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How to research your holiday destination

by Sonia Milosevic 30, April, 2017

How to research your holiday destination

The best places to eat, drink, or see all come from 'Research'…the word is enough to send some people running! Whereas for others it provides its own joy.

For me travel has always been about dreaming of where I’d like to go next, exploring all of the places I jotted down as my ‘must do’s’ before I left, and then stumbling upon gems or experiences that leave lasting impressions.

There are so many different ways to research a holiday, below are my go to starting points…before I end up down an online rabbit hole!  

 

Offline

Guidebooks

The quintessential starting point to many a holiday research session!

Before the internet, they were my go to documents. Hundreds of guidebooks/travel books exist, however, I tended to flit between Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Insight Guides and occasionally Frommer’s and Fodor’s.

If you want a guide when away then I’d recommend buying one, it doesn’t have to be a hard copy – these days it can be an eBook or even certain chapters of an eBook.

I always supplement a guide book with further research from around the internet.

Tips:

* start at your local library first and borrow a few books to get a feel for what they include. If you’re in Sydney head to Customs House library and spend a lunch time perusing their outstanding travel guide selection.
* when buying a guide book check the inside cover to see the year it was last published.

Online

The guides, hacks, blogs, and tips online are limitless. These are my go-to online destination research tools:

Logistics

Researching flights I'm always looking for the best connections, and seating configuration. Whereas between cities, I'm always looking for the quickest way to get there for a reasonable price. 

Googleflights

Skyscanner.com

Seatguru.com

rome2rio.com

What to see and do tools

I always have a list of 'must do's' that I've come across while scrolling through social media, watching documentaries, food shows, or reading books and magazines. I then confirm, add to or delete off this list by starting with the websites below: 

TripAdvisor

Wikivoyage.org (not to be confused with Wikitravel which was the forerunner to Wikivoyage)

Timeout.com

Foursquare.com

Tourist board websites

I will also Google ‘best things to….in…”

Accommodation

It depends on what type of holiday your planning - if it's a site seeing holiday then the price is something I'm trying to minimise. The last few trips I've booked solely through Airbnb and stayed in amazing local accommodation for the fraction of the price of a hotel room. For example, we stayed in a cute little Parisian loft apartment for $100AUD a night!

Hostelworld.com

Airbnb.com

Expedia.com.au

Safety

Smartraveller.com

Forums to ask specific questions

TripAdvisor

Lonely Planet – Thorn Tree

 

Research is always a bit trial and error – find the sites and methods that work for you and enjoy the planning process! 

What are your go-to destination research tools?

 





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Size charts

Women's

Measuring tips

Waist – Measure around the natural indentation/narrowest part of your waist. Insert your forefinger between the tape and your body to allow ease in fit.

Hip – Measure around the fullest part of your hips. Insert your forefinger between the tape and your body to allow ease in fit.

Between sizes?

If your measurements are between those listed on the chart, pick the next size up.

 Women's sizing (centimetres) 8 10 12 14 16
Waist - at narrowest part (cm) 67-72 72-77 77-82 82-87 87-92
Hip - at fullest part (cm) 97-102 102-107 107-112 112-117 117-122

 Women's sizing (inches) 8 10 12 14 16
Waist - at narrowest part (in) 26-28 28-30 30-32 32-34 34-36
Hip - at fullest part (in) 38-40 40-42 42-44 44-46 46-48

Men's

Measuring tips

Waist – measure around your waist, slightly below your natural waist, where you normally wear your pants. Insert your forefinger between the tape and your body to allow ease in fit.

Between sizes?

If your measurements are between those listed on the chart, pick the next size up.

 Men's sizing (inches) S M L XL XXL
Waist (in) 29-31 31-33 33-35 35-37 37-39

 Men's sizing (centimetres) S M L XL XXL
Waist (cm) 74-79 79-84 84-89 89-94 94-99