Monday, 29 November 2010

5 Tips for Finding Destination Information

If you’re looking to get the best out of your holiday, then its always a good idea to search out some information on your chosen destination before hand. Be it coming up with ideas for things to do, finding out what the best restaurants are, or how busy the beaches get. These 5 handy tips will help you find out all you need to know about your holiday resort before you can clear check-in.

Get Online

One of the quickest and easiest ways to find out more about your holiday destination is to get online. There are countless travel directories listing all sorts of information, whilst a quick Google search of your resort will return hundreds on interesting facts. TripAdvisor.com is a well know review site updated and maintained by the general public and will provide some very honest if not critical reviews of hotels, restaurants, bars and local activities. Whilst wiki’s such as those by travellerspoint will provide you with informative guides on your destinations.

Guide Books Lend a Hand

Speaking of guides, the good old fashioned guidebooks are still going strong. Crammed full of things to do and places to see, most come with handy maps that will help you find your way around whilst there. Pick them up in your local bookstore, on Amazon.com or WHSmiths.

Ask the Locals

Even before you land you can get acquainted with the locals on forums and expat sites. Post a thread asking what they recommend you see or do. You will be surprised with some of the suggestions that you won’t find in the guidebooks. Likewise they will give you an honest and brunt opinion as to whether some of the more costly attractions are really worth your money or time.

Travel Apps

With the invention of smart phones, comes a number of application designed to help you whilst you’re on the go. From Google Maps to handy travel guides travel apps will help you track down the best restaurant in town and even call them to make a reservation.

TV and Papers

With travel shows will placed within our viewing schedule, check out shows that feature your destination. See first hand the area and the things on offer whilst a presenter takes you through their stay. Another option is to read the weekend supplements in the national papers. Most have a travel section in their daily print, however the supplements tend to go into more detail and offer feature articles focused on individual locations including how to get there, where to stay and what to do, see or eat.