There is No Better Travel Advice Than This
The best travel advice is, learn how to find your own information. Only you can know what is best for you. I am an Information Technology teacher and I believe in the old saying
If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime.
While checking for the source of this quote I found some interesting takes and adaptations of the quote.
The Need to Check Things Out
Information technology is about Information first and using technology to process information. Some people think that because it is on a computer it must be “true”. I am reminded of a Spiderman comic, where the Daily Bugle said Spiderman was a criminal sand because it was in the newspaper people believed it.
A lot of travel advice is a “re-hash” of what other travel writers have said, and I see nothing wrong in taking ideas from other people, but if the first information is wrong and you re-work it you end up with “Chinese whispers” and if you act on it you could regret it.
A lot of my ideas come from surfing the internet, we are all influenced by others. This is not your normal travel advice because I was influenced by one of my lecturers, Bernard Burgoyne. He had a saying on his wall “If it moves criticise it. If it doesn’t move, kick it.”
When I taught KS3 ICT one of the key topics was teaching the students to find information and check it against other sources.
And I do not just accept what people write on travel blogs, travel advise sites or even holiday and hotel booking sites, I check it out. The hotel might be miles from the beach but the information misses out this important bit of information. See a Cheap Package Holiday Story
Bias is in Built In to All Advice
Bias is when the information is slanted or refocused by the writer, perhaps intentionally or perhaps because we are human.
You just cannot help seeing the world through your own eyes. I eat pizza but I would never advise anyone to eat it because I think it’s over-rated as a food. I read a blog the other day that suggested getting a “down-town” hotel was not a good idea, they suggested the saving was not worth the extra cost of travelling, I disagree, I like hotels away from city centres, I like to see where real people live but that is my bias. The first thing you need to do is work out what you like, do not accept advice from aliens.
A lot of travel advisors are suggesting “Frequent Flyer” rewards as a way to cut travel costs or “Hotel Loyalty Schemes” some are just re-directing you to other websites, where they get a commission. I have no problem with that, it is the basis of how Google makes money and I am grateful for their search engine. Some of my links are “affiliate links”, I might get a commission and it will not cost you a cent more but any money is an added extra not a reason for the web site.
Do Not Believe My Advice
I try hard to check all of the information on this site but sometimes I will get it wrong because I have made a mistake, missed some important information or misunderstood it or things might have changed. Please feel free to tell me when I need to change things by posting a comment.
But more importantly check all information, from every source, before you act on it and end up making a travel mistake, based on the wrong information. Check out my post on Knowledge, Information and Data.