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Miles and Points, Anti-Vendoming

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On my mind

There is a new term coined in the travel hackers’ community. It was invented by Dia from The Deal Mommy and it’s called “vendoming.” Basically, it defines pretentious travel achievable only with the help of miles and points, with no emphasis on exploring the culture of the place you are visiting. The whole idea is to show off and tell the tale through a trip report or Facebook update.

The term was derived from the word Vendome, which is a name of  Hyatt in Paris, the pinnacle redemption. I have never been there, and I’m sure it’s a fine place. Heck, I might even stay there myself with Hyatt Chase Visa certificates that come with a sign-up bonus.

It sure beats  Radisson Eiffel, IMO a highway robbery  at 70,000 Club Carlson points, even with a “second night free” benefit. So, it’s not about Vendome, but how  travel is viewed in this community. I want to be clear, I’m NOT singling out any particular blogger here.

What comes to my mind is a picture of an empty shell. It’s pretty and colorful on the outside, but there is nothing on the  inside. Perhaps  bloggers think that’s what readers want. And to be fair, many probably do.

Maybe it’s corny, but to me,  blogging is about inspiring to do more, to be better in some way, not just for readers, but for the author as well.  I understand that some highlights and technical details are important. However, if readers see nothing but a parade of fancy toilet bowl photos and beige walls, it’s got to  numb  the mind and stunt  imagination after a  certain point.

But things are changing. It’s a resistance movement of sorts, and it’s getting louder. I highly recommend you read this post by Scott from Portland Travel Tips. It eloquently highlights an issue that is rarely mentioned in this hobby. The sad side to fancy overseas’ hotel redemptions is that they put a barrier  between you and the culture you have come so far to experience.

Like it or not, anti-vendoming movement is gaining momentum. Join us. It’s bliss.

P. S. OK, the last part was  a joke. I’m not looking to start a religion here! It seems my post has come off as a bit offensive, based on some feedback. Please, read my sequel to this post.

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Author: Leana

Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.

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48 thoughts on “Miles and Points, Anti-Vendoming

  1. Interesting about the anti-vendoming! I remember when I first started reading a few miles and points blogs, and I thought it was so odd that a lot of the trip reports focused on photos of the flight and hotel.

    • Shoesinks, I agree! There are still travel-focused blogs out there (like Rapid Travel Chai), but those are an exception. To be fair, I do think some technical highlights and product descriptions are important. I do that myself in this blog. But it has become SO disproportionate. Additionally, everyone describes the same hotel and airline product over and over again. I think 99% of people in this hobby have stayed in Hyatt Vendome by now. I would recognize it from photos, even though I’ve never been there.
      But this post is just my opinion, as always.

  2. I don’t know about “vendoming.” It sounds like a bunch of elitist whining to me. I have two nights booked at the Park Hyatt Vendome this fall and I didn’t book it to impress anyone or for Facebook clout. I simply looked to see where I could get the best redemption for my free nights. I also thought it looked really cool!

    It also really annoys me when travel writers act like travel snobs (again, not anyone particular). Every travel experience DOES NOT have to be about exploring culture or trying something new. Sometimes you just want to sit on a beach and get drunk, and that’s okay too.

    Travel and vacation should be about what an individual wants, not want some blogger tells you you should want, whether that’s staying in hostels for the “culture” or whatever. As always, I’ll do whatever I want.

    • @Holly I actually agree with you completely! I’ve said many times that people should do what they want. And I even mentioned in my post that I might stay in Vendome myself at some point. I’m like you in that I do what I want. I’ll stay in a Quality Inn or a castle, it doesn’t have to be one or the other.
      We also go on cruises, which is the pinnacle of hedonism! It is frowned upon in this community, but I don’t care. All-inclusive hotels are great. I wish I could convince my husband to go. But cruises and all-inclusives are not travel, and that’s the point Scott makes.
      I do think that fancy hotels and Singapore suites are overblogged in this hobby. As always, it’s just my ranting thoughts. No offense to anyone.

