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When is it reasonable to expect someone to speak English?

When is it reasonable to expect someone to speak English?

David Whitley December 4, 2012 4

“Food, you have food?” I asked, breaking into a knife and fork shovel mime. “Sticky rice?” came the reply. “Fried noodle?” I tried. “Sticky rice. Soup” “OK, sticky rice, soup.” There was no real

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Why local does not equal good

Why local does not equal good

David Whitley October 23, 2012 3

The other day, I ended up in a Twitter discussion about halo halo. For those yet to encounter this colourful take on dessert, it’s a Filipino concoction in which just about everything – jelly,

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The perfect press trip

David Whitley October 26, 2011 Comments Off

In recent times, I’ve encountered a few press trip frustrations that, from my point of view, just didn’t need to happen. It got me thinking – what would my ideal press trip consist of?

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Why private tours don’t work (for me)

David Whitley October 17, 2011 10

One-on-one tour On the e-mail, the words I secretly dread appeared. “We can offer you a guide for three hours,” it said. My heart sank. In many ways, having a personal, one-on-one guided tour

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Eight year old guidelines for travel writers

David Whitley July 21, 2011 10

Going through a few old folders on my computer earlier, I came across something I must have written eight or nine years ago. This was back in another life when I was editing a

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An open letter to hotel receptionists

David Whitley May 30, 2011 6

Dear hotel receptionists, Imagine someone comes into your hotel. They say they’re a journalist, and would like to see a room as they’re writing a city guide and need to recommend places to say.

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How to make destination guides distinctive

David Whitley July 27, 2010 4

As Jeremy Head rightly points out in his new post, there is so much destination guide content festering on the internet that much of it becomes interchangeable. Why, in essence, should you go to

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