Certainly there are many ways to travel. Car, boat, train plane, to name the most common methods. Certainly some will want to go by bicycle (by-by cycle?) and some others will consider walking. In my mind these last two limit the distance one can expect to go, especially if it’s just a long weekend or even as long as a week.
The car provides personal freedom, in that where you go can be changed on a whim, and the scenery that you admire can be chosen at the turn of the wheel. The boat (or ship) can take you to an island or a continent across the sea. The car cannot do this. The boat is also an interesting way to have your “hotel” move from place to place, overnight, which allows you to wake up in another town without packing and unpacking. A train can also move you from place to place, overnight, but it seems more difficult to get just the right train tour reserved to fit your desires.
And then there’s the airplane. To go a long distance in a short time the airplane is the obvious choice. Driving from Cincinnati to San Diego is a number of days, while flying is a number of hours. Many of us would choose flying in most trips of over 200 to 300 miles.
So how do you make your reservations? If it’s a package deal such as airline, hotel, rental car, and perhaps theatre, a travel agent might be an excellent choice. Using a travel agent doesn’t cost you anything, because they are paid a stipend by the organizations that the agent selects to fill your needs. But what if you wanted just the airline booked? The airline no longer pays the travel agent a stipend, and therefore travel agents are not likely to want to do these bookings for you.
The whole point here is to ask if you have the skills to book your own airline travel. Certainly if you have traveled much, you are familiar with Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz and other travel search programs. If you are not familiar with these programs, then today might be the day to start looking into them. Just enter www.travelocity.com in your internet to view Travelocity, www.Expedia.com for Expedia, and www.Orbitz.com for Orbitz. Trying all three will give you a good look at what is available and the best price.
Also be aware that if you were to go to Kayak (www.Kayak.com) you can “Add Baggage” and get the total price for the flight and whatever baggage you plan to take. Another interesting web site is Hipmunk (www.hipmunk.com) which automatically includes Amtrak prices and departure times when your flight search is also served by the train. And finally, Bing (www.travel.bing.com) may help you decide the best time to book in order to get the best price.
All of these sites can be useful. Try them out and you will soon know which ones to use for a specific trip. Perhaps it’s just a short trip and you want to compare the train price to the plane price. Use Hipmunk. A longer trip that you’re pretty certain the plane is your vehicle, but you want to know the best days to fly, try Bing. And in any case always check in on one or more of the standard sites, Travelocity, Expedia, and Orbitz. It never hurts to just have an extra look.