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Tale of Two Lenses

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Florence by sabeena1 Comment

I love The Lonely Planet. Before any trip I’ve ever had, I’ve searched their website for a city guide, and if they haven’t had it, I’ve unenthusiastically gone to TripAdvisor. Travel 2.0 has helped my life, and even The Lonely Planet and Google Maps leaves me lost in paradise. What I find more impactful is the role of social media …

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The Undocumented

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Berlin by Ashley Jankowski1 Comment

When I was younger, I loved to write my name in the sand whenever I went to the beach. It was a ballet performance of seashores and Mom-did-you-see-me’s. With one big toe, I’d scribble the A-S-H in childish cursive; I’d elegantly exaggerate the L-E to encapsulate miniature seashells in each; and with a final pointe I’d twirl the Y, tracing …

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My ex-friend Yelp

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Paris by Howard1 Comment

Besides eating at a restaurant, another important activity closely relevant is to find a restaurant. But how do I find a restaurant? The way I usually did before was to ask for recommendation. There were always people around me who have tried really good restaurants so I simply asked them. Most of the time they would tell you what they …

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Coffee, Bon App, and Mr. Bean: One Girl’s Attempt to Have It All

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Shanghai by Rachel2 Comments

“Life is a difficult challenge for Mr. Bean, who despite being a grown adult, has trouble completing even the simplest of tasks. Thankfully, his perseverance is usually rewarded, and he finds an ingenious way around the problem.” — IMDB There is a commonly used Yelp-like app in China called “Bon App,” a punny play on the French phrase bon appetit. …

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Forging into the Unknown

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Sydney by Nicolas1 Comment

Throughout history, travel and tourism has depended on elements of word of mouth in order to accrete trust and confidence in the destination to which you are traveling.  Given the expense, commitment and planning required while traveling, individuals as consumers yearn for external sources of validation when formulating a decision. Undoubtedly, in the mind of the consumer, the worst case …