  3. LOL When I saw the title of your post I had to google “Vendoming” and then the first response was this blog post and I thought “What kind of circular world do I live in?!?!” 🙂

    Guess I should have just scrolled down a few paragraphs…

    Sign me up for anti-vendoming!

  4. I enjoy reading the blogs that write a bit more about the destination that they visited and their local experiences, rather than lengthy details about the flight or hotel room. A top example would probably be Drew & Carrie @ http://www.travelisfree.com. I mean, a paragraph or two is fine, but don’t dedicate a whole post about how great is the Vendome or LH F terminal or anything similar that has been written about ad nauseum in the blogosphere. Tell me about the attractions that you visited, the restaurants where you dined, local cultural norms/quirks that you found interesting, family-friendly activities, or even how you used local transportation – that type of information is way more valuable to me if I book a trip to that destination. If you simply hung out at the beach and got drunk, that’s cool too, but post some photos LOL.

    • @ Erik I totally agree! I actually love Travelisfree blog as well. It is quirky, but in a good way. Reminds me of the way my husband and I used to travel before kids. Good times… I try to make my trip reports about more than just hotels or planes. Honestly, many in this hobby do love to see photos of hotels and plane seats. I’m not an av-geek, so perhaps it’s hard for me to relate for that reason. Thanks for your perspective!

  5. I think it all just depends, and all i start by saying I’m by nature drawn to positives and not anti-this or that. I have stayed at (and written about) the Park Hyatt Vendome and at a more modest Club Carlson in Paris. The point of the trip to Paris was neither my time in the Vendome or any other property. It was to experience the city with my daughter, mom, and aunt. However, the reality is that the location you headquarter out of has an impact, especially with younger kids when you spend more time in the room thanks to naps and a slower pace. I felt much more comfortable in all respects in the Park Hyatt Vendome than the other property, though in the end both were fine.

    For me the purpose of the trip is not the hotel, or airline, or whatever, but everything works together to make the trip what it is. If the hotel can make you comfortable and allow you to have more energy and more focus to enjoy the city you are exploring then that can only be an asset. If points make an otherwise unattainable hotel affordable, that can only be an asset. If people take the time to write about why they did or did not like a particular hotel, that can only be an asset.

    I think focusing on the destination and why we travel is a very good thing, but I don’t think that means that places like the Vendome are bad or to be avoided. I also don’t think that writing about why and how you might want to use points at a property such as that is bad. There are plenty of things in life to take a stand against, but for me that won’t be one of them.

    I will remember playing with my daughter in the flowers in the park in the springtime Paris long after I have forgotten many details of my stay at the Vendome, but I am still thankful that my points and stay there positioned me for the adventures we were able to have together in Paris.

    • @Mommy Points Thank you so much for your perspective. I truly appreciate it. When I used the term “anti-vendoming,” it wasn’t meant as an insult or swipe at other bloggers who enjoyed that particular property. I actually remember your trip report on Paris, and thought it was extremely balanced and focused on what’s important, which is to spend time with your family. I do admit, I thought Radisson looked a bit dumpy, but maybe it’s just me. 🙂
      Like I said, the post really isn’t about Hyatt Vendome or Radisson at all. I apologize if it appeared that way. There is nothing wrong with luxury, and I like nice places myself. My point was: Disproportionate attention is placed on fancy redemptions. Sometimes I wonder how many people actually want to go to Paris in the first place, and just do it so they can stay at Vendome. On the other hand, if it gets people out of the house, that’s a good thing, right?
      Again, I’m sorry if the post came off as negative. It wasn’t meant that way, I assure you. I think your blog has helped many families use points in fancy, as well as more modest properties.

      • I know it’s not just about the Vendome or any one property or any one blog (and the Rad was a bit in need of a facelift!). 😉 There may be a disproportionate amount of attention on the fancier properties by some, but then again I’m not sure there is much interest in a review of the Four Points Manhattan Kansas (though if anyone wants a review of that property, just let me know). I think it’s fun to read and daydream about certain destinations, certain resorts, and even certain aircraft.

