Whenever I am planning a vacation, whether it’s a local day trip or an actual vacation, the first place I look for information is TripAdvisor. We all go there for the reviews, right? but did you know that you can book activities and experiences directly through TripAdvisor? It’s super convenient to be able to look through all the things they offer to do in the city you’re traveling to, read reviews while you’re there AND book whatever catches your eye – all in one spot. And isn’t it better to know that your itinerary is all set before you even leave for your trip (or staycation)?
Chris and I just got back from a long weekend away in NYC and I as soon as we booked the trip, I ran right over to TripAdvisor to see what they had available for us to book. I found a bunch of stuff and thankfully I was able to narrow it down to a few that we really wanted to do and book them. All of these experiences that I booked were super easy to book online. I was able to search by date and find exactly what I wanted on the TripAdvisor site.
Once you complete your booking through TripAdvisor, they will email you a voucher which you will present once you get to your scheduled activity. Most will accept the voucher on your phone, but a few experiences need an actual printed voucher. Don’t worry because it will say in the confirmation email (with your vouchers) if something needs to be printed. I only mention this because one of the experiences I just booked for our recent NYC trip required a printed voucher.
I have to say that I found some seriously cool things for us to do while we were in NYC and want to tell you a little bit about them in case you are heading that way. Let me start by saying there are a lot of experiences to choose from if you are planning a trip to New York City. I mean a lot. They offer pretty much anything you can think of, so take your time and read through all the descriptions and reviews carefully before you make your decision. I went back and forth about what I wanted to book a few times before I made a final decision, but here’s what we did:
It was a 2.5-hour walking tour of New York City, led by a retired NYPD officer and we visited locations with a history of crime both past and present, like Chinatown, the Lower East Side and Wall Street. It ended up just being Chris and I on the tour because the other couple who booked it never showed up. Our tour guide was a retired transit sergeant and boy did he have some stories to tell. He worked on 9/11 and told us stories about his personal experiences – in addition to crimes that took place along the route we walked.
This was a 2-hour walking tour that took us through Greenwich Village where we were able to taste a variety of meatballs, from Italian to Turkish. The tour also included a few sweets and some of the culture and history of this famous neighborhood. Because it was a holiday weekend, it was just Chris and I on the tour, so it ended up being a lovely private tour. It was given by Greg of Greg Walks Tours and he was a fantastic guide. I highly recommend taking one of his tours if you are in the area.
I booked this one for Chris because it was totally up his alley. I have to say that although I was completely dreading this tour because I find this topic totally snooze-worthy, but our tour guide was really engaging and fun – so if you like learning about America’s financial hub by walking through Wall Street and the Financial District, you will probably like this tour. On the tour we learned about the history of this business mecca and the stories of some of its famous, and infamous, businessmen. We also saw a few filming locations from movies like The Dark Knight Rises and Ghostbusters along the way.
You can get a 1-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour or all-day pinball pass in New York City at Modern Pinball on TripAdvisor. They have 30 pinball machines and it’s unlimited games for the time you are there. We actually went there the last time we were in NYC and were dying to go back again this time. If you love pinball, it’s an awesome place.
Did you know that TripAdvisor is the world’s largest provider of tours, activities and attractions? They offer more than 56,000 bookable experiences in 2,500 destinations worldwide and with that many experiences it’s safe to say there is something for everyone. Plus, all the reviews you went there to read in the first place are all right there so you can make an informed choice.
Book your experience online or using TripAdvisor’s free mobile app or online, like I did. They have a really cool Low price guarantee, too: If you find a lower price for the same tour or activity within 72 hours of booking, or if you arrive in your destination and find your activity offered at a lower price by our operator, let them know and they will refund the price difference.
So now that you know you can book experiences directly through TripAdvisor, what kinds of things are you looking forward to doing?