Last week, a colleague and I were discussing restaurants in our city and there was one that neither of us was really familiar with. He made the comment that he’d have to check TripAdvisor for reviews.
I found that interesting. I use TripAdvisor for hotel recommendations and to check flights. I don’t always check it for restaurant reviews for places just down the street from me.
I do often use it for planning vacations. We used it two summers ago when we went to New York City for a long weekend, and we’re in the throes of planning a family trip to upstate New York. I need the best prices on flights, rental car and hotel for my stay. And I need a couple of places to eat, in case we decide not to eat every meal in our hotel.
Back to my conversation with my colleague, though. I started searching for restaurant reviews in Asheville, NC and I’m excited to see that many of the opinions of my favorite restaurants are similar to my own thoughts. That means I can trust these people to let me know what places to check out, and what to avoid. There are hundreds of restaurants in my city that I haven’t tried – and now I know what to check out next! (That photo? From Biscuit Head. The reviewers are spot on. The lines are long, the biscuits are huge, and you have to try one of every jam they carry. You can spend hours there, if you have that kind of appetite.)
One thing I really didn’t realize TripAdvisor specialized in? Vacation rentals. This would have helped immensely last summer, and don’t think I won’t be taking advantage of this feature this summer. We want to do a few weekend trips, and I hope that the reviewers on TripAdvisor don’t steer me down the wrong road – literally and figuratively.
Tell me…what is your go-to site for travel? And do you think to check restaurant reviews for your own city, or do you get that information word-of-mouth?
**The above links are affiliate links. All opinions are my own – and it’s true. I will be going on vacation this summer, and I do plan on using TripAdvisor.