Things I Learned from my Travel Agent

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    1. Definitely considered it and would absolutely do it if we were going during our long summer break, but we are going over our Christmas break and are really hemmed in by the school schedule and the measly few personal days we get each year. Also, I would actually rather do this tour in summer, but it’s only offered Nov-Feb due to weather conditions in SE Asia. It’s a cycling, hiking, kayaking trip. In future, though, all trips to Asia will begin the summer!!! 😊 Thanks for the suggestion.

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    2. I just reread your comment and realized what you were offering. (It’s early and I had poor sleep due to travel planning stress.) Dang! I will definitely look you up when we someday do Thailand properly!

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  1. The lesson you’ve learned in this process will serve you well as you traverse the globe and your life. I’d go so far as to suggest that you keep it in mind when you become a homeowner staring down a big reno project. Different than travel arrangements, but exactly the same. [I think I’ve created a Buddhist koan there.]

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  2. Oh my gosh! Now you know, and now WE know. I’m like you, I actually enjoy the research and booking process. Same with accommodations. I feel like it’s one of those, “if you want it done right, do it yourself” sort of things. Well, if you’re half decent at the process (which you sound like a pro). That way if something goes wrong, you can be upset with yourself instead of someone else which always seems worse…right? To me anyhow…Also….”…not the delicious, caloric, good-for-dunking kind…” Haha!!

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    1. We are a lot alike. Totally agree with everything you said. I’m never going to be able to hand it over to a travel agent and then sit back and wait for the results. I will also be doing tons of research on my end, and I think this causes problems. (Too many cooks…)

      And I apologize to you, Jewel. I know you’ve been waiting for the Seattle sightseeing post. It was meant to be written and published this weekend, but all this stuff happened with the travel agent and the Asia flights and this post just came spewing out of my fingertips and onto the keyboard. My goal: Seattle sightseeing for next weekend. 🙂

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  3. THAT’S what cookies can do?? Horribly sneaky and, yes, it should be illegal. Flying is such a hassle, but faster than driving, or traveling in a covered wagon. Gratitude, folks!
    I always use a travel agent when going overseas which, admittedly, isn’t often. Remember when you recommended that certain hotel in Paris? Our travel agent found that that particular hotel was not tied/linked to our Delta flight package, and if I insisted on using your hotel it would’ve cost us an additional $1,000. I did not insist, and we had a great time anyway.
    Suggestions: 1.) Use your considerable intelligent & humorous writing talents to fold your travel blog posts into a bestselling book (a la J. K. Rowling), make millions, then you can travel any time of year cuz you can write anywhere, right? 2.) Become a travel agent; you’ve got experience and…you get to travel! 3.) Retire early. Well, maybe check with your financial planner first.
    Cheers, and thank you for another enjoyable post.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! Yes, I certainly won’t be driving to SE Asia! Ha ha! As for making millions on a best-selling book, should I assume you’ll be asking for a cut? 😉 Part of me thinks it would be fun to be a travel agent, but I’ve become very accustomed to the long summer breaks that teaching affords me. Plus, who’s going to teach the young’uns to use the -ly adverbs that are being so carelessly neglected these days?!? Retire early? Yes, please! The young’uns’ll figure it out!

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  4. I’ve always wondered why people use travel agents when there’s so much information online nowadays, and doing the research and planning is part of the fun in traveling! You can totally do this yourself and will probably save quite a few dollars too 🙂

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  5. Ooo – I think we are so alike, it is scary!! 😉 My approach is to do all the research on Skyscanner, then check out what I can get direct from my prioritised airlines, and then go to the travel agent to see if they can better it! Most of the time the agent can better what I have found, but at least I know what times etc I want to travel. Just talking about it makes me want to go book a trip! Thanks for the post! Mel

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  6. Thank you for this post!!! I’ve never used a travel agent and I’ve always kind of wondered about them. When we went to Madagascar, Uganda, Tanzania and Zanzibar years ago, I did all of it myself but I think things were simpler then. Can I ask where you found Karen the travel agent? How did you choose her? Is she part of an agency or independent? Does that make any difference?

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    1. You’re welcome. I’m so glad you found it useful. To find Karen, who does work for an agency, I basically did a Google search using terms like my city + travel agent + asia. She’s mostly a business/corporate travel agent, as far as I can tell. I have no idea if being part of an agency is a pro or a con. In the end, we didn’t use her services because it was simply taking too long. Everything went from me to her to the fares desk, back to her, then back to me. Too many middle men.

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  7. Absolutely amazing post! I am going to pass this on to a family member who is traveling there this fall. She is going thru some of the same emotions you went thru.

    This should be required reading for everyone traveling to Luang Prabang and/or Siem Reap.

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