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Meet William and Jennifer
A young couple from New York, William and Jennifer were hoping for the honeymoon of a lifetime. William loved planning things himself while Jennifer was in the ‘leave it to the experts’ camp. Here’s what happened when we asked them to record every step of the two different approaches.
What they wanted to book
- A ten-day honeymoon of a lifetime in Brazil
- Return flights in economy
- Accommodation at three different lodges
- All in-country transfers and local guides
How their booking experiences compared
Before confirming, we ensured that the honeymoons they had come up with were like for like, star for star.
Not recorded: Time spent day dreaming.
D.I.Y With William
Jennifer with Us
|Hours spent planning||16||2|
|Points of contact||7||1|
How easy was it to get impartial, first hand advice?
'The information I read as I researched online seemed biased in places but cross referencing on forums was helpful to get a more balanced view.'
'Original Travel’s advice felt completely honest. Alexandra knew Brazil well and was very honest about what she thought we wouldn't like as well as giving us lots of inspiring options'
|Confirmation emails received||12||2|
|Hidden extra costs||On the ground payments||0|
|Printouts required for travelling||14||0|
Did you receive a personalised itinerary printed & posted to you, complete with tips and advice?
|On the ground||William||Jennifer|
|Dedicated support for duration of trip||No||Yes|
|24/7 emergency helpline||No||Yes|
|Protected by UK travel regulations||No||Yes|
|Protection from exchange rate movements||No||Yes|
Booking complete, how much management will you have to do while you’re away?
'I’ve printed everything but a couple of the day trips still need confirming so I’ll have to do a spot of WiFi hunting in location.'
'None! Alexandra confirmed everything with me and provided all the documentation beautifully packaged and in my hand.'
|Total Cost & Time||William||Jennifer|
|Total planning time||58 hours||8 hours|
Don't risk exposing yourself to exchange rate movements
You might be booking your holiday as much as a year in advance. You come to pay your bill at the end of your holiday and because your home currency has weakened by 15% you're suddenly paying much more than you expected plus all sorts of nasty bank charges. OK, the currency might just as easily strengthen and it could end up being cheaper for you. But do you really want to take that risk? It's worth also being aware that some travel companies may sting you for a currency moving the wrong way between booking and travel. Amazingly they are legally allowed to do this. We never surcharge because of foreign currency movements. We manage our foreign currency requirements very closely and always aim to protect our clients from the horrors of surcharging.
If you still want to go it alone
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