How to Make Sure You Get the Holiday You’re Expecting

How to Make Sure You Get the Holiday You’re Expecting

Travelling is an amazing experience. It can be spine-tingling, cathartic, exciting, exhilarating, relaxing – the list goes on! But, sometimes, travelling can be stressful. Hunting for the right deals, the cheapest flights or the nicest hotels can leave you feeling overwhelmed. This is particularly the case when pictures on hotel websites can be so deceptive!

Fortunately, there are a few quick tactics that you can use to help you get the holiday you have agreed to. From reading online reviews, chatting with people who have visited before, or checking out virtual tours, there are plenty of ways you can become more travel-savvy and avoid holiday disasters!

1. Read reviews

Online reviews are some of the most useful resources for travellers. Reviews are impartial and detailed, with most sites allowing contributors to add pictures to illuminate their experience. Check through reviews sites such as TripAdvisor, and be sure to check the dates to make sure you’re reading the most relevant and useful information. Social media has more recently become a place for people to vent their frustrations with travel companies, so a quick search of the company name on Twitter or Facebook will soon expose anyone unworthy of your time.

2. Look at virtual tours

Virtual tours are the next step up from reviews. Many hotels or locations may hide behind deceptive photos, but few sites can hide behind a virtual tour. Just take this virtual tour on Journey Latin America’s site. Tools like this take a huge amount of stress out of travelling, by showing you exactly what you should expect and allowing you to map out the areas you want to visit.

3. Research the destination

There are plenty of online resources available that can give you a detailed perspective on the location you’re interested in. From cultural codes, local nightlife, nearby attractions and more, you can find all online.

4. Speak to people who have already been there

No source is more trustworthy than the people you know. Plus, if people your friends have enjoyed their time in a certain destination, then that’s a good indicator that you will too. Speaking with someone is also a good opportunity to chat about any concerns or worries you’re having, and get some impartial recommendations.

5. Use your judgement

This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s still worth mentioning. If you get a bad vibe from a website or your correspondence with a travel agent seems suspicious, then it’s not worth your time. Very often travelling far away, or to a foreign country, is a big investment, and not something to be taken lightly. Be on the lookout for red flags! Some examples might be ludicrously cheap prices, that misalign with lavish pictures, low hygiene ratings or if the accommodation you’re looking into doesn’t have a review function.

I hope you’ve found the above useful! Whether you’ve not travelled at all, or you do it all the time, we can all fall victim to untrustworthy companies. Comment below your top tips are for travelling safely and securely!


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