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  1. Danial
    June 18, 2016

    I’m quite new to this travel blogging gig and I would like to thank writers like you for “keeping it real” as I feel honesty and integrity plays a big part of who you are especially in this field. Cheers!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      June 18, 2016

      Absolutely! Integrity is HUGE in my opinion, and I always aim to maintain a high level of it. 😉

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  2. Natascha from Westwards
    April 14, 2015

    Interesting thoughts you raise in your post. I definitely agree with you that you should read up on a place before you go, not only because you know what to expect, but it will also make your stay richer, if you have a good background of the history, culture etc. On the other hand I find it very difficult not to go with certain expectations, especially when I have read a lot about a destination. There are reasons why I chose this one over another one. For the combed trips I think it is really really difficult to write unbiased. I find myself very willing to like things on paid trips and I know that maybe I get special attention by the staff.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 16, 2015

      I try to read as little as possible about a place I’m going to, but then again I also keep my expectations VERY low. I’ve found that works best for me as it helps me be more open to experiences. When I’ve researched too much or have high expectations, I find myself constantly comparing things to what I read instead of just being present to the moment. I’m also not a big planner, so that helps.

      For comped stuff, one definitely has to remain focused on not getting lost in the VIP treatment so they can be more objective.

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  3. Elle | Spain Buddy
    April 14, 2015

    Bang on advice!
    I try not to have high expectations of a place. Luckily I have many many well travelled friends who all know me and my preferred style – so when I ask them if I’d like it, they’ll be honest with me.
    I tend to avoid popular spots anyway (recent exception was Granada, Spain, which I loved).
    For me it’s all about the food… and that’s probably the things I do the most research on before jetting off. One exception was an Indian restaurant that I was very much looking forward to visiting. It was dire – yet to hear the Tripadvisor curry lovers talk, you’d think it was the best outside of India x

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 16, 2015

      I’m always amazed when I find so many glowing recommendations for a restaurant yet find their food abysmal. I have to wonder if the people were drunk when they went there.

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  4. Nancie
    April 14, 2015

    You’re right on the mark. How we end up feeling about an attraction, a restaurant, a city, a country, etc. is so subjective. One person’s hell is another person’s nirvana.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 16, 2015

      And there is so much that can affect it, too. When we first went to Bangkok, I really didn’t like it that much. Part of it was a string of bad experiences with the taxi drivers. When we came back, we had a much better experience, and I found that I ended up enjoying Bangkok. So much can color a visit either way.

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  5. Michele
    April 13, 2015

    Thank you Talon you have made me feel a lot better about our last few posts. We try and be honest but sometimes I thomk people want it to be all sunshine and roses.
    I do agree withnthe expectation thing too, i try not to do too micj research as want to experience things for myself but maybe that is to my detriment

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 16, 2015

      Personally, I don’t feel it’s much of a detriment. I hardly do any research at all, and I find it helps me have a better experience. Then again, I also don’t get bent out of shape when a popular place feels touristy. 😉

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  6. Michele
    April 13, 2015

    Thank you Talon you have made me feel a lot better about our last few posts. We try and be honest but sometimes I thomk people want it to be all sunshine and roses.
    I do agree withnthe expectation thing too, i try not to do too micj research as want to experience things for myself but maybe that is to my detriment

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  7. Christa
    April 13, 2015

    Thank you SO much for this post! This is a big reason why I don’t follow many of the top travel blogs, because I know that many of their posts are written through rose-colored glasses. A big part of the reviews I write are whether something is a good value. If I got a hotel room at an awesome deal then my expectations aren’t as high than if I had to pay premium price for it. I think that’s just human nature though 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 16, 2015

      It sure is. It’s much easier to adore something when you didn’t have to pay directly for it. So I keep that in the forefront when I’m evaluating something. After the absolutely amazing brunch we had, the first thing I did was find out what it costs. It was pricey, but in all honesty it’s something I would definitely save up for so I could enjoy it again. It was just too darn good. But I’ve definitely been to things that I enjoyed but wouldn’t have felt so rosy about if I had paid the full price for admission, so I write accordingly.

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  8. DJ Yabis
    April 13, 2015

    Attention whores hungry for clicks obviously.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 16, 2015

      That is definitely one piece of it I’m sure.

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