Booking Trips: Yourself v. Agent

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to do a better job of documenting my trips– big and small– on the blog. Sometimes I get so caught up in making sure I get an international trip in each year that I miss out on thoroughly enjoying and sharing some of the smaller road trips I fit in every now and then.

Maybe I forget about some of the smaller trips because I don’t think people will find them as interesting, or maybe because I don’t spend as much time preparing for off-the-cuff weekend get-aways. If I put lots of time into planning, it generally means I’m going somewhere that involves routing flights, booking hotels/hostels, and preparing itineraries of things I can’t miss.

I do love to plan my own trips so I was intrigued to see the article Seven Trips You Should Never Book Online from MSNBC.com come across Twitter. My immediate thoughts went to the trips I’ve done where I’ve not handled the booking– Thailand, China and Egypt– because the destination was completely outside my knowledge base, there was political unrest, there was an insurmountable language barrier, etc. But I was surprised by some of the articles recommendations, which were based more on how the trip would be booked versus the destination.

I won’t ruin them for you, but after reading through the top seven, there were only a few I agreed with:

1. Limited Web Knowledge: I know my grandparents aren’t too comfortable with some social sites online so booking trips online is probably not a great idea for them. Other people with limited knowledge should probably also turn the responsibility over to someone who knows what they’re doing. It’s one less stress in the planning process.
2. Exotic Events: My boyfriend keeps reminding me that he would like to go on an African safari and shoot an elephant (I know) and while I would love to go along for this event, I would not want to be responsible for booking an activity of this importance/expense/proportion. I couldn’t live with myself if I messed up some detail of his dream trip.

Are there any types of trips or destinations you aren’t willing to book online yourself? What are your favorite types of trips to book online?

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