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Guardian Unlimited’s Been There: Good Stuff

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We’ve been enjoying the Guardian Unlimited’s Been There site-within-a-site. Been There is a series of reader-generated tips, suggestions, and travel guides.

The site’s “tips we like” section is particularly interesting. Some “tips” are very simple descriptions that might have been ripped from Wikipedia, containing little in the way of insight. The tips we like are short and sweet—little bits of information about bars, neighborhoods, museums, and local drinking habits, to name a few.

Tips are categorized logically, with eating, accommodation, bar, and budget categories the most popular.

Our verdict: nothing beats a source you can trust—be that a guidebook, an expert, or a friend—but gosh can you learn a lot from your fellow travelers.

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Alex Robertson Textor

About the author: Alex Robertson Textor is a London-based travel writer and editor. He has written for Rough Guides, the New York Times, and Public Books, among other publications; he also guided the tablet magazine Travel by Handstand to two SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism awards. With Pam Mandel, he writes copy and generates ideas as White Shoe Travel Content. He is on Twitter as @textorian and maintains his own blog, www.alexrobertsontextor.com.

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