        I think I understand where the “Vendoming” sentiment comes from, but some miles and points blogs aren’t destination travel blogs. They are blogs that focus on luxury hotels and airlines and how to use points to do it. That’s okay. There are more than enough travel blogs out there for everyone to find the one (or 101) that meet their needs. Doesn’t mean the others are doing it wrong, they are just doing it differently.

        Guess I just don’t see the need to focus on mocking how others travel, or focus on what others are doing “wrong” (even though I think it isn’t wrong to travel, regardless of the motivation). I’m all for achievable family travel goals and vacations, but I think there are a million right ways to do that, and no wrong way.

        Thanks for providing a space to have the conversation.

    • @ Mommy Points You make a valid point in that not too many people are interested in “run of the mill” properties. I certainly don’t care to see countless Holiday Inn reviews. In fact, I have a few myself, and wonder if I should even publish the posts.

      You are right, some blogs focus on luxury properties and such. That is their niche and what readers expect from them. And it’s true: There are countless travel-only focused blogs. This industry is unique in that it combines travel+mile earning aspects. I certainly don’t claim to know the right formula for trip reports, but it seems like bloggers could do more to focus on the places.
      Once again, it’s only my opinion. I don’t claim to know it all, and heaven knows, I have made some dumb mistakes over my one year of blogging. My posts have been all over the place at times.

      Also, I absolutely didn’t mean my post to be of mocking variety. in fact, I’ll take the word “dumpy” out, not to offend Radisson lovers. And it was certainly not directed at you. For what it’s worth, I think you do a great job of presenting a balanced view, especially with your parents’ more budget-minded travel reports. Sorry if I came off as a jerk.

  6. As the coiner of the term (which could have also been “Maldives-ing” or “Emirates Suites-ing”, Vendoming is just easier to say), I’ll elaborate a bit: I’m certainly not averse to luxury experiences, it’s just when they’re written about to the exclusion of all others that they become a dis-service to people trying to get started in this hobby.

    It can be very easy when you’ve earned 1 million points or more to forget how hard it is to get started, and that most consider a single new credit card a year the edge of their tolerance. A new reader could easily get frightened off even trying to travel if more options aren’t presented.

    • @Thedealmommy Thanks for stopping by! I’m not averse to luxury either. But it’s true, it can be very intimidating for regular folks just starting out in the hobby. Most trip reports show luxurious places and first-class airplane seats.
      To be fair, fancy redemptions is what most people want. The allure of this hobby is to do things you would not otherwise be able to do without points. Like with many things in life, however, it gets taken to an extreme. There is a danger of “lifestyle inflation,” where you get so used to fancy places, normal hotels or economy seats just won’t do. It’s a tough balancing act.
      Also, my problem is how many points some of these places require. While I would be happy to use certs for Hyatt Vendome, there is no way I would ever blow 30,000 Ultimate Rewards on it. But that’s just me, not saying it’s right or wrong. Whatever makes people happy is fine by me. This hobby gives access to incredible experiences, otherwise out of reach for an Average Joe.
      Once again, I hope this post did not come off as offensive. It wasn’t meant that way.

  7. Did not offend me a bit! Here’s where my (and based on feedback, others) objection lies: when bloggers don’t “buy what they are selling”. Mrs O around the world, for instance, is all luxury, so you expect it. If she started staying in hostels because she got paid to sell the Hostel International Chase Visa, it would rub wrong.
    In other words, be true to the readers that bought you to the party in the first place. When you stray, it shows!

    (And it goes without saying that opening a Kickstarter is just offensive and puts a stain on all of us)
    Not a sermon, just a thought.

