Research Your Vacation Destination Before Traveling There

Lee Hansen By Lee Hansen, 7th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Before you spend your hard-earned money for your family vacation, take time to do some thorough research of your destination. Here are some simple tips to get you started.

Travel agent

People employed in this occupation know a thing or two about travel. Additionally they can give you several options of travel be it by land, water, air or train. Because of their expertise they are able to tell you of a lot of popular places that would be enjoyed by everyone. If you are a AAA member you can benefit from all kinds of travel resources, maps and personal attention with a travel agent. Take advantage of your membership dues and utilize their services. Travel agencies may sometimes have informational Q & A sessions where they highlight a particular vacation spot.

Travel and Tourism Centers

If you plan to travel outside your immediate area, you can contact the travel and tourism department and have brochures sent to you. You can also view information directly
online. And if your travel plans involve daycations or staycations with a more local flavor, visit your local travel and tourism center. It's a good way to find out about interesting things going on within an hour or two of your home. I have always found the staff to be most friendly and helpful with suggestions.

Library

Most libraries have books regarding travel destinations that you can borrow and get an idea what a particular area has to offer for vacations. Just like reading a novel can take you to places that you may never go to, travel books can give you that same feeling with the possibility of going.

Talk to People

Ask people that you know who have been to places where you are thinking of going to. If it was a good experience they will probably be anxious and excited about sharing their opinions and enthusiasm. Conversely they may tell you not to waste your time, thus saving you money from going there. Of course everyone's experience may be different but at least you will have an idea.

Google

Another way to find out about a place is to Google it. More than likely you will find more than enough videos and testimonials from people who have recorded their experience and put it out there for all the world to see. It will at least give you an idea before making a final decision on where your travel plans may take you.

Summing it Up

By doing your research well in advance of your vacation, you might find it to be a more enjoyable and relaxing experience. It gives you something exciting to look forward to. Bon voyage!!




Credit: Pictures by Wikimedia Commons

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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Retired
7th Sep 2014 (#)

Solid tips, Lee. A real vacation sounds good about now. You always find such interesting photos.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
7th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Susan. I am getting ready to go on vacation in a few weeks. These came in quite handy for me too. Love Wikimedia Commons huge selection of pictures.

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author avatar Retired
8th Sep 2014 (#)

I hope you have a wonderful vacation!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
8th Sep 2014 (#)

Very helpful tips...thanks Lee...:0)

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author avatar Lee Hansen
8th Sep 2014 (#)

And thank you D.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
16th Sep 2014 (#)

I totally agree. You just never know what you might be missing. Fantastic tips!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Sherri. Hope it helps others too.

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author avatar Val Mills
4th Jan 2015 (#)

I have a friend who prefers to discover the place when she arrives. I personally prefer to do as you suggest, do the research and make good choices about how I'll spend my time.

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