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Don’t Plan A Trip or Vacation Without Consulting TripAdvisor.com First

April 9, 2010 · 41 comments

in Misc Tips

Have you ever gone on a vacation and ended up disappointed with your accommodations once you arrived?  That has definitely happened to me, but not in recent years.

Back in the olden days, I used to pick a hotel out of nowhere basically.  I think the experience that caused me to vigorously research our hotels was when we went to Toronto.  I picked a hotel because it had a pool and the price was reasonable.  However, when we arrived, the pool was not the cleanest I have ever seen, and the hotel was right on the edge of the ‘bad part of town’.  Our stay was fine and all, but it could have been better.

I don’t know exactly remember how I found TripAdvisor, but I will not a plan a trip without consulting TripAdvisor first.   You can get so much information from TripAdvisor from the reviews.  For instance, when we went to Miami Beach a few years ago, I learned from a review to make sure I asked for a room facing the northeast because other rooms were facing construction, and were very loud.

Not only can you get reviews of your particular hotel, but you can also ideas of what to do while on your trip.  For instance, I got some great ideas on things to see while in Washington DC that I might not have known about otherwise.  (Just a fun fact – the Boy Scout Memorial is near the bottom on the list of things to do in DC, and that statue is actually kinda creepy.)  Also you can check out the TripAdvisor forums for your destination as they also provide some great information.  Going back to my Toronto experience, I would have had such a better idea of what to see while in Toronto had I gone to TripAdvisor ahead of time.  Instead, we were the stereotypical tourists walking around the city with giant maps looking like fools.  The best part was, the map our hotel gave us was not even up to date.  We went way out of our way to visit ‘Old Pioneer Village’, which no longer existed and was basically an overgrown lot with old tires and beer cans.

TripAdvisor also provides information on vacation rentals and restaurants.  Really the website provides just about everything you would want to know about any destination.  The best part it is the opinions are written by real people that you can identify with.   So give it a try, it can’t hurt.  TripAdvisor has never steered me wrong!

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beth April 13, 2010 at 10:47 am

Tripadvisor.com is the best website to research hotels, restaurants, etc. When planning your vacation! I am always using it before our trips and posting my own reviews afterwards! Great tip!

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Money Reasons May 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Sounds like a great service! My sister and her husband would always use that service on their blackberry and whatever other kind of smart phone they used. I didn’t have one at the time (I do now), so I didn’t get into it.

We used the website to find decent restaurants when we went to Hilton Head last year.

Thanks for the Tip!

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Barb Friedberg February 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I always check trip advisor when I’m visiting a foreign country or staying at an unusual hotel. I didn’t know they gave ideas of things to do. I’m going to Boston soon, so I’ll have to see if there’s something unique to do. (I’ve seen most of the standard sites).

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Kris February 18, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Barb, you gotta hit up Tripadvisor before you go to Boston.

You could always go to the original Cheers bar (not the one near Faneuil Hall that is called Cheers, but the real one). There is an aquarium and a fantastic science museum. Wait, that is probably more for those with younger kids. We drove up to Gloucester when we were in Boston to look around the fishing village (when the Perfect Storm was based).

I love Boston/Cambridge!

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