Bring the Comfy Chair!

Travel Blog  •  Alexander Basek  •  02.13.09 | 2:46 PM ET

If you’re a travel writer, you now have a reason to be paranoid: people really are paying attention to your every move online. Condé Nast Traveler’s Wendy Perrin has a great cautionary tale up on the Perrin Post as part of her family travel series. When she arrived yesterday in Anguilla, the island’s tourism/hotel association was waiting for her. (Cue ominous music.) They tortured her by giving her tours of high-end properties! She thinks it was because they were monitoring her blog. Verdict: vacation bummer, especially when you’re traveling with small children (as Perrin was). Or in my case, you have the mentality of a small child. Just show me the infinity pool, and let me go home!

This got me to thinking. Have any World Hum readers broadcast an intended destination (via Facebook, blog, Twitter or novelty T-shirt) and subsequently been met by the welcome wagons at the dock? The closest I’ve come is some hotel recommendations in Panama City after I whined about the prices there on Twitter. It didn’t make things any cheaper, but it was entertaining to be informed in 140 character bursts. However, the thought of being whisked away in a van by some eager hoteliers sounds more terrifying than informative to me. 

Alexander Basek is a food and travel writer based in New York City. He is the Best Deals reporter for Travel + Leisure. His writing has also appeared in the New York Post, Time Out New York, and Fodor's.

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