I like booking travel. I like digging around online, playing with options to find the absolute best deal. I book my own business travel – partially because we’re short on admin support at work, but also because I enjoy it. I started way back in 1998 living in Calgary scoping out the cheapest flights back to Saskatoon for friends’ weddings and such. The best sites back then were expedia.ca and travelocity.ca. Great deals to be had.
Trouble is – I never moved on. I got stuck in that expedia-travelocity rut and became comfortable with them as my travel search destinations. For 8 years.
I found a very cool site today when looking for the cheapest flight between Ottawa and Urumqi. Don’t ask. But *do* check out www.kayak.com. It’s amazing! In the buzz section, enter your home airport, your max price, and see on a map where you can go. In the normal search, click or unclick options, change dates, and see your search results change instantly. I’m sure there’s a ton more to be discovered.
I’m excited. But also a bit worried: I let online travel get away from me. I was left behind by developments in the field, my expedia and travelocity becoming outdated slide rulers.
It makes me wonder – in the years ahead, what else will leave me behind? Especially as we have kids, what doodads will they have that I simply cannot understand?
What’s left you behind? What other whizz-bang gadgets have you found that made you feel this same way?