Sunday, January 01, 2012

Travel Review Sites less User Friendly

I used to post hotel reviews on the Website http://TripAdvisor.com from time to time. I tried to do it recently, and found that instead of just writing what I thought about the hotel I had to give it a numerical ranking on a number of items and follow a set format. Please--review for free, and also follow their format to the letter. No thanks.
Then I remembered that a friend had talked about writing a review for http://Booking.com, and checked that out. I didn't try writing a review, but noticed that the reviews they gave for one hotel also seemed to have numerical rankings, so I suspect they must have a similar system.
There are a lot of problems with crowdsourcing when it comes to travel, so I suppose these sites are just trying to standardize things to some extent. I guess it's OK for those who are willing to comply with their requirements, but to me it is asking too much of reviewers. It's not like we're getting paid, after all.
In any case, both thesee sites are worth checking for up-to-date experiences of real travellers. But, as always, it is reader beware, since one person's standardsand requirements can be very different from another's. That is why I still rely mostly on guidebooks and sites of travel writers who have a lot of experience.
Happy New Year.

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