I’ve already explained all of the great benefits of Twitter chats. I’ve also shared some amazing reasons to visit Jamaica. Today, I’m here to tell you about a way you can win an all-inclusive 4 Day, 3 Night trip to Jamica with – you guessed it – a Twitter chat!
The Jamaican Tourist Board (@VisitJamaicaNow) is hosting a Twitter chat today (Nov. 19th) at 2 P.M. EST. The hour long chat with use the hashtag #GetAllRight and will focus on winter Jamaican travel. To enter, all you have to do is participate (and make sure you’re following @VisitJamaicaNow). A random winner will be chosen from the chat and will receive a 4 day, 3 night all-inclusive trip to Jamaica (and airfare is included).
Good luck and I’ll see you on Twitter!
My recent post on Yes, We Want Airlines Profitable, But …, along with a recent Wall Street Journal article How Airlines Mine Personal Data In-Flight got the attention of FoxTV in Orlando.
I will be meeting FoxTV on Monday for a segment on this topic called “Airline Data Mining: Value or Invasion?”
Please share your thoughts on this contentious topic:
- What is your biggest hope with how airlines can enhance our travel experience with this data?
- What’s your biggest fear of what they’ll do with this data?
“Whoever left their iPad at the TSA Checkpoint in Terminal C, please return to identity and claim it” was announced over the airport loudspeaker as I walked to my gate the other day.
To up the odds of getting back an item of yours that was left behind, whether at the airport, on a plane, in a taxi or even in a restaurant, always have your name on the item. Simply tape your business card to the back side of your notebook and the bottom of your laptop. This won’t stop theft but it will make it easier for left-behind items to find their way back to you.
P.S. Now that we’re in the colder season, toss a couple of your business cards in your coat pocket as well. As a Floridian, I am not used to carrying a coat so when I do the chances of me leaving it in an overhead bin on a plane are good. With a couple of cards in the pocket, the finder will assume that the coat belongs to the name on the business cards and hopefully make contact.
Short and sweet, here is a roundup of this week’s links to news and resources to help enhance your travels:
Many of us live on Google and use the search methods that we’ve become familiar with. There are so many ways to search within Google to have the results zoom in on exactly what we need, or to get much closer than just using a general search. This article by LifeHacker offers Top 10 Clever Google Search Tricks and can help you be more productive. The comments on this post offer even more tips for Google searching.
If you like thrill rides, you’ll probably like flying into one of these 10 ‘most thrilling’ airports.
Spa customs differ around the world as I definitely learned with this embarrassing event. Here’s an explanation on why we can’t throw off the covers during a massage in the U.S (and other global spa customs) by About.com.
Two apps that provide packing checklists:
Packing List for Android
Packing Pro for iOS.
*Travel Tip!* Just as helpful as a packing checklist is before you travel, also have a pack-up checklist for use when packing up your hotel room so you don’t leave your phone charger, passport or other valuables behind.
We use our mobile phones for so much these days, but booking air travel still isn’t one of them. According to this article on Business Travel News, 84% of respondents carry a smartphone though only 5% of us book our airline tickets on it. Now if Siri could be instructed to help out here (accurately returning the best possible fare on the best schedule, along with getting us on the first-class upgrade list), then I think we’d see this number skyrocket. Until then, I’m sticking with my laptop or iPad for booking.
Looking for information on a city or country you’re traveling to? The Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory has links to over 1,400 tourism offices worldwide.
Booking travel can be daunting. There are so many flight, hotel, and car rental sites out there that promise the best deals with the best companies. To stand out from the competition, a site has to develop a unique way to easily book the best trip for you. Hipmunk succeeds with several really useful features.
We’ve mentioned Hipmunk before, but now that they’ve been off the ground for a while, we thought it’d be time to give them another look. Their booking system organizes flights by “Agony” taking layovers, price, wi-fi and more in to account when presenting results – a great feature.
You can sort hotels Read More…
Interested in helping to bring to market new travel products? I had never thought about doing this for entrepreneurial ventures other than my own until I started seeing interesting products on Kickstarter.
My interest first got peeked by the Skyroll Spinner suitcase, garment bag and laptop case, all in one. Now wouldn’t that peek your curiosity also?
