Never have I ever booked my own flight before.  I was terrified.  I looked on a ton of different sites using search engines to try and find the best deal.  However, I soon came to realize that crossing the pond is no small feat (and the taxes for international travel are astronomical). As soon as I entered information about traveling from Chicago to Edinburgh in one window, ten other windows immediately popped up advertising anything from the cheapest flights to the best hotels to cute travel accessories (I was tempted by a neck pillow in cheetah print). I had no clue which window to follow.  So, naturally, I did what any sensible, problem-solving college student would do.  I called my Mom.   I swear, that woman is a genius in the ways of the world.