It’s so easy for things to go wrong when traveling abroad. With each trip we take, we kind of expect something to go a little upside down. We are starting to loose count of how many flights we’ve had to run for. Not a good look! I like to fit in some time before a flight so that I can unwind and have a glass of wine to take the edge of (nervous flyer over here!). But something that a lot of people worry about before traveling, is what they are getting for their money. There are so many different travel and tour operators out there, if you don’t have much experience of booking trips away (or even if you do!) it can be a little daunting. Nobody wants to waste money on something that doesn’t live up to it’s expectation. Here’s several ways you can make sure your travels run as smoothly as they possibly can.
1. Read the reviews
This is something I’m pretty sure everyone does. It’s definitely something I will do for every hotel or excursion we book. It’s so easy and quick to do a little Google search. You can then find out if what you are paying for is well rated by previous customers. Online reviews can be a little confusing – everyone has different opinions and some may not like what others like. But you can gather a rough idea of a place by reading what people have to say about it. I remember our hotel in Rome – the reviews weren’t amazing, but we always look back and say it was one of our favourite hotels we’ve said in! It’s all about personal preference.
2. Research is key
It might sound a little obvious, but research really is the key. There’s no point diving into something without looking at the small print and any other additional costs. Check out the currency of where you want to go, visa requirement, how much money you may need, different landmarks, transport and weather. We always research the weather beforehand as this plays big part in why some trips are so cheap. You wouldn’t want to go to The Algarve during January for example – it would be cold and wet and you may as well stay in England! Winter breaks are great still – we thoroughly enjoyed Prague! Just check out the weather and what there is to do before you pick your destination!
3. Speak to people / Facebook groups
If you’re an avid traveler and thoroughly enjoy going to new places, then why not join a few Facebook travel groups? I will quite often publish a post and ask people what their personal experiences are with a specific destination. You’ll always have mixed opinions as everyone enjoys different things. But it’s great to grasp a little more about the place you are going, before you go there. If you have friends that travel a lot then ask them what they think too! I love speaking travel with my friends!
4. Virtual tours – the next step up
I’ve only recently discovered virtual tours, and what a life saver they can be! These are known for being the next step up from a review – it’s basically a virtual tour of your trip in which you can almost ‘try before you buy’; much like this one of Machu Picchu. This way you can make sure that what you are paying for is worth every penny! Photos can sometimes be a little deceptive – It’s easy to make something look better than it is. These tours show you exactly what you will be seeing without any alteration or deceptive images. Virtual tours are definitely something you should look into before traveling abroad.
5. Common sense and judgement
Possibly the best of them all – just use your common sense and personal judgement. If something seems to good to be true, then it most likely is. If there’s something that you can’t quite put your finger on, if there’s something that just doesn’t seem ‘right’ then maybe you should follow your gut instinct and avoid booking. It’s all about thoroughly looking into something before taking a gigantic leap and booking straight away. I’m quite an impulsive person, but when it comes to traveling I will always make sure I put my sensible hat on!
Hopefully these 5 tips have helped you consider your next trip a little more! Booking a holiday can be daunting, but if you look in the right places and talk to the right people, then you’re bound to get a great deal! Where is your next trip? I’d love to know!
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