Planning your next golf adventure trip? Be sure to check out TripAdvisor.com. I always check out TripAdvisor any time I am planning a trip. The site's primary function is hotel reviews posted by travelers just like you and me. I have posted my share of reviews on the site as well. I try to read all the recent posts related to the hotels in the area of my upcoming trip.
While planning a trip to Puerto Rico, we reviewed all the hotel comments, which were very helpful in pointing out things to be aware of during registration and to make sure we reviewed our portfolio the day before checkout to clear up any unauthorized charges. We also found reviews for some great local off-site restaurants, which were authentic local food and much cheaper than food at the resort. There were great tips about purchasing snorkeling gear at the local Walmart vs. renting at the resort. The cost at Walmart was less than one day's rental and we had use of it for the entire stay, not to mention it had not been used by previous guests.
You have to wade through both good and bad reviews about properties and make a judgement call based on what you read. Some reviewers truly had a bad experience and some travelers can just never be satisfied and expect a Ritz Carlton exeperience at a Motel 6 rate.
The greatest benefit we received was a recommentation regarding the nighttime kayak tour of the Bioluminescent Bay in Fajardo. The TripAdvisor comments recommended booking the tour directly with a tour company and not through the Resort Excursion Desk. The reviews gave instructions on who to call and a review of several local outfitters. Following this guidance saved us around $100.
Check out TripAdvisor.com before your next trip and you may discover a few tips and tricks to make you trip a bit more enjoyable. To make the site more valuable, be sure to add you own trip reports whenever you travel to assist those who may follow after you. Also, please post the good comments and not just the unpleasant experiences.