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2013-07-04 05:54:07 PM
I know I love to spend 45 minutes dictating my intended plans to someone who can barely understand what I'm saying and even worse the other way around.  Then call back a second time to fix all the six hour layovers after finally getting it across I want to go to the land of koalas and shrimp on the barby not some damn eurotrash hellhole.
 
2013-07-04 06:12:51 PM
www.travelsnitch.org
 
2013-07-04 06:30:55 PM

BumpInTheNight: I know I love to spend 45 minutes dictating my intended plans to someone who can barely understand what I'm saying and even worse the other way around.  Then call back a second time to fix all the six hour layovers after finally getting it across I want to go to the land of koalas and shrimp on the barby not some damn eurotrash hellhole.


Or I could spend hours trolling the Internet to find the best way to get from Boston to Yellowstone Park. Or I could pay someone else to do the research and booking for me.

Haven't needed an agent for years, but I'm hoping it will be helpful for more difficult trips.
 
2013-07-04 07:29:40 PM

enry: BumpInTheNight: I know I love to spend 45 minutes dictating my intended plans to someone who can barely understand what I'm saying and even worse the other way around.  Then call back a second time to fix all the six hour layovers after finally getting it across I want to go to the land of koalas and shrimp on the barby not some damn eurotrash hellhole.

Or I could spend hours trolling the Internet to find the best way to get from Boston to Yellowstone Park. Or I could pay someone else to do the research and booking for me.

Haven't needed an agent for years, but I'm hoping it will be helpful for more difficult trips.


This.

I compare booking my own travel (at not significant savings over using an agent) to pumping my own gas, bagging my own groceries or self checkouts...it doesn't save me any $$$, but it sure save big corporations money so they don't have to pay gas attendants, baggers, or checkout clerks,or in this case, a travel agent commission.  So yea, I liked travel agents.  I used to tell them where I wanted to go, my range of dates i wanted to travel and my price points...a few days later i got back a list of options.

If I am going to Florida or some 3 day long vacation, i can do it myself, a  4 week trip to Asia?  Maybe I could use some help.
 
2013-07-04 09:40:30 PM
People still have money to take vacations? Who the hell has enough pennies to rub together to spend $10,000 on a honeymoon? Mrs. Grumbles and I couldn't afford a farking wedding.
 
2013-07-04 09:48:03 PM
FTA: "Certain people want to be able to call someone," he said. "People feel important when they can say 'I can call someone.'"

Certain people are over-entitled jackasses. How about letting people get a good night's sleep and have some quality time by themselves or with their family? Nah, you need to be able to invade someone's life at any given moment because you are super important and need to be waited on at all hours of the day. Some people don't hear the phrase "Tough shiat!" enough in their lives.
 
2013-07-04 10:35:06 PM

Sergeant Grumbles: People still have money to take vacations? Who the hell has enough pennies to rub together to spend $10,000 on a honeymoon? Mrs. Grumbles and I couldn't afford a farking wedding.


Why as equity investors do we care about these issues? Despite being in great shape, we
think that global capitalists are going to be getting an even greater share of the wealth pie
over the next few years, as capitalists benefit disproportionately from globalization and the
productivity boom, at the relative expense of labor. As we believe plutonomy explains away
some of the conundrums we highlighted above, we are very relaxed about these issues.

Indeed, if the rich keep getting richer, as we suggest, savings rates might get even worse in
the plutonomy countries. If plutonomy explains away many conundrums that our equity
clients worry about, then this suggests the risk premia ascribed to equities might be too high.

Furthermore, if the rich will be getting even richer in the coming years, this bodes extremely
well for businesses selling to or servicing the rich, be it for example luxury goods stocks or
private banks
. The rich are a growing and captive market, who have the nice habit of
relatively little price elasticity. The plutonomy basket of luxury goods stocks, private banks
etc. has handsomely outperformed the S&P500 index since 1986, and we expect similar
outperformance from these types of stocks in the years to come. In the last 3 months alone,
these stocks have outperformed the MSCI AC World index by 7%.
 
2013-07-05 08:29:02 AM

BumpInTheNight: I know I love to spend 45 minutes dictating my intended plans to someone who can barely understand what I'm saying and even worse the other way around.  Then call back a second time to fix all the six hour layovers after finally getting it across I want to go to the land of koalas and shrimp on the barby not some damn eurotrash hellhole.


Your problem might be solved if you took an English-as-second-language course.

I have not seen any price comparisons of the same vacation packages booked by agents vs. amateurs lately.  I suspect that all the vendors involved has bamboozled the public into paying them what agents used to get.
 
2013-07-05 09:03:38 AM

BarkingUnicorn: BumpInTheNight: I know I love to spend 45 minutes dictating my intended plans to someone who can barely understand what I'm saying and even worse the other way around.  Then call back a second time to fix all the six hour layovers after finally getting it across I want to go to the land of koalas and shrimp on the barby not some damn eurotrash hellhole.

Your problem might be solved if you took an English-as-second-language course.

I have not seen any price comparisons of the same vacation packages booked by agents vs. amateurs lately.  I suspect that all the vendors involved has bamboozled the public into paying them what agents used to get.


What so I can listen to those taking it and try to decipher whatever accent they're natively accustomed to?  Listen its great to hear of some tiny shop that deals only within america's scrotum but they mentioned how they're expanding...inevitably during such expansion a company will begin to do things like out source their work to 'specialized' call centers (especially once this company gets big enough that some VC will come along and eat it)...and then just like every other companies that does this their customer services goes to frustrating hell.
 
2013-07-05 07:20:27 PM
Let's see... Mrs Canadian and I on our honeymoon flew from Seattle to London (via NYC), then a train up to a small town an hour north of London. Two nights in King's Lynn, then back on the train to London then onto the Chunnel train to Paris. Two nights in Paris, then an overnight train to Barcelona. Three nights in Barcelona, then a flight to Minneapolis (via Amsterdam), a few nights in Minnesota then a flight back to Seattle.

Your damn skippy we used a travel agent. Worth every penny...
 
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