-Oct-09 11:01:29

But I would guess that you would find the one you liked the look of and it would not be available when you wanted to go and then the travel agent would sell you what they wanted to sell you......

This is from someone who has only started booking he own holidays since the age of the internet

But you are probably right

bibbitybobbityCAT Mon 19-Oct-09 11:07:43

I can't help thinking that there is a business opportunity somewhere in simplifying searching for holidays on the internet.

TwentiethCenturyHeffa Mon 19-Oct-09 11:13:28

YANBU - I hate booking holidays now I spend aaaaages searching, and I can never quite shake off the feeling that there would be something better and cheaper if only I used the right search terms. I love the internet but would much rather just pick a holiday from a limited number of catalogues or something.

abra1d Mon 19-Oct-09 11:20:27

There is too much choice on the internet and that bamboozles me. I prefer to pay an agent.

claricebeansmum Mon 19-Oct-09 11:22:35

Also, you can't often sort out the things like "We want inter-connecting rooms" or things like that.

You are very much on your own

LaurieScaryCake Mon 19-Oct-09 11:23:35

I agree with both points of view.

It is now much easier to do flight and hotel separately. It used to be a nightmare.

However, once you've got your flight at a good deal (they don't seem as variable prices) you then have to take the chance that you will find the right hotel (according to the blardy reviews on tripadvisor) at the right time and at the right price.

It takes an age.

haventsleptforayear Mon 19-Oct-09 11:26:17


I love looking for holidays etc. but it takes literally weeks.

I remember mum and dad choosing between two hotels in Majorca and taking the one with availability.


Bleh Mon 19-Oct-09 11:27:27

Having just spent approximately 10 hours (no exaggeration) trying to book flights and hotels over the last two weeks, it is a freaking NIGHTMARE in the internet age. However, I think it is better than before as you can do your own research (as long winded and painful as it is) and not have to rely on travel agents, and small businesses that wouldn't necessarily have had the same exposure, now have a much larger potential client base.

MissAnneElk Mon 19-Oct-09 11:30:48

Well, you can still go into a travel agent, pick up a pile of brochures and pick something. Not something I would choose to do, but you can.

TheDemonicButDandyLioness Mon 19-Oct-09 11:31:13

It is definitely better, just not easier. And does lead to more spousal- and self-recrimination: "if only I'd booked the flight two hours ago", "if only DH had got his holiday request signed off two weeks ago when he bloody said he would, we could have had that special deal", etc, etc. Or maybe that's just me blush

ooojimaflip Mon 19-Oct-09 11:37:18

Just go to a travel agent. It's worth saving all the hassle.

TrillianSlasher Mon 19-Oct-09 11:39:39

You can still go to the travel agent if you like. They do still exist. It's the balance of easyness vs price.

bibbitybobbityCAT Mon 19-Oct-09 11:44:20

Yes. Am not convinced you save that much money doing it on the net.

Too much choice - never a good thing!

bibbitybobbityCAT Mon 19-Oct-09 11:46:18

Actually, I would be willing to pay someone to do it for me in much the same way as I am cool about paying someone to clean my oven. Some jobs are just too daunting grin.

5Foot5 Mon 19-Oct-09 13:13:07


Much prefer sorting it out for myself.

I guess that we don't often choose holidays that are sold in brochures though.

Iklboo Mon 19-Oct-09 13:16:31

Just looking at hols on t'internet

Hoseasons Bognor Regis May next year - nice camp, good reviews, lots of entertainment, pool etc. 1 week self catering = £300

Butlins Bognor Regis - same time, same area etc. I week self-catering = £717 reduced on special offer from £954


bibbitybobbityCAT Mon 19-Oct-09 13:20:50


Go for the Hoseasons one Ikl.

laughalot Mon 19-Oct-09 13:24:06

Travel agents dont just sell you what they want to sell grin, I prefer to book my clients what they want netee !!

Iklboo Mon 19-Oct-09 13:27:17

Yes - Hoseason's it will be! We've been with them before and always had a great time. Why is Butlin's so much more expensive? We could go abroad for that money (if we had it. Which we don't. Which is why Hoseason's will be getting our patronage next year)

Morloth Mon 19-Oct-09 14:15:45

I can't remember life before the internet, must have blocked it out as a sort of defence.

Would be wired in 24 hours a day if I could and do everything online.

MorrisZapp Mon 19-Oct-09 14:23:47

It was easier if you just want a package deal and to be told when to turn up at the airport.

But for anything else, fuggedaboudit.

It certainly wasn't easier sneaking paper and pens into Waterstone's to note the names and phone numbers for hostels in Dublin from a Rough Guide that I couldn't afford to buy, and that was out of date from the day it was printed.

has anybody in the known universe ever paid the guidebook rate for a hotel?

And tripadvisor helps you choose the hotel as it is all peer rated and not based upon advertising etc.

I know people got by before the internet - I just can't imagine how. It beggars belief.

In fact, on most trips we do further research on the web once we get there.

Time off is precious - why gamble on two photographs in a sales brochure being true and representative? Madness.

lisasimpson Mon 19-Oct-09 14:28:57

Yes laughalot but there are certain benefits to be had by travel agents if they book their preferred operators aren't there?

mumeeee Mon 19-Oct-09 15:09:53

YABU. It's much better sorting it out yourself and much cheaper.

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