Do You Still Use A Travel Agency?
It's a question that's been tossed about in the travel industry for years now, ever since websites like Priceline and Expedia started eating the lion's share of business, and now we ask it again: Do you still use a travel agency?
We bet the British couple who flew to the wrong Sydney wishes they hadn't; even though they used a travel agency to book their dream summer vacation to Sydney, Australia, instead they ended up on flights taking them to the sleepy town of Sydney, Canada.
Reading the comments from that BBC articles, it looks like this isn't an isolated problem; another person remarked that their recent travel agency booking had them on a flight to the island of Antigua, rather than their intended destination of Antigua, Guatemala. Actually, we recommend reading all of the similarly hilarious comments on that story.
Bumbling travel agents aside, we ask if you still head to the local strip mall and pick up glossy cruise brochures and stare at the cardboard Hawaii Tourism mobiles hanging from the ceiling. Or has all of your attention been turned to the internet with websites like Travelzoo's Top 20 Travel Deals and the Kayak Buzz? The ability even exists to book multi-leg flights and complex expedition vacations online.
So, intrepid travelers, do you still use a travel agency? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
· Britons Fly to Wrong 'Sydney' [BBC]
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