Trip Planning 101
So, you’ve made the decision. You’re coming. You’ve seen the ads and heard your friends boast about their time here. And now — now it’s your turn.
Well, before you pack up the Winnebago or book a flight, there are a few things you should know. This is information you won’t find anywhere else — real top-secret stuff. I’ve travelled all over this province from end to end, East to West, North to South — and here’s some of what I’ve learned along the way.
Book ‘em, Danno.
One thing I’ve figured out over the years is to never assume anything. We get a lot of folks visiting from all over, and they all want to see the sites just as bad as you. This means renting a car is not always a guarantee. My advice to you — book early. You don’t want to be left thumbing your way from place to place; it’s a terrible way to travel, and not at all recommended. Plus — and this is from personal experience — your thumbs get sore.
The same goes for accommodations. People often flock here for conferences during peak travel times. So, if you want to fulfill that dream you have of standing on the most easterly point of North America — well, you better book ahead to avoid disappointment.
This province is so big. How big is it?
It’s big. Really big. People don’t always realize that. I remember when I was living in Corner Brook I once overheard somebody say “yes, we plan on driving to St. John’s tomorrow morning, and then stopping by L’Anse aux Meadows in the afternoon.” That’s not going to happen. (I mean, it could happen if you had some sort of quantum physics inspired transportation device, or discovered a wormhole that could move you vast distances in no time at all.) Otherwise, no.
To drive to St. John’s from Corner Brook is about 7.5 hours, give or take an hour or two. It depends on if you like eating, and there are lots of places to eat on that drive. I love that drive. Travelling from St. John’s to L’Anse aux Meadows puts you into the 12.5 hour area, and that’s quite a hike. If you want to drive to Labrador, there are ferries to account for as well. (I highly recommend the sailing from St. Barb to Blanc Sablon; beautiful trip and takes only about 90 minutes).
All of this is to say, as you plan, you really should take into account the distances you’ll be travelling. Fortunately, for you, this province is filled with breathtaking vistas that will make it worth the drive.
Recently, I downloaded the Newfoundland and Labrador mobile app, and I’ve found it to be very helpful for trip planning. I used it to plan my UNESCO trip later this summer.
The end of the road
The bottom line of all of this banter, you should plan your trip before you get here. That means taking the time to ensure you have transportation (if you need it) and lodging. The last thing you want is to be stressed out on your vacation. Although, I will say, it’s pretty difficult to get stressed out in a place like this. If you follow these simple tips and tricks, you’ll be sure to have a worry-free adventure that you can brag to your friends about when you return home.
Perhaps I’ll see you out there on the road.
Until then, safe travels.