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Instagram. Let's talk about it (again). Yes, we're still in love with it and yes, we're still in love with all of you who share your travel photos and allow us to see and comment on them, sharing tips and #travelcats.
This week, Instagram has made all the sharing easier than ever with the release of a "profile page" for each user. Don't freak out if yours isn't live yeteveryone will get one eventually. Ours is up and running, and we'd like you to check it out, even if you're not an Instagram user. Why? Because, for the first time, non-users of Instagram can easily scroll through images on non-private accounts.
As always, all of our Instagram shots are from our very own travels, from our smartphones, usually on-the-spot as we move about the world. For example, while making it back to the US after Hurricane Sandy, we shared with you this beast we met at JFK and the Zeppelin Hangar which you'll soon see more of in an upcoming story. So really, the images can also be spoilers. Shhh.
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Today is kind of a big deal for us, as we'll not only hit our 10,000 tweet but also our 2,000 Instagram follower. The numbers don't matter so much really, but we do appreciate that you like usyou really like us!
For all facets of our travel news and photography, here's how to connect with us on the slew of social media levels:
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So what if commercial aviation has been serving food and drink up in the air for over 80 years? There's still something so special about going about your day at 38,000' and meal times are definitely a part of this. Here at Jaunted, we've quite the archive of news and reviews of in-flight meals, but what about what we're actually ordering up in the sky?
We polled our frequent-traveling contributors and discovered that, though everyone loves to wet their whistle, even frequent flyers such as ourselves can be pretty picky.
And you: What's your go-to in-flight food & drink order?
After thousands of stories and countless countries in 2011, we're more than ready to begin a fresh year. Before we hit 2012, however, we're making a few resolutions. Travel resolutions. It goes beyond losing weight or promising to do our laundry more frequently; these tackle how we interact with the world.
What are you resolving to do with your travels in 2012? Share in the comments!
And now, without further ado, 17 travel resolutions for 2012 from Jaunted's regular, frequent-traveling contributors:
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Last night in New York City, the best and the brightest in travel media got together at the 92Y Tribeca to discuss the ever-changing world of online travel and how social media is changing the way travel is bought, sold, reviewed and experienced.
It was a pretty packed house to hear our panelists speak; we had Matt Gross, aka the Frugal Traveler at the NYT, Bowen Payson, Manager of Online and Digital Marketing, and Adam Wallace, New Media Director for Roger Smith Hotel in addition to the founder of this here site and our sister sites HotelChatter and VegasChatter.
So what did you miss? Well, finding out how sexy we are, for one, and the opportunity to check out our hunky panelists. Kidding! Not really. Maybe! Anyway...
This is the final call for
Flight 240 to Moscow tickets to our talk tomorrow with the New York Times' Frugal Traveler, Virgin America and the Roger Smith Hotel!
Want to win flights to any Virgin America destination? You've got a pretty great chance of snagging them if you come to our talk tomorrow at the 92Y Tribeca. If you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or just regular old right here, then why not follow us in real life for a night?
We're bringing a few friends to the table to talk travel trends, or specifically: "Travel Gets Social: The New World of Travel Media." Come meet Bowen Payson, Virgin America Manager of Online and Digital Marketing, NY Times Frugal Traveler Matt Gross, Adam Wallace, New Media Director for Roger Smith Hotel and others, with it all moderated by the man who started this here site: Mark G. Johnson, founder of Jaunted, HotelChatter and VegasChatter.
All the details, after the jump.
Want to win some tickets to anywhere that Virgin America flies? You've got a pretty great chance of snagging them if you come to our talk this Thursday at the 92Y Tribeca. If you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or just regular old right here, then why not follow us in real life for a night?
This Thursday, we're talking with a few top travel friends for the event "Travel Gets Social: The New World of Travel Media," bringing together Bowen Payson, Virgin America Manager of Online and Digital Marketing, NY Times Frugal Traveler Matt Gross, Adam Wallace, New Media Director for Roger Smith Hotel and others, moderated by the man who started it all: Mark G. Johnson, founder of Jaunted, HotelChatter and VegasChatter.
