If you want to choose a place to travel from two places, do you want to find information on the Internet or ask your friends who have been there?
When it comes to choosing travel destinations, people are inclined to think twice. Some people may subconsciously surf the Internet for comments and advice, while others prefer to ask their friends who have been there before. As for me, I’d like to say that friends’ advice plays a more important role in helping me make the final decision. This opinion will be well-supported in the following paragraphs.
To begin with, friends who have been there could provide us with more valuable and detailed information about the destinations. On no account could they give us useful information about a scenic spot without the experience of visiting there. Therefore, they must have a deep understanding of the place in terms of the traffic, food and accommodation. In this sense, their advice is more worth considering and could be more specific. Taking myself as an example, I had a wonderful time in the ancient town of Fenghuang in Hunan province last year. With the limited budget, I still enjoyed the beautiful scene and delicious food，and stayed in a cozy inn with a five-star hotel service, which is all attributed to the recommendations from my friend Eva, who has already been there many times.
In addition, advice given by our friends are sincerer and more trustworthy. When giving us information about a travel destination, our friends tend to share with us their true feelings. In contrast, information on the internet are more likely to misguide readers. In order to boost tourism industry, some fake news or deliberately beautified pictures are posted online to attract tourists, which makes it very hard for travelers to distinguish between the true and false. For instance, on one occasion I saw many attractive photos of a small town in southwest China, and I hopped on a train to there. However, it disappointed me, for the real scene looked totally different from what’s on the internet. However, if I had resorted to a friend who has been there, he would have told me the truth and prevented me from going there.
There is no denying that travel logs on the Internet could cater for different people’s needs and show a full picture of the destinations, informing readers of both advantages and disadvantages. However, due to the abundant information, people can easily be trapped in the praise and criticism, and hardly can he or she make the right decision. On the contrary, if we ask our friends for advice, the information we get is not as comprehensive as that on the internet, but it’s much easier for us to make the decision.
In a nutshell, I prefer to turn to my friends when choosing a travel destination. It is not only because their words are more valuable and specific, but also because their sincerer and more trustworthy advice can help us reduce the risk of making false decisions.
1. think twice：再三考虑
2. scenic spot：风景区，景点
3. boost tourism industry：刺激旅游业
4. cater for：迎合
5. distinguish between the true and false: 辨别真假