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Accommodation: Hotels Vs. Airbnb Vs. Couch Surfing – Which one is best?

Accommodation: Hotels Vs. Airbnb Vs. Couch Surfing – Which one is best?

So you have a big trip coming up and are unsure of what’s right for you? With the advent of new accommodation options a whole new world of possibilities has opened up. New destinations with previously limited accommodation options are now more accessible and within anyone’s budget. Lets’ look at the pros and cons of each so you can decide for yourself what is right for you in your next destination.

 

HOTELS

The classic and in my opinion, still the best option out there if you have the money. Nothing beats a nice comfortable hotel room.

 

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Pros:

  • Privacy – If it’s peace and quiet you are after then hotels are for you. Granted you get the odd experience with noisy people humping in the next room, or being put facing a busy street, but for the most part, hotels offer the best in comfort and convenience.
  • Breakfast/room service – Sometimes food is really hard to find when traveling. If you come in late, don’t feel like hitting the restaurants or are a busy professional, eating at the hotel is a good options (although quality varies from place to place).
  • House Keeping – Unless you live with your mom or have a very accommodating spouse, all of us spend our lives cleaning and doing laundry. It sure is nice to have a freshly made bed and clean towels to come back to.
  • Front Desk/Concierge – We take this for granted when staying at hotels, but it’s really nice when checking in and out, and if any problems arise, to have someone there to address issues right away.
  • Safety – This is my number one concern anywhere I go. I try to live my life as worry free as possible, but having somewhere safe to sleep is a blessing. Many hotels have security, card key systems, safes and dead bolts. They all equate to a safe place for me and my belongings.

 

Cons:

  • Expensive – Of course there are all kinds of hotels/motels in all budgets, but there is no debating that hotels take up the majority the travel budget. The more remote the location the more expensive the options are and it is based on the socio-economic situation in that location.
  • Impersonal and sterile – Most hotels do a good job of decorating their room with the intention of comfort and convenience, but they lack character and personalization. Most are set up to optimize profit and little offer the creature comforts of home.
  • Hard to meet people – I have a saying…”The more expensive the hotel, the harder it is to meet people,” (I know, I’m such a poet!). Let’s face it, if you stay at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, I seriously doubt you will be invited by Sheikh Mohammed to come and hang out for dinner. I’ve met some amazing friendly people staying in hostels and dive hotels, and absolutely no one at the high class establishments… It’s a trade off.
  • Scarce in some places – The more remote the place, the harder it is to find hotels AND the more expensive it is. It’s always a good idea to look at the other two options before making a decision.

 

Tips: 

Unsure of how to book a hotel for the best price and in the best location? Look at: 10 tips for booking the ultimate hotel room

 

 

AIRBNB

AirBnb is a relatively new concept where people list their homes on a website database for people to rent. Options include a full house/apartment, a private room or shared accommodation.

Airbnb - Hit the Path

Pros:

  • Can be cheaper than a hotel –  If you are a single traveler and willing to share a room you can find accommodation in some places for as low as $5 a night. If all you need is a bed for the night it’s a good option.
  • More amenities – The great thing about AirBnb is the possibility of renting out a whole house or apartment. This means a kitchen and a full size bathroom and laundry facilities. If you are after that ‘home away from home’ experience, this is for you!
  • Live like a local – A lot of hotels are in commercial or industrial areas and you don’t get to experience the life of a local. Airbnb offers the opportunity to live the urban or suburban life and everything that comes with it. Local eateries, people watching, it’s all there and offers a far more personal experience.
  • Discounts on longer stays – This is why I love Airbnb. Most hosts offer a considerable discount for weekly and monthly guests and it can be less than half the per-night value. It’s definitely the best option for long term stays.
  • Meet new people – If you are staying in a home with a host

 

Cons:

  • Legalities – A lot of apartment buildings and gated communities don’t allow “subleasing”, but people do it anyway. Hosts will often ask guests to keep their identity a secret, or pretend they are family members in order to sneak them into the building. This is the last thing you want to deal with after paying good money for accommodation.
  • Security – The main problem I have with AirBnb is the security issue. You have no idea who has access to the apartment and who can just come in whenever they please. Also previous guests can make copies of keys and come back whenever they please for whatever reason. This worries me a lot.
  • Ads are Misleading – After looking at booking.com for a hotel I decided to switch over to Airbnb and low and behold the local hostels/hotels are advertising a ‘private room’. Yea, they fail to mention that the private room is situated in a very busy motel/hostel. Nice try and it happens everywhere.
  • Check In Problems – Since there is no 24/7 concierge desk and you are dealing with private people, you really have to coordinate your times well. If you are coming in early or late this can be a problem. Another common problem I find in the tourist areas is that most of the hosts live in the city and have the key to a house 3 hours away! This is very inconvenient is you are booking last minute and this method of reservation requires a little bit of planning and forethought.
  • Hosts can be greedy –  Like any marketplace website where people can name their own price for their goods and services (such as Ebay), people can get greedy and prices get way over-inflated. It’s always a good idea to e-mail hosts first and make them an offer, all they can do is say no.

