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starrsville Oct 22nd, 2007 09:36 AM

That would be me. I did not change a word but just broke it up into paragraphs so it would be easier to read. I got slammed quite hard by certain Fodorites for doing so.

The OP came back and had no problems with the efforts for making it easier to read.

starrsville Oct 22nd, 2007 09:39 AM

Note - there was no retyping. I cut and pasted the OP's version on the same thread and just added paragraph breaks in what was one long trip report that covered several Hawaiian islands in one long paragraph. The intent was to make it easier on the eyes to read. Any reader could choose to read the original version or the version in paragraphs.

Myer Oct 22nd, 2007 09:40 AM

I guess there's a fine line between helpful and heavy-handed.

In your opinion, which version as easier to read?

nicegirl512 Oct 22nd, 2007 09:40 AM

I went on two trips with fodor's forum help and didn't write trip reports (despite best intentions). For my most recent trip (Greece) I was determined to write a trip report. I wrote a very comprehensive trip report with special chapters on hotels, eating, language, etc. I posted it to my blog (with pictures embedded to make it more interesting visually) and as it is quite long rather than post all the text to Fodors I did a summary post with links to each entry explaining what each entry was, so if somebody was going to, say, Thessaloniki they could easily just read about Thessaloniki.

I got zero responses. I gotta say, after all that work I was a little sad. I know at least one person looked at it because she left me a comment on my blog, so that was some consolation.

wyatt92 Oct 22nd, 2007 09:48 AM

Just because no one posts a reply to your trip report, doesn't mean it's not being read.

I read lots of trip reports but I probably comment on very few. The purpose of writing a trip report, or even just coming back to say how things went, is to add information to the Fodors "library" that will at some point help other travelers.

When I'm planning a trip I always do a search and see what information is out there and I've gotten plenty of ideas/answers from trip reports.

I understand it's nice to get comments when you write a report or start a post, but the purpose of this forum is information sharing, not validation.

rkkwan Oct 22nd, 2007 10:01 AM

I wrote trip reports for my own sake. That way, I have a written record of my travel; and I also pay more attention to details when I'm traveling. I really don't care if anybody reads them.

I never expect anybody to write TRs, but I <b>do expect and wish</b> those who have asked questions on the board tell us in the original thread how things turned out.

This makes those who care to answer the questions feel appreciated. And, also to update information so others (including those who answer the questions) realize what may be the most current situation.

starrsville Oct 22nd, 2007 10:01 AM;tid=34881909

Here's the Hawaii TR that was mentioned. The OP has been back on the boards as recently as a week ago.

Amy Oct 22nd, 2007 11:41 AM

Here are some!;tid=35084942

Actually, this is a link to the list of links of my solo trip reports. I, too, like writing the reports for my own benefit (and as soon as possible after I return to keep the flavor) but it is nice to know someone else has read them.

Happy trails!

suze Oct 22nd, 2007 11:57 AM

I don't post trip reports myself. But I do try to contribute in other ways.

As a long-time poster on Fodor's, any time I travel I now take extra good notes, collect business cards, etc. so I am able to answer individual threads as they come up later on. I think this is just as helpful (possibly more so) than writing up every detail of your trip once you get home in one official &quot;trip report&quot;.

Besides which I don't do the usual activities when I travel so mine would be particularly boring for others to read ( I have coffee in a cafe near my hotel and read a book, now I walk around and sit on a park bench, now I take a break from all that walking and have wine and some lunch in a different cafe, on and on I go...).

Myer Oct 22nd, 2007 12:10 PM

Ahhh!!! Some insight into our report writing styles.

It normally takes me less than a week to complete a detailed (very) trip report.

However, I won't post it until photos have been selected (from all), resized and placed on my web site. Then I place the link in my report.

starrsville Oct 22nd, 2007 12:12 PM

Myer, just curious. What's your take on the &quot;editing crime&quot;?

Aduchamp1 Oct 22nd, 2007 12:48 PM

I hope this works I am a computer ignoramous. Here is a trip report from one leg of a journey earlier this year.;tid=35008136

starrsville Oct 22nd, 2007 12:53 PM

Here's my trip report on AZ and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I agree with wyatt and I wanted it to be on the boards for reference later. It does get a bit lonely when you are writing (what feels like volumes) and no one comments, but as I wrote at the time, I hoped it would helpful to someone later. And, as it turns out, it has -;tid=34849602

Keith Oct 22nd, 2007 01:02 PM

Like rkkwan, I think the most important reason for writing trip reports is to have the record of the trip. I've been doing them for a few years now, but wish I had been doing them 20 and 30 years ago.

That said, after posting one here, I am looking to see if there are responses over the next couple of days.

Most of the reports that I have posted here, also go on my website along with photos:

I get occasional emails from people that were just surfing the net and came across the reports. It makes me feel warm inside when someone says I made them homesick for somewhere (as a young woman wrote about my New Mexico weekend last year).


rkkwan Oct 22nd, 2007 01:17 PM

I do try to keep mine as short as possible, especially to places that many have visited.

But here's mine last year to some remote part of Yunnan Province in China that I doubt any of us here have been there. So, I wrote a massive multi-dozen page report for just a 6-day trip:;tid=34900413

I invite everybody here to read the whole thing! And make some fresh comments! :D

elsiemoo Oct 22nd, 2007 04:01 PM

Starrsville, I understand why you broke that trip report into paragraphs, as one l-o-n-g paragraph is so hard to read! I will click right off and not read them as soon as I see that format ... it makes me dizzy!

On the other hand, I can understand that the OP could find that annoying. Would depend on the person, I'm sure.

I don't always do trip reports but make a point of answering questions about destinations I've been to. The short report I did last year, for a trip to California, got no responses that I recall (???) so I never came back to finish it. I wondered if I'd been too negative about some things, and upon re-reading it, thought I COULD have done a better job. :) Oh, well, I tried ...

starrsville Oct 22nd, 2007 04:06 PM

Thanks elsiemoo. Evidently, the OP didn't have a problem with it. Got a &quot;mahalo&quot; from one Fodorite and a couple of slams too. Such is life.

Myer Oct 22nd, 2007 05:41 PM


You're probably asking the wrong person for an opinion on the &quot;editing crime&quot;.

First yours.
You didn't change anything other than break the report into paragraphs.
You didn't take credit for writing the report.
You left the originator's name at the beginning of the report.
You made it more readable just by breaking it into paragraphs.

I think anybody who was interested in reading the report should thank you.

Now mine.
I'm the person who edited a few of Carrie's photos to make them look more like what she saw. I actually modified the photos somewhat!!!

She must have liked what I did as she mailed me a CD containing all of the photos of her trip to &quot;enhance&quot;.

dawnnoelm Oct 22nd, 2007 05:58 PM

I never finished my Europe trip report. We take a lot of short trips but often do not post a trip report on them - but will always try to give advice based on that experience. I think that helps as well as a trip report.

We just got back from our wedding/weekend in NYC and I was going to write a short one because I felt like there were a few things I noticed worth commenting on.

kealalani Oct 23rd, 2007 08:00 AM

&quot;The OP came back and had no problems with the efforts for making it easier to read.&quot;

The editors must have deleted that part of the thread.

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