The English traveller often falls back on the English Foreign Travel Advice (FCO) for… well holiday advice. But the FCO world is a scary place, everywhere is either horrible, diseased, full of terrorists, robbers, protesters, guns, drugs… you get the idea. It has become the ‘google self-diagnosis’ for holidays; if you start googling the symptoms of your illness you will soon find you have cancer rather than a simple cold! The point is, if you look for trouble, you will find it and ABTA/ATOLS fear-mongering hasn’t helped. Bonding schemes have actually created insecurities rather than security and a trust issue amongst customers. Furthermore, due to the media, outbreaks like Ebola not only hurt the epicentre but also the surrounding countries, although a serious concern the Zika virus is starting to echo this effect.
Recently the underbelly of an angry Facebook world was opened up to me by accident. It made me reconsider how much I really wanted to be involved in the online world. I was no longer in control of what I saw, read and therefore learnt; on Facebook everybody else chooses what I see! But further to that, Facebook ultimately has the last word. This felt a little unsettling and I decided to dig a little further and my decision to ignore Facebook was quick and easy. Continue reading