My girlfriend and I recently decided we want to venture away from this British “puddle of mud” (as defined by The Granny Wrangler) for a little weekend getaway. Not too far though, only to the neighboring, even smaller puddle of mud, Ireland.
I’ve somehow convinced the missus the best weekend to go is the weekend the Boks take on the Irish at Lansdowne Rd. Unfortunately, I think we are a little too late to get hold of some reasonably priced tickets, but nevertheless we will be drinking Guinness and making fun of the defeated Irish supporters at a nearby pub.
Apparently nothing compares to watching an Irish rugby match with a few pints of Guinness. Whether the Irish win or lose they party just as hard. We’ll see if this is all true.
Now my question for all of you is how do you go about booking your holidays? Do you go straight to Lastminute.com or Expedia and find a package deal? Do you find the local tourism website for the country you are visiting and make a booking through that? Do you visit the nearby travel agent and get someone else to do the dirty work for you? Do your book your flights separately through Ryanair or EasyJet, and hope you’ll find some accommodation when you arrive at your destination?
Yes I know your answer is probably different for each destination you chose, but do you have some travel booking tips you want to share with all us amateur travelers?
Tripadvisor.com has proven to be an excellent Web 2.0 tool in finding out the truth about hotels, hostels and b&bs around the world. It’s full of reviews from people who have been there and done that, and are wanting to help you not make the same mistakes they have done. Aren’t they sweet people?
My girlfriend keeps saying to me, “Booking a holiday is supposed to fun!”. Is it really though? With the amount of choice we have available to us nowadays it is so easy to get caught up in all the web information, over analyze every place that looks nice, but actually isn’t according to some sad wotsit couple who said the corridors smelt musty and the wallpaper was peeling. You end up completely freaking out when you’ve taken to long to book a place, and every hotel, within a 20 mile radius of the city, is full.
Anyways, the reservations have now been made, and only the fun lies ahead.
… Hopefully we don’t get the rude check-in staff that Bob Johnson from Indianapolis got …