Everything can now be booked online from flights to accommodation to hiring cabs and leisure activities. But sometimes what is said or seen online is totally different from reality. Your disappointment is beyond compare but you can do nothing about it but to embrace the sudden changes.
Figuring out which online booking sites to partner with is a challenge. It’s really confusing. But most online booking sites have significant differences because when you book for economy or low-cost hotels, never expect that you can get what is shown online. Sometimes, hoteliers and booking giants have conflict especially in terms of discounted accommodations.
Accommodation is a problem in travelling abroad. The main problems being that the provider cancelled the booking, overbooked or had no record of the booking, or the room was sub-standard compared to what was booked or advertised online. According to some people I talked with during my stay abroad, I am entitled to get a room that matches what was advertised to me or refund me should I not wish to push through my accommodation. But if you are new to an unfamiliar territory, you are really afraid to change hotels in a short notice.
Based on experience, you need to do some research on the booking site before you book to make sure it’s bonafide and legal. If you’re travelling out of the country, more likely than not. you’ll be travelling by plane. Some of the problems encountered by travelers include flights being either delayed or cancelled. Most airlines will either give a refund or another schedule as soon as space is available without additional charge. However, the irony is that they won’t necessarily take responsibility if you fail to make a connecting flight as a result.
One of the hidden costs of booking online for airfares can be the credit card surcharges tacked on at the end aside from the travel taxes. So if you are booking a promo fare, be ready for the surcharges when you pay them in the counter. It’s quite disgusting!
Aside from this, transportation at the airport is also a challenge. Taxis, buses and trains, also cause most common travel trouble especially if you are new to the area. Most often, passengers are being overcharged for trips or being taken the wrong route, their service being delayed or getting poor service from drivers. If you want to be delivered right in front of your hotel, you have to pay the most expensive fare on earth.
A lot of people likewise have troubles with car hire when travelling because of the hidden costs. However, when you go to Malaysia, you can hire Grab taxis which are cheaper compared to other forms of transportation to get around and track your route.
Moreover, booking with a travel agent is also a problem affecting almost all travelers. Of those having travel agent troubles, guests had difficulty rectifying mistakes. Hidden fees weren’t far behind, affecting preferences and services not being delivered, such as not getting the right room type.
What I did was see the circumstance in a different perspective. Instead of being dismayed, I even enjoyed my stay in Malaysia. We just need to be open-minded and flexible.