TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destinations Doesn’t Make Sense, Just Like It’s Website

If you can get past the pop-up windows and dozens of e-mails they send when you look at a page, TripAdvisor posted their top destinations for 2017. Using their complex algorithms of reviews from expert travelers and clueless tourists (mostly clueless tourists not savvy enough for Yelp), here’s the list:

  1. Bali, Indonesia
  2. London, United Kingdom
  3. Paris, France
  4. Rome, Italy
  5. New York, U.S.A.
  6. Crete, Greece
  7. Barcelona, Spain
  8. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  9. Prague, Czech Republic
  10. Phuket, Thailand
  11. Istanbul, Turkey
  12. Jamaica
  13. Hoi An, Vietnam
  14. St. Petersburg, Russia
  15. Roatan, Bay Islands
  16. Marrakech, Morocco
  17. Ambergris Caye, Belize Cayes
  18. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  19. St. Maarten-St. Martin
  20. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  21. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  22. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  23. Kathmandu, Nepal
  24. Bora Bora, Society Islands
  25. Cusco, Peru

Apparently, the expert reviewers have never been to Tokyo, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Canada, Dublin, Cape Town, Budapest, Hong Kong or Sydney. The tourist-centric tropical destination beat out those fine cities.

I take little stock in TripAdvisor lists since a 1-star review of top attraction ruins its ranking.

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