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Internet and Travel: A Match Made in Heaven?

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | July 18, 2016

Internet and Travel: A Match Made in Heaven?

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The Internet has made travel a lot easier and destinations more accessible, but has it also taken away the random travel experiences that used to be some of the most memorable times of a vacation? 

Buzzfeed’s Annie Daly asks if the Internet is ruining travel in an article that discusses the best and worst of the Internet’s impact on the travel experience.

According to 2016 statistics from TripAdvisor, more than 350 million reviews are on their site, writes Daly. In previous surveys, it found that 93 percent of travelers worldwide say online reviews have an impact on their booking, and 80 percent of travelers read six to 12 reviews before booking a hotel. 

“We’ve become a generation of optimizers, unwilling to settle for anything less than a 10, and travel has become a commodity — a thing you buy, not a thing you experience,” she says. 

Does this scenario sound familiar?

“Last winter, for example, my boyfriend and I wanted to make a cozy weekend getaway somewhere in upstate New York or Pennsylvania,” wrote Daly. “We found a cute and affordable Airbnb, but we decided to keep looking to find the perfect one, just in case. Pretty soon, we were lost in an inescapable online review vortex, texting and Gchatting each other links and quotes from reviews. In the end, we got so overwhelmed we decided to save the decision for another day — but that day never came.”

So how much of an impact does the Internet, social media and the number of likes have on your travel decisions? Find out here


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