Whether you email or call, be sure to reach out with this important query.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
Front Desk Receptionist
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You've booked your hotel room. You've booked your airfare. You've spent hours carefully crafting an itinerary for your week's adventures. Now what?

Ask your hotel (or vacation rental or airbnb host) this important, yet oft overlooked. question: What's the best way to get from the airport to the hotel? As Lonely Planet recently pointed out, "[i]t can be complicated to figure this kind of stuff out, especially if you're new to a city. The hotel's there to help, and has all kinds of local information like whether there's a massive football match, getaway weekend or a religious holiday."

While time is indeed money — especially on vacation — you may be surprised to learn that due to bus lanes or a closed bridge, that a bus or subway route is actually faster than a taxi. What's more, a local's intel may help you determine how much time you need to budget for your journey back to the airport on your return trip.

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While you can certainly google directions from the airport to your vacation digs, your hotel front desk receptionist or airbnb host is way more likely to be able to give precise instructions based on when you're visiting, the time of day, and your travel budget. Heck, he or she may even tell you there's a free airport shuttle directly to their front door!