Tag: Travel And Technology

Eight Great Travel Twitter Tweets for June

What makes a good travel tweet? Here are eight favorites from the past month.

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Is Your Concierge Reading Your Tweets?

Well, maybe. The Wall Street Journal checks in with some hotel managers who are keeping an active eye on their customers’ Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts, aiming to respond to complaints before any widespread damage is done.

Sounds like good news for plugged-in travelers, right? Sure. But as World Hum contributor Alexander Basek warned after a hotel Twitter dust-up last year, “with great power, comes great responsibility… If you’re going to broadcast a gripe about a business, it should be a serious one.”


Mapped: The Places Your Travel Dollars Will Take You

Kayak has unveiled a pretty cool new Google maps-powered feature, Explore. Enter a price range and departure city—plus a few optional bonus fields, like your preferred temperature at destination—and Explore generates a map of all the places you can fly to on the budget you’ve specified. $550 dollars from my home in Whitehorse to San Francisco? Tempting, Kayak. Very tempting. (Via Kottke)


Route 66: The Multimedia Graduate Thesis Project

A few years ago I wrote that we were experiencing a new Golden Age of the Road Trip because, among other reasons, new technologies were providing incredible ways to tell road trip stories:

Now instead of writing a book like Kerouac or marking those lines in felt-tip on a map, travelers can use video and flash and Google Maps and blogs and audio to interpret what they’ve seen on the road and bring it to life in unexpected ways. In the age of the Web, the road trip has arrived as an artistic statement.

Here’s one of those ways I never expected. Students at California State University East Bay are creating a virtual tour of Route 66 utilizing Wii, Google Earth and other technologies—all contained in a 1969 VW bug:



The project is scheduled to debut in June.


Eight Great Travel Twitter Tweets for April

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What makes a good travel tweet? Here are eight favorites from the past month.

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World Travel Watch: Drug Violence in Acapulco, iPad Ban in Israel and More

Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news

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Eight Great Travel Twitter Tweets for March

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What makes a good travel tweet? Here are eight favorites from the past month.

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Eight Great Travel Twitter Tweets for February

What makes a good travel tweet? Here are eight favorites from the past month.

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Facebook and America’s Social Geography

Here’s a fascinating map put together by PeteSearch, showing the regional connections between America’s Facebook users. The data creates some unexpected clusters and movement patterns: For instance, users in the northeastern states—dubbed “Stayathomia”—tend to have more local and fewer long-range connections, while users in the “Nomadic West” generally have more far-flung friendship networks. (Via Kottke)


Eight Great Travel Twitter Tweets for January

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What makes a good travel tweet? Here are eight favorites from the past month.

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The Critics: Apple’s iPad and Travel

The Critics: Apple’s iPad and Travel REUTERS/Kimberly White
Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds up the new iPad during the announcement for the device. Photo: REUTERS/Kimberly White

Apple’s latest gadget has inspired plenty of talk—and plenty of jokes—over the last couple of days, and among the travel media the big question has been: How will the iPad change the way we travel?

National Geographic’s Mary Anne Potts is enthused, calling the iPad “the ideal on-the-go device for work and play.” Martin Rivers of Cheapflights begs to differ, criticizing—among other things—the lack of USB ports and calling the gadget “a playback device that does very little unless you also happen to be carrying another machine.”

Over at Jaunted, they’ve posted two takes on the iPad—the first argues its merits for travelers, while the second points out its shortcomings. Blogger JetSetCD summarizes:

To put it simply, the iPad is all about media consumption and not creation. It’ll be great for reading eBooks, watching movies, surfing the web, referencing Google Maps and flipping through photos you have already transferred onto it from your regular laptop or desktop. That said, it is not a standalone device; you will need to travel with your laptop in order to upload pictures and video from your camera onto it and do anything on software that doesn’t work on the iPad (like Photoshop).

Finally, PhoCusWright Connect aims to get beyond the rehashing of the iPad’s specs and capabilities and look at the bigger picture for content producers—namely, “what does yesterday’s announcement mean to you and I, what should we do about it and what does the future hold for travelers interacting with our brand and content.”


Wi-Fi Coming to Amtrak’s Acela Trains

Jaunted notes that the service should be in place on Acela, the northeastern corridor express trains, by March. It’s a step—but I’d rather have on-board internet access over a two-day long-haul ride, myself. Here’s hoping the long-distance routes are up next.


Eight Great Travel Twitter Tweets for December

What makes a good travel tweet? Here are eight favorites from the past month.

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Seven Great Tweets About the New TSA Regulations

We’ve been tracking Twitter’s many great travel tweets for a few months now, and this weekend’s attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight, and the resulting imposition of new, more stringent security protocols for air travelers, has seen the creation of some fine TSA-related tweeting. Here are a few of our favorites:

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AP: ‘The Decade in Travel’

Beth Harpaz pinpoints two major forces that have changed the way we travel over the last 10 years: technology and terrorism. Yep, that sounds about right.


Eight Great Travel Twitter Tweets for November

What makes a good travel tweet? Here are eight favorites from the past month.

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What’s To Be Done About Porn on Public Transit?

Forget about the Mealtime Seat-Recliner or the Armrest Hog—now there’s a new breed of bad seatmate to worry about: the Porn Watcher. This Washington Post story provides a couple of horror stories as it takes a look at the ways in-flight wireless, personal video devices and other technological advances have brought pornography into the public domain. The most shocking thing about the article? In two of the incidents described, the viewers in question left the audio on for all their co-passengers to hear—in my book, that’s unacceptable even if you’re listening to something as inoffensive as Kenny G.


Is an Electronic Guidebook Packing Too Light in 2010?

On Kindles, guidebooks, and whether the two are ready to be mixed

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‘Is Japanese Getting Simpler, Easier or Just Worse?’

Writing in the New York Times, Emily Parker ponders the changes being wrought on the Japanese language by the internet and cell phones:

Americans may fret over the ways digital communications encourage sloppy grammar and spelling, but in Japan these changes are much more wrenching. A vertically written language seems to be becoming increasingly horizontal. Novels are being written and read on little screens. People have gotten so used to typing on computers that they can no longer write characters by hand. And English words continue to infiltrate the language.


Eight Great Travel Twitter Tweets for October

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What makes a good travel tweet? Here are eight favorites from the past month.

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