First of all, here’s a solo entrepreneur and inventor trying to design a product that makes our lives a little easier. Then there’s a product that has come up with a clever solution for combining the convenience of traditional luggage with the benefits of a garment bag. Yes, it definitely got my attention.
If you haven’t ever come across Kickstarter, Read More…
Want a fun way to learn and share travel tips? How about learn of travel deals? Better yet, have a chance to win great prizes! How? Twitter chats!
Chats on Twitter are a fun way to feel connected with fellow travelers, share advice and stories about travel, hear about some great deals, and maybe be the recipient of a twitter chat prize. The odds of winning the offered prize during a twitter chat are very good as the number of participants is usually less than 100 and many times much less.
How do you “chat” on Twitter? Assuming you have a Twitter account (if not, get a free account!), simply search on a twitter hashtag listed below based on the day and time the chat is scheduled. Search for the hashtag (#travelskills, for example) and watch the conversation on your screen. Post your responses to any of the questions appearing in the chat, or ask a question of your own (in the case of #TT / #TravelTuesday) especially. Or simply watch and learn. Though with the prizes offered in several of the chats listed here, you’ll want to submit an answer or two to be in the running for the prize.
Here are travel-related Twitter chats to participate in: Read More…
Wake up early Thursday morning, June 13th, and you can watch as Princess Cruises christens their new Royal Princess ship. Join The Duchess of Cambridge and the nearly 2,000 in-person attendees by watching the ceremony online at princess.com. The champagne breaking and ship naming tradition will also be accompanied by other festivities, including musical performances and celebrity appearances.
The new 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is a next-generation ship, featuring an over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship, the largest pastry shop at sea, and balconies on all outside staterooms.
The live stream beings at 11:15 A.M. local time, which is 6:15 A.M. EST.
Another bucket list item just got added to my list.
UPDATE: Good news! There will be a replay feature if you miss the live event.
For travelers, it should be no surprise that laptop sales have been plummeting at the expense of popular tablets. While laptops tout benefits such as more memory and hard disk space, they have been pretty dismal for battery life.
Battery lives in laptops are rated in hours but the problem has always been that the rating is based on optimal conditions, frankly something that never happens in the real world. Thus it is no surprise that a battery with a supposed 8-hour life really only works for 4 hours, maybe 5 if you are lucky. This can be a nightmare flying with no power outlets when suddenly your laptop dies on you.
Intel hopes to change this with a release of their newest processor. Read More…
Recently, I read about this grocery shopping app and got real excited. Seriously, an app that could go to Whole Foods and do my shopping when I arrive at my destination? Better yet, they will arrange for your grocery shopping when you return from a trip? Sounded too good to be true but what a great idea for frequent fliers, one quick stop to pick up your food as you leave the airport.
Well, it is a bit too good to be true, at least for me and most of the readers. In its current version, this is an Australian app and service (at this time, at least) is limited to Melbourne Airport. Yes, the one in Australia (MEL), not the one in Florida (MLB). The company who created this, Woolworths, thought it would be a good idea to assist travelers who are returning home. Have to agree with them there.
To the Aussie readers, this sounds like a great app to try out. Orders can be placed up to seven days before pick-up. To everyone else, please keep your eyes open for a similar app in the U.S. and if you spot one, please let me know.
Some apps are great for travelers so when I discovered Presence, I just had to try it out. It is a free app for all Apple mobile devices (iPhone/iPad/iPod) that creates a remote camera with many potential uses. It requires two Apple products, one to act as the remote monitor and the other to be the receiver. Ah, finally a reason to dust off my old original iPhone and see if this app works as it says. Or so I thought.
The home camera works as a remote wireless monitor, making it ideal to use for home security or just checking in with the family. After initial setup, simply plug in the device, turn it on, and get the monitor positioned. The other iOS device, used for travel, can access the older one any time. An alternative – most likely only for local travel – might be to leave an iPad for home security while traveling around only with the iPhone. Their website offers a 2-minute video to help with setup. I would recommend watching this first because it is important to set up the remote device before using the app on anything else.
I wanted to try it out, setting up my older phone as a monitor for the front door of my house but the app would not download into my old phone. The website product page suggests that Read More…