How do you prefer booking your travel?

#1 Jun 7th, 2012, 17:16
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How do you prefer booking your travel?

1. travel & accommodation through travel agents
2. travel & accommodation by online
3. travel by online & accommodation on arrival
4. travel from booking counter & accommodation on arrival

Note: Purpose of this poll is to understand the inclination of members towards booking of travel as it is a subject of general debate which one is the best.
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#2 Jun 7th, 2012, 18:53
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Number 3....

I traveled during July, so I didn't worry about booking accommodation in advance. There was always a hotel with rooms available. I prefer using three star, but could always have gone up or down if I would have needed to.

Travel is different for me. I'm always worried about getting where I need to go and realize my itinerary depends on getting the trains and planes I need. Trains and planes are booked on line as soon as I can possibly get them, and I always advice people to book travel as soon as they can, no matter what time of year they are traveling.
#3 Jun 8th, 2012, 00:08
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A cross between three and four. I can't remember ever booking a hotel in advance in India, or most other places for that matter.

For travel, well, it depends on how much time you have, i.e. if you're opn a strict schedule or if you're just winging it. I prefer the latter, but getting a sleeper-class berth normally requires an advance booking these days, so certainly on my last trip I tended to do that online. But in other places, again I don't really recall too many occasions having to book in advance (European trains when inter-railing being the exception).
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Online. Especially in India.
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Airfare and insurance by agent, and everything else myself on-line or direct with hotel/supplier. I stress too much if it isn't all confirmed before I leave home
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2. travel & accommodation by online
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Wonderful responses!

Hopefully more responses would pour in!!
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Most of the times No. 3 but sometimes 2.

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Option 2
Travel & accommodation by online

I do a bit of research online through search engines and digital maps. Its very important that you do not book a hotel way out of town and then pay more for sightseeing. Digital maps do help.
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Option 2
Travel & accommodation by online
#11 Jun 8th, 2012, 17:59
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Generally number 3: but I learned when I was in India last time that sometimes plans do change... Because of that my approach is to book the essential trains in advance, but if there are services that you're not 100% sure you'll catch it might be best to go to the booking office a few days before.. Especially if, from research, there's still seats available/takal places likely to come up.

Basically, I think it's best (for me, at least) to book your long distance travel in advance, but retain some flexibility for more 'local hops' (do you really know you'll only want to stay in a place for three days before you get there, for example)
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I am with Redbutton on this.
I use software which lives on a USB stick, when i have to use a cyber cafe pc. This prevents keyboard recording. I got it off this site years ago.
I had my own internet connection most of the time. You just have to be a local to get the usb internet stck, however i just prepaid and rented on of a friend there.
I only deal direct with the site or hotel. Not a portal vie another site.
I only hand out a credit limited visa debit card.
This i use everywhere, not just india.
this card is in US dollars, as i have been caught out one country where they wouldnt take anything else other than local cash or US dollars.
Never had any touble anywhere in India though.
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#13 Jun 16th, 2012, 12:18
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No. 2, but I never book accommodation with portals, always direct with hotel. It is still considered online because I need to communicate with them by e-mail.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Max44 View Post I am with Redbutton on this.
I use software which lives on a USB stick, when i have to use a cyber cafe pc. This prevents keyboard recording. I got it off this site years ago.

What kind of software is this? And how does it prevent key logging?
#15 Jun 16th, 2012, 16:58
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Trains online, hotels on arrival for the first 10 - 20 days then eveything on the hoof for the rest.

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