Last night we let Tripadvisor decide for us a place to eat dinner and a tea-shop to visit. Both were rated extremely highly, #2 for each in the area and that’s why we visited them. As I checked out the hotel this morning, I saw a sign that rated it top in 2013, a fair accolade from our experience.
I take, take, take when it comes to using this information, memories of disappointing stays in hotels and dodgy restaurants are a thing of the past. But how many times have I repaid this favour to the rest of the travelling population?
That is it.
In exchange for the countless, must be in the hundreds of times, that I’ve used other people’s reviews to guide my decisions, I have bothered to help 3 times. Laziness, busyness and plain forgetfulness, none of which can count as valid excuses for me not to re-pay this favour.
Tripadvisor have nearly 300 million reviews, with nearly 200 reviews being posted a minute - I am in the minority. So, in a world where we let other people’s opinions and recommendations guide our decisions more than what marketing tells us to believe about products and services, we should all give fairly. I have been selfish.
So, if you ever visit Jaipur, I strongly recommend visiting the Royal Spices and Tea Shop, staying in the Ikaki Niwas homestay and dinner in the Amber Fort will be a day you will not regret. Look out for my reviews on Tripadvisor…
No more ifs or buts.