What is the first thing you do after to book a trip to a new place?

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  1. FirstClassQueen
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    After I pick my First Class Seat I order a guide book. What do you do?
     
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    I have usually done all the research before booking that F ticket :D
     
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    I'm another one who does extensive pre-booking research, but a couple of thing I do soon after booking is to check out ground transportation options; I also like to see the area around my hotel on Google Maps satellite view, to see the hotel's proximity to attractions I will be visiting.
     
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    Sometimes I have no choice about the destination. Whether I can choose my hotel or not, I usually begin by investigating hotels quickly, either to check out the place where I'll be staying or in order to quickly choose the hotel I want. I try to remind myself to check out visa and money issues if its a country with which I am not familiar. Then I try to figure out if I'll want an rental car.
     
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  5. FirstClassQueen
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    I find it fun to just pick a place and then research it like I did with Kiev but it not a good place for vacation LOL. Its the only time I missed. I do book all my trips 6 or more month in advance so i do get to look the place up.
     
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    I tend to make spontaneous trip purchases (if the price is right, so is my credit card!) quite often, so I am in the position of doing my research after the ticket purchase all the time. While some might not like the site, I always read the Wikitravel.org entry for my destination. Gives me information on the airport, how to get into the city, what sites/restaurants/hotels are in each area, how to get around, etc. Hasn't failed me yet!
     
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    hey thanks for the link DestinationDavid your the best.
     
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    I have this almost euphoric, flush feeling, after which I tell all the people closest to me of my plans. Then I continue my obsessive research into my destination.
     
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    I love it ducster
     
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    Anytime, hopefully the site is useful!
     
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    I very rarely book more than 2 weeks in advance, so it's usually fairly spontaneous. After booking I start contacting friends to see if they want to join me. I used to do it the other way around, but have since learned that too much time is wasted, and chances are missed, waiting for others to make up their mind :)
     
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    Especially with mistake fares and the like I usually book immediately then do research afterward. I've had so many friends come back and say "what happened to that fare? Its 3x was it was..." The worst was the $150 JFK-CPH deal that I couldn't go on, but a friend had shot out to ~10 people and after getting them all on board, the fare was gone. This was in a matter of at most 2 hours.
     
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    going to the airport :p
     
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    I agree. Thats what I do as well.
     
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    I've pretty much always done the research but the first thing I do is get my hotel reservations. Then I go to www.nytimes.com and go to the travel section and search for the destination - always some basic AND eclectic things to do there (and interesting places to eat there).

    I go to FT and do a search to find things that accomplished travelers recommend. I've had some extraordinary home runs from this. We went to Vancouver a few years ago and someone recommended the Wickinninish Inn on Vancouver Island - a Relais/Chateau property - and it was amazing. The best part is being able to send private messages to the posters and get even more info regarding logistics.

    A few years ago, we were going to Paris and used Starwood points to stay at the Prince de Galles. An FT posted who had written about the hotel supplied me with the name and email address of the concierge they had become friendly with. He ended up emailing me a few weeks later to ask if I wanted tickets to see the Rolling Stones who were to be there during our stay - amazing.

    My hope and expectation is that MP will be just as useful as more people post. This is a very friendly community and sharing is where it's at!
     
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    My schedule always seems counter to friends' schedules so I've been doing the same for years. First book my trip and if anyone can join in later all the better. I've a very experienced solo traveler. :)
     
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    i ask everyone i know who've been to those places. maybe i can have free accomodation: more budget on food!
     
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    Trip Advisor. :)
     
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    yup - you got it summed up

    tripadvisor for hotels and eateries, wikitravel for destinations
    local transit authority for navigating to and form the airport and around town
    :D

    I know of people who check out guide books for the duration of their trip - form the local library. clever and inexpensive. I personally like to wing it.

    my FIRST thing is the adrenaline rush, especially after having cashed in on a mistake fare (ARN anyone? :D)
    Wikitravel is usually day before departure.

    Oh, i try and find some random online phrase-guides - and print it 2x/page doublesided. It takes 1/4 of the space and chances are, I will look at it once. it's green-sh and useful-ish :)
     
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    Yea, and some facebook stalking of people I know who live there :D
     
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    ...after I book the plane, the hotel, and maybe a car, then:

    I get a map or maps, usually from AAA - usually city map, then state map or country map.

    Then I do more research on places to go and things to do - thanks much to DestinationDavid and Sobore for the links above - they look good!
     
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    Check to see good restaurants in the area! :) Especially if you are a foodie...and/or on a budget (yours personally...or using OPM) ;)
     
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    I usually do a ton of research before I book. Once it's done, then I start reading forums like TripAdvisor and Chowhound for recommendations. I rarely bother with guidebooks anymore but will usually download an app or two and get a good map - I'm partial to Streetwise and MapEasy when they're available for my destination.
     
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    Tripadvisor, Fodors.com, Frommers.com, FT and MP of course :)

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