When planning a vacation, I do a LOT of research. All of our hotel rooms are booked ahead of time and our itinerary is mostly planned out. My favorite resource to go to online is TripAdvisor. People tend to be informative and honest when contributing their feedback. It’s also nice to see which hotels respond to comments. It shows me they really value customer input. Restaurant and activity reviews are also helpful on TripAdvisor.
In the beginning, I simply used TripAdvisor as a resource. Eventually, I started to add my own reviews, my way of giving back to the TripAdvisor community. My reviews gradually got longer and more detailed. Soon it became routine to post reviews wherever I went.
TripAdvisor’s complete business relies on the information and opinions of travelers. Surveys are often sent out and completed by us reviewers as well. It would be nice if they rewarded their reviewers with coupons or travel deals, instead of travel ‘badges’ on their website. After six years of contributions (and over 140 reviews), the only tangible thing I’ve received is a luggage tag and a magnet. Needless to say, I’ve been a little disappointed with their passive indifference. Where is the incentive to keep writing reviews for them?
Nevertheless, I’ve wanted to help people directly with their travel plans and give a much more thorough account of my experiences. That’s when I decided to create this travel blog.
So, if you are looking for more help with travel, you can check out my reviews as Sexie-Veggie on TripAdvisor. I’ve reviewed almost every destination I’ve visited since 2009 – Hawaii, California, Seattle, Washington DC, Phoenix, Brussels, Sonoma/Napa, Baltimore, and of course, the midwest. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and I’ll do my best to help you out.