Travel reviews - useful or unreliable?

2013-08-20 12:40

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Everyone has a different method of travelling - some research a place in detail before leaving on vacation, while others prefer to just wing it and see what happens when they get to the other side.

With the rise of review sites like Tripadvisor, research for trips has become somewhat more personal, as fellow travellers share their experiences about places. However, is this always trustworthy? What do you look out for? How do you know if your expectations are the same as someone else's? 

In today's Travel Talk on Twitter we chatted about the "Power of Reviews." We've shared a few of our favourite answers that the Twitter travel community came up with.
If you're a keen traveller who likes to share tales, tips and trifles with other wanderers, you should head on over to Twitter every Tuesday for Travel Talk on Twitter, also known as #TTOT.

Taking place every week at 11:30 (SA time), the chat is run by a few of the world's top travel bloggers, such as Travel Dudes, Roni Weiss and Runaway Juno, and aimed at getting travellers from all over the world to sharing their experiences. How it works: A new topic is introduced every week, so to stay in the loop by keeping close tabs on the TTOT Facebook group.

The discussion takes the form of five different questions related to the topic and will be numbered Q1 - Q5, with a couple of minutes for responses to each. In order to respond to a specific question you will start your answer with A1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, of course including #TTOT so you're included in the stream.

Check out the Travel Talk on Twitter Facebook page for updates about upcoming chats.

Follow News24Travel on Twitter, so we can chat with you too! You can also tell us about your view on reviews in the comment section below OR send us your answers/tips/comments to

Q1: What review site is your go to place for information?
Q2: What's the most important information you look for in a review?
Q3: What do you think is the biggest limitation to review sites?
Q4: The funniest thing you read in a review?

Q5: What makes you leave a review?

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