jamie goode's wine blog: Perth and WA update

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Perth and WA update

What did people do before the internet? Planning holidays and trips is so much easier when you can do it online...but, then again, is it?

It means you can do all the planning yourself, and the transparency of prices presumably keeps flights and accommodation competitive. But it does take a lot of time up, and I've been messed around horridly in my arrangements by a UK-based car broker.

Our original plan was to spend five days in the southwest at Margaret River, then fly up to Exmouth for five days (for Ningaloo) and then drive back down to Perth with a one-way car rental, stopping off on the way. The car was booked, but the broker took five days to confirm and then told us they couldn't do it. There are no more cars left at vaguely sensible prices by this time, so we've changed plans, and are flying back to Perth and spending a couple of days longer in Exmouth.

I guess the old way of doing things was to find a trustworthy, competent travel agent to make all the arrangements for you. Just one phone call, rather than hours seaching the internet. Sounds appealing now. But, in the age of the internet, do good travel agents still exist?

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At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other good thing about the internet is swift retribution!
Whats the name of this 'UK based car broker', hate to think anyone else could be so let down!

At 11:22 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

For obvious reasons, can't name names. Besides, everyone is allowed to make the odd mistake - you have to think the best of people, and assume that the problem was beyond their control. I guess my crossness was at the outcome.


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