No, I’m not going to tell you to pack your bags and head to Florence Italy, although that would do the trick too!
I have one word for you…Tripadvisor! (no I do not own stock in them, no I do not gain financially in any way, shape or form) I truly love this site! Tripadvisor has been my “go to” guide for everything travel. Although this site can help with finding deals, I mainly use it for reviews. I have never been let down by a false review, although I’m sure there is always room for fraud in this world. I honestly thought everyone knew about this site, but I’m learning many of you haven’t. So here’s how it can help.
1) Get reviews on everything from hotels to restaurants to spas.
2) My favorite, ask questions in forums. For example, if I’m torn between 2 hotel choices I post my dilemmas in the forum and people always respond with great feedback. Let’s say I can only splurge on one great restaurant, I ask which one is the best. The community in the forum is truly awesome on this site!
3) Get deals. After deciding on your hotel, you can type in your dates and it will connect you to all the top discount sites showing you their prices. It’s like one stop shopping! I love this feature.
You can even create free slideshows! This travel site is jam packed with goodies to explore. I highly encourage you to check it out to help you plan your next getaway. It has made my vacations better and better every time! Don’t forget to “play it forward” and contribute reviews too…
You can read the “profile of the reviewer” to help you decide if you think their advice is good. For example: If someone from the United States is commenting on how small a room in Paris is, they might not know that’s pretty much the norm! Whereas the person from Germany is saying how roomy the hotel is probably has a better take on the reality of European hotels. If you’re torn between 2 reviews, one saying it’s great and the other not, focus on their profiles to see which one better matches your lifestyle and interests. Another great added bonus is many times you can contact the person directly through Tripadvisor and ask more specific questions regarding their review or stay. The awesomeness is endless!!
When posting in a forum, be sure to mention the occasion for your travels such as a honeymoon. That will help people give the best advice and recommendations possible.