Tips:

The AirBnb website charges a lot of money. In a typical transaction they charge the guest an additional 6-12% service fee, and then the hosts typically get hit with a processing fee to cover credit card transactions etc. To avoid this you can do a little snooping and contact the host privately on Facebook or LinkedIn. A lot of people will mention names of their house/bed and breakfast in the ad. For example, ‘Mountain luxury retreat’. If you do a quick search for this + the location, you might even find a webpage and can make a direct booking/reservation.

 

COUCHSURFING

A relatively new online platform linking budget travelers with generous hosts around the world. This accommodation is free and can range from a couch to a single bedroom or maybe a whole apartment if you have a busy and generous host. It also offers an opportunity for travelers to meet up with locals for meals and sightseeing. In theory it’s great, in practice, well…decide for yourself…

 

Couchsurfing - Hit the path

 

Pros:

  • It’s Free! Yay! – This is the ultimate in budget travel and popular with younger generations. You might be asked to help out with household chores or offer language help in exchange, but ultimately, it’s free.
  • Free tour guide – A lot of locals on CS are interested in meeting new people, making new friends and showing them the best their city has to offer. This includes tourist attractions and great local food. This information is invaluable when traveling.
  • Invitation to local events – This is something you don’t get in a hotel, an invitation to a local wedding or festival. If you want to really live like a local, this is the way to do it!
  • Home cooking and family life – They say the best local and traditional food is made in people’s homes. A lot of hosts live with their families or nearby, and are usually happy to invite you for a family dinner. This is also a great way to get a firsthand account of familial structure, social interactions and local culture. There is a reason international travel hosts on TV always visit a local host family for a real first-hand account of food and customs.

 

Cons:

  • Safety –  This has been a huge concern since the beginning and rapes and crimes do happen. Misunderstandings, cultural mishaps and assault are a far too common occurrence for my comfort level.
  • Unmet expectations –  There are a lot of people on CS that use it for the explicit purpose of a free hook up. Women get chosen more often over men for the explicit purpose of a possible sexual encounter.
  • People are unreliable –  they cancel last minute and you MUST have a back up host or plan. Unfortunately this is human nature and has been a real problem. Always bring enough money to cover a hotel if need be and if you get a free couch for the night then great, you save a few dollars. but never be left with no other options.
  • popularity –  cities such as Paris and NYC are extremely hard to find a host in. You are competing with many other hopefuls and if you do find a host in an expensive and popular city, consider yourself very lucky!
  • False Advertising – What people offer might not necessarily be what you get when you arrive. (i.e people lying about sleeping arrangements). There have been a few accounts where people have been asked to share a bed with the host, or even taken to a hotel room! sleazy…
  • Privacy and Rules – You are in somebody else’s house and must follow their rules. This includes what times you can come and go from the property, if there is a curfew, and what is expected of you as a guest. Always talk with your host first and come to an pre-arranged agreement.

 

Tips:

See my post on CouchSurfing for a true and accurate account of the pros and cons of free accommodation.

 

 

Here are the three major accommodation options available both domestically and internationally. Some you may have heard of and some you may not, all have good and bad points about them and all offer a different depth of cultural integration and comfort. Pick what’s right for you and your needs, and if something doesn’t feel right at any time, then have a plan B and bounce!

Be safe and happy travels.

 

10 Tips On How To Make The Most Out Of Any Trip

10 Tips On How To Make The Most Out Of Any Trip

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Part of being a content, joyful, well adjusted and mentally sound human being is to try and find the happiness in whatever you are doing.  Some people are naturally gifted in this, and others (like me), have to make a conscious effort to stomp the negative thoughts and enjoy being present in the moment. It’s easier said then done, but since we only get one life, it’s important to make the most of every given opportunity. Remember next time you are complaining about having to go somewhere, some people never get the opportunity to travel at all!

