Guardian Unlimited’s Been There: Good Stuff

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.

About the author

Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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