Do you research your travel possibilities and options thoroughly before purchasing a LL package or bidding on an LL auction?
OR, have you ever won an auction based on an impulse bid, on a whim, all of a sudden? And if so, how did it turn out?
We maintain a well researched list of destinations we plan to visit...if something pops up on a Luxury Link auction, we're usually ready to buy (Ecuadorian Amazon - Kapawi Lodge was a good example). On the other hand, we have bought on impulse with no prior research (the first time The Cliffs in Patagonia was offered we knew we wanted it....bonniejoy03 jumped in before us and bought, but we purchased within a day or two when it was offered again. We happened to be on an extended trip at the time of the offering and it was difficult to do any real research.....so we just hit 'buy' and never looked back).
We have also pondered too long on a couple of packages, thinking we would buy at a later offering....example, Aqua Expeditions was offered only a couple of times and we procrastinated and totally 'missed the boat.'
Guess I plan and research most of my trips, but I did make an impulse purchase of a Luxury Link Mystery Auction last year, when I noticed it was about to close and only a couple of very low bids had been placed.
I would gladly make an impulse purchase as long as the destination is within my travel corridor of comfort.
I usually know when/where I want to travel and look on here to see what packages have dates within that time frame - we knew we wanted to go to somewhere in Mexico/C or S American in March so started looking for those dates - Costa Rica happened to pop up with something in March so that is how the decision was made - somewhat on impulse and somewhat planned
We are going to Vegas in September with friends. I was searching LL to see what they had available on the stip. While looking I came across the Ravella at Lake Las Vegas (Henderson, NV). Who knew that just 20 minutes from Las Vegas was this beautiful Mediterranean-inspired resort and village area on a lake? I certainly didn't - and I have been to Las Vegas many times.
So we extended our vacation by 3 additional nights and got the Ravella package for the 2nd half of the week. Busy tourist stuff at the beginning, then more relaxation and pampering the 2nd half. I guess I would say that while doing the research, I made a great unexpected impulse buy.