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The top 100 reasons 'Top 100 Lists' should be ignored.
Another day, another "Top 10 list" that nobody but the writer actually agree's on. But this time, it's "Official".
Top 10 lists have been around for quite a long time now, and some often do give general advice that is quite handy. For example, the "Top 10 cars to buy on a budget" may allow the reader to buy a good car, for a low price. The "Top 10 Washing Machines" let you find a machine that does a job which is approved of by your high standards, and the "Top 50 reasons you should never listen to Justin Beiber."
However, most are just full of rubbish. Today on the MSN Homepage I noticed a list of the "Official Top 10 Holiday Destinations." Yes, yes, I know what you're thinking. "It'll allow the reader to find a nice holiday destination to go to this year." But, well not really. One man may enjoy camping in Scotland, the other may want to go to Cambodia, to shoot cows with rocket launchers. In all honesty, a Top 10 list of this caliber would have to change for every, single reader!
I actually read on in the article too, and I did agree with some of the places on the list, including New York, as I'd very much like to visit there.
However, that's not for everyone. And neither are many other of the places on this list.
This isn't the only example though. There have been thousands of lists produced, many the same but with different items on the lists, soon they'll be printing lists of "The top 100 places to poo - Officially."
Type in to Google, "Things to do before you die." It's quite morbid, but hang with me here.
On one list it says such exciting activities as "Attend a major sporting event." Another completely different list says "Take a cross country bike-ride." Neither have the other on each list. But why? Why are two lists, which have the same purpose some monumentally different?
Everyone's opinion. That's why.
If I created a list of the Top 100 Holiday Destinations I'd almost certainly say New York and Shanghai, amongst other places. But you're different. What would you choose. Most likely a beach in South Africa, or maybe a tour of the sewers in Paris. But that's not for me. It might be for you, but we are all different. We have our own opinions, and that's what makes us all so interesting. Well, everyone except Rebecca Black.
"Okay, but what does this mean for me?"
Well, kind reader. Have you ever wanted to go turd-spotting in Paris? Or would you prefer a trek through the Amazon?
Would you like to dine on Caviar in New York, or sip a Martini on a cruise ship?
Your answers will all be different I'm sure, but the lists are different. If you listen to their advice, are you getting the holiday you want? Or are you getting the holiday someone else wants?
So tell me, where are you wanting to go on Holiday?