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Do You Read Travel Blogs?


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Initial post: Aug 21, 2010, 6:57:39 PM PDT
There are quite a few travel blogs available on the Kindle, that talk about Hawaii, Italy, England, as well as the US. If you're planning a trip to a certain location, do you check out what blogs have to say about it, or do you do any research at all?

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Posted on Sep 10, 2010, 3:44:28 PM PDT
raindrops says:
Better yet is to check out www.travbuddy.com. Type in your destination and get not only travel blogs from dozens of people, but also pictures and reviews of attractions, hotels, and restaurants in that location from those same people.

Posted on Sep 11, 2010, 7:50:17 AM PDT
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As a food writer specializing in holiday travel destinations I can assure you that blogs make a great source of inspiration. Understand that people say the darnest things in a blog. Rarely are they lukewarm. The authors either love or hate something - often at the same time! I enoy reading it all but look for trends before investing my money checking out a place. Note that bloggers are like a canary in a coal mine. They'll hit on something new or report a change in the wind faster than any single source. When you chronical something as large as the Hawaii dining scene you need that kind of back-up.

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Posted on Sep 12, 2010, 8:33:26 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 17, 2010, 7:47:07 AM PDT
Conner Gorry says:
Interesting insight Cleo. Have you ever been to Havana?
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Posted on Sep 19, 2010, 11:33:56 AM PDT
RPH says:
Hawaii Vacation Blog Here's a Hawaiian blog that inspires adventure.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011, 9:47:12 AM PDT
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Posted on Oct 19, 2011, 2:21:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 19, 2011, 6:10:18 PM PDT
I like the idea of a travel blog, but there are a lot out there that aren't very readable:

"Paul Theroux, probably the best-known travel writer working today, is a famous grouch and he does not like travel blogs. He told an interviewer in last May's Atlantic -- who had suggested there might be a certain bloggish quality about his recent book -- that he loathes travel blogs. He finds them hasty, chatty and particular. 'Blogs look to me illiterate . . ., like someone babbling. To me, writing is a considered act . . . something which is a great labor of thought and consideration. A blog doesn't seem to have any literary merit at all.' Not surprisingly, he does not write a blog.

"In all fairness, one must admit the man has something there, plain-spoken as he may present it. And I know it can be answered that a blog isn't literature: it's blogging. But in which case one needs to have some reason that anyone else would want to read it. If you have just found a lost city or been raised up as a god by an undiscovered tribe, then the raw data feed could be interesting, but for most of us we need some art to make our more quotidian adventures of interest to others.

"It takes effort to make something worth reading. It is not enough just to have taken the same train."

That was -- immodestly -- from my own blog, which has for the past few months been trying to write neither hasty, chatty nor babblingly about my time in Mexico. http://ElsewhereandElsewhen.blogspot.com

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