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#CheckIn: Hotels Cater To The Social Media Obsessed

Jul 29th, 2013 at 1:15PM: Some people just can't break away from their networks when they travel -- and hotels are catching on. The social media-obsessed can update their statuses (complete with pictures of themselves) at Facebook kiosks set up around the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel, and at the Sol Wave House in Majorca, a special web application only available on the hotel's Wi-Fi network allows guests to share pictures...

An App For Apps Makes Travel Easier, Maybe Too Easy

An App For Apps Makes Travel Easier, Maybe Too Easy Jul 17th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Joe Lanman/Flickr In the world of travel apps, we've seen geo-based, crowd-sourced and sharing technology that has opened up a lot of possibilities for travelers. We can automatically create a travel log with one, find a hotel on the fly with another and map our way through unknown lands with ease. The result? A home screen full of apps that demand to be sorted, modified and updated to be useful....

10 Tips For International Business Travel

10 Tips For International Business Travel Sep 17th, 2012 at 1:00PM: International business travel is a different animal when compared to a quick domestic trip. Flying for extended periods of time alone presents its own unique challenges for those who have not done it before. Still, international business travel does not have to be the grueling sort of ordeal that first-timers anticipate by following a few simple guidelines. For our purposes here, we assume...

Geotagging Brings Mobile Tour Guide To The World

Geotagging Brings Mobile Tour Guide To The World Sep 9th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Geotagging has brought us a wide array of travel apps, some better than others. Foursquare, HipGeo, the mobile version of Facebook and more allow us to record where we go and share that information with others. Tagwhat is another one. The Tagwhat difference: a new way of organizing information by using the context of location and interests. Tagwhat promotes their app as a "mobile tour...

Journaling App Works Like Magic, Given The Chance

Journaling App Works Like Magic, Given The Chance Aug 5th, 2012 at 3:00PM: HipGeo is a convenient journaling app that enables travelers to keep track of what they saw and where they saw it. Users then share their travels and use what other people share to enhance their own travel experiences. In a new release, HipGeo instantly transforms all those elements into virtual journals that can then be automatically shared a variety of ways. "If Tumblr and Foursquare had a...

Travel Smarter 2012: Use your mobile apps better

Travel Smarter 2012: Use your mobile apps better Mar 14th, 2012 at 9:00AM: It should come as no surprise that owning a smartphone in 2012 is a traveler's perfect tool to better explore, organize and record their travels. And by now, there are literally thousands of app roundups out there to help lead you to the good ones. But this isn't another one of those roundups. Instead, today Gadling is taking a closer look at how to use your existing apps - the ones you...

A brief history of Telluride and its surrounding ghost towns

A brief history of Telluride and its surrounding ghost towns Sep 7th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Telluride. The name alone conjures a variety of associations, from the debaucherous (Glenn Frey's "Smuggler's Blues") to the elite (Tom Cruise is the other inevitable mention). But this isolated little town in Southwestern Colorado's craggy San Juan range has a truly wild past and a lot to offer. It's not the only mining-town-turned-ski-resort in the Rockies, but I think it's the most...

Check in (virtually) to check out later at Radisson Edwardian hotels

Check in (virtually) to check out later at Radisson Edwardian hotels Jun 30th, 2011 at 2:00PM: London hotel group Radisson Edwardian has just launched its new 'Check In, Check Out Later' promotion in honor of Social Media Day today. The feature, which will be available until July 31, gives digital-savvy guests the opportunity to extend their checkout by up to two hours by 'checking in' to one of Radisson Edwardian's twelve London hotels or Manchester hotel location-based social media...

The Ritz-Carlton Checks In To Foursquare

The Ritz-Carlton Checks In To Foursquare Jun 29th, 2011 at 2:30PM: As global hotel companies go, we're always pleasantly surprised by luxury brand Ritz-Carlton's rapid acceptance of and moves towards innovation in the social media space. At the corporate level, they've been quick to adapt to and utilize sites like Twitter (@RitzCarlton), and, at the property level, often engaged on social media sites in a way that their luxury competitors are not. Now, the brand...

Starwood makes checking in a social affair

Starwood makes checking in a social affair May 11th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Starwood Preferred Guest, the rewards program for such brands as Sheraton and Westin, just took "checking in" from the front desk to the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android. The hotel company is launching a new program with social media company foursquare to increase member benefits. According to foursquare's blog, this partnership is "the first truly global loyalty integration of its kind," an...

