Nowadays, in just about an hour, you can find out enough about anyone location to decide if you want to go there, what time of year is best to visit, and what kind of budget is reasonable. Online resources like Booking.com and discount airfare companies can get you where you are going fast and inexpensively. What to do when you are there is where our tip comes in today.
People have many different travel styles. For some, the rigidity of an organized tour and having everything planned out for them is the equivalent of a baby blanket. It makes them feel warm and fuzzy, allowing them to relax and just show up in the hotel lobby on time each morning for the day’s adventures. There are other people who are on the exact opposite end that just show up and wing it completely. They may arrive and not even have a place to stay the whole time, as they like the adventure of getting lost and figuring it out. We are somewhere in the middle, leaning towards the latter.
We like to have a basic plan laid out, including the lodging, but we like to do our research and rely on other travelers for our activities. There are any number of groups on social media that talk about specific areas. During our time in Vietnam, we communicated heavily with a few of these groups and learned a lot from their collective experiences.We figured out that we would save a huge amount booking tours and outings once we arrived at a destination over pre-booking online. We also learned how to avoid scams, what taxis and transportation to use, where to stay, and even who had the best mojitos in each town and what to pay!