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Maldives Social Media Campaign Backfires

Maldives Social Media Campaign Backfires Jul 13th, 2012 at 3:00PM: When the Maldives Tourism Board urged fans of the islands to help make their tourism slogan, "The Sunny Side of Life," a global trend on Thursday, the campaign backfired. Instead of spreading positive words about the tropical paradise, tweets about police brutality and political illegitimacy spread like wildfire. The social media campaign, which aimed to make the hashtag #SunnySideofLife a...

8 Websites Offering Unique Local Tours Around The World

8 Websites Offering Unique Local Tours Around The World Jul 10th, 2012 at 2:00PM: While it can be worthwhile booking a tour through a big-name company when traveling, it can get boring seeing a new city in the same old fashion. To do something off beat and interesting, these companies are offering unique tours and activities created and led by locals. Gidsy A marketplace for local and unusual experiences, Gidsy was started in 2011 in Berlin by two brothers, Edial and...

Is Twitter The New Travel Agent?

Is Twitter The New Travel Agent? Jun 30th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Have you used a travel agent in the last year to plan or book a vacation? How about a social media website like Twitter? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "...the ability of travelers to research vacations and book their own trips using the internet is expected to continue to suppress demand for travel agents." More and more, travelers are turning to Twitter to make their travel...

Facebook Announces The World's Most Social Landmarks

Facebook Announces The World's Most Social Landmarks Jun 27th, 2012 at 11:00AM: For those looking to meet others and make connections when traveling, Facebook has named the 25 most social landmarks in the world. To collect data, the social network looked at user check-ins across 25 cities around the world, to determine which sites were the most communal. They found that parks, shopping centers and gardens attracted the most people, although in Norway the popular hangout seems...

Collect And Share Travel Experiences With AFAR

Collect And Share Travel Experiences With AFAR Jun 14th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Pinterest became the hottest social network this year, with millions using the site to collect and search for recipes, design ideas and inspirational quotes. Many travelers have used Pinterest for planning and sharing trips, tips and destinations (you can find Gadling here). Now Afar.com, the website and community behind AFAR magazine, has introduced a new feature to curate travel experiences,...

New Airline Program Pairs Seatmates Based On 'Mood'

New Airline Program Pairs Seatmates Based On 'Mood' Jun 7th, 2012 at 6:30PM: "Do you want your seat neighbor to be like-minded, share hobbies with you or speak a specific language? Do you want to chat, or to rest while flying?" These are the questions asked by airBaltic, the national airline of Latvia who is introducing a new SeatBuddy program. SeatBuddy is designed to pair seatmates based on three specific "moods": those who want to do work, those who want to make new...

Play The Stock Market At The Waldorf-Astoria

Play The Stock Market At The Waldorf-Astoria Jun 4th, 2012 at 5:00PM: As the Facebook stock continues to end the day in the red, summer bar goers can take advantage of betting against the social network in NYC. The Waldorf-Astoria's Bull & Bear Steakhouse is now offering cocktail discounts based on the stock's performance that day. How does this work? Basically, the worse the stock does, the better for your drink prices. A one to five percent drop in stock...

Off-The-Beaten-Path Latvia Nominated The Most Beautiful Country In The World

Off-The-Beaten-Path Latvia Nominated The Most Beautiful Country In The World May 27th, 2012 at 9:00AM: When many people are asked what they think the most beautiful country in the world is, they respond with popular favorites like Greece, New Zealand or Brazil. While these countries appear to be among the top in the world, a contest sponsored by First Choice is showing there are also some off-the-beaten-path destinations that many people find aesthetically pleasing. The contest, called "Conflict...

Location-Based Smartphone App Makes Travel More Social

Location-Based Smartphone App Makes Travel More Social May 21st, 2012 at 4:00PM: There are many smartphone apps that exist to make travel more social. These apps allow you to find travel buddies, see who will be at your accommodations and even stay in people's homes for free. However, there is a new app on the market called Zamp that is helping travelers to discover who's nearby and connect with them in real time. The app is a location-based service that travelers can use...

Ritz-Carlton Launches iPhone App

Ritz-Carlton Launches iPhone App May 1st, 2012 at 4:00PM: After a long wait, Ritz-Carlton is launching their first mobile app today. This free app will allow travelers to travelers to book and search online, but will also offer a series of unique tips and QR code experience tours that let them experience properties before they even arrive. Some of our favorite functionalities of the new app include the "Presidential Tips" section, a specially-curated...