It's Groundhog Day on Foursquare: Pennsylvania Tourism sponsors new badge

It's Groundhog Day on Foursquare: Pennsylvania Tourism sponsors new badge Jan 13th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Social media fanatics don't have to see Punxsutawney Phil's prognostication live to snag location-based service FourSquare's latest badge. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, users checking in anywhere in the world by badge by following visitPA on Foursquare and using the word "Groundhog" can snag the inaugural PA Groundhog Day badge on February 2. Pennsylvania became the first state...

FourSquare is everywhere ... even North Korea

FourSquare is everywhere ... even North Korea Dec 20th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Whether you tweet or not, log into Facebook or skip it, you know that social media is everywhere. You just can't get away from it. There are references on prime-time television, news stories all over the place and special deals at stores large and small. If you think you're surrounded by this stuff, brace yourself: it's more pervasive than you realize. As I was scanning my Twitter stream...

The future of budget travel: Q&A with Benji Lanyado

The future of budget travel: Q&A with Benji Lanyado Dec 16th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Many budget travel topics are old hat. Everyone interested in traveling on a budget knows, for example, about the money-saving potential of hostels, supermarket dining, train passes, and low-cost airlines. We can come up with tips, talk about new stylish hostels, pass on information about fare sales, and strategize about how best to exploit a particular train pass, but the truth is that there...

Five travel suggestions for Julian Assange of Wikileaks

Five travel suggestions for Julian Assange of Wikileaks Dec 14th, 2010 at 1:30PM: If you were just let out of solitary confinement after having wandered the globe, where would you go? Now, let's make it complicated: what if you were one of the most controversial figures on the planet? Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is now out on bail, and for now, he's staying in the United Kingdom. But, there's some doubt on how long he'll be there, since the charges on which he's...

Photo of the day (12.9.10)

Photo of the day (12.9.10) Dec 9th, 2010 at 5:30PM: Finding contrasts is one of the best things about travel. We love seeing places, people, and cultures different from our own and when we see a familiar item in an unfamiliar context, it's especially interesting. Pick up any travel article about Turkey, Morocco, or Japan and you're guaranteed to read a few examples of "old world meets new" contrast. Today's Photo of the Day by Mike GL captures a...

Don't touch my junk, bro - FourSquare launches new "Baggage Handler" badge

Don't touch my junk, bro - FourSquare launches new Nov 29th, 2010 at 2:45PM: If you're a fan of location-based social networking site FourSquare, chances are you're already a recipient of the "Jetsetter" badge, which you can obtain by checking into five different airport locations. But did you unlock their newest trave-themed badge yet? It's called the Baggage Handler, which can be unlocked at any airport by using the words "TSA," "Grope" or "Don't touch my junk, bro!"...

San Francisco World Series victory a total riot on FourSquare

San Francisco World Series victory a total riot on FourSquare Nov 2nd, 2010 at 1:30PM: Oh, how the times have changed ... It used to be that fame-whores would look for television cameras at riots. With all the beating and smashing and mayhem around them, these unique individuals would invariably find the news crews and get their 15 minutes. Not this time around. When the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, a riot broke out ... and the check-ins began. The locals...

Online travel research made simple on Wanderfly.com

Online travel research made simple on Wanderfly.com Oct 20th, 2010 at 2:30PM: With so many travel review sites available, it's often overwhelming to sort through published material about a property or destination. We've recently discovered Wanderfly.com, launched out of beta earlier this week. The site promises to provide travel recommendations targeted to budget, date and interest in as few as five clicks. "On average, travelers spend 7 weeks visiting 25 sites* before...

Use Twitter and Foursquare? Got a stalker?

Use Twitter and Foursquare? Got a stalker? Sep 21st, 2010 at 2:00PM: Social media is a great way to keep in touch with your friends, but it's also a great way for shady people to follow you. Marketplace Money has a great story on one particular encounter that happened between a blogger/Foursquare/tweeter and an apparent jokester or stalker (she still doesn't know). Apparently after checking into a local restaurant, a fan of hers called the place, asked to speak...

Wanderfly.com travel-planning site launches in beta

Wanderfly.com travel-planning site launches in beta Aug 4th, 2010 at 10:00AM: A new travel-planning website and booking engine is launching this month in beta, and I was excited to give it a test run, having first heard about the site this spring at a EuroCheapo travel happy hour. Wanderfly.com is a "personalized recommendation engine" that takes your interests, budget, and even social network connections to give you inspiration and help you plan your next vacation....

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