“Publishers are notoriously slothful about numbers, unless they’re attached to dollar signs – unlike journalists, quarterbacks, and felony criminal defendants who tend to be keenly aware of numbers at all times.”
In the last ten years, the quality and amount of useful travel advice plummeted. Previously most travel advice featured clear, well-edited text backed by well-researched recommendations.
The last time I went to a bookstore and looked at amazon.com, I found very little useful material. Surprisingly, many of the best books (often without updates) were the same ones I recommended ten years ago.
Ten years ago, many books contained thorough lists and evaluations of travel experiences like volunteer tourism and learning vacations. (I used these guidebooks to help develop my seminars). I can’t find any replacement for these essential resources online.
Too often websites and blogs today are either:
- Forums to promote other companies’ product; or
- Filled with beautiful selfies of the blogger visiting the world but little useful information.
Most travel bloggers, publishers, etc. seem to believe that no one has the patience to read any substantive discussions. I think they are wrong. All the traditional media sources pooh-poohed the idea of podcasts. They doubted anyone would listen to an hour or two-hour about one topic. Yet, podcasts are highly regarded and popular. (In fact, more and more of the best travel advice today comes from podcasts and YouTube videos).
Besides, I am sure that Fifty-Plus Nomads will benefit from better travel advice. We like to do research and read in-depth information.
I hope that my Fifty-Plus Nomad business will help improve the quality of travel advice.