Before I go on a trip anywhere I usually like to do a bit of research to know what to expect and what I want to do. That way I don’t have to waste time once I’m there finding the best place to explore or what to do. Below are some of the best ways to kick start your research to ensure you get the most from your holiday!
Travel blogs are my most used method of searching a destination because it is someone who has been there telling you their experience and what they thought. There is so many blogs with guides on endless destinations (hence why I get distracted for hours). You can find recommendations on accommodation, activities, night life and the best places to eat. The best thing is that there are many blogs that focus on one area such as South East Asia so if you are taking a similar trip you can use the one blog for many destinations.
If you don’t have facebook I would seriously recommend getting it just to join travel groups. Facebook groups have become a big thing in the last few years which means there is a good variety of specific groups. I have recently joined the Japan Travel Planning group and I have found so much useful information! The best part is that you can search for anything and find threads with information you need and if you don’t find what you’re looking for then just post the question in there yourself. It’s also a good way to meet other travelers/meet up with people (as long as you are cautious of course).
Travel Guide Books
Obviously the lonely planet books are alway great for plenty of information. Guide books are so crammed with so much information and will even have a few basic phrases in the local language. The downside is that its a extra book to lug around it you want to take it with you and inconvenient if you traveling through many countries. However the are great for planning before you leave, I personally have a small collection of Loney planets books which I read before I left for my South East Asia trip.
I used to spend hours watching videos that featured South East Asia. They were so moving and inspiring. YouTube has come along way and now there are many options for travel video to watch. I used to watch ones that show cased areas with a song in the background but obviously vloggers will be more informative and you’ll get more ideas of what to do in an area. If you’re on YouTube I would also highly recommend watching inspiration videos, good motivation if you’re slugging away at work to save for your trip! Here’s a short one to start with https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wnHW6o8WMas
I love magazines! I actually restrict myself from looking at them in the news agency sometimes because I’m always so tempted. Travel magazines are a casual way of researching but they are good if you haven’t decided on a location yet or are looking for some inspiration. They generally will have tips for travelling and some interesting articles.
How do you do you research before your trip?
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