May 10, 2019
Five Tips For a Fabulous Trip
Posted by: Nancy Skee
Are you looking for adventure, site seeing, quiet time, reconnecting - or a little bit of everything?
Whether you enjoy frequent vacation time or savor your annual getaway, here a few tips to make your trip all that you want it to be.
- Check Trip Advisor. You know where you want to go and you've found your Inn, but you're just not quite ready to make the booking. Is it really a great spot? Are the beds sooooo comfortable? Is the place friendly? Are fabulous restaurants close to the Inn? What kinds of attractions are nearby? You can qualify the reviews for an Inn by looking at the number of overall comments, the innkeepers' responses, and specifics mentioned by visitors.
- Call Your Innkeeper. If you're at a loss for things to do, or if you just have general thoughts about your stay, phone your Innkeeper. We're here to help you plan your trip, answer your questions, and make your visit wonderful. We like that and love your phone calls. It's what we do!
- Book Direct! You're smart to Google places to stay or to check OTAs (Online Travel Sites like Expedia or Hotels). You're even smarter when you go directly to the Inn's website or make a call to your Innkeeper. Here's why: you'll get the best rates, you can check for last-minute deals, you can more easily change or cancel a reservation, AND you can find rooms that aren't always listed with the OTAs. Really.
- Enjoy Your Time Away. It used to be so difficult for me to leave and not have a thousand things-I-need-to-do-because-I'm-so-busy-and-if-I-don't-do-it-it'll-never-get-done-because-everyone-else-is-lazy things bombarding my brain. I had even taken papers to grade or plans to outline and reports to write. What really happened, though, was The Important Things just lurked in my car and rode around with me, instilling guilt. Leave them at home. I promise they'll still be there, but you'll feel better about attacking them.
- Start a travel notebook. I know, you're like, "Oh, I never keep up with those things." Who cares?! If you only record your thoughts on this one trip, you have some memories to look back on when you've returned to the daily grind. You can flip through your little book and think about the foods you ate, the places you loved (or didn't), the new ideas you had, the new ways you looked at your life, your job, and your family. Get down to the Dollar Store and get you a notebook. It's fun.
Are you ready to go? I am wishing you a wonderful start to your summertime and many blessings for excellent adventures (even if you're not Bill& Ted, haha). Take some time off; I'm looking forward to seeing you soon.