Why you should read Me Before You

photo-1462907715766-a2863567b2a4Some people pride themselves on being spontaneous. Life is best-enjoyed living by the seat of their pants. For others, however, life is more enjoyable when they know what they are doing before they do it. I have no shame in admitting I lie right in the middle. Call me what you like. I like to call myself organized.

Part of this organizational nature includes researching venue reviews before I book a hotel, holiday or event. It’s all part of the fun for me. If I am going away for a weekend with friends, I like to check out all the options of where to go and what to do. Some may prefer to jump in the car and turn up at a B&B in the hope that bed, any bed will be available for the night.

However, I like to review my options before I hit the road. There’s an excitement involved in knowing what to expect, just as there is in the unknown. However had I not have researched where to stay on a recent road trip in New Zealand for example, I never would have come across the most stunning little holiday home on the beach in Collingwood, sheltered from the view of the road by a collection of palm trees, where I woke up to the most beautiful sunrise I’ve seen in my life. Some things are worth planning.

The thing with venue reviews is that you get an honest opinion of what to expect, from the people who matter, the people who have also paid good money to stay at the places you are planning to visit. They will reveal the secrets that a glossy holiday brochure perhaps may not.

Venue reviews may tell you how easy it really is to get there, what the venue grounds are like, what you can really expect from the bedrooms, the food, the friendliness of the staff, the surrounding area, how far it really is to the beach and even small details that you may never think of. I once read a review before staying at a hotel, written by a couple who had stayed in room 114 by the elevator and didn’t sleep all night because of the noise. I checked in and asked for a room the other side of the building and as a result had a perfect night’s sleep.

Venue reviews are also priceless when it comes to organizing a conference. The opinions and comfort of two hundred delegates, means you need to make sure the venue meets every one of your requirements. You will naturally visit the venue in person before you book however reading venue reviews will also tell you what the venue owners perhaps may not.

Do not get me wrong. Reviews don’t always report on negative experiences but may reveal what delights there are in store also. I have done this. I was so passionate about a beautiful guesthouse I once stayed in, at the foot of Table Mountain in South Africa, I felt compelled to tell others about it in an online review, in the hope I would drive further business to the guesthouse. When something impresses me this much, I feel compelled to spread my joy.

You may find you are torn between some venues. If so, venue reviews may help you make your final decision. Reviewers have no reason to be dishonest about their experiences. They are written to educate us and report on the good, the bad or the ugly. Often venues are rated on cleanliness, location, entertainment, staff, character or security. If you are looking for something specific, you may find reviews like this helpful.

Perhaps you prefer to suppress the experience and wait until you arrive at your accommodation to see what awaits you. However if you are like me and like to know what’s in store for you, I strongly advise you check out venue reviews before you book.

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