    • @Dia I agree with you! You have to be willing to “buy what you are selling” as a blogger. That’s why I think affiliate commission and fair content can coexist in relative harmony.
      I do think that bloggers are bashed unfairly sometimes, though. I remember Angries getting nasty in the comments section when some bloggers promoted Southwest Visa. Readers went nuts: “How dare you say it’s a good offer if you don’t fly Southwest yourself?”
      As far as Kickstarter, I have made my feelings very clear on that one! Though I doubt anyone cares. Still, this blog provides a good ranting place for me. I had no idea that today’s post was going to be such a crowd ‘pleaser.’ 🙂

    • I think to an extent that’s certainly true, certainly always be true to your readers is paramount. I think there is also evolution that occurs over a number of years, and I know at least in my family we do HI Express stays, log cabin stays, stays with family, and also the “aspirational” property stays, so there is no one type of trip. We have also learned a bunch more about earning and using points in the last several years (not to mention the kid has gotten older), so trips today sometimes look different than trips when she was one. I imagine most families go through those cycles. Then if another kid comes along the cycle resets a bit in the reverse direction.

      All that to say I think that relatively big changes in travel patterns over a few years or learning about miles and points are normal – especially within families during the child adding years and probably the child moving out years. I think families taking different types of trips within a single year is also normal.

      I also totally agree that to an extent things one blogger does or doesn’t do can either lift up or bring down other similar sites. My hope is that all of us, especially those of us who focus on families, stay positive and present lots of different ways to help get the crew from point a to point b. Sometimes that will be using Point Breaks and BOGO Radisson stays. Sometimes it will be in coach or even a road trip (though omg drug me first if I have to do that with the old dog again). Sometimes it will be in first class. Sometimes it might even be at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome. Boxing ourselves into a way the family travel should (or shouldn’t) look would be a loss.

      Just my thoughts – sorry for being a comment hog. Fly on. Stay safe.

      S

      • @Mommy Points Please, feel free to comment any time! No need to apologize. I like to hear what you have to say and welcome any feedback, good or bad. I’m not perfect, and I appreciate you pointing out how my post may have come off as “mocking” It wasn’t meant that way, I only wanted to start a conversation.
        Honestly, no one should have to explain or apologize for the way they travel. People change, their tastes and needs change as well. That’s normal. I don’t like stereotypes or rules for how a family should or shouldn’t travel. I certainly don’t follow the rules.
        I agree that family bloggers (and bloggers in general) should build each other up, not tear down. We all have the same goal and try to bring something different to the table. I very much admire your hard work and success. Punk on, Summer!

  8. This discussion has raised an interesting point. I do read several family-travel-oriented blogs, but I’m certainly not aware of them all, nor do I have time to read them every day. Some are big, some are small. Regardless of audience size, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of posts across the board about travel experiences at, shall we say, less glamorous places. For example, beach towns on Lake Michigan, the Ozarks, the Smokey Mountains, Myrtle Beach, the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast, (just name your favorite regional family getaway spot in the US or Canada). All can be nice budget-friendly places to take a family vacation if you have a little local knowledge. Hotel rooms during peak season anywhere can be expensive, so sometimes it can make sense using miles and/or points. Alternatively vacation rentals or timeshares can also be a good option (I hardly see any reviews of those). Do you think that we don’t see many posts about those places because bloggers feel there isn’t an audience? Maybe bloggers think it isn’t sexy (or audience-relevant) to post “Had a great 4-day getaway visiting Mammoth Cave and stayed at the HI Express in Bowling Green, KY using PointBreaks”? Do people think, “it’s a regional destination, nobody will really care outside my area”? Or is it simply that deals (in any form) are the posts that drive traffic to the blog? I read some statistic that a large majority of Americans never travel more than 500 miles from their home (sorry, don’t remember the %). Many people go to the same destinations every year to spend their 2 weeks…and they might be perfectly happy to use 5000 points to get a free night at a Hyatt Place to save $150/night. Some in this community might cringe at the thought because they can get more value out of those points, but consider that maybe it is a good introduction to “the game”. Perhaps there are decent strategies and great redemption options for KOA campground or Best Western points? (I have no idea) At the end of the day, using loyalty points/miles can make most people happy in some way. Just curious what you think?

