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1. Posted by dolf (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

hi!i would like to ask how really effective is joining in a travel forum?what are its benefits and disadvantages as well?you're answers will be of great help.thank you:)

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 7y

It depends entirely on what you put in yourself, and on what you're looking for. I don't think "effectiveness" is the right way to measure things, though.
The simple act of "joining" doesn't have much effect. Asking travelling questions does, and there the more detailed your question is (mostly on the subject of what kind of things you like to do or see), the more useful answers will generally be. (Or if you're looking for travelling companions, then explaining what your plans are and what type of activities you like to do means that you're more likely to find someone who'll want to join up with you.) On the other hand, other people join mostly to give advice, because they find that helping people gives them satisfaction, and they believe that what goes around comes around. (E.g. when fellow forum members know they've helped a lot of people, other people are more likely to really go out of their way to help them when they have a question in turn.) When you've been present for a long time on an active and friendly forum, you'll also become part of the community which exists there, and might go to meets with fellow forum members, and discover that these random nicknames have become the faces of friends.

P.S. Your question reads like that of a highschool student wanting an easy way to answer an essay question without doing a whole lot of hard work themselves. Giving you the benefit of the doubt for the moment and assuming that's not you, then this is an example of a non-detailed question. Be less general. Explain your situation. For example, if you'd said that you are thinking of becoming active here helping answer questions, but aren't certain it's "worth" the time, then I could've responded to say that that's the wrong way to approach things. Nothing is lost by participating. You can always walk away. But in the meantime you help increase the sum of knowledge by the people here, and can offer a unique perspective to people who ask for advice on subjects you have experience with.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 29, 2008, at 4:56 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 7y

Very simple! It's all about information, and the more informed a traveler is, the better the future trip will be, the less time wasted, the more contacts that can be made, and the savings that will be made. If one picks just any hotel or airline, how can they assure themselves of a decent trip?

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

My first questions is why this is on the 'Asia' forum? Isn't this a General Talk or Off Topic concern?

Now to address your question. I agree with Sander. You will get out of the TP forum what you put into it. First move on your part Dolf is to fill in your profile. Your age, country of origin, interests do make a difference when others try to give cogent advice. After the profile, your second move is to study the posts on your next destination. You posted this on the Asian branch, so let's pick Thailand, Cambodia & VietNam as your next trip. Read the older posts that deal with those countries and your concerns. There are dozens of posts concerning visas, expenses, what to see, etc. If it is not covered, then start a new post and ask your questions. As Johnny stated, the advantage of any forum is good information. Another advantage is to meet up with other members that are going to be in that country when you are. I have travelled alone and with others and having someone along to share the experience is simpy more fun. The TP can help in that respect as well. My 2 cents.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 29, 2008, at 12:30 PM by vegasmike6 ]

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Quoting vegasmike6

My first questions is why this is on the 'Asia' forum? Isn't this a General Talk or Off Topic concern?

Yes, it should be in General Talk. I've just moved it. It's now in GT.

6. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 7y

For me, the "effectiveness" of joining a travel forum (using TP as the example here) has been immense. I've learnt so much for my future trips just by reading through the posts other people have made, not only on the countries I have definite plans to visit in the near future, but also on countries that I would like to visit one day.

I know you can read through the posts on here without actually becoming a member, but my feeling was that if I was going to be getting such great info as a result of other people's helpfulness, then I would like to contribute a little bit back about the things I know. Even if you haven't travelled extensively (I certainly haven't!) then there is still things about your home country that you can contribute, that a visitor is probably not aware of. That's my 2 cents worth anyway!

7. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 7y

The advantage of joining this forum is the free goodies you get such as free blog space and free unlimited digital photo storage - this has to be one of the very best of the travel forums, and I really like that most folks on here travel independently and on a budget.

8. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

...plus if you're researching an article for the travel press/thesis/general info you can ask questions like.....

hi!i would like to ask how really effective is joining in a travel forum?what are its benefits and disadvantages as well?you're answers will be of great help....

Nah, I'm joking. That's just me being silly and synical. Isn't it?

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

I agree with all of the responses given by the other members. As you see by their post counts, they have found this forum site one worth their time and efforts - both in asking for and offering help. As Sander commented, the longer one participates, the more they become part of the community and develop real life friendships.

When I first joined it was to ask a simple travel question. At that time, the site consisted only of the various forums. Since then, more forum categories, the travel blog area and the travel guide (wiki) have been added. What I have found to be exceptional is the interaction of the Administrators with their members. They aren't just someone sitting back crunching code (okay, they do that too) but solicit suggestions/recommendations (from members) for improvements that will suit the community as a whole. They also actively respond to threads throughout the forums. I'm sure this happens on other forums too, but I have yet to hear anyone comment as positively about other sites as they do about TP. The members make the site what it is and TP is the best out there - thanks to them. You can sit back lurking behind the monitor or you can participate - the choice is yours - either way, there is a lot to gain from being a member.

10. Posted by khatrine (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Joining forums gives you answers on some question you want to ask... you could also meet new friends and acquaintances and more relevant ideas and tips on things...