Being an adult means having to do things we don’t normally want to do, and this goes double for travel! Having to go somewhere due to a work commitment or family obligation can be a real pain. Not only does it require a lot of effort and expelled energy, it also takes us away from the things we need to do at home and our normal obligations and daily routine which can cause stress to a lot of people.

Never fear! If you have the right attitude and know how almost anything can be fun and worthwhile. Now some of these options are time permitting and location specific, but follow as many of these 10 tips as you can to make the most boring obligation into a fun vacation you will remember for a lifetime!

 

Come with an open mind and positive attitude

This is so true. As we get older we get set in our ways and inhibit ourselves from enjoying activities that 10 years ago we would have jumped at. Don’t be this person…. Keep your mind open and young and ready to embrace every change and challenge that comes your way. Your mental attitude will 100% effect how you will interact with others and how you experience events. Make a conscious effort to live in the moment and make the best of any situation. remember it’s not going to last forever, so do your best to suck it up and focus on things that you will enjoy.

 

Post on social media

social mediaYup, there is one positive to social media after all. No matter how much you dread an upcoming trip, post about your experience on social media. No matter where you go or what you will be doing, guaranteed one of your friends (or maybe even a complete stranger), will be completely jealous! It doesn’t matter if your going to your aunt’s funeral in Baltimore, or being deployed to Afghanistan for 6 months, someone will be jealous.

It’s amazing how much a “wow that is so cool! i wanna see it one day” message from someone, will make you totally rethink your current situation, and allow you to appreciate where you are in life. Remember there are people in the world who would LOVE to have your bad days!

 

Do a tour of the city/area

When you fly into a destination and go about your business, you really don’t get to fully comprehend where you are in the world. Every time I fly somewhere to do a road trip, or arrive in a city, I always spend the first few hours driving around the whole vicinity. I usually start in downtown and circle outwards until reaching farm land. It’s so awesome to see the gradual change from urban to rural, and it really makes you get to know the city and the layout and appreciate it for what it is. Make note of the different styles of architecture and town planning, religious and social buildings and houses. Seeing the differences of how other people and cultures live, is truly something wonderful and educational. If you don’t have a car jump on public transport, or if it’s affordable, ask a taxi to take you around.

 

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Try the food

The second thing I always do is try the food. Not only am I usually starving at this point, but food is such a great way to experience a location.  I make
a real effort to source out a local specialty and give it a try. Even if you are only travelling a few towns over you will notice a slight regional variation of your favorite foods. Not only is it fun, but it also gives you ideas to mix up your usual routine diet at home. Diners and BBQ joints are usually a great place to start.

 

Talk to people

Like it or not, the world is full of people and part of being in the herd is interacting with others. When you are out and about strike up conversations with locals and other tourists. They usually have information on what to see and do and where to go. You will find that no matter what country you visit, 99% of people are nice, honest, hard working and very friendly. If I have asked for help or tried to talk to someone I am met with respect and kindness everywhere, even when there is a language and cultural barrier. Always have an open mind when interacting with others and give them the same courtesy as they give you. P.S the world is very small and you may even bump into someone you know or have mutual friends.

 

Do the top 5 tourist attractions

Before you go somewhere look on tripadviser  or google and see what the top 5 most popular attractions in that area are. You’ll be surprised at how many things there are to do even in small rural areas. Many times I’ve pulled into a one horse town and realized it was a major hub or gateway in years gone by. It’s so wonderful to know ahead what’s available and go and experience it. It might be something as simple as a local museum, but it’s something you wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience, and all education is worth while.

Take photos 

When you tour the area and go to restaurants and local attractions take lots of photos. Post them on social media, show your friends and family, get people involved and make the most of it. If you go somewhere with a positive mindset and enjoy your time, looking back at the photos will keep that good feeling alive. I don’t just take pictures for my friends and blog readers, I take them for myself, so when I’m old I can look back and reminisce on the fun that I had in my younger days.

 

Buy something

perfume bottlesI’ve never been one to fall into the whole souvenir trap, but everywhere I go I like to get a small memento. This is purely for remembrance purposes and it means absolutely nothing to anybody but me. Personally I’m driven by my sense of smell and the ability scent has to trigger my memory, so if I go somewhere exotic or out of the ordinary I always by a local perfume and the smell instantly takes me back. For extra good feelings try to link your souvenir to your hobby. If your a quilter or knitter, buy a local fabric or yarn. If you like geology, collect an unusual rock or specimen, gardening, buy some seeds for local flower and vegetable varietals….you get the idea.

