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A Sequel to My Anti-Vendoming Post

Originally, I planned to wait till Friday to publish this. But I think this needs to be said now. Over the last few days I’ve noticed a disturbing trend of negativity and fighting amongst various bloggers in the industry. I fear, I’ve unintentionally added fuel to the fire.

My last Friday’s rant has reached a “pinnacle” controversy level, it appears. Sort of like a Hyatt Vendome redemption in ranting. Honestly, I had no clue it would stir so much discussion. I also had no idea it would come off as “mocking.” Looking back, I think my words were chosen poorly and did not convey my message the way I intended them to. I’m going to play my “foreigner” card just this once, OK?

My post was not meant as some sort of a witch hunt, as in: ” Are you staying at a Hyatt Vendome because you want to show off? Did you know, you are missing out on culture and $500 (gasp!)  in Southwest flights ? Here, let me help you cancel your reservation. Congratulations! I officially declare you to be a non-superficial person and a full fledged anti-vendomer. High five!”

Yeah, not what I had in mind…  Anti-vendoming is a peaceful and non-judgemental movement, at least the way I envisioned it. It’s not meant to bring others down or mock their choices in travel. If  anti-vendoming is about those things, then I want no part in it.

It’s not meant to be “one group of bloggers vs. another”, but more of a change in attitude and thinking, looking at things from a different perspective. 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?

I always say that people should do what they want with their miles and points. And I truly believe it. I would like this industry to have more focus on  travel aspect and not photos of toilets, but that’s just my opinion.

Most importantly, anti-vendoming movement is about putting more emphasis on why we collect miles and points in the first place.

And I repeat: I have nothing against Hyatt Vendome itself, and might even stay there in the future myself. Or not.

Which brings me to another point: I don’t like to be boxed-in into how I should travel. Just because I stayed at a Quality Inn last month, doesn’t mean that I should only pick Choice properties from now on.

By the same token, if someone usually stays at Hyatts, it doesn’t mean that they are an impostor for choosing a simple cabin for their next vacation. People are more complex than that.

With that, I’m getting off my soapbox…for now.

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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14 thoughts on “A Sequel to My Anti-Vendoming Post

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  2. This is funny stuff =) I wasn’t offended at all.

    I’ve literally stayed in hotels where a border around the room was held up with thumb tacks. Another times I slept in a hotel where all the sheets were mismatched and stained and the “continental breakfast” was really a box of donuts that had just been pulled out of the freezer. That was fun.

    I’m staying at the Hyatt Park Vendome this fall with my two free Hyatt nights. Will I like it? I’m sure! I pretty much like everything we do and everywhere we go. I just like experiencing things! I really couldn’t care less about what anyone thinks about my travel plans.

  3. Great post! And some much needed perspective too. 🙂 A good reality check for myself to read when I go a little bit sideways. LOL

  4. I have no idea what you mean! If you want discussion, take a look at my post.

    Seriously, though. It’s not “I’m right, you’re wrong”, it’s “you’re right, but I’m right, too”.

    THAT is what Vendoming means to me. For years we’ve been told (in perception, and clearly not just my perception) that variety is wrong. Nothing wrong with shining light on the fallacy, and I find it funny that a few that have profited from the status quo take offense.

    But as always, it’s the BLOG, not the BLOGGER.

    We can disagree and get along, too!

    • @Thedealmommy Thanks for stopping by! The post is in no way a snipe at you or your post, I assure you. We agree on most things, no question. My goal (and yours, I’m sure) is to make travel and this hobby more accessible to regular families. Your blog does a great job at pointing out various deals and ways to maximize the points. You know, I’m a huge fan of your site, as well as a subscriber. That part never changed.
      I am concerned about how much negativity has come from this whole discussion. Again, not directed at you in any way. As I’ve said in the beginning of the post, I am the one who feels bad for adding fuel to the fire.
      Pointing out flaws in the industry is totally fine, my blog has been doing it for quite some time. What concerns me is that discussion has evolved into personal attacks, whether that is on bloggers, readers, or combination of both. That is not a good thing. People should not be mocked for their choices or the way they want to travel. But somehow that’s what this discussion has morphed into.

  5. I always understood the original post to be a rant about content because you observed that many bloggers are posting essentially the same reviews of the same properties/airlines with the same pictures and spending less time writing content that is actually about their travel experiences outside the hotel room/airline cabin. So I didn’t quite understand some of the defensive responses. The Park Hyatt Vendome was turned into a verb because there are so many cookie cutter reviews about it and many give the impression that is the only reason the blogger went to Paris (which is probably not true for most, but if they spent a little more time writing about their experiences in the destination then maybe the reader would not draw that conclusion) . I would suggest for over-reviewed topics that bloggers write about only their unique angle that may be the focus of their blog and leave the minutiae to TripAdvisor or link to what you consider the best cookie cutter review (and with photos, less is more. Ask yourself – are your bathroom pictures really better than what is already out there?). As an example of angle, the Mommy Points review of the PHV covered some child safety concerns, walking distance to the metro for a kid, and the maximum occupancy of 3 policy – all things that would be important to a family considering this property for a trip to Paris.

    At the end of the day, blogs will flourish or die depending on the content. My quality-oriented view could be in the minority. Unfortunately, quality doesn’t always win, just look at the pervasiveness of reality television as an example. If the posts that drive web traffic/revenue are cookie cutter trip reports and credit card topics, then apparently many people are getting what they want. Support the blogs that you like, and ignore the ones that you don’t!

    • @Erik Thanks for your balanced perspective on this topic. This issue hit a nerve, for sure. One thing I wanted to avoid is questioning people’s motives. I have no clue why they’ve decided to go to Paris or any other locale, and frankly, it’s none of my business. Besides, it’s not really about Paris at all.
      I strive to promote diversity and a different viewpoint through my blog. Not for the sake of being a contrarian, but to add to the conversation. Not everyone will like it, and that’s totally fine. Blogging is personal, you can’t be all things to all people. And that’s OK.
      I don’t think your quality-oriented view is in the minority. That’s what makes or breaks a blog at the end of the day. If you don’t add value, people will stop reading. Period. Content can not sustain itself on credit card pushing or ranting. Eventually both will get old and tiresome for readers.

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