    • @Erik Thanks for bringing this up. There are certainly reviews of budget destinations out there, but not too many. It is partially because bloggers hesitate to focus on basic or “ordinary” properties and experiences. We don’t want to bore the readers and risk losing them for good.
      Also, it’s because most regular families like mine just don’t travel that much. We take 2 trips per year, plus a few weekend getaways. There isn’t much to write about, unfortunately. I have a few reviews of Holiday Inns, and will probably publish them as “filler type” post at some point. I do have a 5-part trip report on Sanibel and Niagara Falls, so look for it in the next 2 or 3 weeks. I need to get some time-sensitive and reader request posts out of the way first. Thanks for the feedback, feel free to request a post on specific destinations.

  9. Vendoming is a great term, for several reasons. And yes, Dia has got it right.

    “The term was derived from the word Vendome, which is a name of Hyatt in Paris.”

    First off, Vendome is an area in Paris. It is not just the name of a Hyatt. Actually it refers to the Hyatt’s location in Paris. Guess what else is in the Vendome area? In the Vendoming section of Vendome? Hotel Ritz Paris. Yup. And Chanel is right behind the Ritz. So…you can imagine the wealth of this area.

    Also, the amount of tourists in the area. Did you really go to Paris to hang out with other tourists? No.

    If you’re going to chat about Vendoming or Anti-Vendoming…please realize that it is an Area not just one hotel.

    And using Dia’s definition, it is a pefect description. I loved Mommy Point’s description of Park Hyatt Vendome. If I ever stay there, it will prolly be because of her. BUT everyone else’s summary of the hotel is off putting and annoying.

    Besides, if one wanted TRUE luxury to brag about, why aren’t you all staying at the Hotel Bristol??? I realize that the Crillon isn’t back yet, but how about the new Pennisula opening?? These are true luxury places. Hell, If I win the lotto I might just move into the Crillon. For a year. It’s near the Vendome too. LOL Meh.

    To me, it’s obvious that those that elevate the Park Hyatt Vendome to near God-like status have never LIVED in Paris. Otherwise, you’d all be raving wonderously about the left bank!!!!

    -icicle

    P.S. Oh, Erik…I love road trips. So yes, I want to read about US regional travel stories. 🙂

    • P.S.S. I just re-read Erik’s post about regional travel. Mommy Points is a blog that I do read a lot. I LOVE her posts about random stays (well not random to her, but to me because it’s not my life). She does post a lot about local (i.e. within the U.S.) travel. I’m grateful that she is willing to share the stories.

      I do find value in the posts and pictures from the points travel blogs. I like the photos of everything- it’s a nice tool to have when the rest of us need to book a hotel. I like to know what I’m getting and what I’m paying for before I book someplace. These aren’t the hotel’s professional photographs. I know some of the bloggers get a hard time from the posting community but….isn’t it great to know if a hotel room is big, small, clean, needs help, about the beds, bathroom fixtures, etc. I have opened and closed my mind about a few places (not the chain but the specific hotel) based on the blog’s photos. It’s a nice tool to use, along with other travel research.

      Dia, hope you don’t mind, though, if I borrow your Vendoming definition for real-life use. It really is perfect. I just wish people would realize that it is a very small section of Paris. Get out of the hotels and grab a pastry for breakfast with the rest of the Parisians. Go to the markets and eat a fresh picnic for dinner. If one is spending more time in Park Hyatt Vendome than in the city, why did you go to Paris? What was the point? *sigh*

      -Icicle

      • P.S.S.S.

        Sorry to be a pain, but I just read someone else’s blog (that has NOT posted a comment on this page) that LOVED the Park Hyatt Vendome because it’s near the sights.

        What sights? The blogger didn’t like the Prince De Galles because it wasn’t near the sights.

        Again, what sights?! It’s a HUGE freaking city! There are sights EVERYWHERE!

        Did the blogger mean the Roman Arena? The inifinite amount of museums of art around the city? The historical cafes and bistros? The houses of artists and authors? The Cathedrals scattered everywhere? How about sights of history: Renaissance, Revolution, Resistance?

