Travel Talk

When travel influencers and Tripadvisor collide

May 28, 2019 Jack 2

TA wouldn’t be the first to confuse a foundation of impressive social media numbers with quality. And they wouldn’t be the first to not seriously consider the implications of creating a social media platform which brings the writer into direct contact with the end user. […]

Food and drink

Food, travel and the enablers of mediocrity

April 25, 2019 Jack 0

We’re watching a cheesy Netflix series called Instant Hotel in which Australian couples who rent out their homes compete for the title of being owner of the best ‘instant hotel’. I’m a great believer in […]

The Canary Islands

The death of the travel forum

September 7, 2017 Jack 2

If a writer gets it very wrong about the Canaries, how can I trust them when it comes to other destinations? The answer is I can’t. […]

Food and drink

Can You Trust Tripadvisor Reviews?

January 17, 2016 Jack 1

A recent travel article claimed between a third and a half of reviews posted on the travel website Tripadvisor were fake. There is no doubt there are fake reviews on Tripadvisor. But most of the ones I’ve seen are clumsy and not particularly difficult to spot. […]