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wildblueyonder Oct 22nd, 2007 01:22 AM

Oh, you've pricked my conscience, because, although I did post a trip report of our 2004 trip to SW USA (and had favourable feedback from it), I didn't post on, on here, of our trip last year to the Pacific NW, Rockies and Yellowstone...

I'm not sure what people want to get from the reports - particularly as, not being young fit folk, we don't do much in the way of hiking and also, we tend to eat and move, so there are few restaurants but many fast food joints!

But I do love reading peoples' trip reports myself and I get a lot of help from this board, so, here are the urls to my websites with lots of pictures and a load of garbage writing, which might be helpful to somebody!

Last year's trip to Seattle-Cascades-Yellowstone-Glacier-Banff

and this is 2004's trip to Phoenix-GC-Utah parks (too brief)-Vegas-LA-Yosemite-San Fran

(and here's this year's short trip to the Algarve, Portugal!

For more exciting, adventurous reports, there's always Meanie! :)

Myer Oct 22nd, 2007 02:49 AM

I have to tell what caused me to start this thread.

I went to Bryce, Zion, GC and Sedona last June.

I asked a lot of questions and got a lot of answers. I read trip reports which I consider answers to questions that were not asked recently.

Now I'm planning another trip to Utah. This time to the Moab area.

I've particularly gone back and reread reports written by Carrie and Maria as well as a few others. I've also reread many of the non-report posts by Dayle and utahtea and others as well.

Sometimes you have specific questions and sometimes you get ideas for places to add to your trip.

I can just think of missing the likes of Horseshoe Bend, The Best Dam View and Antelope Canyon all near Page, AZ because I didn't know they existed.

Somebody complained that people only read reports because either they've been to the location or are planning a trip there. Isn't that what it's all about?

Reliving our experiences and planning new ones.

If a post or report doesn't fall into one of those categories, I just take a quick look at the heading and read a few lines. That's how I add potential trip destinations to my futures list.

Maggi Oct 22nd, 2007 03:34 AM

Good topic, Myer. I love reading reports, even if I don't plan to go there. As you said, sometimes it piques your interest in a location you might not otherwise have considered.

I keep a diary while I am on the trip for my own purposes, so I will remember everything when I get home. If I can, I use my laptop and if there is an internet connection I post it directly to Fodors. That's one way of my having a back-up in case something happens to my computer.

I think sometimes people will post travel questions on different sites at once and sometimes they even forget to come back to retrieve the answers.

For those not getting hits on their trip reports, it would be nice if people reading them did post a short reply. That would top it off and the report someone labored over would not get lost in the shuffle.

Devonmcj Oct 22nd, 2007 03:47 AM

I wrote a trip report after asking a lot of questions about the Canadian Rockies, and getting great advice from many posters. I'll be darned if I can find that report now. I've done a search every way I can and it still doesn't show up. So could it be that some people did write reports that then disappeared into Fodors netherland?

Myer Oct 22nd, 2007 04:51 AM


I found your report:

Hope the link works.

Myer Oct 22nd, 2007 04:57 AM


Well, that didn't work very well but I found your report by clicking on your name and going down several pages of posts.

starrsville Oct 22nd, 2007 05:13 AM

Here ya go, devon -;tid=35026059

starrsville Oct 22nd, 2007 05:15 AM

This question has come up a lot. Quite a few people said they didn't want to subject themselves to the criticisms - especially regarding grammar, spelling, etc.

It's a shame. The more TRs, the stronger this board is as a resource, IMO.

Myer Oct 22nd, 2007 05:24 AM


Thanks for posting the link properly.

It's funny about people opening themsleves up to criticism. I am most amused when I reread what I wrote.

I find that people get attacked after complaining about something. Seldom about their experiences in a trip report.

I complained about not being able to find a gas station between the expressway and airport in Phoenix. At $6. a gallon to have the car rental refill the car I was a bit annoyed.

Well, I was accused of not reading the fine print, etc. That's not what I was complaining about.

I did question the practice of charging so much extra to return a car rental to a different location. In my case the car a license plates for the destination. But again, I knew this on the way in.

Even with the negatives to posting, trip reprts are very valuable to those planning trips.

maj Oct 22nd, 2007 06:03 AM


Love your trip reports. I actually like all the details -- they help while planning trips. And the pictures are great!

be_6489 Oct 22nd, 2007 06:10 AM

I'm fairly new to this forum and had a few questions a few months ago about my trip to NY. I just posted my first post on the board and frankly found that it's kinda boring. Don't get me wrong, I had a great time on my trip but since I really didn't "do" any touristy things, I think it might be a bit boring to other readers. I'm not sure whether I would post another report, however I'm hoping that if I need to ask questions in the future, someone would be willing to respond.

Devonmcj Oct 22nd, 2007 06:22 AM

Well, thanks Myer and Starrsville. Your search skills are outstanding (or mine are very bad).

Myer Oct 22nd, 2007 06:22 AM


I just read your report.

You indicated where you stayed and your opinion.

You told us where you ate and your opinion.

You told us what you did and saw.

Oh yes, somebody asked you a question that you didn't answer.

Hey, we all have diffferent styles. You told your stories and I'm sure they'll help somebody else.

Aduchamp1 Oct 22nd, 2007 06:23 AM

I think trip reports should be streamlined.

Have a sense of wonder, fun, and humor
Give relevant information
Make it your own trip
Give a point of reference. This was the first time I ate chicken feet.

Omit who you sat next to on a plane or what time it arrived unless it is unusual. A flight delay is not unusual.
Omit what time you woke up or when you took a nap
Think of words besides yummy and awesome that will help the reader understand the situation.
Edit your report. There is a old bromide, "I would have written a shorter letter but i did not have the time."

wildblueyonder Oct 22nd, 2007 06:55 AM

be, I read you NYC report too and found it very interesting and useful for my visit next year. Thanks!

socialworker Oct 22nd, 2007 06:56 AM

Well, an interesting thread....the only thing I really *expect* of people is that if they "desperately" needed a certain kind of hotel or other specific info and they got answers back...I want to know where they stayed or where they ate and how it worked out! Maybe it is more out of cuiosity than anything else, but I really feel that I have been left hanging if I never find out how the "story" ended. :)

be_6489 Oct 22nd, 2007 06:57 AM

Thanks Myer - I just replied to the question, thanks for the heads up.

be_6489 Oct 22nd, 2007 06:59 AM

Hi WildBlueYonder - Glad you liked the report. I'm glad that it wasn't as boring as I thought. If I do write reports in the future I will also keep in mind Auchamps comments.

bugswife1 Oct 22nd, 2007 08:10 AM

I used to write reports. I also wrote many indepth reviews on NY theater. I gave up.

Now, I post very infrequently and keep my responses short and to the point. I have also stopped responding to many posts that I could answer. Why? I can't stand the nitpicking, sniping, the posters desperate to prove you wrong about something, getting the 'you actually liked that?' attitude, and the ripping apart of the original posts. Now, I try to just answer questions where someone has not gotten many responses and needs help, and that is it.

iamq Oct 22nd, 2007 09:30 AM

I remember once a poster actually retyped the OP's trip report and sectioned it into paragraphs to make it easier to read and reposted it. She thought she was being "helpful". I thought it was pretty heavy handed. I wonder if the OP ever came back after that?

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