Our first trip to Europe back in 2005 involved a fair bit of online purchasing. Booking accommodation & travel was the next step for me in my shift toward online shopping. However, I was pretty reluctant to book our flights to Europe without human intervention, maybe because it was $1600? When booking train tickets, I was similarly nervous so booked most of our trips with humans in the train stations around Europe.
The hotels & hostels we booked through websites for both our trips to Europe in 2005 & 2009 turned out great. The places were better than they looked in the photos & with the exception of the one in the Frankfurt red light district, which really was no big deal--even the locations were awesome. Of course, the internet helped with that too--when scouting hotel locations in Paris, for example, I virtually toured the neighbourhoods of the addresses I found with Google Maps Streetview. We picked a place just outside the Marais, near the Bastille.
|A recent online buy: Old Navy sweater dress|
I think the main reason I shop more online now is because of Sprout. It's gotten increasingly difficult to take him shopping with me, so if I can buy things on my netbook when I have the time--say after he's in bed--it's a lot easier. Though the excitement of getting a package in the mail never seems to wane for me. The build-up of tracking the shipment online & envisioning it in a plane coming across the ocean or in a truck driving across the city--that's way more fun than just going to a store.
Are you a confirmed online shopper, or are you still a bit suspicious of buying from websites?