Summer is here and many families will soon pack up and head off on all sorts of family vacations and day trips. There are many ways to find places to stay, eat, or visit, The newest way to find great places to spend your both your time and hard earned dollar is online.
I am a history and museum geek. I’ve done library programs about museums. I created a learning guide about museums. It is how I choose to spend my free time and hard earned dollar. My problem is that I have run out of places to go.
I use travel review websites like Yelp and TripAdvisor. These sites allow users to review and see reviews of airlines, restaurants, hotels, and attractions. I primarily use it for the attractions. I find places that I may not have otherwise ever heard of and often get a good idea what other people think of them. Some sites even provide the business a chance to respond.
Now, you need to keep in mind that any review is a subjective thing and experiences can vary greatly. The things that I am looking for in a business or attraction are going to be different than others. My version of a 5 star review my be different from another version.
The best reviews are always the bad reviews. I think some poor reviews are petty. One of my favorite historic sites got a poor review because the reviewer thought it should be free. Another got a poor review because of the on-site restaurant. I also firmly believe where there is smoke there is fire. If a business has lower reviews, I am less inclined to patronize it. (I stayed at a motel once and had a poor experience and then read the many bad reviews. My mistake.)
I hope you find these sites useful and rewarding!
Keith L Greenawalt, Public Services Manager