I love to travel and love to write reviews of places I visit. Good, Bad or Ugly but they are my views and not binding on anyone. I try to talk about my experience rather than be judgmental about a city, a tourist attraction or a hotel. What the reader wants to take from my review is entirely their prerogative.
What I don’t understand are these self proclaimed travel gurus giving verdicts like “top 10 beaches of the world for 2012” or “best ski resorts of the world” and many more such categories. As a matter of fact these are still tolerable as they talk about the good things and show places in a positive light.
My problem is with writers who talk negatively and today I came across one such verdict which was shocking for a travel enthusiast like me “World’s 10 most hated cities” by a travel writer called Jordan Rane. As a traveler I feel anyone who loves to travel, knows that travelling is as much about the experience and journey as it is about the destination. Experience (good or bad), the journey (eventful or boring), the destination (touristy or obscure) all contribute to your travel stories. Hate is a strong word and writing off a city as one of the world’s most hated is not only being ignorant … it is being downright biased. Critics or travel-gurus (travel GODS) sometime mis-use the power in them to give a judgement which shows bias and most of the times the results published cannot be vetted by the readers.
For me every city/ country has its own charm & also its pros and cons … but I still have loved ever city I have traveled to and will use this blog to write about a lot of my travels. I do certainly hope that I would refrain from being judgmental & negative.
Like R.L.Stevenson aptly put it “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
P.S. If you want to look up the above mentioned travel survey, you can Google it, I would rather refrain from posting such pieces here.