        The whole city is a “sight”.

        This is why I’m rapidly becoming an anti-Vendoming person. Not the actual usage of points to earn 1st class hotel rooms (’cause that’s actually pretty damn awesome!) but the whole “Vendome area is perfect ’cause it’s near the sights” blog posts.

        Again, obviously, this blogger knows almost nothing about Paris culture or history. It shows. I bet this blogger doesn’t know that there is a Louvre part 2, about an hour outside the city! Or that you can aller/retour almost anywhere in France in a day.

        Obviously he doesn’t know that the Musée Marmottan is one of the coolest places ever to vist in Paris but nowhere near the Vendome. And therefore, not a “sight” I suppose.

        *sigh*

        BTW, I know exactly where the Hotel Prince de Galles is located. Because I WALKED most of my time in Paris. That is what the Parisians do- walk or use the Metro. The Prince de Galles is near the Eiffel Tower and the Arc of Triomphe- much closer than the Park Hyatt Vendome. But I gues thoses aren’t “sights” either.

        Sorry to post so much, but I didn’t realize how much this subject bothered me until I read more about it. Sometimes it is about the journey and not the destination. But if one is in Paris of all places…it is about the destination. And the whole city of Paris is a “sight”. If one thinks otherwise, one does not deserve to be in Paris. *sigh*

      • @Icicle Thanks for stopping by! Rant on, my friend, this blog is ‘rant’ heaven. 🙂 I actually knew that Vendome is an area, just wanted to keep it simple for my readers. Kind of like with manufactured spending definitions.
        I agree with you on Mommy Points review of this particular hotel. It was very balanced and “non-gushy.” Not sure if it’s a word, there is another term for you to play with! And yes, she does an incredible job on various destinations overviews.
        Hotel descriptions are very helpful. As you said, you want to know the details of the room before you book it, or before you open a specific card. Are they overdone? In my opinion, yes. I would like more focus on the travel aspect. Also, aspirational properties are overblogged and can present a skewered picture of this hobby to a new reader. Again, in my opinion. I’m not telling others how to blog. Heck, I clearly have no clue what I’m doing majority of the time!
        One thing I don’t want to do is cause more division in this hobby. Anti-vendoming (by my definition) is not a revolution, but peaceful movement meant to present a different perspective. It is NOT a war of blogger groups, with intention of tearing others down or making them feel bad about their choices. I’ll try to elaborate on it further next Friday.

  10. I see this topic has now been discussed on several blogs. Hopefully it inspires bloggers to produce a bit more original content, rather than simply re-hashing the same places, credit card deals, stories, etc. I think there is an audience out there that appreciates diverse voices! As Dia noted, it seems a bit ridiculous when you open the boardingarea.com home page to see 10 blogs covering the same exact content. The cynical side of me would simply point to the TV networks as an example – when a new show becomes a hit, there is always a mad rush to copy the format/genre. To a certain extent this has happened with the travel blogs over the last 5 years.

  11. Yesterday I booked a hotel in Times Square for our 10th anniversary trip with the 2 Hilton free weekend certificates that I got from a credit card app this year. I am over the moon excited for this trip and to stay in Times Square! And then I thought, wait, am I vendoming???? LOL

    • @Shoesinks NO, NO, NO! You are not vendoming! That’s not I what I meant by my post. Ahh, I feel terrible. Enjoy yourself, it’s very cool to stay in Times Square. You SHOULD be celebrating. Please, don’t listen to bloggers like me! I’m clearly a party pooper.

    • LOL. Of course not! To properly Vendome NYC, it’s got to be the Andaz 5th 🙂

      Enjoy your trip, guilt free, and please tag me if you want any tips.

