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Author: patmckinney

Joined: 3/11/2010
Posts: 50
Trips Taken: 8
Countries Visited:

29 countries

Traveler Since: 2009

August 11, 2013

I must be on a roll this morning.  

 

I think it would be wonderful to have the end date on the website for each trip.  I don't know about others, but I often have a copy of a calendar page near my computer and end up having to count days.  Then when I am trying to figure out pre-post trips. Yikes.

Maybe I am just dumb and someone out there has an easy way to do this. Maybe it's on the website and I just don't know how to use it.

Side by side comparisons on one screen would also be nice, but the dates would  be my priority.

Author: jeswlloyd

Joined: 9/13/2011
Posts: 28
Trips Taken: 8
Traveler Since: 2009

August 11, 2013

I agree that it would be nice to have the end date as well as the start date when selecting a specific trip.  I always select the trip (and pre or post if applicable) and on the following screen you will see the end date. This method is a little cumbersome, but I know the exact dates according to GCT.  

Author: singsling

Joined: 6/23/2010
Posts: 241
Trips Taken: 11
Traveler Since: 1995

August 11, 2013

I agree. I always have to figure it out for myself.  But, when they show a departure date on the last page of each cruise/tour, and they say the trip is x number days, you can start with that departure date from the US is Day 1, then the next day arrival in country and meet PD, is day 2, etc.  I make a calendar on the computer, then highlight the dates of the trip, and type in the first block of the trip "Depart for ___"  and on the last day of the trip, I type in "Return to US".  When I get the detailed itierary, I make changes to the calendar as necessary.  I also take the detailed itinerary in the handbook or what I printed from the  Internet, and pencil in at each day, the actual date.  This is because, I always leave my date and whereabouts (hotel/ship) with my family in case they need to reach me.  I don't like to wait until I get final documents to find out what date I'll be where and  when.  FWIW:  other tours do not include the first day and last day as "trip days."  So, if you are on other companies' tours,  Day 1 is the day of arrival in the foreign country (or State, if in US.),not Day 2, like GCT has.  And since I make my bookings by telephone, the travel consultant always gives me the dates right off the start before we go any further in the reservation making.

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