I have to share this news… I have my Trip Advisor Reviewer badge! It is a Passport badge, because I am so well travelled. How does Trip Advisor know that I am well travelled? Because I wrote a review of a B&B in St. Austell and a review of the Eden Project.
Mrs SG and I were travelling by rental car in Devon and Cornwall a couple of months ago – we can’t afford trains any more – and finding B&Bs as and where we could at the close of each day. We discovered some interesting facts…
First, British B&Bs are very expensive these days: around GBP100 for a double in St. Ives, which could be why the man with seven wives was coming back. Why is that? Only 50 years ago you could stay at a B&B anywhere for between 6/- and 15/- a night. Half-a-guinea was pretty normal, which was about 3% of the average weekly wage. Now you’re lucky to get away with GBP30, which is about 5%. True, you get an en-suite bathroom and a flat-screen TV now, but do those fripperies really justify such a hefty hike?
Second, Trip Advisor has replaced the AA as the arbiter of quality. Every B&B has a certificate on the wall or even a metal plate beside the front door. That’s why I’m so proud of my new badge!