Whether you’re hitting the road and seeing where it takes you or visiting a destination you’ve seen many times before, taking advantage of all the local Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has to offer can make this trip all the more memorable. Here are five simple ways you can utilize a CVB to make more of each adventure.
- Timing is everything. What you see and do entirely depends on when you visit. Most CVBs maintain an event calendar on their websites so you don’t miss the current concerts, festivals, plays, or art exhibits. Be sure to check it out before your next long haul for a new or unique view of a town.
- It’s all about connections. CVBs have relationships with local businesses and organizations. They can help you contact someone, get the inside scoop, or even land a reservation. It never hurts to ask–our Best of the Road Rally teams can attest to that.
- Money doesn’t grow on trees. Travel doesn’t have to break the bank every trip. CVBs have access to discounts, deals, and freebies. Again, checking their local websites in advance can help you optimize your budget and still experience all your destination has to offer.
- You can admit you’re lost. A tour from a qualified local can be worth swallowing your pride for. Many CVBs offer tours themselves or can point you in the right direction. Travel’s all about learning new things and a guide can reveal nooks and crannies you may have missed, provide background information, and share stories to bring the past to life.
- Know before you go. The one thing every CVB can provide is local information before you even leave. CVBs have free brochures, pamphlets, travel guides, and promotions they can email or mail upon request. Getting a feel for a town and all it offers before visiting can relieve stress, provide ideas, and help you plan ahead.
Be sure to check out the 2011 Road Rally blogs to see how much our teams benefited from local CVBs and visit www.bestoftheroad.com for more information on your next destination and over 200 road trips.