Within a relatively short time many families will be taking their vacation to familiar and not so familiar places. Before you spend your hard-earned money take some time to gather information about your destination. Here are some simple ways to do that.
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 on- line. 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.
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!!