Where would we be without the internet? Remember when we had to find and then look up an encylopedia if we wanted to know something? When we had to write letters to our family and friends when we were away from home? When we read actual books as opposed to kindle and the like, and when our choice of clothes were what ever was in our local shops?
How life has changed, with it’s online conversations, friends and even dating. Recently I decided to use this wonderful time and money saving invention to book my family a summer holiday. I smiled as I opened my laptop, no standing in a travel agent queue, waiting as she tapped away at a computer before giving me a couple of choices as to where I’ll be going and then breaking it to me how much it would cost. No I’d have choice and I’d save myself a fortune.
Yes it all sounds so wonderful, but you know what… fast forward three weeks and I can tell you it’s not really that feckin great!
For three weeks I
trawled, searched, the internet. How fussy are we? Well not at all actually.
Easy google a couple of airlines and see where they are flying to, put in dates, and number of passengers and hey presto see what is affordable. Yep how easy is that?
The reality… hours online googling flights by ryanair, aer lingus etc, trying to remember what the different flights cost. Mmmm not great prices so try changeing the dates to see if that would make any difference to cost. Excitedly discover two very cheap dates only to realise that would mean we were going on holiday for all of twenty four hours! Re enter dates and eventually hours later forget all I have googled so leave until the following day, after I buy a special holiday notebook to document everything.
Finally weeks later, after a total time of close to a million hours online my holiday is booked. I triumphantly told my gang it was done and they gathered to view where we were going.
Unfortunately I could only show them the airport, as I’ve only booked the flights. Here’s hoping after another couple of weeks we’ll make it past the airport.