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Should I Book Restaurants Before I Travel?

Do You Make Dinner Reservations Before You Travel?

If I'm visiting somewhere I've lived before, chances are I have a few favorite locations and often make dinner reservations before I’ve even booked a hotel! However, planning restaurants in advance isn't only about securing a seat; it can save money, too! If you're staying at a hotel, relying on the concierge is great . . . unless his idea of "reasonable" is your idea of a splurge. (And he won’t be there to pay your bill either.)

Save yourself the sticker shock and look up dining establishments — and menus and reviews, if that’s your thing — in advance. This way, you'll limit the time spent searching for a place to eat, the chance that there's nothing appealing once you arrive, and the ease of popping into a familiar chain out of frustration.

While planning out a few meals in advance lets you save money and learn more about the food before you even take off, some would say this takes the fun out of discovering places along the way and simply isn't a priority when it comes to vacation planning that should be done ahead of time. What would you do?

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Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 7 years
It sounds like a good idea. I hate being on vacation, eating at a crappy restaurant and wasting the opportunity for a good meal.
Kellanawida Kellanawida 7 years
If it's for a special occasion and a fancier restaurant. We like to try new things, so we look into it before we go and hopefully enjoy! It's all part of the adventure. That said, we do walk into a lot of casual restaurants while we travel too.
lms lms 7 years
I do but not always. If it is a restaurant that I really want to try I will do it.
AlexisSF AlexisSF 7 years
always make dinner reso's before traveling!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
never!! i would hate to be on a schedule while travelling!
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