One of the hardest things to deal with when visiting a new country, a city or an attraction is that you don’t know its best features. Unless you read reviews or some one tipped you off, you stand a fair chance to miss out on the best secrets of the place.
I personally hate hearing that I missed the best coffee in town or the coolest bar. I therefore tend to ask friends, social media friends or who ever beforehand if they have some great tips for the places I visit. And guess what, often they indeed have…..
The value of comments and forums
Another thing I do when I search for a place to stay is to read the comments people leave. Comments of people who have actually been there. It gives you a real good sense of what the destination is like. Positive but also what to avoid.
I once chose not to take accommodation because of a comment a previous guest had left. She praised the apartment but alerted women who travelled by them selves that it was located in a dark quiet part of the town. It made her feel unsafe.
As I was travelling by myself it is needless to say that I choose another place to stay. There was no mention of this little detail on the site who promoted the accommodation, at all!
For that reason I have started to review the places I have visited. I have started leaving reviews on TripAdvisor and I really enjoy it. It is a win-win situation as our house in France also has some great reviews. I even got a Certificate of Excellence for our holiday home.
So far I have written 50 TripAdvisor reviews and have posted close to 70 pictures. I also have written some articles about places I have visited and loved. You will find them listed below.
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