 

Book a nice hotel

It’s amazing how a little bit of personal luxury can turn a mundane, boring or unpleasant trip into an enjoyable vacation. Every time I go somewhere I’m not looking forward to, I book a nice hotel and it’s amazing the difference a big comfy bed, a nice shower and yummy breakfast can have on my morale. This is a particularly great option when visiting family. It gives you personal space, something to look forward to and a conflict resolution method….retreat! Also, If you are traveling on business, use points to change or upgrade your room/hotel and enjoy the luxury you work so hard for.

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Go on a date

Obviously this is not an option for everyone, but there is no greater morale booster then a potential new love interest. If you are free and single, use apps like Tinder and get an early jump on local prospects. Let’s face it, we all like romance and it’s one of the greatest motivators in life. Even if nothing becomes of it, meeting new people is always fun, and if you have a good attitude towards dating and don’t have any agendas or expectations, you will have a good time regardless.

If you are married or partnered, organize a dinner with an old college chum, work colleague or childhood friend. It’s always good to network and keep the lines of communication open with others, you might actually need them one day.

 

Wow that was a long post. It was super fun to write and I hope you can get some use out of the 10 tips to travel happiness. Here’s to a good life and good experiences!

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Why I Don’t Write Online Reviews

Why I Don’t Write Online Reviews

Let’s talk about online reviews. We are so very fortune these days to have the internet. It’s such a great resource and virtually everything can be looked up and researched from the privacy of our homes, but in my opinion, some websites take advantage of the public’s generosity for their own financial gain and offer little in return.

This is something I’ve been pondering for a few years and in this post I will discuss the Pros and Cons of writing reviews for products and services, and why this might not be the best use of your valuable time….Yes, there are more Cons Than Pros…

 

PROS –

Tips help people:

OK so I admit that on occasion I have made good use of the ‘tips and tricks’ people have posted on review sites about particular businesses.  Tips such as opening/closing times, addresses and basic information about products and services. It’s a great resource when emotion and personal opinion is taken out of the equation and people just stick to the facts, but unfortunately that’s not typical human nature.

 

Good for overseas travel:online reviews sarah sorge

One thing I do notice when I research my overseas trips is that there is not a lot of information online, even for high tourist areas. So in this instance, the very little reviews about hotels and restaurants is quite valuable.  You will be lucky to find maybe 1-5 user reviews on Trip Adviser, and a couple on booking websites and I actually do read them because there is a lot more at steak traveling to another part of the world with different standards and cultures and not knowing where the hell you will end up. In This instance however, I do prefer to read online blogs.  These people are usually experienced travelers and restaurant goers and have intelligent things to say and unbiased tips to give.

 

 

CONS –

Takes up too much time:

So on one of my typical road trips I stay at 20 hotels, eat at 60 restaurants and visit 40 museums and amusements. So that’s 120 reviews I would have to write after every trip if I was serious about giving fair feedback for everything I’ve seen, done and ate.  That’s a HUGE time investment.  I have a home life like everybody else and that’s just too much to ask of anyone.  There are people on Yelp who actually eat out every day and write reviews every day.  If that’s your idea of recreational fun then have at it, but I can’t help but think that time could be better spend learning, traveling and bettering yourself.

 

Little to no rewards:

There really is little to no rewards for the vast amount of time spent writing reviews.  Sure some booking websites offer discounts after writing 10 or so, but how many actually make use of it?  Look the only people benefiting from writing reviews is the websites themselves. It’s true, human psychology suggests that people are much more likely to buy a product that has a lot of reviews and more positive reviews than negative, regardless of what they say, and that means these sites get to sell more products and drive in more traffic.

 

Doing other peoples work for them:

Yup, you are doing other people’s work for them literally for free and they are sitting there reaping in the rewards and profits. It’s their business and their responsibility to sell products and drive traffic to their sites, not yours,and yet you are being used specifically for this purpose.  It’s free marketing, free advertising and free labor.  Do they give you a percentage of the profits for spending the 30+ minutes to takes to write a detailed review each time? nope. Do they even ask buyers if there has been a particular review that has influenced their purchasing decisions, and then offer you a reward or compensation for that? nope.. Sorry sucker, you’ve been had, and thanks for playing along!

