When researching possible travel ideas, do you find it difficult to find accurate information? I think this is a challenge for us all. There are lots of avenues to follow when researching travel:
Travel books – There are usually many books available with travel information. Frommer’ s, Fodor’ s, Access, Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Virtual Tourst, and many other sources offer lots of travel information. What I do most of the time is make a visit to Barnes and Noble, get a cup of coffee, select a few books on the area of interest, find a comfortable chair, and research while making notes. If I find a book that has the information I need I will purchase it, other wise I just make notes. Your local library is also a great source of books. I personally do not like travel books in e-book format as it is very difficult to go from one area to another, so I do stay with a hard copy of travel books.
On-line: There are numerous sources on-line to research travel. Most of the books noted above all have web sites that offer good information. The number one web site for travel information is Tripadvisor. I have found that I tend to use Tripadvisor as my number one web site also and supplement their information from other sources. On-line web sites of various hotels and airlines can also be used. I usually use Orbitz, Trivago, Expedia, Kayak, etc. to research multiple hotels and airlines prior to focusing on a particular hotel or airline. I have found some great, economical hotels on Tripadvisor. Their rating systems to be fairly accurate and I find the reviews to be accurate. Do be cautious in using on-line reviews as some may not be accurate.
Travel Professionals: Travel professionals are always an excellent source of travel information, especially with complex trips. They have many resources available, some that are not available to the independent traveler. They also my have personal experience with a particular travel area or may have booked similar trips for other clients. Some on-line web sites offer a combination of independent travel research and the input of a travel professional. Even when I use a travel professional I do my own research also.
Videos: Various web sites, YouTube, Netflex, and others also have an abundance of videos available for review. I have found these very useful in travel planning. Rick Steves and Samantha Brown in particular have excellent videos available.
Friends: Friends are an excellent source of travel information, at times.
If someone has been to a location or taken a specific trip, their input and experiences can be valuable to you. Just remember that everyone tends to have their own opinion and experiences and you may or may not have the same experience. I also find that talking with new friends made while traveling can be a good source of information.
Just remember the trip is yours, so make sure you do what you want to do ………… It’s your vacation and you are paying for it!