I have a huge reservoir now of responses to my June 21 query about
your funniest travel or client stories.
It is time to share again. Readers have a stunning number of
stories in the Land Bridges We Did Not Know About category.
Joy Eakin, Destinations Unlimited, Vero Beach, Fla., recalls the
client who booked a trip to Nassau but "did not know" if he was a
citizen. He called later to cancel because he had "decided to
Bobbye Haupt has more tales of this type than most, but selling
cruises (at Cruises Inc. in Delaware) probably increased the odds
she would hear these:"No, I don't need air fare. I work for Amtrak and can take the
train to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for free.""We're going to take the tunnel to Honolulu.""I want a Panama Canal cruise that leaves from Denver and ends
in Los Angeles.""I just want the cruise-only rate without meals. I prefer to
eat off the ship."
Bobbye is so grateful for the phone mute button!
Similarly, Karen Oldham, at a Carlson Wagonlit on-site at a
Merrill Lynch office in New York, said, "Pity the day we get TV
telephones," after telling this one: A secretary asked if her boss
needed a visa to visit Boston from Chicago.
When told the cities were in the same country, the secretary
said, "Don't tell me that. I happen to know that Boston is in New
Speaking of visas, Steve McCarthy, director of travel
development and operations for TravelHero.com in Scottsdale, Ariz., said when
he owned an Omaha, Neb., agency, he had a client who insisted he
did not need a visa for a China trip. When asked why, the client
said, "I have traveled there before and my MasterCard works just
Barbara Bom, manager of Rushmore Travel in Rapid City, S.D.,
told of the client who wanted a belated honeymoon to Mexico. He
said, "I think we'd like to go to Puerto Viagra."
She also recalled a colleague trying to book a tour with air
from Rapid City. When the res agent couldn't find air add-ons from
anywhere nearby, Barbara's colleague quipped, "That's what we get
for living in Podunk," after which the res agent hopefully asked,
"What's the city code for that?"
Also from South Dakota: Vickie Marnach, travel operations
administrator for Orion Food Systems in Sioux Falls, tells about
the woman who, when she was asked at the airport if her bags had
been under her control since she packed them, replied, "Well, I
have a little problem with the wheels wobbling on the largest
I have a lot more of these, but I saved three toppers for next