 

Review sites are biased:

Not only are they getting your labor for free they are taking your intellectual property and using it at whim however they see fit.  It’s true, they edit your posts, especially the negative aspects and then rank your review based on what marketing strategy they have figured out works best for them.  For example they will put the more positive/favorable reviews up the top and taper down to the negative ones, and review sites like Yelp will actually hide your review in a section they call “Not Recommended”. Wow really? who are they to say that your review is not as informative or important as somebody else’s?

Take my review of them now for example, there is no way in hell they would allow me to publish any of this on their websites. Why? Because they are on a good ride and don’t want people knowing the truth.  Our job is to shut up and keep writing those reviews!

 

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Review sites have far too much power:

Uhuh, a group of dudes have registered a web domain to create a review based site and a couple of years down the line they now have to power to hold every single restaurant, hotel, local business and major conglomerate in the palm of their hands.  These review sites literally hold the public’s purchasing power at ransom and toy with it at will.

Not only are they unfairly biased towards businesses, but they pick out favorite writers with their “Top Reviewer” and “Elite Status” programs that basically say, “Thanks for conforming and doing what we want of you all this time and we are now going to tell the world that you are truly one of Santa’s little friends”…..

They also send out their favorite businesses marketing materials that say “Find us on this website” and “like/review us on …”.  This serves 2 purposes. It let’s people know that this restaurant is one who complies with what the review sites like, AND it gets people to link back to the website to write more reviews and generate more profits, hits and power! sneaky sneaky but I’m onto you…..

 

Businesses offer bribes:

This is the main reason I stopped writing reviews. Sites like Yelp say that businesses can’t pay to have reviews put on or taken off BUT, companies do contact reviewers privately and offer bribes and incentives in exchange for positive reviews. This happened to me a couple of times on the odd occasion when I did write a less than glowing review. The company would contact me and say “Hey we are so sorry you didn’t enjoy your time with us, here’s a $25-50 gift card for you to come back and then wrote another review.”  Now if I was that type of asshole, I could probably get at least 2-3 free dinners every week. I’m not even kidding.

So this made me think, just because I refused to take part in this, doesn’t mean that others haven’t done it and I know for a fact that they have! so what’s the point then, if all these review sites are a hodgepodge of real reviews, negative ones, biased ones and paid ones?  How can you tell whats real and genuine and what’s not? oh that’s right you can’t….Back away, not today, sexy lady!

 

 

Open yourself up to attack:

If you write a review that someone doesn’t like, or their experiences varied greatly to yours, then be prepared for a barrage of hateful assault. Guaranteed you have experienced this to some degree if you are active in the review community, and who knows who these people are. They could be randoms, friends and relatives of the business owner, or even someone working behind the scenes. It’s extremely unnerving, embarrassing and makes you sit there and think “Why even bother writing reviews in the first place?” Yea…. just don’t….

 

Anyone can write a review:

Let’s discuss the actual quality of the reviews themselves.  Anyone can write them. Anyone can create an account (or multiple accounts), and crap away to their hearts content.  Far too much credit is given to some person who may have not even patronized a business at online reviews keyboardall. There are some people who look for trendy new restaurants or services with high traffic and create fictitious reviews simply to get noticed. This is just one example of many ridiculous unjusts that go on in the world of online reviewing.

 

 

Some people are negative about everything:

There are some people out there that really, really, really, need to get laid.  It’s takes a “special” kind of person to sit there for hours behind a computer screen spitting out hateful negative rants one after another, but believe me friends, they exist. This ties into the fact that anyone can just say anything they want online with little to no consequences.

Fortunately these people are pretty easy to spot. Just click on their user name and you will notice all their other reviews and also extremely negative. Just write these off and whatever you do, don’t give them any attention. No feeding of the trolls allowed!

Here is a general rule of thumb.  If you want to take reviews into consideration, look at the 3 and 4 star ones.  These people are usually mentally stable and are trying to offer a fair and reasonable review, while still making a point to list any potential downfalls.

 

People are spiteful:

Along with negative sad sacks the world is also full of spiteful, childish, vindictive people who will make it their life’s work to destroy anyone for the slightest infraction, and review sites are the perfect breeding ground for this type of unjust behavior.  This is why reviews, particularly negative ones should be taken with a grain of salt and don’t let them stop you from doing what you want to do.  If you are unsure then go and see it for yourself. The worst thing that can happen is you don’t like your food.  We eat over 1000 meals a year. One is not going to make any difference and you don’t ever have to go back. Sure, money is important and we don’t like to waste it, but a few dollars is not worth ruining someones life over.

