How Vacation Time is Precious is different from Trip Advisors and the other Mass Travel Review Sites
One difference is that we are creating this blog together, so what is in it will reflect our preferences.
For example, this post reflects your comments.
Max Waugh wrote:
“I think the idea has potential, though it will be interesting to see what can make it unique compared to other interactive travel resources such as Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree Forum or Trip Advisor…”
Alex Sunarich wrote:
“I frequently use the web and sites such as Trip Advisor in order to research and/or share information regarding travel destinations or accomodation. The thing which is missing is a forum where travellers can share in- depth information and insights regarding specific concerns and issues on a one to one basis, from the “front lines”, so to speak. I would be very happy to participate!”
These comments helped me define one of the goals of Vacation Time is Precious more precisely than I was able to when I wrote the first post two weeks ago. How does this strike you?
“Vacation Time is Precious provides forum for a virtual community of travelers who have a shared conversation of what makes travel valuable so that comments and recommendations in the blog will be much more useful than the ones that come from the mass “epinion” travel sites where the only thing the reviewers have in common is an interest in travel.”
That said, clearly the idea is not to replace the mass sites. Their advantage is that they are huge. These provide instant information about virtually anywhere in the world—not to mention that they have functional subscription, search and navigation functions. We are working on these as fast as we can, by the way.
So the take home from this post is that although I have a general idea of the direction that I want it to take, Vacation Time is Precious, is still in its infancy. The specifics will very much be influenced all of you. So please keep your suggestions coming— starting with suggestions for topics for the next post.
Inspired by your comments I am considering:
- More definitions of goals and focus of this blog
- When to travel on your own and when to use professional help to plan and arrange vacations.
- Request for your feedback on specific questions I am wrestling with about navigation, search, how to manage subscriptions and notifications.
All help and suggestions gratefully received.