Friday, September 30th, 2016

Travelers’ Night In — Travel Planning!

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On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, the theme was travel planning!  As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations!

Here are this week’s questions:

Q1. Must have travel apps for on the go?

AmySchneider13 Four Square makes every trip more fun – and tracks where you’ve been!

MidlifeRoadTrip We love Sit or Squat~Find clean restrooms anywhere http://bit.ly/9AV49k Saved us many occasions #MidLifeBladder

suzyqzar Definitely Google Maps, it has saved me more often than not when getting lost & needing the correct public transportation

pamstucky I don’t have a smart phone so I’ll assume you mean appetizers. I’ll go with nachos.

Q2. In a hotel/hostel, who do you approach for local information?

clareappleyard Twitter travel tweeps give best tips! If ur going to a place, Twitter friends will already have been there!

Hejorama The staff at the desk first and then the cool people who hang out in the common room

atlasobscura Beyond the hotel, we also seek out the green haired kid at the local music shop. Almost always good/non-tourist perspective

hopandjaunt Anywhere they sell alcohol there are bound to be honest opinions

Q3. Favorite travel videos/podcasts?

savvytravelblog between writing your own blog, promoting it, working more than full time, who the hell has time to watch podcasts and shows?!

ehalvey Does Anthony Bourdain count? Art and food specials on Discovery, Travel, Food, and History channels.

travelbea *crossing dingers that noone says Rick Steves for #TNI Q3. stage whisper: I’m not a fan*

grahameles Does “Jersey Shore” count?

Rome From Above

Q4. How do you score the best travel deals?

TravelPlusWine TravelZoo is the answer to all travel deals. Once found $400 RT to New Zealand from email alert. Great trip!

TravelDesigned Consider travel off season and shoulder seasons

InsiderPerks Also never underestimate the value and service of a travel agent.

WeekendInParis Sometimes I contact the hotel & let them know the price of their rival hotel & ask them to match or beat! They usually do!

Q5. How do you decide where to travel next?

Vagabond3Live I base all of my travel chronologically by movies Hugh Grant has starred in

JohnicaReed I tend to plan around events–art openings, food & wine festivals, etc.

browngirlsfly Recently been leaning towards less popular destinations … off the grid has been more appealing than the well marketed.

global_gourmet I planned a two week trip to Spain in 2008 based solely around a dinner reservation.

Q6. Travel blog with the best tips/inspiration?

ZipSetRachel travel blogs should be like children’s books: short, funny and lots of pictures

cassieroma I enjoy every travel story/blog w true emotion/insight into experience of place/people/culture.

kgoingglobal am i the only one who likes longer travel blogs? i read a lot of blogs that leave me hanging & wanting more info.

pamstucky Not naming names. What I like in a blog: Well thought-out posts w new info. and photos!

Q7. Will tech fully replace the human hotel concierge?

Gadling Fully? No. Largely? Yes. (People love the convenience of tools, but the human touch is divine.)

TravelistaTara No way! But it will enable them to do their jobs better!

museyon If we invent Rosie, Jetsonesque, robots it might!

Liz_Webber No. Can tech get reservations at fully booked restaurants or appease an unhappy kid?

Q8. Activities: Book ahead or last minute?

CravenTravels Usually book “must do” activities in advance, then fill-in at dest for some serendipity

Shantiwallah Yes, this one’s for me! Travel for me is always dependent on money and free time, so always last minute. Flight deal+money=go

theroamantics unless we’re visiting peeps, usually don’t know where we’re sleeping when we land, or what we’re doing. haven’t been stuck yet!

ZoeStarlet I’m more of spur of the moment type of girl! Life is a party, enjoy the chaos, the craziness, & the people!

Q9. How do you decide where to stay when traveling?

whygocanada if there’s free wifi throughout the hotel, they’re halfway to getting my business…

thechrislam location and closeness to public transportation. I hate taxis.

whereisjenny since i have a location independent business the hostel musthave WIFI most important asset of a hostel then comes comfort and price

mymelange Also, being a foodie – there needs to be some good eats close by!

For me, budget plays a huge role here — I’ll often stay at a budget hotel or motel to save money.  Another thing to keep in mind is to look for credit card merchant processing for motels.

Q10. Worst mistake to make when planning travel?

starfishtravel Applying for passport too late. Get it now!

GapYearEscape Planning in the first place! You’ll never stick to it anyway. If you do plan, leave room for change. Lots of change!

Nwano Keeping all your personal data in only 1 place. If u lose it=no addresses, phone numbers, contact persons

ChickVacations Another one is buying crappy souvenirs. Yuck. Take video, camera. Those are the memories that mean the most

And that’s the week!

#TNI friends, last week I made a big announcement: I will be spending seven months in Southeast Asia, starting in just a few weeks!  Here’s the full announcement.

I hope you continue to follow my adventures as I travel the world by subscribing to my RSS feed or becoming a fan of Adventurous Kate on Facebook!

Travelers’ Night In, founded and organized by the lovely ladies at ZipSetGo, takes place on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 ET. All are welcome! Follow the #TNI tag to see the questions and conversation!

Comments

8 Responses to “Travelers’ Night In — Travel Planning!”
  1. ehalvey says:

    Thanks! I’m glad my tweet sounded slightly intelligent 🙂

  2. Natalie says:

    Savytravelblog made me laugh with their tweet.

    “between writing your own blog, promoting it, working more than full time, who the hell has time to watch podcasts and shows?!”

    Definitely following them from now on. I love following people that make me laugh.

  3. Gareth Sear says:

    Brill Kate – spent ten minutes wandering around http://www.sitorsquat.com what a great idea for a website -can’t seem to sign in though as I want to add reviews. I’m out on the road a lot in my job so this website is perfect for me! Going to down load the iPhone app now…

  4. Jenny says:

    WOO… I love it when I’m included in the recaps!

    Don’t stop doing recaps because sometimes I can’t always participate for the entire time. A client meeting made me miss the first half. See you next week!

  5. Nelly says:

    I appreciate you for coming up with this right up. It is always a great idea to collect taught from other sources especially so those who are experts or experienced when it comes to traveling. Collective ideas means better tips for everybody.

  6. ally g says:

    Hey Kate!

    Love love your blog.

    When is TNI? I know it is every week but what day and time? I would love to be apart of the conversation.

    Can any traveler join in?

    Thanks

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