This Vacation Is A Control Freak’s Nightmare (And I’m Still Interested)

When I visited Seattle, I did a tour of the Pike Place Market with Savor Seattle Tours. Before we went off on our food adventure, our guide did the typical group activity ice breaker…we all introduced ourselves, said where we were from and why we booked the tour. As we went around the room, one couple said they had no idea they were visiting Seattle until the day before and they found out when they were on the way to the plane. This tour and other activities were all a part of the mystery package they received just a few days before the trip. We were all very interested to hear from them how this worked.

Sharon has written about a program from Lufthansa where you book a flight to a surprise destination, so this isn’t an a brand new idea but I’d never heard of it in the U.S. Upon getting home, I did some looking into the website the couple on our tour used. The premise is intriguing and at the same time it terrifies me.

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Politician Wants To End Farting On Planes, Inappropriate First Class Food, The Airline Trying To Avoid Financial Collapse, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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The Best Travel Apps, As Per J.D. Power

J.D. Power is known for lots of surveys, including travel-related ones for airlines and hotels. But one thing they hadn’t covered was U.S. travel apps. I guess they decided to rectify that, because they recently came out with the inaugural U.S. Travel App Satisfaction Study…

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100 Of The Most Stupid Questions Ever Asked of Travel Agents

Some travelers like to use a “do it yourself” approach and book all of their travel on their own. Others prefer to use a travel agent (TA). Either method is fine, and whichever works better for you, go for it.

Should use decide to use a travel agent though, you may want to avoid asking questions such as these… 😉

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How To Decide If You Should Use A Travel Agent For Your WDW Trip (This Is Not Written By A Travel Agent!)

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Walt Disney World (WDW) is HUGE. It encompasses 4 huge theme parks, 2 water parks, 2 miniature golf courses, a large shopping district, 19 hotels in 3 prices categories, options for 11 Disneyesque timeshares, over 200 places to get food (including 90 full service restaurants, over 30 of which are inside the parks), literally hundreds of hotels outside WDW property to choose from, from cheap mom & pop places to the Four Seasons, and the list goes on and on. On top of all this, in order to get your first choices in terms of hotels, restaurants or Fast Pass + (so you don’t have to stand on lines for certain attractions), you have to be ready to make those reservations however many days out, and the day(s) they’re available to you to make those reservations. And you may also want to think about going to places besides WDW, whether or not you want to rent a car, how to plan your days, etc.

There are so many things to know and do – do you need a travel agent to help you with all of this? Well, maybe. Read on…

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