On day 27 of the Nowhere To Be Project I contemplated the purpose and power of reviews. I was reading a fellow blogger’s post about a recent stay in Sydney, Australia with bated breath as I’m visiting there as a newbie in a few weeks. Selfishly, I was bummed when the blogger had absolutely nothing positive to say. My takeaways from the post were that the city is overrated, beyond expensive and anything more than two days there is a complete waste of time. By the end of the post, I was wondering if I had made a mistake in booking my trip. It felt awful to have my excitement about the trip dampened! Then I recalled a recent hotel stay at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.
My husband and I were road-tripping with our dog. We decided to stay at the pet-friendly Peabody. When he mentioned this to a friend who had recently stayed there, he was told to avoid the place like the plague. According to this friend, the hotel was rundown, overpriced and offered horrible service. We considered canceling our reservation in light of the information. I am so glad that we didn’t as we had a delightful stay! Our 100 pound Mutt was welcomed in grand fashion with amenities and treats made just for him. We were given a beautiful room, served delicious food and experienced top-notch service throughout our visit. We found the Peabody to be a fabulous old hotel offering immense charm and luxury.
Who knows what happened with his friend to taint his opinion of the hotel so intensely? Same with the blogger who hates Sydney so. While I value their input, I can only take it with a grain of salt. It isn’t their job to plan my travel. We all have different expectations, desires, likes and dislikes. Blogs are great at sharing the perspectives of their authors and reviews can be extremely useful tools for planning travel. However, neither should make or break a trip. Bloggers are not responsible for telling readers what they want to hear. That is the beauty of blogs! I’ll remain totally addicted to blogs and reviews, yet I’m going to trust myself and my gut a bit more when it comes to my journeys. I think I’ll call it gut travel!
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