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No Question Is Too Silly


Maybe we’re biased, but when travel pros say that they are ready to help you every step of the way, they generally really mean it. These hardworking and experienced professionals are prepared with an answer to every question, no matter how many times they might have heard it before, or how seemingly off-the-walls it may be.

As proof, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has released a list of the most unusual questions they’ve been asked. They can’t always help, but they can try…

Here’s what they reported:

Romantic requests:

  • Can you set it up so that the whales jump in the background at the same time I’m proposing to my girlfriend?
  • Can you please book the honeymoon suite for us and another couple?
  • Can you please plan a honeymoon for me, my bride, and my mother?
  • Can you book two rooms in different parts of the resort — one for me and my wife, and the other for my girlfriend?
  • Don’t tell my fiancée this is where I took my first wife for our honeymoon.
  • I’d like to get married in the Caribbean on an island where the marriage is not legal in the U.S.

The Animal lovers:

  • Will you watch my pet while I’m away?

The Animal haters:

  • Can you guarantee that no pet has ever been in the hotel room?

The sportsmen:

  • Can I fish off of the cruise ship?

The eager to communicate:

  • Do they speak English in Britain?

The celebrity spotters:

  • I’d like to meet Elvis.

The geographically confused:

  • Are there toll roads on the way to Hawaii?
  • How can I get to Europe without going by air or sea?
  • I’d like to visit Scotland and Denmark on the same trip. (Agent then tells client he does not have time in his schedule to travel the distance.) But, they’re only an inch apart on the map!

The traveller who wants to fly in comfort:

  • Can you ask the airline to block the seat next to me so I can stretch out?

The traveller who wants to arrive looking perfect:

  • I don’t want a window seat on the plane because I just had my hair done.

The person who wants to look perfect on photos (the same person as above, we wonder?):

  • Will there be shadows on my face at 4 p.m. when the pictures are taken?

Although some of these questions demonstrate a touching faith in the travel agent to deal with all of their holiday needs, down to the last detail in the case of the 4pm photo and whether or not the celebrity in question has died in the case of Elvis, it shows that no question is too silly for you to ask your travel representative.

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