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The Frugal Traveler
Are programs like @CustomsBorder's GlobalEntry, @TSA's PreCheck and @CLEAR_me worth it for budget travelers? Answers later today!
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Thanks everybody, that was really interesting. #muckedup
Bloggers is also a misnomer-lots of travel sites are multi-faceted, vary greatly between marketing puppets and honest narrative. #muckedup
Travel writing should ASPIRE to highest journalistic ethics - impossible to achieve. Many bloggers are proud to be marketers. #muckedup
There is way more travel writing than we we need to learn to distinguish between who's trying to be ethical and who isn't#muckedup
I recommend when reading user reviews, look for fact, not opinion. i.e. "internet doesn't work on 4th floor" vs. "internet sucks!" #muckedup
Agreed! RT @loratliff: @frugaltraveler Indeed, but I find many magazines use the same "stable". New, fresh narratives, please! #muckedup
Vital RT @SculptSocial: @frugaltraveler Yes - you have to look at the reviewer's profile as well as what they are writing. #muckedup
And let's just note that my own publication does not do so, despite having the strictest rules. #MuckedUp
This is really back to Q1, but I think a great partial solution is for every site/blog/publication to state ethics policy up top...#MuckedUp
I'd be curious to hear how people use TripAdvisor and the like, how much they trust reviews. #MuckedUp
Biggest differences between travel writers and crowdsourcing are 1) experience 2) compelling writing. Not always but usually. #MuckedUp
Voice is incredibly important, as is building an audience. Nobody needs to hear what to order in a restaurant with Yelp around. #muckedup
Travel writers must focus more on narrative and inspiration - as well as ability to dig deeper. Reviews not as useful. #MuckedUp
Q2: TripAdvisor, etc, are powerful forces, here to stay. That very much changes the role of the travel writer, esp guidebooks. #muckedup
Finally on Q1: most travel writing today is done by people who do not consider themselves journalists, but travelers. #muckedup
Books are a silly comparison...they're worth $20. A trip to Thailand is $2000. #MuckedUp
Don't know much about tech writing. I would think same applies: if article cannot be written w/o accepting something, go for it. #muckedup