weekend reads #14

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week, especially since we’ve had gorgeous weather.

Here’s what I’ve found interesting from across the web this week…

 Inside the Mad, Mad World of TripAdvisor “No matter your destination, you will, at some point in your research, visit TripAdvisor. The company, with the humble mantra ‘real hotel reviews you can trust,’ has become—on a rising tide of 200 million user reviews and counting—a travel-industry Goliath, able to turn obscure hotels into sold-out hot spots, carry new flocks of visitors on digital word of mouth to quiet destinations, even rewrite the hospitality standards of entire nations. For travellers the impact has been equally profound. What begins as a simple search-engine query becomes an epic fact-finding mission that leaves no mouldy shower curtain unturned, a labyrinthine choose-your-own-adventure—do you read the one-bubble rant?—in which the perfect hotel always seems just one more click away. For all the power of the service, it raises deep questions about travel itself, including, most pressingly, who do we want—who do we trust—to tell us where to go? ‘”


One of the first books I downloaded on to my kindle was “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”. Last night my boyfriend decided to watch the film, now, we all know that most films never live up to the book but this was bloody brilliant. Seriously, pop it on your “must watch” list.

Being a freelancer has it’s up’s and down’s -Emma has written about what to do when you fall ill as a freelancer”

Tim Ferris has interviewed Maria Popova this week. BrainPickings is one of my favourite reads. She talks to Tim about Writing, workarounds and workflow. Some interesting stuff on productivity too.

Why saying done can help productivity levels.

This piece from the New York Times ‘Gertie’s Babies,’ Sold at Birth, Use DNA to Unlock Secret Past is a fascinating read.

I HATE energy drinks with a passion. I think they should be banned stat! The Telegraph writers about how energy drinks are “like legal highs”.

Author: Rachael

I'm a journalist and creative consultant. I write about how busy women (just like you) can live, work and eat - better.

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