When I travel to different places, I tend to do research when I’m on the plane on my way to the destination. People often ask me–do you use Yelp to plan your trips?
Yes and no.http://heelsfirsttravel.boardingarea.com/2013/05/25/foursquare-checkin-has-another-use/
I used to use FourSquare all the time before the huge Swam debacle. I’m easing my way back in.
But I found that Trip Advisor tends to have a lot of users who don’t travel that much, so tend to comment on things that are the norm for a frequent traveler. (For example, no sheets on the bed in Prague is pretty common, but will show up in hotel reviews).
But Yelp reviewers feel like they know too much in a way that irks me.
Here’s an example.
I was reading the review of a restaurant I love that is known for its wine. A Yelp reviewer gave it one star.
Because when the bottle of wine they wanted wasn’t available, the owner “tried to pawn off an old bottle of wine from his basement on us.”
In other words, he offered them an old vintage from the cellar on the house.
This person left many reviews for many wine bars, and even though their wine drinking was quite extensive, they seemed really uninformed.
Researching through what people say can help decipher what is actually important and who is a self-proclaimed wino who decides that a wine is bad because it is “old”.
I stopped using Yelp as much when I realized I was mostly meta reviewing.
When my green-cleaning company was dinged for not using harsh chemicals when they cleaned, I left a review asking the other poster if they ever hired a vegan catering company and demanded meat.
….not the point of Yelp. So I got help* and didn’t log on as much.
*aka, my friends told me I should probably take a break.
What do you think of Yelp? How do you research your destinations?