The term “Luck of the Irish” is not Irish in origin, according to Edward T. O’Donnell, an Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College and author of “1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History.”
“During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth”…
“Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression ‘Luck of the Irish.’ Of course, it carried with it a certain tone of derision, as if to say, only by sheer luck, as opposed to brains, could these fools succeed.”
In other words, you can’t rely on “luck” if you want your vacation to succeed without a problem … from finding the best hotels, restaurants, prices, and everything else that comes with planning a trip.
Over the past 15 years, the number of “do-it-yourself” travelers arranging trips online has soared, and fewer than 10% of leisure travelers now use a travel agent, according to PhoCusWright, an industry research firm.
Yet, even for experienced travelers, planning and booking complicated trips online can be very intimidating:
- First there’s deciding where to start a search, with choices including online travel agencies like Expedia, travel aggregators like Kayak, direct sites for hotels, airlines etc., and user-review sites like TripAdvisor.
- Then there’s reading fine print and weighing the costs of hidden charges—unbundled airline fees add an obstacle to comparing apples to apples.
- And finally, there’s the time it takes to put together all the disparate and often non-refundable pieces.
If you are planning a big trip to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary or a trip that involves coordinating itineraries with friends or family members … or even just a night out on the town or VIP Concert tickets, a Crawford travel specialist can help you get the best tickets and deals with very little time investment on your part.