Booking.com Launches Last Minute Hotel App

Booking.com Launches Last Minute Hotel App Apr 12th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Capitalizing on the success of apps like Hotel Tonight, Priceline Group's Booking.com has launched a same-day booking product for iPhone and iPod touch. The inherent advantage with this app is Booking.com's much larger user base – over 200,000 hotels. While we're longtime fans of Hotel Tonight, which allows us to find some of our favorite name-brand hotels at a lower cost, we're well...

Nominees For The 16th Annual 'Webby' Awards Announced

Nominees For The 16th Annual 'Webby' Awards Announced Apr 12th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Throughout the year, Gadling has reported on and reviewed what we see as the industry's best travel websites and new products. But today, nominees for the 16th annual Webby Awards – the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet – were announced. The awards focus on professionals and projects, including Websites, interactive advertising and media, online film...

Longreads introduces curated travel reading with Travelreads

Longreads introduces curated travel reading with Travelreads Mar 21st, 2012 at 3:30PM: Thanks to the Internet, social media and our various smartphones and e-readers, you no longer have to rely on the airport newsstand's collection of John Grisham novels for travel reading. You can browse the New York Times from your cell phone, read a guidebook on your Kindle or start dreaming about your next trip with an e-magazine like TRVL. If you're a fan of long-form journalism and fiction,...

Travel Smarter 2012: Use CouchSurfing to ditch your hotel addiction

Travel Smarter 2012: Use CouchSurfing to ditch your hotel addiction Mar 16th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Hotels are so passé. How many times have you visited an exciting destination only to find you're staying in a generic hotel room completely lacking in local flavor? When I visited Greece last month, I stayed in affordable, centrally located hotels in Athens and Sparta. While they offered good service at a fair price, they could have just as easily been in Los Angeles, London, or...

Get flight info and airport reviews with RouteHappy

Get flight info and airport reviews with RouteHappy Mar 3rd, 2012 at 12:00PM: When it comes to booking hotels, travelers have plenty of options for finding information, recommendations, and tips with TripAdvisor, booking engine reviews, and other user-generated sites, in addition to guidebooks and other traditional media. But as air travel gets more restrictive and less comfortable, how can you choose the easiest flights, or at least be prepared for the inconveniences?...

Travel meets journalism at Roads and Kingdoms

Travel meets journalism at Roads and Kingdoms Dec 20th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Last month, writers Nathan Thornburgh (a contributing editor to TIME and recent guest of Fox News) and Matt Goulding (food & culture writer and author behind the Eat This, Not That! book series) launched a new website with the intriguing tagline: "Journalism, travel, food, murder, music. First stop: Burma." Combining on-the-spot reporting on current events and politics with in-depth cultural...

10 reasons to travel to Ljubljana

10 reasons to travel to Ljubljana Dec 13th, 2011 at 9:00AM: When I found cheap airfare from Istanbul to Ljubljana, I didn't find many other travelers who'd been there or even say for sure which country it's in. The tiny of country of Slovenia is slightly smaller than New Jersey and its capital city isn't known for much other than being difficult to spell and pronounce (say "lyoob-lyAH-nah"). After spending a few days there last month, I quickly fell...

Does Online Sharing Diminish Real Life Experiences?

Dec 9th, 2011 at 9:00AM: When we travel, we love to share our experiences. Whether via blog posts, tweets, Facebook status updates or photo sharing apps, broadcasting experiences - particularly those involving travel and food - has become as much a part of life as, well, life itself. But is that a good thing? Does constantly live-sharing experiences diminish the experiences themselves? Watching this video for the...

Lonely Planet launches Wenzani travel app for iPhone and iPod touch

Lonely Planet launches Wenzani travel app for iPhone and iPod touch Dec 6th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Travel guide favorite Lonely Planet has joined the app game with the launch today of Wenzani, a free app for for the iPhone and iPod touch. Wenzani - a Zulu greeting which means "what are you doing?"- brings together recommendations from Lonely Planet and other top travel publishers along with local experts, and users' social networks. "It's creating a personalized guide on-the-go," said...

Tracing Twitter to 16th century Rome

Tracing Twitter to 16th century Rome Nov 17th, 2011 at 10:00AM: The ugliest statue in Rome is not easy to find. Tucked away in an alley off of Piazza Navona, blending in to the unremarkable stone façades of the buildings behind him, Pasquino, a human-shaped stump of marble resting on a pedestal pasted with notes and cartoons, hides in plain sight from most tourists who saunter past on their way to this district's many renowned restaurants, bars, and...

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