Who doesn’t love a great pick?

I adore it when a trusted friend clues me into the perfect little romantic restaurant for my husband and me, a thoughtfully curated boutique where I’ll find a pair of heels I can’t resist, or a family-friendly hotel that my kids are going to love. Those thoughtful recommendations make for the best experiences when I travel.

We know you feel the same. That’s why we here at Expedia are so passionate about providing recommendations and tools—such as the popular VIP+ Access program—that make it easier for you to find just the right thing and book your travel with confidence. And that’s why we are so excited to announce the Expedia Viewfinder Pick program.

Consider Expedia Viewfinder Pick a merit badge for awesomeness. Consider our team of Expedia Viewfinders who scour the globe looking for the best of the best as your right-hand gals and guys. The Expedia Viewfinder team will be hand-picking restaurants, hotels, and things to do that deliver overall outstanding experiences. To even be considered for the exclusive title of Expedia Viewfinder Pick, the experience must make travelers stop and actually recognize that they have had a great experience. You should leave thinking, “Wow, that was really great!” No ambivalence whatsoever.

But an outstanding experience is just the entry point. An Expedia Viewfinder Pick also must:

 

Be unflappably customer-focused. The Expedia Viewfinder team is uncovering places, outfitters, and activities that provide an incredibly customer-focused experience. That means these places pay attention to all parts of an experience, from the basics such as product quality and customer service to peripheral details such as a clear company website. We are looking for places, outfitters, and activities that solidly fall in the category of “above and beyond” when it comes to service.

Provide a real sense of place. When you travel you are looking for places that make you feel like you really are discovering something new. That is why our team of Expedia Viewfinders are on the lookout for exciting spots that represent a genuine expression of a destination.

Represent an extraordinary value. Expedia always has been focused on enabling travelers to maximize their time and dollars. In keeping with that commitment, our team of Expedia Viewfinders constantly scouts extraordinary values. Whether these values are the most amazing low-cost taco truck in San Francisco or a luxurious meal in the Upper East Side of New York, we want to make sure that Expedia Viewfinder Picks are providing the biggest bang for your buck.

We awarded our first two Expedia Viewfinder Pick designations earlier this year. The recipients: the Fairmont Kea Lani and the Grand Wailea. We plan to award more Expedia Viewfinder Pick designations throughout the year.

As you plan your travel, look for the Expedia Viewfinder Pick digital badge on websites and in blog posts on the Expedia Viewfinder blog. You also can identify Expedia Viewfinder Picks by looking for the badge in windows as you explore a destination. Since our team of Expedia Viewfinder bloggers always loves a great pick, make sure to connect with us on social media (and in the comment fields of our posts) to tell us about your favorite spots. Who knows, our next pick might be your recommendation!