When planning a holiday years ago I always used to go along to my local travel agents and pick up almost every brochure on the country we wanted to go to, and then we'd spend a whole evening (maybe 2 or 3) browsing through them, comparing, and deciding on where was best to go.
I'd usually choose the summer holiday in the winter, and so I'd be sat by the fire, with a nice glass of wine and getting quite excited just looking at the brochures; even the smell of the brochures made me feel all holidayish! There was just something really nice about having a pile of brochures to look through.
Now, of course, we tend to book everything on the net. And although you can get better deals; more information on your resort/hotel etc...........it doesn't feel the same to me! I used to like phoning up and booking the holiday, and when the tickets turned up in the post a couple of weeks before departure it was really exciting!
But now we do it all online and print everything off (even our boarding passes and allocated seat) and although it's better - it's less exciting somehow.
Does anyone else feel like that?
I totally totally agree with you. I used to love going out and coming back loaded with holiday brochures. I used to take them to bed for my bedtime reading! Obviously brochures are still available in the shops but personally the only drawback for me now is my failing eyesight. Sometimes it is so hard to read the small print. Even if I had not visited a particular resort/hotel I feel I had visited just from doing my "homework".
Your are right, it just doesn't feel the same booking on the net. I do know of people who now prefer to go back to booking with the travel agents as opposed to doing it by themselves..
I enjoy sitting with my brochures, drinking a coffee and chatting to the girls, who I have known for years, asking them to look in the gazateer, and then say ok, now "Price it up" they sit and check everything for me, and, if I have found it cheaper anywhere else, internet, shop, whatever, they price match..........I love everything about it, and yes, ok the internet is fabulous for instant pictures of where we want to go, reviews of where we want to go, prices of where we want to go, but at times people, don't you just want to tell IT where to go?..............
And brochures are out on Tuesday (28th) for your 2011 holidays....................form an orderly queue.
I love my holidays, I love my lap top, I love my e mails, my credit and debit cards, and my super quick response time with answers to questions, but holidays, should be relaxed, chilled and for me, a brochure or 6 just seals the deal.
You've inspired me!!
I still get the brochures...after landing in August at 3am, hubby was picking them up at 9am We'd booked by lunch the next day....last year was meant to be my teenagers last family holiday with us, somehow we went away in october, and their four plane tickets booked for july
Although I used to have loads of travel brochures in the house when I used to do it the old fashioned way, I don't pick up loads now. After booking on-line, I sometimes pop into the TA just to pick up the brochure that my hotel's featured in so I can look at it now and again to keep up the excitement
I could never throw out a brochure either . I hoarded piles and piles of them going back years just in case they were needed .When I first joined HT many years ago I even remember us all discussing our huge piles of out of date brochures and Pippi (where has she got to) posted a picture of hers . I had tears rolling down my cheeks because mine was even bigger.
But Ht has changed that and I rarely go into the Travel agents any more and collect brochures. Of course I have a few here , well more than a few . In fact odd brochures that sound appealing but probably would never get the chance to do.Like cottage's in Tuscany and coach tours around Europe . I like to look at the pictures though
In fact it wasnt until last week when I was helping my dear friend through the stress of choosing and booking an A/I holiday in turkey that I realised how out of touch I was with the wide choice of new hotels available .
she even left me a pile of hers.
So guess what , when the brochures come out ,next week is it, I'm heading down there to stock up and re educate myself.
I am 35 years old, and have ALWAYS booked my holidays on the internet. That said - I never had many holidays before I was 25 and have made up for it since!
PS . lynwestie it must be great or dissapointing which ever way you look at it to see the changes in the price of holidays in the last 10-5 years?
Where do you folks look on the internet to see the different hotels and resorts? we look in the brochures first which I find easier as they are all together and then I check the hotel on the internet and trip advisor or good old HT. I would not know where to start just looking on the internet. We love Turkey and know where we like but we also like to try other countries as well, my wife is always banging on about Goa Mexico Tahiti and the Carribean. About time I hid them brochures he he
The first thing I do is to narrow down my choice to one or two countries and then look at the main TO websites for a price for my dates. I will read the details of the hotels I look the like of and then scour a few sites (including HT) for reviews. Only after doing this for weeks, will I finally decide and book. Oh and I will price DIY too, although it hardly ever works out cheaper for me from my local airport during peak weeks.
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