A must have for budget travel is a good source. Travelers need not spend one penny on a travel agent if they have one fool proof connection. That connection can be found by simply typing two words into your browser…Trip Advisor. Presto! You just stumbled upon the one stop shop for pictures, honest reviews, deals and promotion to vacation destinations to almost anywhere.
Travel sites are all over the place. They are a dime a dozen. But be assured, none are as thorough as Trip Advisor. What makes this site so special is the endless feedback from countless customers who come back from vacation with invaluable information from every corner of the world. You can find reviews in various languages. Some are in English, some are in Chinese, some are in French, and still others are in Spanish and so on. The pictures posted are vivid and clear. Returning travelers post good and bad comments. If the floors are dirty, they want you to know it. What do the bathrooms look like? Someone took a snapshot of that too. The reviews are not just about hotels or resorts, cruise ship reviews can be found on Trip Advisor as well. The information is up to date and timely.
Timely, up to date information can really come in handy when trying to decide if that discount reservation is going to land you in a pest infested, rusted, broke down structure with hard beds and horrible food. When choosing a vacation spot one typically looks at the website of a resort or hotel first. In the event it was not built recently, the pictures could be dated. Let’s face it some sites could be sued for false advertisement, boasting the hotel in its glory, knowing full well it’s five star days are long gone (which may be the reason for the steep discount in the first place). This is where the accurate accounts of travelers come in handy. These photo opts can save you time and energy.
None of this is rocket science. Most people know to do their home work before booking a trip, sometimes though, where to begin the search can be challenging. Don’t book a trip without first checking out what trip advisor has to say about it. Whether the promotion was discovered on Travel Zoo or Sherman or Expedia or Orbits, no deal is a good deal unless you have vetted it first.Travel smart and travel safely!
www.TripAdvisor.com: Your one stop travel shop!
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