Advantages Honest reviews, useful information
Disadvantages A bit slow at times, reviews could be set out better
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If you are thinking about booking a package holiday, or are about to book one, then it might be worth your while taking a look at this website. Even if you have already booked, it may still be of interest to you, but only if you are prepared to read reviews of your chosen destination/accommodation that you may not like ! It may be a case of shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted !The site consists of 2 main things :
A Holiday Resource Centre.Both are extremely useful. Basically, if you haven't
For example, if you don't like walking, it's no use going to a hotel that is a long way from all the amenities. Or if you love sunbathing all day on the beach, you won't want to go to a resort where the beaches are the size of postage stamps, meaning you have to lie about 2 inches away from a perfect stranger. Thinking about it, that may not be such a bad thing... Anyway, back to the website.If you have decided where you are going, and where you want to stay, you could take a look to satisfy yourself that you have made the right decision before you actually book. And, of course, you can find out any advice that the reviewer might have about the resort, and about things to do, and places to visit.
The Purpose of the Site
Layout of the Site
Along the bottom of each page are links to certain individual sections. These are -Index, Add Review, Weather, Add to Favourites,
The Left Side
1. 25 000 + reviews
2. Add review
4. Site guide
5. Weather forecasts
6. Web search
1. 25 000 + Reviews
This is what the site is all about. Over 25 000 people have written their opinion on a particular resort / accommodation and posted it on the site.
You don't have to be a member of anything to do this. Unfortunately, I haven't had chance to read them all yet ! Maybe by the end of next week ...
You can read a review, add your own review, and also you can send your feedback on a particular review. Sound familiar ? If you think that a review has been inaccurate or unfair, then there is a form that you can fill in and submit. This feedback is not published on the site.It is easy to use the review section. You simply select the resort / country from a very extensive drop down box. They are listed alphabetically. The vast majority are European, and these are split into resorts. For example, Majorca has 30 resorts to choose from, Cyprus has 15, and Tenerife has 21.
As well as the more popular ones, there are also entries for Barbados, Cruises, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Gambia, Goa, Jamaica, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Skiing, Thailand, Tunisia, USA Florida, and USA. If you still haven't found what you are looking for, then each continent is listed, as is the Rest of the World.Unfortunately, there is no search facility to use, which means you have to scroll down the very long list. This is a little time consuming. It would be much easier to type in a name and click on search.
Once you have selected your destination, all the relevant reviews will appear, as well as related links to that destination. Again, you have to scroll down the list of reviews which are listed alphabetically by name of hotel / apartments or resort. Each review is separated by a line. A search facility enabling you to choose which accommodation you want to look at would be a big improvement.Each review contains the following information -
Name of resort /destination
Name of hotel / apartments
The tour operator and date of holiday
The review writer's name, where they come from, when it was submitted, and the ages of the people who travelled
Rating of the resort
Rating of the accommodation
The opinion itself
2. Add a Review
This is very simple to do. You are asked the relevant questions, and then invited to write your review. It must not contain any offensive remarks, and it must be a balanced opinion about a holiday you have taken in 2003 or 2004. There is a list of terms and conditions to read also. Other than these, you can write what you like.
4. Weather Forecasts
This is very useful in itself, even if you don't want to read any of the reviews. It gives live weather reports for the most popular resorts, such as the Algarve, the Spanish Costas, Greece, Italy, Majorca, Tenerife etc.
5. Web Search
These are simply 2 general search engines to use. You can use Ask Jeeves and UK Sites.
These are all the things contained in the left hand side of the screen. The main disadvantage is that you can't make it go full screen, which would make it a lot easier to read. Still, there is a lot of very useful information contained there !
This is the Holiday Resource Centre, and consists of hundreds of links to the best holiday and travel sites on the Web. This part does have the option to maximize to full screen, which is an advantage.The quick links are - Bargain holidays
There is also a drop down box containing other choices.
These are - Adventure holidays
Useful holiday links
Last minute holidays
Travel ( all )
Overall, this is a very good site and it is extremely interesting. It does have some bad points as I have mentioned earlier, but these are outweighed by its usefulness.
Once or twice, the site has been a little slow, especially when trying to leave it, but generally, there has been no problem.If you are going on holiday, then take a look. Especially if you haven't booked yet.
Thanks for reading.PS When I've read all 25 000 + reviews, I'll
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