I have learned, even sometimes in the most uncomfortable way, to make sure I understand what I want from each trip first. Three points I follow now are:
- Create my own goals and expectations of each trip, as I do with my business plans. Why am I really going?
- Plan. Research. Hire and talk to a local person. Don’t obsess too much with reviews by others. Do learn the weaknesses and prepare solutions for yourself. Thin walls? Turn your radio on to soft music or run the water in the sink. A supplier or hotel may not be perfect in every aspect. If your goal is to hike, you may only need the convenience of a bed, shower, and breakfast.
- Do communicate on the trip. If you are upset about an incident, it is most likely because this one item is important to you and was an integral part of the initial list of reasons why you want to go on this trip. Tell the leader, supplier manager, or person in charge. And, tell them while you smile. I find people like to help solve problems, let them help you. Don't be stubborn.
I remember staying in a fun, funky, friendly, and a really inexpensive hotel in downtown Fairbanks which became one of my favorite memories. The hotel was located in the center of downtown close to all shops, restaurants, activities, and information center. And, when I was tired, it was a short walk back to my room to relax and re-energize.
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I am careful about how I use the information I find with online travel reviews. Make sure you follow your own goals of what is important to you. Be sure to extract only the information helpful for your own trip. When in doubt, ask a local person to help.