Years ago I worked for an airline, I miss it dearly (the pay & stress were awful, but the perks were great!). So, because of my experience, some of our friends use me as their "personal travel agent". I don't mind helping them at all, in fact I enjoy finding great deals on airfare, car rental or hotel for them. I haven't done it in awhile, so a few weeks ago when I was asked to help our friends with their vacation plans I said "be glad to".
As I said, it's been awhile, so I forgot just what an undertaking it could be at times. We own a timeshare condo so we let them use a week of it "no problem" I thought. The problem was when I tried to book the week they wanted at the location they wanted, it was full. I spent at least a whole day going back and forth between our friends and the condo reservation center, then to add another wrinkle, they were using an airline flight voucher for their tickets. Using a voucher for their tickets of course meant that they were limited to one airline's destinations (the airline has limited destinations also), so the timeshare condo options were very limited for availibility. Also they needed a rental car booked, and the company that they had a discount for was not available some of the airline's destinations.
The other thing was, that any place they were going had to have a major league baseball team playing during that week, because they want to see a game at a stadium they've never been to before. Again, less options! Even with all of these things, I still didn't mind doing this for them, in fact I saw it as a challenge that I would win! Oh and by the way, also couldn't book anything online because they didn't want their credit card information "out there in cyberspace". Had to look online then book the old fashioned way, by phone.
Sometimes travel planning can be a nightmare, but when all was said and done, did what I set out to do. I got their vacation booking done with all their requests included, and I'm happy I could help.
I really do enjoy helping others. I do believe "What goes around, comes around".