Millions of travelers around the world already know and love TripAdvisor for its millions of traveler reviews. The platform is a fabulous resource for insights into attractions, restaurants, hotels, and making better decisions when planning a trip.
And a lot of the time, I’ve found that the information on TripAdvisor is often more up to date than a company’s own website. It’s truly become the Google of the travel world. Our ultimate go-to.
It’s no secret that most travelers will eventually end up on TripAdvisor when planning their vacation, but they’ve recently rolled out some pretty incredible features meaning you can book your whole trip too. That’s right – TripAdvisor is now much more than just traveler reviews!
How to Maximize Your Trip With TripAdvisor
New Features of TripAdvisor
If you’ve been on TripAdvisor recently, you’ll have noticed that their website has had a major face lift. And when we realized you can now research and book unique things to do, we decided to take their booking feature for a spin to plan our next trip.
On top of reading reviews and opinions from other travelers, you can now use TripAdvisor to find hotels at the best prices (there’s a hotel comparison search engine which scours the web and shows you the best deal), and discover great things to do.
Their “Things to do” tab means you can find tours, activities, and attractions, and book right on TripAdvisor. Since we’re dedicating time to discovering our local area at the moment, I focused on their option to book things to do.
The Benefits of Booking on TripAdvisor
Maximizing Your Time
The biggest benefit of this roll out is being able to maximize your time. I was able to find out which attractions and tours were available in my area, filter them by my budget and interests, and book without having to consult multiple websites.
Once you search for things to do, the results display under a variety of categories, which means you can find what you’re interested in, and not waste time looking through the rest. There’s also a tab for recently viewed, so you can track back if you lose what you’ve been looking at.
You can choose whether you want to browse their top things to do, budget friendly experiences, premium experiences, or attractions based on your interests, like historic sites, cultural tours, museums, cruises, nature & wildlife etc.
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When you click into a landmark like Mt Wellington, it shows you all of the tours and experiences available so you can easily compare. For museums or tourist attractions which charge admission, you can pre-book on Tripadvisor, skipping the lines when you get there.
And then obviously there’s the TripAdvisor app, which lets you find things to do and book your attractions while actually on your trip. Because when I’m in the middle of a trip, time is my most important asset.
Maximizing Your Money
The next big benefit of being able to book via TripAdvisor is maximizing your money.
You can find your ideal hotel at the lowest price more easily. Their hotel search engine compares prices from over 200+ booking sites, and you can see ‘best value’ hotels instantly by using their “best value” index which combines traveler ratings, best prices, location, and more.
But in terms of tours and activities, they have a low price guarantee. If you find a lower price within 72 hours of booking, or if you arrive in your destination and find your activity offered at a lower price by the operator, they’ll refund the price difference.
I haven’t personally put their refund policy to the test, as the activity I booked was indeed the lowest price I could find.
The Booking Experience
Using TripAdvisor to research things to do in my new home State, I found out about the iVenture Card Tasmania. It’s a Flexi attraction pass which gives you admission to your choice of 3 must see Tasmania attractions from a list of 11.
You choose what you want to do and when you want to do it, and present your pass on arrival for cash-free entry. Depending on which 3 attractions you visit / book, the card can save you 30%.
Obviously with these type of cards, it’s only beneficial to purchase them if you’re actually interested in the attractions they partner with, so it was great that there was in-depth information on the TripAdvisor page to make an informed decision about whether or not we wanted to book.
The booking process was smooth, but TripAdvisor has been running Viator for years now, so I didn’t expect there to be any issues. I got an email confirmation with my voucher for the card within 5 minutes. As per the instructions on the voucher, I presented my voucher to the visitors center at Devonport, and picked up my cards without hassle.
Tahune Airwalk Experience
Tahune Airwalk is an experience I’ve been wanting to organize for a while now, and while I could book ahead on TripAdvisor for this specific admission, I’m glad I found out about the iVenture card, because it means we can also visit Port Arthur in January, and take a jet boat tour of the Huon river next month (stay tuned!).
As promised, it was a cash free entry and they accepted my card as admission. The 600-metre walkway that takes you among the tree-tops of Tahune Forest offered wilderness views which were absolutely pristine.
More than Just Reviews
Most travelers end up on TripAdvisor at some point when planning their upcoming trip. But while the platform is a trusted site for traveler reviews, now you can use TripAdvisor to maximize your trip by comparing hotels, and booking your tours and activities too.
Disclosure: TripAdvisor asked me to use their site to research and book a unique thing to do, and covered the cost of my booking in exchange for an honest review. We count on TripAdvisor to make sure our trips are awesome, so can highly recommend their booking system for maximizing your next trip.
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