  12. @Erik You are absolutely right! This topic seems to have spread like wildfire. I had no clue this would be the case. I really didn’t. One thing I don’t want to do is question other people’s motives, especially about Hyatt Vendome in particular. I honestly have no problem with how others travel, and wouldn’t want this industry to become a judgemental, mean-spirited place. I’ll talk about it further on Friday.
    As far as the fact that most blogs say the same thing, you are absolutely right. This is a news-oriented industry, and there is only so much you can say about any particular promotion. It’s a huge challenge to bring something original to the table. I do my best, but occasionally I do repeat what others say or have said in the past. It’s inevitable.
    The way I look at it: The market will take care of it eventually. If a blogger only puts out rehashed content, people will stop reading. No readers=no incentive to post. Simple as that. Heck, it may even be my blog on the chopping block. I am determined to produce quality material, but it takes a a lot of energy, and my family takes a lot of energy already.

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  15. Wow. I was out of town this weekend and missed all this talk of “Vendoming”. I love it! I have a confession…when I first started reading all these blogs a few years ago I started plotting how to use my miles and points to get to The Maldives and stay in an overwater bungalow. Why? Because all the cool bloggers did it. Fortunately I gave that up after a couple hours. It’s crazy expensive. And for what? Blog cred? I can have just as much fun in the Caribbean.
    Btw…this weekend I stayed at the Holiday Inn in Weston WV and I have already planned a blog post about it.

    • @ Iroland67 It has been an interesting couple of days, for sure! I do suggest, you read my follow-up post for some clarification.
      Oh, I have a confession. I actually plan to go to Tahiti and stay in the overwater bungalow in a few years. Not due to blog posts, I’ve wanted to go for many years anyway. You hit the nail on the head: People should go where they want to go, forget what everyone else is doing.

    • @Pixie Points Yeah, the irony! I saw that post, the one with a photo of a TOILET! 😉 Actually, I thought it was pretty cool. I’ve heard about those Japanese toilets before, can’t wait to try one myself!
      In all seriousness, do read my follow-up post. I think I came off as a bit of a jerk in this one, unintentionally, of course. I prefer to think of myself as an open-minded and non-judgemental person. I only wanted to start a conversation, not tell others how they should travel or blog.

  16. Leana – I had to laugh out loud when I read your comment!! And I totally understand what you are saying about Vendoming.

    Since I am a big fan of the high/low mix, I am equally excited about luxury hotels and family camp. In fact, my family all agreed that if we could have gone to family camp in California (where we live) this summer, we would have traded in our big international trip in a heartbeat. (Sadly, our camp burned to the ground last year in the Yosemite Rim fire, so that wasn’t an option)

    The Park Hyatt Tokyo and – yes – the Vendome are part of our trip this summer. We are also staying in tiny 2-room guesthouses, rental homes, and other hotels.

    In other words, we like a blend of experiences.

    Rock on, sister! 😉

    • @Pixie Points Thank you so much! I can’t wait to see all of your hotel reviews, as well as your unique take on everything. Look forward to your review on Vendome. We think a lot alike, so if you enjoy it, I probably will as well. I actually wouldn’t mind using Hyatt certs there, if the timing works out.
      Yeah, my point with this post was not to put people down or belittle them in any way. I mean, there is a picture of a freaking giraffe with wings at the bottom of the post, not a bloody battle! 🙂 The only thing less threatening would be a picture of a Tinkerbell.

    • @ TravelingNotVendoming Thank you so much for your comment and for the link to Kendra’s post. I really enjoy her blog and was actually looking forward to her review of Vendome. If you followed her site for some time, you probably noticed that she enjoys high/low lifestyle, which makes her blog unique and interesting. BTW, the food photos looked SO appetizing, or maybe I’m just hungry…
      Anyway, as I said at the beginning of this post, I have absolutely nothing against Vendome itself or those who choose to stay there. Here is a quote from my follow-up post:
      “Anti-vendoming is about staying where YOU want to stay. If it ends up being Hyatt Vendome, well, what kind of an awesome irony would that be?” The whole point is to encourage people to do their own thing, not just follow what bloggers or others are doing. Heck, I even tell my readers not to listen to me too much! I assure you, this post wasn’t meant to be critical or negative, but unfortunately, it came across that way.

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