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Monday Travel Funny: Travel Agent Diaries

I discovered, the following story on why Americans should perhaps not be allowed to travel, according to a number of travel agents.  While some may or may not actually be true, I say never let the facts get in the way of a good story!

So here are a few of my favorites:

“A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, ‘Don’t lie to me. I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state.'”

Anyone who has ever tried to speak book an award ticket with agent can appreciate these levels level of geographic illiteracy:

“I got a call from a woman who wanted to go to Capetown.  I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information when she interrupted me with ‘I’m not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts. ‘  Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, ‘Capecod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa.’  Her response … [Click]”

“A woman called and said, ‘I need to fly to Pepsi-cola on one of those computer planes.’ I asked if she meant to fly to Pensacola on a commuter plane. She said, ‘Yeah, whatever.'”

And my favorite, for those that know the right credit card can get you ANYWHERE you want to go:

“A businessman called and had a question about the documents he needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded him he needed a visa. “Oh no I don’t, I’ve been to China many times and never had to have one of those.” I double checked and sure enough, his stay required a visa. When I told him this he said, ‘Look, I’ve been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express.’”

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