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Harvey World – The Travel NON-Professionals

Travel Agents – I thought their job was to make taking a holiday easy. Well after our experience with Harvey World, we would never personally recommend them to anyone for anything.

I guess we should have seen it coming, but I never expected 15 days prior to departure I would be sitting in the travel agency trying to work out what flights have or have not been booked and if our entire itinerary had been completely screwed by one incompetent dumb arse. When I say we should have seen it coming, we are referring to the time delay in answering emails; time taken to obtain quotes on internal european flights namely over 4 weeks; taking a few weeks holiday and not referring our account onto anyone when flights were due to be booked, oh and there is always the “take a chill pill” comment made to me (emma) when I wanted to get our american flights booked so we could book our accommodation which was filling up rapidly – surprising that considering we are traveling in peak american summer season !

I should probably also explain what the catalyst (or maybe i should say final straw) was for this public berating of travel agents or at least one in particular … I had requested a complete copy of our itinerary to check prior to going in and collecting all the paperwork. Said dumb arse emailed info and i diligently set about checking it last night, only to discover that she had managed incompetently to either send an itinerary that would have been slightly correct in Jan ’06 or had completely stuffed it up. As you can imagine i was not a happy camper at this point in time.

So short end of the story is I ended up sitting in the travel agency this afternoon for nearly 2 hours going through our all flights and obtaining a current corrected print-out of tickets along with our E-Tickets and required vouchers, and now I will never set foot in that agency or chain again nor will I recommend them.

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Packing – Is this the beginning of fun ?

Well with only 19 days to go before we fly the fun has started – house packing. We have been trying to pack up slowly over the past few weeks however our motivation has been somewhat non-existent. We have managed to pack a few items its not like we haven’t started its just that we are still living here too, so trying to decide what to pack and what to keep is somewhat difficult.

We also have the problem that we need to be deciding what stuff we are taking in our packs, so basically the house is covered in piles of clothes – pack away, pack to use when we get home, keep to wear before we leave and then what to pack in our packs – not painting a pretty picture am I !

Having said all that we do have storage organised and we have managed to do a trial run of packing (or maybe it should be said cramming) our packs and thankfully managed to fit it all in so thats one less thing to worry about. Although looking at what we packed (and taking into account how long we gone) we are hopeful we dont get sick of the same clothes to quickly 🙂

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Our Europe Itinerary

12-Sep Flight
13 – 17 Sept London

18 – 19 Sept Brussels
20 – 21 Sept Amsterdam
22 – 24 Sept Berlin
25 – 26 Sept Warsaw
27 – 28 Sept Krakow
29-Sep Warsaw

30 Sept – 2 Oct Moscow
3-Oct Overnight train
4 – 7 Oct St Petersberg

8 – 9 Oct Bucharest
10 – 11 Oct Brasov
12-Oct Overnight Train
13-Oct Belgrade
14-Oct Overnight Train
15-Oct Sarajevo
16-Oct Overnight Train
17 – 18 Oct Budapest
19 – 20 Oct Bratislava
21 – 22 Oct Vienna
23-Oct Cesky Krumlov
24 – 26 Oct Prague
27-Oct Nuremberg
28-Oct Munich
29-Oct Lucerne
30 – 31 Oct Interlaken
1 – 2 Nov Nice
3 – 4 Nov Florence
5 – 8 Nov Rome
9-Nov Venice
10-Nov Overnight Train
11 – 12 Nov Barcelona
13 – 14 Nov Madrid
15 – 18 Nov Paris
19 – 22 Nov London
23-Nov Flight

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USA Itinerary

4-Jul Departure
3 – 6 Jul Hawaii
7-Jul Flight
8 – 9 Jul Vancouver
10-Jul Bus
11 – 12 Jul Jasper
13 – 14 Jul Banff
15 – 16 Jul Calgary
17 – 20 Jul Seattle

21 – 23 Jul San Francisco
24-Jul Yosemite NP
25-Jul Three Rivers – Kings Canyon NP & Sequoia NP
26 – 28 Jul Las Vegas
29-Jul Salt Lake City
30-Jul Yellowstone NP
31-Jul Salt Lake City
1 – 3 Aug Moab – Arches NP; Canyonlands NP;
4 – 6 Aug Kanab – North Rim Grand Canyon; Lake Powell; Zion + Bryce NP
7 – 8 Aug Flagstaff – South Rim Grand Canyon; Sedona & Red Rock
9 – 11 Aug Los Angeles

12 – 14 Aug Chicago
15 – 17 Aug Cleveland
18 – 22 Aug Washington DC
23 – 25 Aug Philadelphia
26 – 28 Aug New York
29 – 30 Aug Boston
31 Aug – 1 Sept Montreal (Emm’s Birthday!)
2 – 3 Sept Ottawa
4 – 6 Sept Toronto
7 – 8 Sept Niagara Falls
9 – 11 Sept New York
12-Sep Flight