Debbie's the tip top trip adviser

Debbie's the tip top trip adviser

Debbie's the tip top trip adviser

First published in New Forest News

A RINGWOOD woman has been named as travel website Trip Advisor’s biggest contributor of 2013, after posting an astonishing 10,622 contributions in 12 months.

Debbie Lear started using the website, which contains reviews, tips and photos, in 2008, and has posted 1,187 pictures, 82 reviews and 31,570 forum posts.

She originally used the site to find out which hotel was most suitable for her wheelchair-using mother on the Greek island of Corfu.

She eventually combined her new-found enthusiasm for writing reviews with her love of Disneyland Paris, which she has visited 45 times since 1992.

The 54-year-old, who uses the moniker Figgygirl, said: “I am a friendly, chatty person, and enjoy talking to people.

“Trip Advisor asked me if I would be Destination Expert (DE) for Marne La Vallee (a town near Paris), and as our forum became busier they opened a new one especially for Disneyland, so I am DE for that as well.” She added: “All my free time is spent answering questions, and as Disneyland changes during the year with the various seasons I also have to keep my own knowledge up to date so I don’t give old or false information.

“Sometimes there are not enough hours in the day!

“Questions come from people from many different countries, in different time zones, so sometimes I am answering questions over-night as well.”

As well as helping people with queries, she also writes reviews of the resort’s hotels and restaurants and adds photos.

Her expertise is not just limited to Disneyland – Debbie has also posted about numerous ski holidays, short city breaks and other breaks she has taken across Europe and the USA.

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