Whether traveling abroad or moving across the country, taking a trip or scheduling a move is an exciting and hectic time.
In the past, people used to collect pamphlets from travel agents and visit libraries to learn about their travel destinations or new cities. However, since the advent of the Internet, research has gotten a lot easier. In fact, a savvy traveler can glean all the travel info they need by doing a thorough search on the web.
While the Internet has put the power of information at our fingertips, wading through the digital surf can often be tedious and redundant. In order to get the most out of a search, here are a few tips to help guide you when researching a travel destination or even a possible new hometown.
1- Visit the city, town or resort’s official website
Most metropolitan cities have a robust website showcasing cultural events, historic monuments, along with maps and links to transit websites, as well as museums and galleries.
Research is also imperative in selecting which part of the city you will reside in. “Obvious factors like cost of living, job availability, and the rental market are good to consider. Beyond that, it’s also worth looking around neighborhoods with something like Yelp or Google Street View so you have a good idea of what each neighborhood is like before you decide where you want to end up,” writes Thorin Klosowski, for Life Hacker.com.
For those going on a less permanent trip, starting the research process with a visit to resort websites will showcase all the activities available. If it is the resort you are staying at, you can find out what activities are included and what may cost extra, thus allowing the traveler to plan accordingly.
2- Checkout online directories and resource guides specific to your destination
Finding a great restaurant or fantastic boutique does need to be a hit or miss mission. Visiting directories like 411.ca can provide visitors with information about restaurants, shops, hotels, taxis and much more. 411.ca reviews is also a helpful feature that allows real customers and patrons to post reviews of businesses listed on the 411.ca website. Many online directories like 411.ca also link to maps, which can help those new to a city figure out where a business is located in relation to their hotel or new home.
3- Don’t forget social media
One of the benefits of our highly connected world is our ability to interact with citizens all around the globe. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have made it easier to find people and groups who have similar interests.
These social websites are also a great tool in researching a travel locale or new city. Searching for city groups on Facebook who share your same hobbies and interests is a resourceful way to meet people and find out where you should visit.
4- Download local apps to help guide you on the ground
Apps like Uber can help you save some money as you navigate your new city or town. Uber drivers are usually residents and can offer tips on sites to see and venues to visit. Also, using Airbnb can help reduce expenses and let you get to know areas of the city without committing to a lease or long-term tenancy.
5- Ask friends and family
Word of mouth has been considered one of the best advertising tools for decades. That’s because we trust information we hear from people we are friendly or close to. This is no different when planning a trip. Asking friends and family about their experiences and tips can help with planning a strategizing and may even reveal a distant relative or family friend that can help show you around when you arrive.