All the details, after the jump.
What is going on with travel today? Airlines are throwing out all these new fees, hotel rooms start from $1, and everybody's twittering about it all from 35,000' up. Here at Jaunted, we make sense of it all for you with the latest news, our own tried-and-true travel experiences, and of course any free WiFi codes to keep you connected. If you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or just regular old right here, then why not follow us in real life for a night?
On Thursday, December 3, we're talking with a few top travel friends at the 92Y Tribeca. The event, "Travel Gets Social: The New World of Travel Media," brings together Bowen Payson, Virgin America Manager of Online and Digital Marketing, NY Times Frugal Traveler Matt Gross, Adam Wallace, New Media Director for Roger Smith Hotel and others, moderated by the man who started it all: Mark G. Johnson, founder of Jaunted, HotelChatter and VegasChatter.
All the details, after the jump.
Jaunted's own Shira Lazar was featured on the The Early Show's travel segment this morning. Shira expertly walked Harry Smith through how social media travel is changing travel experiences -- from real time advice to new channels of customer service.
As with most stories involving travel deals these days, Twitter was the first thing Harry and Shira talked about. While Harry was a little skeptical about tweeting for real time travel info, Shira assured him that on a recent trip to Hawaii, local Twitterers came through with excellent advice for things to do and places to go. Same thing goes for tweeting about where to stay. Hotels are on Twitter and are reaching out to folks with hotel discounts.
Shira then ran through three Jaunted-approved travel websites--TripIt.com, Dopplr.com and CouchSurfing.com. Not quite sure we can see Harry Smith hitting up someone's couch in the future but at least he knows that's an option out there.
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Long ago, while working at as a grunt at a magazine, I read a post on my favorite travel blog, asking for writers to help cover Amazing Race 10. A reality series and a year later, the boss asked me if I wanted to take over as editor. Now, nearly 17 months later, I'm finally going on a trip I won't have to write about as it happens.
I'm headed to Chile for a bit and then Easter Island, where the stone heads are large, the afternoons hot and the internet connections sketchy. I may not even check my email for days. It should be nice.
Eventually, I'll come back, and I'll probably keep blogging about travel, either here on Jaunted or over here. (Note to you commissioning editors: This is my email address.) Maybe I'll finally write that guidebook to Uruguay, the one that's desperately needed and that's undoubtedly bound for commercial failure. Maybe Jason Wilson will hire me to be his staff aguardiente aficionado at Table Matters. Or maybe I'll fix up an old sailboat and cruise Cayuga Lake this summer. I really haven't figured out what's next yet, so if you have a good idea, send me an email!
Thanks for all the tips, all the emails, all the comments, and most of all, thanks for reading.
Like Brad needs Angelina, like Brody needs his bros, we need you to be our Facebook friend. Talk about your upcoming travel plans, share photos from your most recent trip or tell weekend editor Victor Ozols where to drink next Saturday night.
Welcome to our shiny new bicycle. We're super excited about the new look and feel of Jaunted, but the makeover doesn't mean we're going to stop bringing you news and opinion from the bleeding edge of travel and pop culture.
Here's how it all works: You'll find the three freshest stories front and center, played large like they deserve. Lower on the page, you can navigate by section, by region or country or by a Google domain search. Below the fold, you'll find more recent stories arrayed in a grid with an option to see more by clicking Next.
You'll also see two stories parked on the sidebar of the home page that are either super popular, racking up comments or are otherwise worthy of front door play. Clicking on a particular headline will get you that story, along with links to some related stories--as well as four more items you might enjoy. It's all designed to help you navigate the nearly 10,000 travel and pop culture posts on Jaunted.
B-t-dubs, if you notice anything wacky, won't you please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org? Our tireless redesign team did their very best, but maybe you'll notice something we missed.