Why Didn’t I Hire a Travel Agent for My Summer Vacation?

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It’s a Sunday afternoon, and after spending hours on the computer today, I’m wondering why in the heck I didn’t hire a travel agent to help me book hotel reservations for my summer vacation!

Here’s the deal. I belong to hotel rewards programs, like Wyndham Rewards, ChoiceHotels, SPG and a travel membership site called The Vacation Station. I’ve spent about 3-4 hours going back and forth, checking rates on these various services, trying to find the best deal I can for the different legs of this vacation.  We need two queen beds, and preferably free breakfast!  Remember our itinerary? We’re going to be gone for 16 days, traveling through Alberta and British Columbia, and on to Vancouver, Seattle and down to San Francisco. In only two instances are we staying in the same town for more than one day! ARGHHHH!!!!!

Sorry – just had to rant there for a moment. I still have 5 more days to book. Let this be a lesson to you. If you’re going to plan a major vacation like this one, where you are hitting a different town every night, get some help  -  preferably from a professional travel agent. It will save you from sprouting new gray hairs, which thank goodness, my hair dresser will cover soon. ;-)

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tinascwnp
    May 27, 2012 @ 22:35:07

    YOU Betcha when I think about ease, no stress and going to places unknown I would have thought of that as well. I know time is always a issue but when the wish list, dream list and specifics are there, Let someone else go through the pain with you, than you, family, friends get all the gain. Sounds like a fun trip, can I go in your suitcase? Thanks for sharing!!


  2. Gal Pal Carmen
    May 28, 2012 @ 02:29:37

    I couldn’t help but smile when I read this. It reminds me of my family vacation planning, there were just too many options to choose from. I just needed guidance to quiet the noise so I could focus on what I was looking for.


  3. Gloria Rand
    May 28, 2012 @ 10:29:46

    What I found so amazing and frustrating at times, is that I couldn’t rely on one service to give me the best rate. Sometimes I got a lower price with my travel membership, and sometimes, it paid to book thru Wyndham. I forgot to mention the one good thing is that I have accumulated points, so I am getting a couple of nights free during the trip, thank goodness.


  4. Sharon Emerson
    May 29, 2012 @ 12:16:15

    Just FYI. I would have charged you a fee. Hopefully, you would have felt my services worth the cost. What you are describing are moderate hotels and we don’t make much if any commissions on them, thus the fee for our professional advise. The days of travel agents working for “free” are over. Have a fun trip. Seattle deserves several days.


    • Gloria Rand
      May 29, 2012 @ 13:40:58

      Thanks for the feedback. Frankly, as a business owner, I know my time is valuable, so I can understand your need to charge a fee. Considering how long it took me to try to save money booking the hotels, it would have been worth it to pay someone to do the work for me! The lost time I spent trying to save money, I could have spent earning money on my business. Lesson learned!


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