About a day after we leave a hotel or Airbnb, I receive an email asking for a review. Having stayed in countless (I started to count and got bored…too many!) accommodations over the past three months, my thoughts are these:
If you have an absolutely fabulous time, write the review immediately. Write in detail, explain what you loved, and let your excitement seep into your comments so that other travellers can get a feel for how wonderful the experience, hospitality, quality of amenities etc. were.
If you have a bad time…give it a week. Let said excitement and passion wear off so that you are able to disassociate a personality clash with an employee for example, from the accommodation as a whole. Maybe in a week you feel like you just don’t care anymore and don’t write the review, or maybe your bad experience should be expressed but with a week’s buffer, you are able to better articulate your impression with a clear head and helpful tone.
I still have two unwritten hotel reviews and in both cases I can whole heartedly say a few weeks later I feel indifferent to the experiences, whereas in the moment I felt like I had a whole heck of a lot to say.
Isn’t that true about all of life, at points?