As my regular readers know, I’m a big proponent of planning your travels. However, even for those that love travel planning as much as me, there’s always something about the planning process that is frustrating. So, for this week’s discussion question, I want to know: what’s your least favorite part of travel planning?
For me, the worst part of travel planning is the price fluctuations. Nothing drives me more crazy than a price going up before I can book a hotel room or flight (or it going down after I buy it).
Flights especially annoy me because there isn’t much rhyme or reason to the price changes that I encounter when I search. Sometimes, booking early secures you the best pricing; however, sometimes it’s better to wait.
For example, on my recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, I waited to book my flights until about 2.5 weeks before the trip. Thinking that I would have to pay an exorbitant rate, I was actually able to find round-trip tickets from the US east coast for around $260, quite a good deal. Had I booked those same tickets several weeks earlier, I would have paid a higher rate.
Hotels and train tickets, on the other hand, at least go up and down with a bit more obvious logic. While it’s still frustrating if you miss out a good deal, booking early usually provides you with the best rates on these tickets.
So, what about you? What’s your least favorite part of travel planning? Let me know in the comments section below.