 

You can ruin someones business:

This is the sad part of online reviewing. people don’t actually realize how powerful their words are and can have a huge hand in destroying peoples lives and businesses.  The online world is like high-school and can foster an environment of groups, cliques and bullying.  Some review sites allow you to add friends and form groups and this in turn can cause people to act with impunity and mob mentality.  Word travels extremely fast and it doesn’t take too many negative comments before it starts having a huge negative impact on someones business.

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People rate low for 1 bad experience:

This is the one thing that shits me the most about online reviewing. You get a person that goes the a business over 40 times, and then one day they don’t receive the typical service they are used to receiving and then they go online and write a scathing 1 star review.  Absolutely ridiculous and stupid! Sure, feel free to mention the one off bad experience in the overall review, but take ALL your visits into account and review it as an average, not a one off. We are all humans. We all have bad days and we are not machines. If you are receiving one bad experience, talk to them first and try to resolve the issue in house before making it known for the whole world to see.

Now is a good time to go and re-read all of your reviews and if you have something was said in spite, anger or extreme negativity, then seriously consider changing it and taking the higher road.

 

Unrealistic expectations:

Ahh yes, don’t you just love the people who pay $40 for a hotel room and expect a night at the Grand Hyatt. Haha it always makes me laugh and it’s such a #first_world_problem.

In all seriousness though, yes, you do have the right to a clean room, clean bed, a functioning bathroom and the right to feel safe, but please be reasonable and practice some common sense. If you expect more than the bare basics then pay more. I’ts as simple as that.

 

cultural differences:

As an immigrant myself, I absolutely agree that if you are going to live in America, you need to conform and adjust to the American lifestyle and customs, but in all fairness, 5 years in America is not going to erase 40 years of living in some third world shit hole. We all know the saying “hard to teach an old dog new tricks”, and a certain level of cultural understanding and leeway should be given when dealing with someone who is not from this country.  What you might perceive as rude and inappropriate, might be perfectly acceptable to somebody else and if you are going to put yourself in direct contact with ethnic people, then at least be mature enough to have an open mind and practice a bit of cultural discretion.

 

Out for the world to see:

Just because you think your review is the funniest, most awesome prose ever written, doesn’t mean that your employer or potential employer will feel the same way.  You see in order to bolster the claim that review sites are real and genuine, they will try and get as much personal information from you as possible. This includes asking for your full name, telephone number, email address, pictures, online verification, likes, dislikes, everything. Now of course you can put in fake information, but you will be very surprised at how traceable the information you put online really is.  Sites like Amazon and Yelp have an extremely high ranking and often appear first in search results so its not hard to find your information if someone wants to look for it. Remember everything you put out into the world has the propensity to follow you for life.  Be very careful with what you say and the information you put out there.

 

Google now has better statistics:online reviews google

I’m so pleased that google and other search engines are now adding personal details about businesses out for everyone to see.  They have upgraded their databases to include basic information about local business such as address and phone numbers, opening hours, busiest times to go and easily accessible menus.  I’m hoping this saves a lot of people from having to click into review sites and being bombarded with nonsense information and extreme biases.

 

Forced to sign up to read reviews:

Most of them now force you to sign up just to READ the detailed reviews. This is so they can turn around and say to any potential buyer or advertiser “Hey we have X amount of subscribers, so our website is worth so much more than our competition, and you should compensate us handsomely for that.”

So this basically means that helping people is NOT their agenda here.  We are all just there to build up their branding so they can get top dollar for their web product in any potential sales deals.  It’s a smart, cunning business model, and i commend anybody for creating a profitable business out of thin air, but using people in the process is unethical and not the way I do business. I would rather write reviews and articles myself, help people as much as I can and if that turns profitable then great. If not, then i hope people can get some use out of my writing efforts.

 

 

Thank you for reading.  The most important thing to take away from this is that everybody experiences things differently. Everybody has different expectations and just because somebody else doesn’t like something doesn’t mean that you will feel the same way.  Take your life for example.  Not everyone will like your house, not everyone will like your cooking, or the car your drive, or the clothes you wear. See my point?

Go out and experience life for yourself and don’t worry about what anyone else has to say. The most important thing is that you are happy.

I’d love to hear your opinions on writing online reviews.

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*I’m not affiliated with any websites and everything mentioned in this posting is a true and accurate representation of my experiences in the world of online reviewing.*

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